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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Zines I’ve read in 2022 (February)

Curious about which zines I’ve read in February? Here you can see them all… They include perzines (with a focus on autobiographical content), artzines (with a focus on the artwork / visual aspect), colourful mini-zines* (one-page folded booklets), activist zines, and even a 24 hour zine (I love those!) with a prompt from yours truly. The zines contain collages, drawings, digital art, tetra pack prints, daily photos with personal stories, poetry, research, and a variety of other writings and artwork. They talk about the history of witch persecutions and its relation to the rise of capitalism and patriarchy, “wine moms” aka “cis-core” (or white middleclass cis norms), herbs for reproductive care, food, the power of community, daily life in the pandemic, cassette tapes, anxiety for climate change, dinosaurs, translated and illustrated Greek/English/Spanish feminist and queer slogans, (family) trees, and more… I think this is a super inspiring collection of zines, showing the great diversity and endless possibilities of this DIY media format. ❤

*By the way, it’s Mini Zine March this month!

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Zines I’ve read in 2022 (January)

Here I am again to show you the zines that I’ve read in the first month of 2022. These include zines with a personal/autobiographical focus, zines with great visual appeal (particularly a few that make wonderful use of collages), zines that discuss political issues, and zines sharing the author’s passions. The personal zines or perzines I read share thoughts about and experiences with mental health and disability, the importance of (centering) friendship, doing a Phd during the pandemic, growing older, and there was even a zine that celebrates perzines and invites you to make your own. I’ve had the opportunity to read a few mini-zines that were made during a workshop by Shabbes 24/7 and that talk about diaspora, identity, and home. Then there were some zines that are more educational about questioning your gender identity (especially as a cis person) and tips for what to do when you feel miserable. Finally I’ve read a colouring book with illustrations in support of abortion activism, a study into (un)censorship and subcultures, a colourful choose-your-own-adventure situated in a research context, a beautiful risographed mini-zine, and a celebration of the greatest albums of 2021.

Several of these zines I received from zinester pen pals who I’ve been trading zines with for a while (you know who you are 🙂 ) and it’s so precious to know they keep making their wonderful publications and keep contributing to building a zine community. I’m honoured and grateful to receive and read what they create. ❤

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Zines I’ve read in 2021 (December)

Here are the final zines I read in 2021… It feels nice to share all these beautiful creations on my blog in the hopes they may find more readers. Look back at other posts like these to discover more zine gems.

As usual I wanted to read so much more zines in December but didn’t manage to… Don’t you wish there were more hours in the day to spend on reading too? Anyway, I’m happy I did get to read this lovely pile of newsletters, photo-perzines, art-fanzines, quaranzines, experimental artzines, collage-based creations, and more… The authors wrote and made art about cemetaries, mental health & therapy, vulvas, body image & gender expression, daily life, fandom, among other things. In other words: real cool stuff!

Take a look…

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Zines I’ve read in 2021 (September)

I tried to read more books and graphic novels in September and found it a bit harder to concentrate on zines (and reading in general tbh) so not as many zines here as in some of the previous months this year. It’s still a wonderful selection but I wish I could have read more of the publications that I recently received. Well, next month then hopefully.

Inside these zines you can read about doing a PhD on DIY culture as a working-class person, interviews with female and queer musicians, the ongoing impact of brain injury, memories connected to places in London, stories featuring water and water creatures, tips for things to do instead of doom scrolling, advice for working from home, photos of dark abandonned buildings, geekiness and fandom, travelling to Paris, a roadtrip in the US, fictional frendship stories, cat-related cross stitch patterns, info on grattitude journaling, and much more. There are also a few meta zines (zines about zines), a small comic adventure, and a perzine/quaranzine.

Again, I really enjoyed reading these and would encourage you to check them out! Thanks everyone who has been sending me zines recently and over the years! ❤

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Zines I’ve read in 2021 (August)

Here we are again with all the zines I read during the previous month. I’ve had the pleasure to read lots of beautiful and interesting creations which I’m super grateful for. ❤

This summer’s zine haul includes a zine series about the impact of brain surgery, a perzine with vegan recipes and life advice from the author’s cats, a perzine about love/care and self-harm, mini-zines with wisdoms from queer and trans role models, fairytales that turn around the story and change the perspective, and funny comics about feminists, butches, and the herstory of menstrual cups. The creators of these publications share their love for skating and for karaoke during lockdown, talk about self-care and body positivity in summer, and make wonderful use of collages and comics that give me “goesting” (make me want) to work on my zines right away! And that’s the best compliment any zinester can get! 🙂

Here are more photos of all the zines I read in August… Scroll down for websites where you can find the zines and for some paper models I received as a trade:

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Zines I’ve read in 2021 (July) – International Zine Month edition

I intended to read at least one zine every day in July for International Zine Month (IZM) and succeeded! I ended up reading 46 in total. My selection for this reading challenge included a comic about travel adventures, a comic about overcoming tiredness, metazines encouraging readers to make their own zines, several riot grrrl zines from different parts of the world including Brazil and Denmark, a few quaranzines with personal reflections and experiences, a Jewish queer zine with personal-political stories and artwork, a zine about dealing with abuse and community accountability, a fanzine about horror films directed by women, personal-political zines about manarchists and anarchist organising, perzines with a glimpse into the life of the authors, mini-zines about mental health, a play your own adventure about zines, a music/perzine about reclaiming an interest in playing guitar, a study about black face masked as a children’s holiday and how art can offer criticism or alternatives, a zine with ideas for dabbling in witchcraft, an artzine about winter plants, and more! I love that these publications use a mix of text and images to express what they want to say, with fictional stories and passionate revelations as well as black & white collages and splashes of colour in the paper choice, binding, or ink. One zinester even made a curiously folded zine, one of the tiniest zines I’ve ever seen, and a mini-zine with a pocket filled with seeds! Clearly, every zine maker has their own unique style and voice and each zine is so personal and reveals a lot about the creator or author. I recommend checking them all out!

PS. I actually read the two feminist mini-zines by Girls Go BOOM that you can see in the photos below in June but forgot to add them to my previous post. I got both of them during a recent visit to the Girls Go BOOM zine library and look forward to upcoming issues.

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