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Friday, May 28, 2010

The Rise and Fall of the Harbor Area v.14

Cross Hatch Rehash: SVA Fresh Meat 2010

Narcolepsy Press Review #5

via Blackguard on 4/29/10

[24 pages, digest size, $3.00, Randy Robbins, PO Box 17131, Anaheim CA 92817-7131, USA narcolepsypresszine at hotmail dot com ]
I read about this zine in either Zine World or Xerography Debt, or both. Randy's last issue was about his heart transplant, and that he figured that was a pretty good excuse for being late with his new issue. I figure that just about beats any other excuse you could come up with.
As the title suggests, this is a review zine, got loads of personality, really cut and paste style, it's got that great hand-made quality. Most of the issue is taken up with letters from other ziners and readers, comments about Randy's surgery (and the fact he had to take 20 pills a day after the transplant, holy shit!) among other things. There's a ton of letters from prisoners. (That *Free to Prisoners* thing doesn't seem to exist here in Australia, wonder why that is? I do understand that the US loves putting people in prison however, and it's one of the biggest industries in the world. I saw a really eye-popping doco some years back about a private prison-building company called *Wackenhut* - really, you couldn't make this shit up if you tried...) There's a bunch of reviews at the back, but next issue is promised to contain a shitload more. Also in here are drawings by Randy's kids Tabitha and Tanner, which are real cute! Also included in every issue, Randy prints quotes from various sources attacking organised religion. Example, this one from Frank Zappa: "The essence of Christianity is told us in the Garden of Eden story. The subtext is, All the suffering you have is because you wanted to know what was going on. You could be in the Garden of Eden if you had just kept your fucking mouth shut and hadn't asked any questions."
I really like this zine and will try to get the back issues as well as the forward issues.

[Send your comix or zine for review! >>> Stratu/Blackguard, PO Box 93, Paddington NSW 2021, AUSTRALIA]

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Ken Chronicles #15

The Ken Chronicles #15
8 1/2 x 5 1/2, 28 pages, color centerfold
The title says it all; this is a zine that includes the adventures and musings of Ken Bausert. This issue includes an update about Ken's big switch from Cablevision to Verizon FiOS, which despite some installation issues, he seems pretty satisfied. Ken also discusses his new VHS/DVD recorder and his dying computer. The largest feature in this zine recounts Ken's trip to Cabo San Lucas, which includes a very brief foray into time share ownership. Other features include a discussion about what Ken has been watching and reading lately and an update on Ken's geneological searches. Overall an interesting and entertaining read. The personable tone is what I like best about The Ken Chronicles.
Ken Bausert, 2140 Erma Dr., East Meadow NY 11554
This review was written by Dan Murphy of The Juniper and Elephant Mess. Contact him at PO Box 363, Edwardsville IL 62025, www.juniperbug.blogspot.com

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Binky Brown

Ker-bloom! issue #67

Little Garden #1


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If you absolutely love punk, hardcore, or whatever it's being called at the moment, then Distort is the zine for you. ... $40 subscription, 8" x 11 ¾", photocopied, 12 pgs.

Graphic Classics: Edgar Allan Poe

Friday, May 14, 2010

heaven on earth

The Silence


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Alex talks a whole lot in here about all the zines she's done (forty-five), but I just have more respect for quality than quanti ... 30 pgs., 3 ½" x 4 ¼", photocopied

Welcome to the Mimi Reproductive Health Zine Distro!

via The Mimi Zine Distro by betuladesigns on 3/29/10

The Mimi Collective was a small group of womyn in Maine dedicated to providing empowering learning materials and workshops about reproductive and sexual health, consent, safe sex, and queer and feminist hystory! This is our combined collection of zines about DIY reproductive health and freedom, written by many fabulous writers and activists and I am very excited to be able to share them.

This site is a work in progress–eventually there will be photos and descriptions of each zine, but until then, please email me if you want details on a particular zine.

This distro is strictly not for profit, and the prices listed are only suggested donations to help cover stamps and envelopes. NO ONE'S order will be denied for lack of funds. ZINES TO PRISONERS ARE ALWAYS FREE! Please share new titles, so I can continue to expand our library. LET'S TAKE OUR LIVES, OUR BODIES, AND OUR HEALTH INTO OUR OWN HANDS!!

Send zine orders, suggestions and donations to:

The Mimi Zine Distro, PO BOX 596, Union, ME, 04862

Or email: mimizinedistro@gmail.com


Don't Be A Dick! Paul Brown brings us an insightful and earnest look at rape culture and pornography and what people with male privilege can do to address these issues in their lives. Honest and well organized, this is a good intro text for men working on sexism. $1

Ladders and Hips–An Open Letter to the Boys in my Life Kyla brings us a brutally honest and poignant account of eating disorders, sexual assault, and violence, as well as an address to men who don't respect the concept of survivor autonomy. This is a powerful zine, but does have writing that could be triggering, so read with care and support. (2008) $1

No More Denying–Facing Woman to Woman Sexual Violence An essay dispelling myths that violence is not an issue in lesbian relationships, and trying to address the unique needs that may come up for women trying to seek help and support when dealing with intimate violence from other women. Trigger warning! (2001) $1

Said the Pot to the Kettle–Feminist Theory for Anarchist Men A direct and humorous primer on feminism from a male perspective. The Zine covers dogma, consent, body image, and reproductive health in a compassionate, no-nonsense and entertaining way for men looking for ways to be better allies. $1

I recently attended a feminist event called FADGE Fest which was rad, and I traded for a lot of new zines with Silent City Distro, Support New York, and the CT Workers Solidarity Alliance. I am in the process of reviewing these zines and contacting their authors for permission to distro on this site, so keep checking for great new titles!

Menstrual Health, Abortion Options, STI's and General D.I.Y. Health/Self Care

Carotte Sauvage: Wild Carrot Seeds as Herbal Birth Control–$1

Caulophyllum,etc: Herbal Abortion and Contraception–$2

Chart It!: Charts and Info on Tracking Your Menstrual Cycle–$1

Crucial Sisterhood: Birth Control, DIY Healthcare, etc. –$2

The Femmenstruation Rites Rag: Stories of Women's Blood and Rites of Passage–$3

Fertility Awareness for Non-Invasive Birth Control (excellent!)–$3

Herbal Abortion: The Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge–$3

Herbal Abortion: A Woman's DIY Guide–$2

An Herbal Menstruation: A Mini DIY Guide–$1

Hot Pants: DIY Gynecology–$2

How to Cope With Menstrual Problems: A Wholistic Approach–$1

HPV (by the Down There Collective)–$2

HPV, Abnormal Paps and Natural/DIY Treatments–$1

HPV, Herpes, and Me–$1

Manaculture (radical menstruation)–$1

Materia Medica for Women–$2

Nourishing Endometriosis–$3

Radical Menstruation: Alternative Ways of Viewing Your Period and Living With it–$1

Reclaiming Our Ancient Wisdom: Herbal Abortion Procedure and Practice for Midwives and Herbalists–$3

Regaining Control: Taking Health Care into our own Hands–$1

Setting Up a Womyn's DIY Health Collective–$1

Spectacular Specula: An activist dyke discusses self care, queer reproductive rights and her os–$1

Taking Charge: Abortion and Your Options–$1

What is this thing called M.E.?–$1

Wild Carrot: A Plant for Conscious, Natural Contraception (robin rose bennet)–$2

Wives Tales–$2

Abortion Stories

A Difficult Decision: A Compassionate Book About Abortion–$3

I Had an Abortion: Real Stories, Real Choices–$1

Mine #1: An Anthology of Choices –$3

Mine #2: An Anthology of Reproductive Rights–$3

Negrita #4—Abortion Etiquette–$2

This is me Using My Choice: An Anthology of Women's Abortion Stories–$3

Unapologetic Choice: A Radical Abortion and Reproductive Rights Journal#1–$2

Consent, Sexual and Domestic Assault, Survivor Support

An Activist Approach to Domestic Violence–$2

Bodies at War: A Handbook for Survivors of Sexual Violence–$2

Consent? (philly stands up and philly's pissed)–$0.50

A DIY Guide to Preventing Sexual Assault–$0.50

Emotional Abuse–$2

Fighting Back–$1

Guaranteed to Wreck any Party (surviving sexual abuse)–$1

Let's Talk Consent–$0.50

Not Without my Consent (asshole!)–$1

Our Own Response: Creating Healthier Communities–$1

Say the Word: Conversations about Consent–$2

See No, Speak No, Hear No: Articles and Questions about Sexual Assault–$2

Sexual Assault in Activist Communities–$4

Sexual Violence isn't only on the Street: Ask Before you Touch Me–$2


Ten Suggestions for People Called out for Abusive Behavior–$1

Think About It: Verbal Consent and Addressing Sexual Assault–$1

Thoughts about Community Support around Intimate Violence–$2

What's Love: Emotional Abuse in Intimate Relationships–$1

A Woman with a Sword: Some thoughts on Women, Feminism, and Violence–$1

Women's Self-Defense #1: Stories and Strategies of Survival–$3

Women's Self Defense #2: Stories and Strategies of Survival–$3

Men Against Sexism

Beginners Guide to Responsible Sexuality (for men)–$1

Men in the Feminist Struggle–$1

Men Speaking Out on Men and Sexism–$1

Men Unlearning Rape–$1

Men Unlearning Rape #2–$1

On the Road to Healing: A Booklet for Men Against Sexism–$3

Social Detox #1: Resources for Anti-Sexist Men–$2

Hystory, Theory, and Voices

Bound to Struggle: Where Kink and Radical Politics Meet–$1

Breaking the Silence–$3

Complaints and Disorders: The Sexual Politics of Sickness–$2

Cooler than Fuck–$1

Cum*Bers: The Burdens of a Fucking Crisis–$1

Don't Call me Girl: A Communique–$1

Doris 22–$1

Eco Anarcha Feminism–$1

Fat is Beautiful–$3

Free to Choose: A Guide to Reproductive Freedom–$2

Getting to the Roots of Domination: A Feminist Stamplet–$1

Harlot RN–$1

Humyns and Nature: An Ecofeminist Primer–$1

Jane: Documents from Chicago's Clandestine Abortion Service, 1968-1973–$2

The Loom, May Day (feminist spirituality)–$4

The Loom, Lammas–$4

Madworld Survival Guide–$3

Mamaphiles: A Mama Zine Collection–$3

Mother Rebel–$1

Out of the Vacuum–$1

The Peanut Butter and Jelly Pad Project (hilarious!)–$0.50


Popular Responses to Feminism and Some Comebacks–$1

Rocket Queen #1 (radical sex work)–$3

Rocket Queen #2–$3

Siren: Radical Perspectives on the Liberation of Women–$1

Sometimes I Just Need to Write it Down–$1

Striped Stockings: les attitudes des femmes–$2

Wemoon's Army, Jan. '01–$1

Why We Live: Self Defense and Women's Health–$3

Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers–$2

Women and Imprisonment in the United States: History and Current Reality–$2

Women Talking about Sexism and Oppression in the Anti-Globalization Movement–$1

Queer and Trans Voices/Gender Theory

The Alchemist Postmodern Theorist (gender theory)–$3

Dis-Orientation Guide to Transgender/genderfuck politics–$1

Don't Get Married–Get Rowdy!–$1

Gay Shame: A Virus in the System–$1


Gender is a Weapon–$1

Left Out: A Collection of Art by Queer Youth–$1

Pink and Black Attack!–$2

Out of the Closets and into the Libraries: A Collection of Radical Queer Moments–$2

Queer Genius–$1

Short and Queer #4: The Coming Out Issue–$3

Short and Queer #6: Now that I'm a Dude–$3

Short and Queer#8: I am not Unreasonable–$3

Trans Care: What to eat, supplements and herbs to prepare and heal around surgery–$1

Everybody Is Stupid Except For Me


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I often find Aaron to be a bit offensive, just because he's so cynical and hopeless. This is not a diss, but I am saying th ... 5 ½" x 8 ½", photocopied, 48 pgs.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Monday, May 10, 2010

Sundogs #10

via Blackguard on 4/22/10
Sundogs #10 by Adam Pasion

[36 pages, digest size, 300 Yen or trade, free to prisoners --- Adam Pasion, 1-42 Namiuchi-cho, Kita-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 462-0041, JAPAN +++ biguglyrobot at gmail dot com +++ sundogscomix.blogspot.com ]
One of my favourite comics right here. Depressingly, however, in the introduction Adam admits that he doesn't know if there will be another print issue after this one. He and Ami have just had a second kid, plus he's got an ever increasing workload. And he's putting his diary comics up on his blog now. Still, it would be really depressing to know there ain't gonna be no more real paper Sundogs comics coming out any more. ... Adam! Listen here! You simply MUST find a way to continue with the print edition! I says so!
In this issue, Adam gives us a cultural lesson about cursing. See, in Japan they don't have curse words like we do in the West. There is one, 'Kuso!' meaning 'Shit!' but it has little impact, so it's OK for kids to say it to teachers, or people on TV to use it. To curse in Japanese you must show disrespect. Respect is so important in Japanese culture, and there are more than seven words for "you", each in varying degrees of politeness. So the worst word you can call someone is literally "you" or "this guy".
Always fascinating, strange or bizarre hi-jinks going on in these comics, for example Adam and his friend Shigeki eat raw liver at a Korean joint. Then at a Jamaican restaurant Adam eats some 'jerk chicken'. What the hell is 'jerk chicken'? See, that's one way I can tell I'm reading a great comix or zine - I keep jumping up to Google stuff.
Later, at another restaurant, Adam eats dolphin meat and blubber. That may upset some Flipper fans, but as Adam points out, "If you're gonna eat one type of animal, you may as well try the others."
For Halloween, Adam wears an Obama mask to his kids class but the kids are terrified by the mask and totally freeze up, petrified!
On a more serious and romantic note, a dead cat found in their neighbourhood triggers a memory from early in Adam and Ami's relationship when they travelled around Vietnam. Ami's reaction when they found a dead kitten is heartbreaking. It's not easy to get strong emotion across in a comic, but here it is.
This issue wraps up with a few big events, the main one being the birth of their second kid (Nowa), a girl this time. So now Nimo has a little sister. Then it's Christmas and everywhere in Japan (or at least Nagoya) the most popular Christmas song is Wham's 'Last Christmas'.
Sundogs is so great. Did I tell you it was great? Well, it sure is wonderful and great, and such a pleasure to read.
Adam, for the love of jerk chicken please don't discontinue the print version.


Boy’s Club

King-Cat #70

If Things Don't Alter They'll Stay As They Are

Zine Collection at Jacksonville Public Library

from Zine World

We are in awe of the website for the Zine Collection at Jacksonville Public Library. It’s got details about zines from their collection, interviews with zine publishers, and this great video: We posted this before, but lost the post when our hosting provider had a server fail. Utne Reader has announced the winners of its 21st [...]

Psychiatric Tales

The 12 Hour Man #1

Alan Moore Revives Underground Publishing Tradition With Big-Budget Zine

"Thrown together with hope and spit in Moore’s hometown of Northampton, England, the mag picks up where legendary underground zine Oz left off when it folded in 1973."

MOCO ano 2 no 5 (Argentine, 198?)

GameLife Your Source for Gaming News Since 20XX Artful Gaming Zine Seeks Kickstarter Funding

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