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zinesters who write and create zines about mental health, mental illness, personal struggles and work around it, advice and support, resources, and everything else around this theme.

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survey about body norms and resistance

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Comment by Echo Nina on October 25, 2016 at 1:59am

Hi, I’m a feminist zinester from Belgium and I’m also doing some DIY research into zines.

At the moment I’m writing an article on zines about body norms and resistance. To get a variety of voices in my article, I’m looking for zinesters to participate in a survey. If you make zines which address issues such as abortion, age(ing), body image and beauty standards, disability/ableism, gender/sexism, illness, LGBTQIA/phobia, menstruation, mental health, pregnancy/parenting, race/racism, sexuality, (sexual) violence, and other body-related identities/oppressions/issues or intersections of these, please get in touch!

The article will be published online on the website of Sophia, a support network for gender studies in Belgium. Last year, Sophia organised a conference called Unruly Bodies which invited researchers, activists, and artists to present their work on body norms and resistance in lectures, performances, exhibitions, and workshops. Soon, articles by those participants about their presentations will be published on their website. At the conference I set up a temporary zine library and zine workshop and this inspired me to find out more about zines talking about body-related issues.

I’m especially interested in ways zines can assist in resistance against body norms and oppression. If you would like to share your views, you can let me know and send me your answers to the following questions:

Survey:

  • Your name, pen name or pseudonym?
  • Your preferred pronoun, age, country of residence/origin?
  • Name of your zine(s)?
  • How many zines have you made and how long have you been making zines? How did you first discover zines?
  • Why do you make zines?
  • How would you describe the zine(s) you make? Which themes/subjects do your address in your zine(s)?
  • How do you address body-related issues/identities/oppressions in your zine(s)?
  • What do you hope to achieve by making your zine(s) and writing about these issues?
  • Does the distribution, community, and readership of zines have an impact on your content?
  • Can zines be political or activist? If yes, in which way? If no, why not? Do you use your zines as a form of activism or political tool?
  • What are the advantages of zines for you as a political tool and what are their limitations?
  • Do you use digital/online media such as blogs, youtube, social media…? Can you compare how you use them to how you use zines?
  • What is your experience with reading zines which talk about body norms and resistance? Have they impacted or influenced you?
  • Would you like to add anything?

I would be very grateful if you decide to participate in the questionnaire, and if you prefer, you don’t have to answer all of the questions. By answering the questions, I will assume you’re giving me permission to quote you for my article (unless you ask me not to). Please tell me if you prefer to be quoted anonymously. In case I would like to ask some additional questions or clarification of your answers, I will contact you again.

You can send your answers to: flapper_grrrl(at)yahoo.co.uk. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. [I’ve been having some problems with yahoo, if it doesn’t work to send mails to my yahoo address, you can mail to: ninanijsten(at)gmail.com]

Thanks a lot for your participation!

More info about my own zines on my zine blog

Comment by missmuffcake on August 16, 2016 at 9:41am

I made a new mini zine full of positive inspo that comes with a button to wear and end stigma. Check it out on on my etsy. Buy one to help me put out future zines and buy cat food!

Comment by Cassian Lotte Lodge on August 10, 2016 at 7:33am

I'm making an Autistic Dictionary!

[LINK]

I’d like to make a dictionary of all the words we love as autistic humans. Words that taste good to say, words that are stimmy, words that please our echolalia. And I need your help.

~

WHAT ARE YOU ON ABOUT?

If you’re autistic and you live on the internet you might be aware of Andréa’s comic, Par La Fenêtre, about autism, trans issues, and mental illness. She’s particularly well-known for the ABC of Stimming. She recently made a comic about the autistic sense of humour, and now readers are sending in the words that please them the most, and it’s lovely!

Autscape 2016 is coming up in the UK (16th August, 7 days from today), so I’m curious to see whether I can get enough material for a zine to try to sell there. I’ve made a few small zines before, and I enjoy it a lot. I’m thinking A5, nice paper, stitch-bound, maybe a card cover? And all the words in alphabetical order, laid out like a proper dictionary, with a full list of your names as contributors in the back. I’ll sell it at Autscape and online in paper format, and it’ll be a first but I can probably find a way to turn it into a PDF for download, too.

If this sounds like fun to you, please use the form below to submit your words. You can submit as many words as you like, and there will be a link after you submit that you can click to add a new word. If you give me your email address I can let you know when it’s published - but if you’re not comfortable with that you can follow my Twitter instead. I do tweet a load of waffle though, just to warn you.

Thanks for reading!

Cassian
aka Cassolotl

[LINK]

Comment by Jade Hutchinson on July 25, 2016 at 5:23am

Comment by Sam Schmitt on July 9, 2016 at 4:29pm

Call for Submissions!

All in Your Head is a traditional cut-and-paste style zine with a focus on LGBTQIA neurodivergent and disabled activists, zinesters, artists, and authors. Our zine operates on the following *principles: 1.) social inequality and injustice exists [racism, classism, ableism, heterosexism, cissexism to name a few]; 2.) disability, neurodiversity can be understood as a viable form of human difference that intersects with/is shaped by systems of dominance; 3.) claims that there is a “normal” bodymind can have damaging and harmful effects (physically/emotionally/spiritually) and are partly shaped by current social/cultural values and white western colonial histories; 4.) neuroatypical people and people with disabilities must navigate cultural taboos, move among complex institutions and systems of care and negotiate conflicting ideas of “wellness/illness,“ “silence/disclosure,” “visibility/invisibility;” “dis/ability” and more  5.) most importantly, our stories matter. (*this list is by no means exhaustive)


For the Fall 2016 edition of All in Your Head, we invite you to share first person narratives, essays, rants, poems, doodles, drawings, photography, collages (and more!) that address the concept of “cure.” We are seeking pieces that explore the theme "cures” as it relates to disabled bodyminds and ways that queer neurodivergent, disabled folks encounter and resist cultural stigma and self-authorize our existence.


We are seeking topics that address the following themes (and others):

  • “Cure culture” (Eli Clare) as a homogenizing/coercive force
  • Critiques of health, well-being, and wholeness as it is informed by white supremacy, colonialism, imperialism, racism, colorism, ableism, classism, homo/bi/transphobia and other forms of oppression;
  • Ways in which “curing” queerness, disability, and neurodiversity manifests as state and institutional violence;
  • Interconnections among racism, white supremacy, ableism, and state/institutional violence particularly in light of police violence and state surveillance of activist groups such as Black Lives Matter;
  • Queering cures and cure culture; trans and queer sick/neurodivergent/disabled narratives and grappling with the concept of “cure;”
  • Radically performing illness/sickness and other forms of resistance to “cure” culture;
  • Activist projects related to queerness, disability, and neurodivergence.
  • Have an idea not listed here? Submit anyway!


Send your submissions to allinyourheadzine@gmail.com before September 1st, 2016. Please send your submissions via email. For written submissions, please use Microsoft word and submit your writing in .doc or .docx format. Please try to limit submissions to 1500 words. (We are flexible. Let us know if you need a little extra space.) For artwork, please attach high resolution .jpg images to your email. Please include a title for your artwork and any information you would like readers to know about your piece (medium, location, tools used etc). Contributors have the option of sharing a short bio or publishing their work anonymously. 

Comment by Jade Hutchinson on June 28, 2016 at 3:09am

ISSUE ONE of NOT SO CRAZY

Not So Crazy is written and illustrated by people who suffer from mental health issues. Short stories (fiction and nonfiction), art, poems and photography.
Contributors include: Ana Hine, Keith Landrum, Flo, Meeha W, Chris Bird. Jennifer Nichole Wells, John Raine, Adel, dbtphotography, Lisa Loving, Shawn Reilly, Brittany Welch, Jodi (Mr-Plushie) Hanson, Moon Melting, George Hodgson (Founder of Young Minds), and myself, Jade Hutchinson.
This issue looks at many different mental health issues.

A 20 page, full colour, A5 zine/booklet about mental health issues. Stapled binding.

Possible triggers inside.

FOR SALE HERE

Comment by Sari of Hoax on June 26, 2016 at 2:48pm

Hoax is a US annual queer feminist compilation zine that aims to create a space for us to share our own truths. Issue #12: Feminisms and Healing is now up for preorders! This 80-page zine features over two dozen amazing contributors & covers topics like PTSD, self-care, Body Focused Repetitive Disorder, grief, mental illness, self-harm, AA, racism, and asexuality.

GET IT HERE!

Comment by M L Borrello on June 7, 2016 at 2:41pm

Traditionally people used distros to distribute zines, maybe you can find one you like by searching "distro UK" or something similar.  Unfortunately, it is not easy to set up a secure shop on your own URL, so distros still tend to use etsy or something like that, but also do promotion outside of the etsy shop (some thing else that you may also want to try.)

I only really know places in the States, but you could still send some copies of your zines to Quimby's in Chicago.  They let you set your price and take a percentage. You have to contact them six months after you send them in to see how much money you made.

Good luck at the small press show.  Those are the best.

Comment by Jade Hutchinson on June 7, 2016 at 1:53am

Hi Maddie, I think I am going to attend Small Press Day in Newcastle. I still have not made the zine yet, maybe I am jumping the gun and looking too far ahead... I've got an etsy shop, but there is a LOT of zines on etsy, so I don't see it as a good place for me to sell. I want my zine to be noticed.

I am getting it professionally printed, it's not just gonna be one of those "a4 sheet into 8 pages" kinda thing... 

I'm just struggling

Comment by Maddie Hazard on June 7, 2016 at 12:44am

Hey Jade, there is a zine fair in Leeds, I'm not sure if that's close to you but its closer than london. Maybe you could get in touch with someone from there and try and get your zine there! :)

Otherwise online, and I might be interested in getting one... - Maddie

 

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