I’m not only celebrating International Zine Month this summer but also my zine anniversary (aka zineversary)! So for today’s prompt “HallowZine! Remember zines and zinesters that are no longer with us” I’m going to focus on some of my own ancient out-of-print zines. Let’s dive into my personal zine herstory again and take another look at my oldest zine series…
“Zine Library Day! Search for a zine library in your area and make plans to go someday or contact them about how to include your zine in their collection.”
Do you make zines? How do you make publicity for them? Only online, or offline too? It’s probably a good (and fun) idea to make and print some paper flyers as today’s International Zine Month prompt (see Stolen Sharpie Revolution) suggests:
“Make a flyer for your zine to trade with others, post online, or send out with zine orders and trades”.
I like to include flyers with zine orders and trades (if postage allows something extra) and I also enjoy doing flyer swaps along with zine swaps to support and advertise other zinesters. Besides, there are often spots in cafés, record shops, book shops, cultural centres, community centres, libraries, etc where you can leave your flyers for potential readers to find. I also just like receiving and collecting flyers of DIY projects. They often look so cool and creative and are almost as good as the thing they are advertising.
Here are all my ECHO flyers, from (very) old to brandnew (I just designed the newest one but still need to get it printed):
For the occasion of my zinester anniversary (20 years of making zines! 😮 ), I want to write about my zine journey. This blogpost will tell you all about the first zine I ever made:
Lost Luna buttons available in the Shadow Play EP merch bundles:
- Lost Luna logo
- Lost Luna mixtape
- Riot Grrrl*
*This is a variation on one of the buttons I designed for the Riot Grrrl Collectief +/- 15 years ago.
How to place an order?
- 1,50 euro/button + postage
- Regular merch bundle including all 4 buttons, 1 postcard, 3 mini-zines and a digital download of the Shadow Play EP is 8 euro + postage
- Deluxe merch bundle including all 4 buttons, 5 postcards, 7 mini-zines and a digital download of the Shadow Play EP is 14 euro + postage
Sales from these buttons will be used to fund the production of more Lost Luna music and Echo Zines merch!
Find all Echo buttons/badges here. (More coming soon!)
So you may or may not know that I play guitar and do backing vocals in a band called Lavender Witch since we were founded in 2017. This feminist band is based in Brussels and plays a mix of punk, doomy grunge, indiepop, and 90s alternative rock with feminist, personal, and political lyrics.
Like for every other band, 2020 was a strange year for us. But despite the ongoing pandemic, we still managed to do some fun stuff like play a livestream concert, make a video, and release our debut album Awakening. We also started rehearsing and playing (a few) shows with our new fantastic drummer Nathalie, were interviewed for several alternative media (zines, webmagazines, radio shows, vlogs…), and continued working on new songs.
Exciting news from my band Lavender Witch! Our debut album is now available to pre-order (official release date is July 3rd). With the CD comes a 24-page zine filled with an interview, photos, and lyrics (we like to call them spells). Want some feminist fury, witchy punk, passionate powerpop, and dark 90s influenced tunes? Listen to our songs!
Good morning ✨ The witches are awakening and adding some magic to your life… ✨
Our first album ‘Awakening’ is ready to be pre-ordered! The official release is the 3rd of July but you can already pre-order it on Bandcamp and discover right away some of our new songs, including ‘Not My Sister’!
Order the CD pack with the zine or the digital version. You can also contact us directly to make the transaction (via email or pm). The CD + zine costs 10 euros and the digital version only is 7 euros.
Thank you and see you soon on a stage near you!
🎵Listen and order here: https://lavenderwitch.bandcamp.com/album/awakening
More info: Lavender Witch’s website
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.
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!
How to order this zine?
It costs 1 euro + postage.
Mail me at email@example.com
Check out all of my zines.
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