Working on the next Same Heartbeats zine (international zine month)

IMG_9371webCurrently making the 10th issue of Same Heartbeats: drawing, writing, cutting & pasting, editing on my computer…

This issue will contain a “zine test: which zinester are you?”, rants about age and about keeping memories, reports of feminist events, a short guide to learn how to DJ, an interview with the zinester of Athemaura, thoughts about Brussels, comics, and much more! It will also include a special secret full-colour mini-zine all about Chainsaw Bunny!

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Proudly wearing my Olympia Zine Fest T-shirt, even though I’ve never been there, but I was so lucky to win the t-shirt!:-)

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Zine sales! (international zine month)

This month it’s International Zine Month AND it’s sales season AND this year I’ve been making zines for 15 years now AND Same Heartbeats is celebrating its 10th anniversary! So that’s 4 good reasons why we’re giving you a 10% discount on all Same Heartbeats zines + the compilation zine Echotopia! They are all 1,80 euro (+ postage & packaging) per copy instead 2 euros. This is your chance to grab some very very cheap feminist zines and complete your collection!:-) The sales go from today till July 31st 2016.

  • artificialwombalfawebSame Heartbeats #9 / Artificial Womb split zine: INFO
    ECHO 033
    Split zine with Artificial Womb: Artificial Womb’s half is about struggling with a job as a journalist causing a mental breakdown, about recovery and about relationships, Same Heartbeats’s half is about zine events and feminist festivals, travelling and mapping the European feminist zine scene, L7…
    A5, 32 p, EUR 2 1,80 + p&p
  • IMG_2524webSame Heartbeats zine #8: INFO
    ECHO 031
    About feminist events (LaDIYfest Berlin, F-Word in Amsterdam, Et Biiim in Lille, Agitations in Charleroi), sexist and racist responses to sharing sexcist/racist experiences, fighting feelings of depression, feminist strike…
    A5, 36 p, EUR 2 1,80 + p&p
  • IMG_9801webSame Heartbeats zine #7: INFO
    ECHO 027
    About sister cities, Ladyfest Brussels, Doorbreek De Stilte, mini-tour with Vagina Dentata, Queer Zine Fest London, interview with zine-maker Melanie Maddison, women-only spaces and how to make a crafty Pussy Riot cat.
    A5, 32 p, EUR 2 1,80 + p&p
  • IMG_8304webSame Heartbeats zine #6: INFO
    ECHO 026
    About trips to London, Berlin, Amsterdam, a DIY/feminist tourist guide to Ghent, Ladyfests and zine fests, feminism, self-defense and learning how to play drums.
    A5, 32 p, EUR 2 1,80 + p&p
  • Same Heartbeats zine #5: INFO
    IMG_5027webECHO 023
    About consciousness-raising, herstory of feminist activists, call for action, recycling craft ideas, non-hierarchical organising in groups, Anneke Van Baalen, Bunnies On Strike, postmodernist language and thoughts on zines, libraries and research.
    A5, 32p, EUR 2 1,80 + p&p
  • Echotopia zine: INFO
    ECHO 22
    Echotopia is a collection of 10 years of Echo zines. It includes articles and drawings from Flapper Gathering, Punk Feminist Mini Zine, Same Heartbeats, Radix and Be All You Can Be and an old-fashioned but brandnew scene report! It gives a good overview of writings and images from 2001 to 2011 that talk about beauty standards, gender, autonomous spaces, independent publishing, punk and more.
    A5, 40p, EUR 2 1,80 + p&p
  • Same Heartbeats zine #4: INFO
    ECHO 021
    About revolution and building a feminist movement, women’s liberation rock bands, _ fest 2010, Heksennacht / Take Back The Night, Dolle Mina, leg hair and questions the accessibility of postmodern queer feminism.
    A5, 32p, EUR 2 1,80 + p&p
  • IMG_8492webSame Heartbeats zine #3
    ECHO 020
    About racism in activist movements, DIY vs professional artists, feminist herstory and waves, selfpublishing and feminism, Buy Nothing Make Something, Infomania, HexeNacht 2008, Civil Media 08, Zine/DIY Gathering, Ladyfest Liège 2009, L-Salon II and Elles Tournent 2009 and a DIY guide to guitar chords.
    A5, 32p, EUR 2 1,80 + p&p
  • SIMG_8491webame Heartbeats zine #2
    ECHO 018
    About autonomous media and craft activism, mini-Ladyfests in Brussels, Ladyfest Berlin 2007, Ladyfest Amsterdam 2008, queer fests, Audacity, cloth pads and recycling an old pairs of trousers to an apron/toolbelt.
    A5, 32p, EUR 2 1,80 + p&p
  • Same Heartbeats zine #1
    ECHO 016
    About DIY feminism activism, Ladyfest Amsterdam, Ladyfest Brussels, Ladies’ Room, Freak Out Fest, Up The Grrrls, craft and more.
    A5, 32p, EUR 2 1,80 + p&p


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Reading zines (international zine month – day 2)

International Zine Month is a really good excuse to read zines. I got a few delivered to my mailbox recently and I’m currently devouring them.:-)


The zines in the photo above can be ordered from Pen Fight distro and the ones below from the hoax zine shop. For one of the hoax zines I wrote an article on non-hierarchical organising in feminist groups, which in practice isn’t always easy. That issue is wrapped in the colourful rainbow fairy bag and filled with little stickers.:-)


Expecting some more zines soon… I feel and am very spoiled…

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International Zine Month – some news

zine_1_origInternational Zine Month has officially started today! Hurray! It’s a good excuse to do some extra ziney stuff. There’s no calendar of suggested activities like the last few years, so I’ll just invent my own.

To start, I’m sending out some zines today to restock Artificial Womb distro, for a “zine santa” project, and for zine events taking place in the UK in July (Festival of the Perzine in London and Zines in the Suburbs in Milton Keys).

I intend to finish Same Heartbeats #10! And maybe do some things to celebrate its 10th anniversary, such as making special zine-related buttons. I already have some of those and I’ll post pictures soon.

24zinebelgiumlogowebAnd in August we just go on doing ziney stuff… because on August 20-21 a bunch of friends and I will organise another 24-hour zine challenge session – an event where participants make their own zine of 24 pages in 24 hours time – in Brussels. More details about the location and time soon. Start preparing mentally!:-)

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Some amazing zines I recently read… (part II)

IMG_7349webI’ve been reading so many zines lately, it’s hard to keep up writing reviews… (life of a zine lover is so hard :-) ).

The following zines I’ve read more or less recently, I recommend to check out and they should still available. More reviews should be coming soon because I couldn’t fit everything in here…

Enjoy! Go read the zines listed here and make your own (and let me know about it)!



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Photo report – Zine Afternoon in Putney Library

IMG_8595webSaturday May 7th 2016 at Putney public library in London:

Fliss of Athemaura zine and the SWZines collective organised a zine afternoon in the Putney libary (in the south west of London) on May 7th. Fliss has been making zines for 20 years now. That’s why she set up a very nice exhibition of her zine work. Besides Fliss’ and my zines, there were zines for sale from other zine makers from Belgium, the UK, and Germany. It was a really interesting selection and I left with plenty of fresh reading materials.:)


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Visiting zine libraries in Manchester

IMG_8023webWhile travelling through the UK in the last two months, I visited two zine libraries in Manchester: the Salford Zine Library and the Manchester LGBT Zine Library. I highly recommend any zine lovers to explore both of them!

The Salford Zine Library is located in the Nexus Art café in the north of Manchester. It’s a lovely place, with creative decorations, and crafts, smoothies and food for sale. Perfect place for a zine library!

The collection of SZL is very diverse. You can donate your own zine by dropping it in the special postbox in the library. (see image below)

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