I’m currently working on Same Heartbeats #10 which should come out this year and for this occasion – and the 15th anniversary of my zine project ECHO – I decided to reprint the first 3 issues of Same Heartbeats, which have been out of print for a while. So you can now order all 9 issues of this zine and complete your collection! Triple yay!
A little bit of info on the first 3 issues of Same Heartbeats:
Same Heartbeats is sort of the successor of Flapper Gathering, which ran for 6 issues and aimed to be the riot grrrl/DIY feminist zine for Belgium. Even though Same Heartbeats is more personal and free, there are similarities such as articles on feminist issues and reports on feminist events. Same Heartbeats started in 2006/2007 as an attempt to make a series of zines in the vein of Not Lady-like which I enjoyed making a lot. I liked the idea of a feminist travel zine mixed with drawings, comics, reports documenting the DIY feminist scene, calls for feminist activism, promoting zines & self-publishing and snippets of “craft enthusiasm”. I basicly write about what I’m interested in. The first issue of SHB includes reflections on DIY feminist activism and looking back on all kinds of exciting events taking place in 2006: Ladyfest Amsterdam, Ladyfest Brussels, Ladies’ Room (a feminist art project I did in Hasselt), Freak Out Fest in Rome and Up The Grrrls in Paris. All in cut & paste hand-made layout.
With a drawing of a giant ex-squat in Hasselt on the cover, Same Heartbeats went on. Content includes articles about autonomous media and craft activism, travel/event reports (mini-Ladyfests in Brussels, Ladyfest Berlin 2007, Ladyfest Amsterdam 2008, queer fests and more), and DIY how-tos about Audacity, cloth pads and recycling an old pairs of trousers to an apron/toolbelt. I was clearly enjoying making this zine, so I just kept going…
Same Heartbeats #3
The 3rd issue of SHB and still fully hand-layouted! There are articles on racism in activist movements, DIY vs professional artists, feminist herstory and waves, and self-publishing and feminism, as well as reports from 2008-2009 on Buy Nothing Make Something (an event I co-organised), Infomania talks on feminism, HexeNacht / take back the night, Civil Media UnConference, Zine/DIY Gathering (another event I organised), Ladyfest Liège, L-Salon II and Elles Tournent. And finally a DIY guide to guitar chords. Lots of Belgian queer-feminist herstory in here as well as more theoretical stuff.
All 3 of the zines cost 2 euros each (+ postage). Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to order them. Interested in trades (esp. feminist personal-political zines). Looking for distros too!
More info about all of my zines here.