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:
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… 🙂
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…
Hello there! Did you participate in ZineWriMo 2020 (Zine Writing Month = November)? How did it go for you? As expected I took things slowly, didn’t follow the official prompts list, didn’t regularly blog about ZineWriMo but did do quite some zine-related things.
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).
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”.
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
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*.
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. 🙂 She also wrote an entire post about her “re-zine-lutions“.
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.