In March I’ve read some wonderful zines again. I meant to read more but got busy with other things. Still, that gives me a bit more space here to introduce what I did read:
Several of these zines reached me via trades and others were bought online, downloaded, or gifts. I’m very grateful for all of them! ❤
My plan was to read a lot of music zines in March, which I will hopefully continue to do this month and the next because I have a few to catch up on. Last year, I was sent an issue of Lights Go Out which includes an interview with me by John Davison of Cartoons from the Pit zine. It’s about Lavender Witch, the band I play in, as well as my other creative projects. The zine also contains interviews with other bands, (funny and curious) columns, and music reviews. Lights Go Out is classic punk zine and I’m happy that zine genre has made its return because it’s an excellent medium to promote and support the DIY scene!
Underrated Music Humans is a pocket-sized zine by the author of the zine Chisel Tip. It lists a lot of suggestions for lesser-known bands and musicians to check out. These include Delta 5, Slant 6, Princess Nokia, and lots of others I had never heard of before in a variety of styles (so you’ll certainly find some you’ll be curious about). For each band or artist there’s some basic info, an image, and a recommended album to start with.
Next, I can highly recommend Weirdo which is made by and amplifies the voices of South Asians in alternative subcultures in the UK. It’s packed with interviews and cool photos. The interviews talk about growing up feeling different or like a “weirdo”, feeling alienated or at home in various music (sub)cultures, fashion and style, and more. I bought the digital copy (which I printed myself) to avoid all the EU VAT shit but you can get a physical copy too.
Then we’ve got a wonderfully witchy zine called Unfamiliar Hour whose pages are so beautiful and inspiring and just what I needed from a zine right now. It’s a glossy full-colour print with recipes, photography, and artwork and for the theme of new beginnings it includes information about the fool tarot card, the berkana rune, Pluto, and more. (By the way, I’m in the “Pluto is a planet” camp 😉 ).
Faces is a real flipbook-zine! It shows the phases – or faces 🙂 – of the moon and is an amazing work of art in my opinion. Extra fun to flip through this in the moonlight! Nicole E. Schlosser who created Faces traded zines and other creations with me and I was very happy to discover Nicole’s work because it’s all amazing (you can see a patch, cards, and sticker on my Ostara altar here).
LVDR is a sapphic-powered zine which includes contributions with several lesBIan/queer/trans/enby artists who introduce their work or share their art. The name of the zine refers to the colour lavender of course which is associated with the lesbian movement. It’s a very prolific zine with many issues (this is the latest one) which can be acquired as a pdf as well as a printed version. I like how LVDR serves as platform to share the art of creative queers that readers like me might otherwise not have an opportunity to discover.
There’s artwork and writing by lots of different zinesters in the pocket-sized Pocket Thoughts zine, edited by Ryan, too. I recognise the names of some of the contributors which is always nice and I love the diversity and power of the artwork in its pages. A great introduction to the work of some of the great zinesters out there in the world. Be sure to check out Ryan’s other zines as well (you can find some of his zine cover pages in the back of this one).
During the recent March 8th demo in my city, Julie Van Wezemael gave me a copy of Wuthering Heights, her newest zine that had just rolled off the printers that very same day. So nice! It features her awesome drawings, printed in black & white, referring to the Kate Bush song and video for “Wuthering Heights”. The zine is like a folded mini-zine but it’s printed on A3 paper which makes the zine itself A6. Be sure to check out Julie’s other artwork (in colour) as well!
Finally, I stumbled upon the KC Zine Con Zine Scouts mini-zine online and thought it was a cute idea to invent merity badges for participants in the KC Zine Con events. I couldn’t find the actual link to the pdf anymore but their website has other free mini-zines you can download. (This was actually the only mini-zine I read during Mini Zine March, oops).