Hi there! This weekend it’s Queer Zest Zine Fest: a virtual zine fest with queer zinesters showing their creations, workshops, and online meet-ups. Find all info here and also check my little participation announcement poster.
I love to read AND make queer zines. There probably exist queerious vibes in all of my zines but they are most clear and obvious in the zines I’ve listed below. In those zines I write and draw about non-conforming gender expression (and feeling pressure to conform), trying to understand (my) gender, lesbophobia in feminist spaces, queer subculture/events, LGBTQIA+ musicians, hating TERFs and fighting transphobia, exploring and relating to queerness in 80s rock stars… Often these writings are a mix of personal reflections and fandom while trying to find some political meaning in between.
Scroll down to the end of this post to find my ideas for future queer zines… 🙂
MY QUEEREST ZINES:
My most queer zine so far? Dirty Lesbian was born out of a lesbophobic incident and aimed to re-invent lesbian feminism, to reclaim lesbianism but also to fight for a trans-inclusive lesbian and feminist movement.
This zine includes a comic about the lesbophobic incident I mentioned above, a privilege check list for straight feminists, a hate list (spoiler alert: TERFs on number one!), my lesbian heroines, two mini-posters, and more.
1 euro + postage (this zine is not available for cis men, check out my other zines instead)
A fun & funny fanzine about the 80s, queerness, identifying with male rockstars, music, and fandom. It’s centred around hardrock guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen but you don’t need to like or know him to enjoy reading this zine.
2 euro + postage
Same Heartbeats is my ongoing DIY feminist perzines series and writing about queer or gender issues fits well inside this personal publication.
- SHB#13: includes a representation of my gender through badges, a drawing of the queercore band Team Dresch and some thoughts on the band Sleater-Kinney
- SHB#12: includes a personal text about gender expression and being “not so feminine” and a comic about the advantages of long hair
- SHB#7: includes a report of Queer Zine Fest London
- SHB#2: includes reports of queer festivals
- SHB#1: includes reports of queer festivals
2 euro + postage
This 24-hour-zine about the word “space” in all its different meanings includes writing and photos about a lesbian-feminist haunted house (yes, this really exists, I’m not making it up!).
2 euros + postage
Confined is my lockdown diary comic and in this first issue I was exploring my gender expression and clothes style while in lockdown and feeling a bit more free to experiment and try things out. I made a drawing that is a bit similar to the “macho metal dysphoria” illustration I made for Vinyldyke #3 which you should definitely check. I also mention the comic book Genderqueer that I was reading at that time.
3 euros + postage
Echotopia is a “best of” zine that compiled articles and artwork from the first 10 years of Echo Zines (2001-2011). This includes an article I wrote about trying to figure out gender identity. I plan on making a new issue of Echotopia soon because I’m now celebrating 20 years of making zines!
3 euro + postage
This mini-zine is meant as a supportive tool for queer people and others struggling to visit their unsupportive family members during family gatherings like Christmas. It will unfortunately not magically turn your family into the best queer allies but it offers some coping strategies for dealing with family visits.
0,50 + postage
From Spice Girls to Riot Grrrls is a music fanzine that talks about my journey as a music fan and about queer bands and artists such as Skunk Anansie and Team Dresch, among many others. It also mentions my encounters with the (probably) lesbian/bi/queer person working at the music shop in the town where I grew up. I guess music made me queer. 😉
1 euro + postage
HOW TO GET ANY OF THESE ZINES?
Order zines by mailing me! You can also contact me if you have any questions, for example about postage and stuff.
More thematic lists of my zines:
FUTURE QUEER ZINE PLANS:
- I’m thinking about and have started sketching a mini-zine about gender expression and clothes.
- I’d like to make a mini-zine to help fight TERF hate. Working title: “This Bunny slays TERFS”. 🙂
- I also want to make a zine or mini-zine about queercore or queer bands, maybe as part of the Lost Luna series.
Zoom and Discord session on August 8th: