Chainsaw Bunny approves…

… of Same Heartbeats #12!

Get your own copy now! For 2 euro + postage you can read Chainsaw Bunny‘s favourite zine*! Mail to flapper_grrrl@yahoo.co.uk

*It’s her favourite because she makes regular appearances in Same Heartbeats. Actually #10 is her favourite issue because it has a special not-so-secret-anymore mini-zine that’s all about our dear Bunny!

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New zine: Same Heartbeats #12!

Same Heartbeats #12 is out and for sale! ❤ ❤ ❤

I’m happy to have finished a zine this month, as its ZineWriMo: zine writing month! And it’s not just any zine, but the 12th issue of Same Heartbeats!

Same Heartbeats is a zine series I’ve been doing since 2006. It’s part perzine, part feminist/DIY/political/fan/travel/archivist zine. It has followed me during all things feminist, activist, and DIY that I’ve been involved in or interested in these past 11 years. You can still order all previous issues from the back catalogue.

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Same Heartbeats #12 contains:

  • article on (non)femininity
  • article on archives and activism
  • comic about Ladyfest Maastricht
  • map of Maastricht
  • comics about making music, sexism and feminism
  • comic about the herstory of abortion rights in Belgium
  • report of F-word festival in Amsterdam
  • photos from zine events
  • DIY: zine tools
  • and more!

It costs only 2 euros (+ postage) for 36 full-packed pages and golden stars! Trades are welcome too and distros can get in touch.

Mail to: flapper_grrrl@yahoo.co.uk to place your order.

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What people said about Same Heartbeats?:

  • Same Heartbeats was mentioned in an article Arte Y Cultura Visual about contemporary zines made by women, among such great zines as Culture Slut and Fight Boredom:
    “Same Heartbeats, de la artista e importante activista feminista belga Nina…”
  • The British newspaper Morning Star reviewed my zines:
    “In Same Heartbeats, anarcho-feminist Nina shines a light on activism and self-publishing in her native Belgium and across Europe. Her long-running personal zine has just celebrated its 10th anniversary and in it she champions the DIY communities which fight discrimination, host gigs that push women to the forefront and celebrates being feminist and being queer, while also challenging notions of women’s bodies and identities. As well as publishing her comic-led zines, Nina also runs a punk tape label and she draws inspiration from, and carries the torch for, the riot-grrrl scenes of the 1990s.”
  • At the indie music website Indiestyle you can read:
    “Uiteraard met een feministisch activistische insteek vind je in dit gevarieerde magazine zowel vlot verteerbare, luchtig gebrachte verslagen van Ladyfests en andere bijeenkomsten als uitgebreide interviews en zwaardere, goed gedocumenteerde en beargumenteerde maatschappelijke artikels terug. Daarnaast wordt het geheel nog opgesmukt met onder andere een aantal nuttige tips & tricks en een heleboel uitmuntende illustraties.”
  • And even legendary punk zine Maximumrocknroll wrote a review of Same Heartbeats:
    “This is a really cool feminist zine outta Belgium that reminds me of radical zines from the ’80s and early ’90s, pre riot grrrl. Nina wants a feminist revolution, and this booklet details that fact in detail from a historical perspective covering feminist rock collectives of the ’70s that sprang from the women’s lib movement, and from a perspective of a radical feminist that is trying figure out how her actions can bring about change now… The drawings sort of look like the illustrations on early Raincoats records, so it has this nostalgic early ’80s feel, including the language and pro-collective building styles of feminism she espouses. There’s even writing in here against academic/theoretical feminism, interesting, not sure I agree, but Nina is writing for the people not the ivory tower. I enjoyed reading this, and would recommend it for any feminist readers looking for solidarity…”

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Brussels DIY tourist zine – ideas welcome!

You may know I like maps and making lists of interesting places on those maps. I often include maps inside my zines too. So I had an idea to make a DIY tourist zine for Brussels. I was inspired by a similar zine about Berlin I read a few years ago, by a Berlin mini-zine and a London vegan restaurants zine I read more recently and also by all the cool places I keep stumbling upon in Brussels. So I think Brussels really needs its own DIY tourist zine!

There already is a cool map for young travellers by Use-It, but for my zine I want a more DIY and activist-feminist focus. Think anarchist bookshops, community cafés, squats that have events, locations where you can find zines, volxkeukens/cheap vegan food places, feminist libraries, queer spaces, fat-postive picnic parks, alternative concert venues or theatres, places that offer free or affordable art/craft/printing workshops, and other DIY/activist projects that I can put on a map.

Do you know places I should absolutely mention? I already have quite a list, with great help from friends, but it’s possible something is still missing. (Some places I already have, include Le Space, RoSa, café Boom, Le Bunker, Poisson Sans Bicyclette, Barlok, 123, Judgy Vegan…). Let me know if you have any ideas!

Mail to: flapper_grrrl@yahoo.co.uk or mention your ideas in the comments.

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ZineWriMo: make a media box

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Sea Green Zines’ list of ZineWriMo activities included making a media box yesterday. What is a media box? It is a box in which you keep all sorts of materials you can use to make zines: clippings, scrapbook paper, stamps, washi tapes, stickers, postcards… Sea Green Zines explains it more clearly here and showed their own here. Such media boxes not only keep useful your zine materials but can also help you get inspired when you’re stuck and out of ideas.

Here are my media boxes: I have two for paper: one for clippings / used wrapping paper and one for coloured paper.

And finally a box for stamps, a few yogi tea cards I liked, glow-in-the-dark glitter paint, metallic glitter paint, a few washi tapes, a supercool pen-measure-tool, letra set letters, golden stars…

Apart from that I have drawers in which I keep white/recycled paper and lined paper and drawing / writing / lino-printing materials, as well as some drawers for postcards and stickers. Well, it’s good to be prepared when making zines!

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Speaking Volumes: talk about zines

SPEAKING VOLUMES: Zines

  • Friday November 10th
  • At 18:30
  • ISELP: Bvd Waterloo 31, in Brussels

A talk about zines and how they can be used for feminist radical self-publishing, with videos, zine readings, and zines on display.

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ZineWriMo: my November plans

Last year ZineWriMo (Zine Writing Month) was invented, as a zinester alternative to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month – although it’s very INTERnational) which both take place in November each year. I’m not much of a fiction writer, so ZineWriMo is more for me and also like that the goals you can set for yourself are more flexible and free. I liked the idea of Inktober and similar challenges that encourage experimental drawing too. So I took some time to think about what I wanted to do in November and here are my plans (which may still change!):

banner by Sea Green Zines

  • Blog about ZineWriMo (which I just did!)
  • Finish Same Heartbeats #12
  • Make at least 1 mini-zine
  • Design and make a bunch of small lino stamps
  • Do a presentation on zines in Brussels on November 10th for the Speaking Volumes series about women’s artist books and feminist self-publishing
  • Participate in the creative coffee meetings in Le Space and work on zine projects there
  • Read zines

If you need some inspiration, here is a list of activities you can do, invented by Sea Green Zines:

Great ideas for ZineWriMo by Sea Green Zines!

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Interesting stuff on the web: DIY events

You’re bored and don’t know what to do or where to go? Check these DIY event websites:

You don’t find anything near you? Do it yourself! Organise your own zine fest! (Or simply get some friends together at a café, library, or your home and work on zines or other creative projects together – like the “creative coffees” and “24 hour zine events” we do in Belgium).

Have fun!

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