I had the pleasure to go to COVEN festival last weekend in Cologne (Germany) where Jo and I were invited to give a workshop on zines.
I’m still enjoying looking back at the queer zine workshop that Gudl, Marion and I did on the Antwerp Queer Arts Festival last week (Read the zine here), but now it’s time to look forward: another zine workshop ahead!
On Saturday August 22nd, Jo and I will be hosting a zine workshop at a queer-feminist festival called CoVen Festival in Cologne, Germany. Apart from our workshop, there will be discussions about fat empowerment and trans misogyny, workshops on bike repair and jamming and music by bands such as Baby Fire and Pandora’s Bliss. It will be an amazing day, I’m sure! If you’re in the neighbourhood, do come and visit!
What a fun day! The workshop that Marion, Gudl and I gave at the Antwerp Queer Arts Festival on August 5th went very well. The participants were all so enthusiastic and so were we. It was great working with everyone! And the zine we created together is so impressive! I’d like to thank everyone who participated and also Marion and Gudl for inviting me to do this workshop with them.
We started with some expanation about zines, a little bit of zine history, the link between queer and zines, safe spaces and how we were going to make a collective queer zine together. There we examples of zines and books about zines for documentation and inspiration purposes and lots of cool materials to make use of: glitter star stickers, diverse collage materials, letra sets, stamps, etc. You can see the result of the workshop here:
Download the zine: Queer-my-ass
Here you can see some more photos of the workshop:
International Zine Month 2015 (IZM) ended a few days ago. But that’s no reason to be sad. It won’t stop us from making zines of course! For example tomorrow, Marion, Gudl and I will give a zine workshop during the Antwerp Queer Arts Festival. Come and join us! And on the 22nd Jo and I will give a zine workshop in Cologne, Germany. Yay!
I’ve recently read How to publish a fanzine by Mike Gunderloy (from 1988!). This book is no longer in print, but I stumbled upon a second-hand copy at the Alternatieve Boekenbeurs and you can read it online here. Mike Gunderloy used to edit Factsheet Five, a review zine* that was widely distributed in diverse zine scenes (from punk zines to sci-fi zines, he covered them all). The book is an interesting view from someone who was active in the self-publishing and zine world, and by writing about it, encouraged others to make zines too.
Reading How to publish a fanzine, I realise how much has changed in the zine world the past decades. 1988 is when yours truly was just in primary school and when the first computers had phone numbers you had to dial to get in touch (so the book told me), so it’s obvious that zines have evolved too in the past decades.
Vagina Dentata just released their very first album, titled “No More Nice Girls”!
For International Zine Month, I wanted to create a new ECHO flyer to make publicity for my newer zines:
Here you can see the previous one: (old maps seem to be a recurring theme…)
A VERY old flyer dug up from dark dusty archives:
(email and address mentioned are not correct anymore!)