/Some of the awesome zines currently in our distro! Come check out what folks are photocopying in 2014.
ROT #5 ART and COMICS about queer punk life in Providence, dreams, dogs, street harassment, monsters, hexes, etc. November 2013.
Malcriada Personal stories and writing about “abuse, assimilation, and Latin@ identity.” Second Edition. 2012.
Cracks in the Pavement Personal writings on living in Boston, photos and art related to graffiti and punk, poetry, a guide about maple syrup, and more. I think it was made in 2012??
Other awesome titles we carry: Drop Everything & Make a Zine! (Papercut’s collab zine), Inspirado (Melissa Falco talks about being an artist/zinester/involved in the arts community in Somerville), Life is Posers 1+2 (punk comics), Nothing Mattress (more punk/Boston/life comics), Liz Prince (life/humor/dating comics), Assume Nothing (living with STIs), In Spite of… (poetry from Philly), and some new zines by Jordan Stabile which will be available later today!
We also carry some zines that are older but still interesting/relevant to us.
We ALSO have a copy of each in our library for those of you who would rather check them out and bring them back every two weeks/browse inside the library!
We’re throwing our Spring Party and Zine release tonight at the library! The festivities begin at 7pm and include readings by your friendly neighborhood zine librarians as well as your chance to snag a copy of our collaborative Spring zine. Also, snacks. Bring a date, bring your mom, bring a spell to ward off wintry winds. See you there!
http://jci.sagepub.com/content/24/4/401.short <— This is an abstract for an academic article about AIDS zines and “rhetoric of transgression.” Nice. It’s the 2nd link that came up when I did a google search for a zine I found a couple weeks ago. I get that zines are not generally internet search-able, especially when they’re from the 90s. But it’s like - damn! I can’t read things that are extremely relevant to my interests because I’m not in academia! Because I am not “officially” pursuing these interests.
Well in case you were wondering, I recently found a copy of Infected Faggot Perspectives #13 at the zine library where I volunteer. I was stoked on finding it because I had already scoured the entire collection for anything related to STD/STDIs, and let me tell you there are veerrrryyyy few of them (hence my decision to make one myself!). I have done a ton of searches of the catalog, as well as looked through every item in the health/sex sections. This one, however, was in the queer/trans section, which totally makes sense because it was basically a zine by/for gay men - but it sucks that if someone came in looking for zines about HIV/AIDS, this super relevant item wouldn’t come up! I have since updated the info in the catalog but I wonder if there are other hidden gems in the library.
(an earlier issue of IFP)
These zines are full of unapologetic, militant real-talk. It’s poignant, and sometimes, it’s funny. IFP is one of the most important zines I’ve encountered in a while.
I am reminded of how much has come before me…that a lot of the things that matter to me, the things I create, are not new. They have long histories that especially when it comes to zines and underground media and especially when it comes to subcultures and marginalized perspectives, these histories might be hidden in the shadows or buried under rubble. Then again, you might find something that seems small and obscure, only to realize that that history, that culture has been thriving all along, among the people it really matters to.
I figured the subject matter is just as, or more, relevant to some of our archive & zine-obsessed followers here, than the followers of my own blog. So here you go, some Monday morning text-heavy zine archive musings!
March 28, 29, 30 in Cambridge MA
This is a really cool fest that one of our own zine librarians helps to put on! Check it out!!!