How to celebrate a zine anniversary in a pandemic?

How to celebrate a zineversary or zine anniversary in a pandemic?

Hmmm, honestly I’m not so sure… This summer it’s been 20 years since I put out my very first zine called Punk Feminist Mini Zine and I’ve been wanting to do “something” to celebrate that. In May I wrote down a list of ideas on this blog but some of those ideas seem hard to put into practice at the moment because of the ongoing pandemic (zine residency, zine tour, zine party?) even though I’d very much like to make them happen. I’m also not much of an “organiser” so even in non-covid times I wouldn’t really know how to go about some of my ideas.

But at least I have done some stuff… and plan to do some more:

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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… ūüôā

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My plans and dreams for 2021

It’s kind of weird to think about what I want to do in 2021 when it’s still unsure what the pandemic situation will be like and what the consequences will be. But a grrrl can dream (and it keeps me going). To be honest I am really lucky that a lot of my passions and occupations can be done at my home, like drawing, making zines, playing guitar, sewing… Even though it would be nice to be able to travel again next year, I admit the quietness of the lockdown was at times really welcome too. I’d like to keep some of that quietness but without any anxiety or risk of getting infected by or passing on a dangerous virus like covid-19…

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Welcome to ZineWriMo 2020

Hello and welcome to the first day of Zine Writing Month aka ZineWriMo 2020! This month is all about making and writing your own zines. As usual, Sea Green Zines made the official list of fun prompts. ->

I hope ZineWriMo will help to distract and entertain me during these dark pandemic Autumn days but at the same time I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself because things are already stressful. I’d love to do a lot of the suggested prompts but it’s fine if I don’t do all/most/any of them. (At least I’ve started well by brainstorming about my plans for this month).

Some other things I’d like to do this month:

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ZineWriMo 2019: day 1-3

List of ZineWriMo 2019 prompts by Sea Green Zines

Welcome to ZineWriMo 2019! ZineWriMo stands for “Zine Writing Month” and takes place every year in November. I wrote a bit about my plans here and I’m gonna try to keep track of my weekly progress on this blog.

Not so much was done over the past few days. On Sunday, I intended to go to a zine-making meeting organised by Engagement but felt ill, so I stayed at home. Instead I wrote some reviews of the zines I’ve read over the past two months. These should be finished and posted on this blog very soon!

I did make a bit of progress on the splitzine I’m working on with Kirsty – making lay-outs and editing texts – and I collected some ideas for mini-zines. I have so many mini-zine ideas! I keep an entire list in my “ideas notebook”.

Some almost finished pages for Same Heartbeats #16

Making mini-zines is very relaxing for me. I create them entirely by hand: hand-writing, drawing, and using washi tape, stickers, and collage materials to make it look interesting graphically. Sometimes they are well thought-through and planned out and sometimes they are made very spontaneously, or a combination of both. I enjoy experimenting with styles, lay-outs, and colours. So if you want to make one too, start with some mini-zine blanks as recommended in the prompts list and then go wild!

My plans for the coming weeks:

  • Finish writing those mini-reviews
  • Make at least one mini-zine
  • Continue working on my side of the split zine I’m making together with Kirsty
  • Reprint some zines that are almost out of print
  • Update my “zine travel kit”
  • Update my “ideas notebook”
  • Write letters and send snail mail
  • Blog about everything

Read more abut ZineWriMo on Sea Green Zines’ blog. There is also a ZineWriMo facebook group you can join.

International Zine Month 2019 in July! My plans are…

International Zine Month (July) starts today, so it’s time to make/reveal some plans! Alex Wrekk of Stolen Sharpie Revolution and Brainscan zine invented IZM and she has made a new poster with activities you can do during this month. Very exciting! Download and print the poster here.

I don’t think I’ll have time or energy to do everything on the list but here are some things I would certainly like to do this year:

My IZM plan:

  • July 5 – review a zine (or all the zines I read in June)
  • July 6 – zine pride day: read queer zines
  • July 7+23 – order zines from a distro
  • July 8 – cook with a recipe I found in a zine (or write a recipe for my own zine?)
  • July 9+10 – write letters to zinesters
  • July 12 – update and add pages on ZineWiki
  • July 14 – ValenZines: give yourself some zine love
  • July 17 – make a new flyer to advertise my zines
  • July 18 – trade zines
  • July 26 – organise your zine collection
  • July 27 – attend a zine event (Swindon Zine Fest and the next day North West Zine Fest)
  • July 29 – take photo of my zine(s) or zine collection (will do that another day)

Extra things:

  • finish at least 1 zine
  • blog about IZM2019
  • read lots of zines and zine anthology books
  • put together a IZM2019 playlist

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Happy International Zine Month! What are you doing this July?

Interesting stuff on the web: other zinesters’ new year’s blogposts

Yesterday I wrote my new year’s post on this blog, and today I’d like to share those of other zine makers:

I love new year’s blog¬†posts written by zinesters because I love to read about their accomplishments and plans, get ideas and inspiration from it and just look forward to reading more of their work.¬†These¬†blogs¬†feels very encouraging because making zines is not about competition but about sharing and¬†support. While I’m amazed by the creative output of these zinesters they also remind me in their posts that taking regular breaks and not putting too much pressure on oneself is a good plan, that life happens,¬†and that procrastition is really fine in the zineverse*.

[* “Zineverse” is a term coined by Nyx of Sea Green Zines]

Chainsaw Bunny says: “arrr!” for no reason at all. She might have to start her own blog. Her New Year’s resolutions are: “eat more carrot cake” and “destroy more things with my chainsaw”, in no particular order.

Let’s¬†start¬†with¬†my zine friend Nyx of Sea Green Zines who blogged about her New Year’s Eve, her outlook on 2019 and her new¬†zine storage¬†system. As I have a huge zine collection myself, I’m always curious to see how others organise their zines.

Hadass, another zine (trading) pal, wrote about her plans for 2019 that include zine things and non-zine things. Yeah, I sometimes forget, but life is not only about zines. ūüôā She also wrote an entire post about her “re-zine-lutions“.

On the blog of Holly of Cool Schmool (who make the zine series¬†Me and Bruce among others) there is an overview of her favourite zines of 2018 as well as all a post about all of¬†the zine-related things¬†she did,¬†made,¬†and¬†organised in 2018 (a lot!) as well as reminders to take it easy and say “no” to stuff to avoid burn-out.

And finally, zinester Emma of Fanzine Ynfytyn wrote about what 2018 was like for her (both very difficult things and creative stuff) as well as about what she hopes to do in 2019 (from sending more post to growing cacti).

So this was my little effort of amplifying some other zinesters’ voices. Enjoy reading their blogs! If you wrote something about 2018/2019 yourself, please share¬†the link¬†in the comments.

You can read all about my own 2018 year overview and my plans for 2019 here.

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