IZM 2022 – week 4 + round-up

Today is the last day of IZM aka International Zine Month. What have you been doing this month? Have you started new creative projects? Finished and printed a zine? Wrote in your journal? Visited a zine library? Read self-published comics? Rested to recharge your battery?

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Echo news (March 2022) – Lost Luna, zine libraries, reviews, and exhibition

It’s been a while since I posted one of these big updates with news and upcoming events. But I’ve got some exciting things to share with you.

So here is news about my newest zine/craft/music projects, radio shows that played my songs, libraries that acquired my zines, reviews, an upcoming exhibition, and more…

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International Zine Month 2021 – my zine collection

I love today’s International Zine Day prompt because I’m such a zine geek!

“Organize your zine collection. Post a shelfie online.”

So thank you, Stolen Sharpie Revolution for inventing that prompt and the word “shelfie”! 🙂

I have a pretty large personal zine collection, from having acquired zines for more than 20 years (buying them, trading them, getting some for free…). Most of the zines I’ve read are stored and organised in magazine boxes on book shelves, and smaller sized zines in smaller boxes. The big boxes are arranged according to subject (meta zines, queer zines, self-care, witchy… and so on) and the smaller ones according to country (it’s just easier for me to find things that way). Some parts of my zine shelves look a bit messy I think. Time to tidy and reorganise those parts and also read more unread zines so I can put them in the pretty boxes (and so I can enjoy exploring those unread zines of course). 🙂

Here are some photos of my zine collection:

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International Zine Month 2021 – zine library day

Today is Zine Library Day, part of International Zine Month! Stolen Sharpie Revolution says:

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.”

For this occasion I’d like to talk about the zine library of the Girls Go BOOM Clubhouse in Ghent (Belgium), the only zine library I’ve visited in the past 1,5 year!

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Echo news overview: what have I been up to (June 2021)

I haven’t done one of these updates in a while but now there are a bunch of things I’d like to share. So this is a list of news and announcements about projects I’ve been involved in lately, going from zine readings, exhibitions, and virtual zine fests to illustrations, podcasts, and music.

Even though the pandemic and semi-lockdown are still going on, I’m lucky to find a lot of options to remain creative and do stuff from home. It’s what gets me through these days and puts a smile on my face (same in non-lockdown times actually – seems like my life hasn’t changed that much). Please stay safe & enjoy reading my Echo “newsletter”:

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News & updates: zines, libraries, workshops, band, and my zinester anniversary

It’s been a long while since I’ve had any news to share here beyond the zines I’ve been making during the lockdown in the past few months. But now the end of the summer is approaching, there is some exciting stuff happening and not just online!

These announcements include a zine workshop I’ll be doing in October, zine library donations, news from my band Lavender Witch, and… an upcoming zinester anniversary!!

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Support the Archive of Youth Culture in Berlin!

The Archive of Youth Culture (or Archiv der Jugendkulturen) in Berlin needs your help! Because they need to move soon they are looking for financial support. They’ve set up a crowdfunding campaign that you can donate to.

This archive is my favourite place in Berlin (which says a lot because they are a lot of great places there) because it has an awesome collection of books about subcultures such as riot grrrl, punk, grunge, hiphop, and more, as well as lots of boxes full of zines. It is a very welcoming place with super friendly and enthusiastic staff where you can browse and do (DIY) research at ease. It’s so important for places like this to exist to be able to preserve youth culture and counter culture heritage which might otherwise get lost and forgotten. So if you can, support them AND visit them!

(Some photos of my visits)

Opening of the new Girls Go BOOM Clubhouse

Last Saturday I visited the new Girls Go BOOM Clubhouse in Ghent (Belgium). Girls Go BOOM is a DIY collective who put up shows for female(fronted) bands and organise other feminist activities as well. They were offered a space at the Meubelfabriek, a huge building with lots of rooms that are going to be used by different organisations and projects including a bike repair shop, a community garden, and an anarchist boxing club! Saturday was the official opening of the Meubelfabriek during which all the residents could introduce themselves. Girls Go BOOM built a rehearsal space there and has a living room-like space with a library and distro. It looked really cool!

What struck me most was that there were zines EVERYWHERE in the Girls Go BOOM Clubhouse! So I had to take lots of pictures. 🙂 In the library you can read zines like Vinyldyke, Artificial Womb, and Ladyfuzz, and even zines by yours truly as well as books about feminism and women in rock. For the opening of the space, Girls Go BOOM organised a “zine jam”, meaning you could just come by and make a zine. I used this opportunity to draw for upcoming issues of Same Heartbeats (yeah, I’m working on two issues at the same time…).

I’m already curious for what kind of activities Girls Go BOOM will organise in their clubhouse in the future! For sure it’s amazing to have such a space for your own project and I’m sure they’ll make good use of it!

More photos…

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