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i'd say the two most influential zines in my life have been "doris" and "brainscan." i can read them over and over and i find new things and they mean something different to me each time and they're just so awesome. i also love "playing victim" (i really wish brittany would make another zine already!), "culture slut", "thundercat!", "black carrot", "telegram ma'am" and so many others i just can't think of right now.
surprisingly, i hated "combetbus" the first time i read it, maybe five or six years ago? but then i picked the same issue back up a few years after that and liked it a lot more, and bought the book. i think i just wasn't ready for it or something...have you guys found that ever? that you'd dislike a zine but then looking back at it a few years later you finally appreciate it?
I just reread this last time I was home and was so excited to rediscover it.
I actually might be visiting Brittany this weekend. Whoo, Ohio zinesters!
The zine was called "Drop Dead: the zine of lesbian battering." It was written by an anonymous butch lesbian who was recovering from a relationship with an abusive femme partner. My brother Imani gave it to me several years ago just after I had escaped from an abusive partner. That zine helped me understand that it was okay for me to be angry and speak my truth and I didn't have to sacrifice being a radical and a feminist to do so (even though I am male and my ex-partner was female). It saved my life.