Discover my queerest zines! (for Queer Zest Zine Fest)

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… 🙂

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International Zine Month 2021 – L7 zines

A few days ago, I decided to invent a new International Zine Month prompt to encourage myself and others to delve into the relationship between zines and music. The idea of this prompt is that you can do or make (and/or share online) anything relating to music and zines. This can include making a playlist about zine-related songs, researching the herstory of zines in music subcultures, marveling over your favourite music fanzines, or making a zine about your favourite band. I invite you to participate and post about it online before the end of July (and let me know about it)!

Read on to find out what I did for this prompt…

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FAN ZIJN exhibition about music and fanzines

A few days ago I went to the exhibition FAN ZIJN (“being a fan”) in the public library of Sint-Niklaas, a small city in Belgium. It’s part of the PPPUSH-IT project, an event with walking tours and exhibitions in Sint-Niklaas related to music, and FAN ZIJN focuses on zines, fandom, music and DIY culture. You can see local and international fanzines from the 80s up till today (like Cometbus), alongside some tapes, T-shirts, and badges, as well as videos of interviews with zine makers (including Vinyldyke) and informative and encouraging tutorials. There’s a focus on punk and hardcore, riot grrrl and feminist rock, anarchist, and gothic subcultures. The original zines are shown under glass while some pages have been photocopied and stuck on panels which reminded me both of oldschool xeroxed fanzines (which of course are still made today, including by me) and posters advertising punk shows.

It’s a pity the exhibition only runs until June 20th because I wish more people could see it all throughout the summer (covid also doesn’t help). As far as I know this is the first exhibition in Belgium that focuses on zines and I really think it could make a great travelling exhibition. If you can, go see this fan-tastic expo! (I’m not just saying that because some of my zines are part of it). Register to visit on weekend days here or just go during the opening hours of the library. The exhibition can be found on the ground floor, first and second floor of the library, there is an elevator and entrance is free.

Photo time…

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Fanzine exhibition at the public library of Sint-Niklaas

Some of my zines are part of this exhibition about fandom, music, and zines:

 

FAN ZIJN expo

“Fan zijn, wat is dat juist? Misschien ben je wel een stiekeme fan en blijf je graag wat meer onder de radar? Met een slaapkamer die volhangt met posters van je idool of wie weet, zelfs een dekbedovertrek. Maar wat als je net met Jan en alleman wil delen van wie jij fan bent? Hoe toon je dat ‘fan zijn’ aan de wereld? Door een t-shirt van je favoriete band of artiest aan te trekken? Of ga je all the way en maak je zelf een Fanzine from scratch?

De Bib verzamelde Fanzines van vroeger en nu, die veel meer coveren dan het vertellen van een muzikaal verhaal. De makers ervan schrijven niet enkel óver, maar ook vóór hun gemeenschap, hun subcultuur. Deze Fanzines zijn verbluffende, visueel prikkelende documenten die getuigen van een enorme Do It Yourself-attitude.

Dat de streamingplatformen intussen de wereld hebben veroverd moeten we je niet vertellen. Dat de cassette bezig is aan een heuse opmars en terugvecht voor zijn ereplaats is wel groot en vooral verrassend nieuws! Treed naast de platgetreden Spotify-paden en (her)ontdek de fysieke ervaring van de cassette.

Echte fans herken je meteen aan hun band shirt. Trek je coolste bandshirt aan en vereeuwig jezelf op onze wall of fame!

FAN ZIJN is een onderdeel van PPPUSH-IT”

More info @ UitinVlaanderen

More info @ Pppush-it

When?

Visit on Saturdays or Sundays from May 7th – June 20th 2021

Free entrance: book to visit

Where?

Bibliotheek Sint-Niklaas
3 Hendrik Heymanplein
9100 Sint-Niklaas
Belgium

 

L7 video for “Fake Friends”

L7 has a new video out for their song “Fake Friends” and it rocks (of course)!

The footage includes artwork and photos sent in by fans, including a drawing of Jennifer Finch, their bassist, made by me (at 00:46)! Do you know in which zine and issue that drawing first appeared?

Some day I really need to make a fanzine about L7 but for now I’m working on a diary comic zine with lots of references to this great band… 🙂 More news about that soon! For now, let’s do some bedroom dancing to L7’s video:

 

Zines about music available from ECHO

When I started out making (fan)zines in 2001, writing about music was a big part of them. Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney featured on the cover of my very first zine called Punk Feminist Mini-Zine (now out of print) and in my zine series Flapper Gathering (also out of print), I regularly published concert and album reviews. I was inspired by riot grrrl and punk and it showed when glancing through the pages of these publications.

My current zine series Same Heartbeats continued where Flapper Gathering left off. It includes reports of feminist festivals and comics about the bands I play(ed) in. Recently I’ve also published a few zines that focus entirely on (playing) music and fandom. I intend to write more about these subjects in the future because my fascination with music, bands, instruments, and song-writing continues.

Here is a list of my zines about music that are still available to order or trade:

Mail me to place an order.

 

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Alice in Chains fandom = new fanzine?

Today is Layne Staley day. It is the birthday of the late singer of Alice in Chains and the city of Seattle officially proclaimed this day as a moment to remember him.

In the past few months I’ve been listening a lot to Alice in Chains, (re)discovering their old songs and their later albums with their new singer William DuVall. They toured Europe a few months ago but I missed this so instead I’ve been devouring all of their music on CD and online. Like when I was discovering Yngwie Malmsteen’s repertoire a year ago, I would like to write about my current music fandom in a zine(s). And this evening, that’s what I intend to spend my time doing, as well as trying to play some of their riffs (which with Yngwie was near impossible…) and hoping they’ll do a European tour soon again, preferably together with Veruca Salt and L7 (dream line-up! 🙂 ).

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PS. If you know of the existence of any Alice n Chains fanzines, please tell me!

PPS. Taking about music, I may have some exciting news about Lavender Witch very soon!

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Reprint of From Spice Girls to Riot Grrrls

Recently I’ve printed, cut, folded, and bound new copies of the zine From Spice Girls to Riot Grrrls because it was completely sold-out! It’s clearly one of my most popular zines so far…

The zine talks about the evolution of my music taste (from the Spice Girls to riot grrrl, queercore, grunge, and punk bands), fandom, nostalgia, and more. Subjects that continue to keep my mind occupied and that I also wrote about in another zine called YngWHO? and in my ongoing zine series Same Heartbeats. I’ll probably keep writing about all of this… and I’m also always curious to hear your thoughts!

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How to order this zine?

It costs 1 euro + postage.
Mail me at flapper_grrrl@yahoo.co.uk

Read more about this zine.
Read more about how to place an order.

Check out all of my zines.

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New zine: YngWHO?

YngWHO? – a fanzine about growing up in the 80s, queerness, fandom, and Yngwie Malmsteen

My new zine YngWHO? talks about a lot of things, so you don’t need to be a fan or even have heard of Yngwie Malmsteen. I didn’t know who he was before last summer… (He’s a guitarist who started out in the 80s and supposedly invented neoclassical rock/metal). But because I became a fan over the summer, I decided a zine was in order and I used it to write about a number of subjects.

Even though I call YngWHO? a fanzine, it’s as much a perzine*. It’s written from a fan perspective and I write about fandom as well as about personal things like memories from the 80s and gender stuff.

What can you find in this zine?

  • all things Yngwie, including how I discovered his music, what we can learn from him, and reasons to hate him (yep)
  • thoughts about fandom and fame
  • thoughts about queerness, gender expression, and the 80s
  • film / book / zine recommendations
  • and also… a poster, a puzzle, and a paper doll! 🙂

The zine is 32 pages, in A5 format. The cover is printed on coloured paper, the inside pages on recycled paper, and it’s bound by yellow yarn.

For sale: 2 euros + postage
Trades welcome!
Distros: get in touch!
Mail to flapper_grrrl@yahoo.co.uk

*perzine is short for personal zine, a zine focusing on personal/autobiographical content, while a fanzine is about (a) subject(s) that the author is a fan of, is passionate about, or simply likes a lot.

ZineWriMo 2018 – third week (brain food, creative gatherings and ziiines)

We’ve arrived at the beginning of week 4 and I’m slowly carrying on with the ZineWriMo zines and prompts. Here is a little summary of what I did in week 3:

The prompt for Monday (day 12) was to make a fanzine, so I occupied myself with writing and structuring my fanzine YngWHO. It will still take a while before it’s finished though so I probably won’t get it printed and published this month. But I’m still happy with the progress I’m making. In the meantime I’m also reading Yngwie Malmsteen’s memoir, Relentless, which helps to keep me motivated (lots of funny stories in there, I think he should write perzines himself).

The drummer of my band is finishing up her mini-zine on how to play drums and it already looks very cool! It also inspires me to keep working on Guitarrr #2. Almost done, almost done…

Another ZineWriMo prompt for last week was sharing your snacks of choice that help to make zines. I’m gonna interpret this a bit broader than just edible food and expand it to brain food in general. Then music comes on the first place, especially as I’m making several zines related to music at the moment. Sometimes I like to work in silence, or while watching a tv show, but mostly I enjoy some good motivating rock music on the background. In the past week that’s been Paradise Lost (“As I die”), Marty Friedman (“Forbidden City”), the “Proud like a God” CD of Guano Apes, and well… lots of Yngwie.

On Thursday my friend J and I had a little crafty evening during which they were knitting and embroidering and I was drawing guitars for Guitarrr #2. We want to organise more crafty gatherings where we live because we enjoyed it a lot. It also really helps to work on creative stuff together to prevent procrastination. In Brussels some of my friends organise similar creative get-togethers and it’s always fun too, even though I don’t manage to go very often anymore.

What have you been up to this week?

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