24 Hour Zine event report by That Beard Girl


Take a look at what Megan aka That Beard Girl wrote about our recent 24 hour zine gathering (August 2016). Megan makes the most amazing artwork and needlecraft, so check out her website! Can’t wait to read her zine WITCH!


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Survey – zines about body norms and resistance

IMG_8577webHi, I’m a zinester and I’m also doing some research into zines.

At the moment I’m writing an article on zines about body norms and resistance. To get a variety of voices in my article, I’m looking for zinesters to participate in a survey. If you make zines which address issues such as abortion, age(ing), body image and beauty standards, disability/ableism, gender/sexism, illness, LGBTQIA/phobia, menstruation, mental health, pregnancy/parenting, race/racism, sexuality, (sexual) violence, and other body-related identities/oppressions/issues or intersections of these, please get in touch!

The article will be published online on the website of Sophia, a support network for gender studies in Belgium. Last year, Sophia organised a conference called Unruly Bodies which invited researchers, activists, and artists to present their work on body norms and resistance in lectures, performances, exhibitions, and workshops. Soon, articles by those participants about their presentations will be published on their website. At the conference I set up a temporary zine library and zine workshop and this inspired me to find out more about zines talking about body-related issues.

I’m especially interested in ways zines can assist in resistance against body norms and oppression. If you would like to share your views, you can let me know and send me your answers to the following questions:


  • Your name, pen name or pseudonym?
  • Your preferred pronoun, age, country of residence/origin?
  • Name of your zine(s)?
  • How many zines have you made and how long have you been making zines? How did you first discover zines?
  • Why do you make zines?
  • How would you describe the zine(s) you make? Which themes/subjects do your address in your zine(s)?
  • How do you address body-related issues/identities/oppressions in your zine(s)?
  • What do you hope to achieve by making your zine(s) and writing about these issues?
  • Does the distribution, community, and readership of zines have an impact on your content?
  • Can zines be political or activist? If yes, in which way? If no, why not? Do you use your zines as a form of activism or political tool?
  • What are the advantages of zines for you as a political tool and what are their limitations?
  • Do you use digital/online media such as blogs, youtube, social media…? Can you compare how you use them to how you use zines?
  • What is your experience with reading zines which talk about body norms and resistance? Have they impacted or influenced you?
  • Would you like to add anything?

I would be very grateful if you decide to participate in the questionnaire, and if you prefer, you don’t have to answer all of the questions. By answering the questions, I will assume you’re giving me permission to quote you for my article (unless you ask me not to). Please tell me if you prefer to be quoted anonymously. In case I would like to ask some additional questions or clarification of your answers, I will contact you again.

You can send your answers to: flapper_grrrl@yahoo.co.uk. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Thanks a lot for your participation!

More info about my own zines on my zine blog

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Distros, shops and libraries that stock my zines

News: De Groene Waterman in Antwerp and Het Fort van Sjakoo in Amsterdam are stocking my newest zines Same Heartbeats #10 and In Movement.

In these shops, distros and libraries you can find some of my other zines:




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Same Heartbeats #10 out now! – anniversary issue zine

shb10web1New zine: Same Heartbeats #10

Happy to announce… the 10th issue of Same Heartbeats! I’ve been making his DIY feminist personal-political zine for about a decade, releasing an issue almost yearly, and it continues to document the local and less local DIY feminist scene, things that are on my mind, and much more.

Same Heartbeats #10 features plenty of articles nd artwork, is decorated with a self-made heart-shaped lino stamp print on the cover and it includes an extra full-colour mini-zine all about Chainsaw Bunny!

Contents of this issue:

  • Writings on age, archiving memories, “copyshop disasters”, and Brussels
  • DIY: learn how to DJ
  • Interview with Fliss of the amazing Athemaura zine
  • The Zine Test
  • Reports on feminist/queer/diy/zine events
  • Comics
  • + more

shb10web2Buy all this for only 2 euros + shipping! Mail me at flapper_grrrl@yahoo.co.uk to order the zine!

(You can pay by paypal, bank transfer, or very well-hidden cash – I have another email address for paypal!! Zine trades accepted too!)



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In Movement – 24 hour zine out now!

inmovementweb1New zine: In Movement

This summer, on August 20-21, friends and I organised another 24 hour zine event in Gent during which I made In Movement (with some finishing touches afterwards). In Movement is a 32-page pocket-size perzine about moving and finding a home. In it you can find stories about all the places I’ve ever lived in, my struggle to find an affordable apartment in Gent, tips for moving and living on your own, reviews of zines about moving, and more. The cover features a blue stamp and the zine is tied with blue yarn.

inmovementweb2In Movement is my fourth 24 hour zine because it was made in 24 hours (or more or less🙂 ). Yay! For my other 24 hour zines – CuNt & Paste, Space Invasion, and Letter Soup – take a look at my zine catalogue.

I’m releasing the 10th issue of my zine Same Heartbeats at the same time.

Buy In Movement for 1 euro + shipping, mail me at flapper_grrrl@yahoo.co.uk.
(You can pay by paypal, bank transfer, or very well-hidden cash – I have another email address for paypal!! Zine trades accepted too!)


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Looking back at the 4th 24 hour zine event in Belgium

This happened a little while ago, so sorry for this late report…

On August 20-21, we did another 24 hour zine thing event in Gent. We were 6 zinesters working on a great variety of zines! It was the last zine event taking place in my old home (because my room mate and me just moved out) and it was an excellent closure.

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I made my own zine about looking for a new home and the upcoming move. Other zinesters wrote about dancing, cross-stitching and sadness, accountability in feminist groups, a specific kind of monkey, and witches. The master copies all looked soooooooooo awesome, can’t wait to swap with the printed zines.

As usual the 24 hours turned out to be a bit longer for most of us, but the most important is having fun while making creative stuff.🙂 I’ll post info about my own zine and all the other 24 hour zines that were made on this blog very soon!

The next 24 hour zine event will probably take place in Brussels. Check this blog for updates and news!

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News & updates – August-September 2016

Some end of the summer activities and zine news:

  • img_9842webwOn August 13th, I was tableing with my zines and with my friends of the feminist collective FEL at Ieperfest. This is a hardcore festival in Ieper that has been going for decades. Hc-punk music, yummy vegan food, anarchist/feminist books for sale, interesting talks and films, and a zine library, I was a happy bunny! FEL also did a talk about the future of feminism.
  • My zines are now distributed by the band Respect My Fist (on the tour they did this summer through Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium), Artificial Womb distro, Heavy Mental distro, Active Distribution, and at various zine events in the UK. They’re for sale in some other places too.
  • Same Heartbeats #10 is finished and printed, as well as my new 24 hour zine In Movement! More info soon!
  • And yes, I still plan on releasing that Lost Luna demo this year too.
  • The home office of ECHO will move in the end of September, so ask for my new address before you send any snail mail.
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