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Comment by Mel W. on June 25, 2012 at 5:37pm

Issue three is the newest issue of Cadillac Girl zine...I finished it today. It is about how my life has changed since the last time I published Cadillac Girl years ago; being a mother, a wife, and finding myself again. I will be hitting the copier soon to get some copies out. Check out the website http://cadillacgirlzine.webs.com

Comment by Kelly Dessaint on June 22, 2012 at 3:15pm

Piltdownlad #4 covers a wide range of topics related to zines, self-publishing and perzines, including a meditation on the first perzine I ever read, the pondering of truth versus fiction in the perzine, the origins of the name "piltdownlad," what Dischord Records meant to me as a teenager, who and what I saw at the LA Zine Fest as well as several pages of zine reviews. 

The main part of the zine is a confessional narrative entitled "The Nasty Oh-Dear," which details how I ended up a ward of the state of Alabama. This is the first paragraph:  

"In 1986, when I was fifteen, I moved from East LA to a small town in Alabama. My father, a sergeant in the Army, was transferring to Fort McClellan outside a place called Anniston. Along for the ride were Joey, my younger brother, and Rick, a friend of the family who was also in the Army. We left LA the day after Christmas. It was the first time Joey and I had ever been out of Southern California. The prospect of a new beginning was like a beacon guiding us across the country. The way the old man talked about it, the South was a land of golden opportunities, where we’d be free to reinvent our lives for the better. Six months later, the old man and Rick were in prison, Joey was in a group home and I was in a mental hospital. For me, things were looking up."

This story is not for the weak-hearted OR the hard-hearted. I find the concept of "triggers" somewhat off-putting, but if you are sensitive to the suggestion of child sexual abuse, suicidal fantasies or bodily functions, you might want to skip this part of the zine or avoid the whole thing altogether.  

I prefer trades, but if money is an issue, I can do paypal or etsy.   

If interested, message me here or visit my site: www.piltdownlad.com.

Thanks.

Comment by Nichole on June 17, 2012 at 5:46pm

Pieces #7: On Belief, Delusion & Love
Perzine 1/4 size : 86 pages
An account of a turbulent relationship and its psychological effects. Includes pieces on internal archetypes, elements of a M/s relationship, and questioning what was delusion, what was belief, and what was--in fact--reality.

Available for $3 or equal trade. Trades do not have to be all zines. Please leave a message on my profile if you'd like to set something up.

Comment by dearwassily on June 3, 2012 at 12:01pm


I've only been active sporadically in the WMZ community, but I do have a new perzine, if anyone is interested in a copy.  It's called Like Lightning and it's a short, personal, collection of vignettes on the following topics: apostasy; waiting; beauty; “Difficult? Well, learn it;” voices; latency; women, men and fiction; unclaimed bodies; hate; his biggest complaint; the malignancies of men; crumbling; neurological misfires; what is hidden behind the cynicism; crushes; first steps; Smog; and brutal dichotomies. Probably extremely obviously influenced by Anne Carson. 24 quarter-sized pages, with a sparkly black cover.

Anyone want to trade? Or just want a copy? Message here or email me: peel_the_moon@hotmail.com.

Comment by megan on April 26, 2012 at 4:22pm

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!!

the theme is pathology, inspired both by my job in a hospital and a giant pathology textbook i couldn't resist buying.  pathology can refer to the study of disease, viruses and bacteria, cancers and infections--but it can also evoke 'normal' or 'typical' reactions or expressions taken to an extreme ('pathological gambling', etc.). 

of course, this definition of what is pathological requires a set standard of what is normal, which varies from community to community--and i would guess many of us don't live up to.  the interesting thing to me is the difference between the definition and how we live our lives. 

thoughts of possible topics that most immediately come to mind:
* disability / ableism / accessibility
* mental illness / intellectual disability / psychotropic medications / alternative treatments
* non-monogamy / choosing to be single / not getting married / getting married
* sexuality / asexuality / kinks / etc
* pop culture / the love of glitter / the love of tattered black t-shirts
* healing / health / the medical system
* the overlap and dischord between different communities / scenes / cliques
* political & community organizing: how it works, how it fails us
* the list could go on and on....

i am looking for writing and art that is easily photocopied in a half-page format (8.5 by 11, folded so the 8.5 ends touch each other).  i'm open to different mediums and formats, although any terrible poetry will be immediately recycled.  i'm also open to varying genres: funny, sad, personal, fictional, etc.... my last compilation zine had poetry, a recipe, memoir, and lists, and i'm hoping to replicate the same eclectic format. 

also, i hope to reprise the "things i love that i shouldn't" and "things i should love that i don't" lists from whatever saves #1, so please send me your thoughts on that as well. 

contributions can be sent to:
megan
po box 22761
seattle, wa 98122

or
whateversaves@gmail.com

deadline is july 1st.

please include contact information so i can send you a copy of the zine(s)

can't wait to see what y'all come up with. 

Comment by Mel W. on April 18, 2012 at 7:56pm

Hi. I write Cadillac Girl, a perzine that I started in 2004. After being on a 6 year break, I'm starting it back up again. Issue three is in process. Feel free to contribute, request a copy of past issues, or trade. Issue three is going to be about how things have changed since the last time I published CG; graduating college, becoming a mother and a wife, and finding myself again. Also, check out the web page http://cadillacgirlzine.webs.com  Thanx! 

Comment by Windowfog on April 11, 2012 at 2:46pm

First issue of my perzine, & Octopus is out!

16 black and white pages handwritten and illustrated. Topics include kitchen electronics, hair days, clothing habits, mock zodiac forecasts, a simple recipe, and more!

Contact me for a copy at $2.45 each (postage included) or get one through my Etsy shop: http://windowfog.etsy.com

More views available on my WMZ album or on Etsy.

Comment by Dawn Wood on April 8, 2012 at 12:16am

Comment by Carrie C. on March 25, 2012 at 12:19pm

Trans/Genderqueer Zine Project Call For Submissions

 

Topic: Essays, anecdotes, comix, collage, & poetry from trans and genderqueer folks telling stories of adolescence and puberty. Take that as broadly or narrowly as you'd like; literally how your body was changing and how your brain was dealing with it, or going to a dance and how that made you feel, to coming out to your family, friends, teachers & classmates.

 

Audience: 7-12th grade students.

 

Specifics: The pieces should be free of cursing and super overt sexual content.

 

Why/Purpose: Puberty and adolescence are hard for everyone but it's extra alienating and difficult when you feel alone and or radically different from everyone else. I want this zine to be an offering to trans and gender queer kids who need to see themselves in print, to know that they are not alone. I want the stories to offer comfort and hope to some young people who may be struggling. I would like the zine to be a resource for trans and gender queer students and a way to open the eyes and hearts of cisgendered students, parents, and teachers.

 

Send submissions to Brilliantmistake01@gmail.com

Please send as a basic word document with "Zine Submission" in the subject line. Art submissions should be 300 dpi scans or for bitmap line art 600 or more.

 

Send submissions by June 1, 2011. Feel free to e-mail me at Brilliantmistake01@gmail.com with any questions.

 

Thanks!

Carrie

Comment by Nichole on March 24, 2012 at 9:35am

Pieces 6.5 & My Aim is True 5
Perzine 1/4 size : 82 pages
This is a split with my friend Carrie and while we tell two very different stories about body issues, there are many underlying threads that are the same. Pieces covers a long-waged battle against acne. My Aim is True covers a struggle with weight. Both are about the need for self-acceptance, self-love, and the people who helped get us there.

 

Available for $2 or trade.

 

 

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