This was a very productive two months of zine-reading so here I present my zine reading list for April and May. When possible, I provided links to blogs, facebook pages, or online shops where you can find these amazing publications. If you’re interested in a zine for which I didn’t mention any website, let me know and I may be able to get you in touch with the zinester.
Perzines, zines with a focus on personal or autobiographical content, are one of my favourite zine genres. To be honest I think almost every zine has some personal aspect because all zine writers put so much of themselves in their publications. These last two months I read a lot of perzines and personal newsletters, about daily thoughts, creative projects, and mental health, about tv series/films and long-distance relationship travelling, and about summer trips.
I read some feminist zines, specifically about anarcha-feminism (with a variety of hisorical and contemporary subjects, written in Dutch) and about DIY/art (with beautiful illustrations), as well as some zines focusing on violence: one on street harassment (very interesting, covering the subject from different angles) and one on how the Centre for care after sexual violence in Belgium was beneficial for the author (in 3 languages: English, French, Dutch).
Then I was so lucky to be given two beautiful and spooky zines, one featuring little cute witches and ghosts, and one on witchcraft, specific witches in mythology/tv series, mermaids, drag queens, Starhawk, and utopia.
Lists are a common thing in zines and I read some that were entirely focused on or built up on lists: lists of self-carved stamps (made me want to make lino stamps again), things that make the author happy (excellent self-care tips), places where the zinester used to live (enjoyed reading this a lot, quite nostalgic), and a special list zine (again inspiring to make something like this myself one day).
Then there were a bunch of comics: about a sad ghost (that works as a kind of self-care zine), a squatter’s variation on the fox and quirrel tale by Toon Tellegen, the story of partisan Sarah “Lilly” Goldberg during WWII (very funny and great drawing style), recognising the grandma in yourself (cute, written in Dutch), living in a shared flat and discovering cabaret, and strange dreamy parties (by one of the Zine Happening organisers, I love her rough style).
Two poetry zines: one about menstruation with full-colour artwork, and the other mixed with essays, reflections, and very ziney collages in multiple languages (Dutch, English, Swedish).
And finally: a variety of different publications including a very informative and well-researched (but still very accessible to read) zine about women and minorities in space (with real glow-in-the-dark stickers!), a cute little booklet about inventories of adventurers (for a D&D inspired Slowquest game zine), an inspiring and enthusiastic zine about gardering including recipes, and a collaborative zine about punk.
Let me know if you would like to trade zines, and YOUR zine might end up here on my reading list too! 🙂