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Alex (aka A. Hays) commented on Milo's group Queer Zines and Queer Zinesters
"Hi queer zine writers. I am starting a new distro local to NYC. I hope to have it up and running in February. Right now, I'm raising funds. I know... money...blah. But it'll be awesome when it's up. If you would like to check it out,…"
Dec 3, 2013
Alex (aka A. Hays) commented on redguard's group New York City Zinesters
"Hi NYC Zine writers. I am starting a new distro local to NYC. I hope to have it up and running in February. Right now, I'm raising funds. I know... money...blah. But it'll be awesome when it's up. If you would like to check it out,…"
Dec 3, 2013
Alex (aka A. Hays) commented on redguard's group New York City Zinesters
"Hi folks! I finally finished issue five of my zine, Alex. I'm a Brooklyn zinester, and happy for both trades and coffee meet-ups. Here is my website for a look at what I do: http://www.sleepingcreatures.com/alex.html . I'm terrible at…"
May 19, 2013
Alex (aka A. Hays) commented on Milo's group Queer Zines and Queer Zinesters
"New issue of Alex is out! Alex is a perzine that explores whatever is on my mind. Gender issues and queer issues always come up. Down with trades. Check it: http://www.sleepingcreatures.com/alex.html"
May 19, 2013
Alex (aka A. Hays) posted a status
"The link to Alex's website is here: http://www.sleepingcreatures.com/alex.html"
May 19, 2013
Alex (aka A. Hays) posted a status
"Alex Issue 5 is, like, finally for sale. Supposedly I finished it in December 2012, but don't believe the hype. For sale/trade now!"
May 19, 2013
Lubomyr Tymkiv left a comment for Alex (aka A. Hays)
"We invite you to take part in the First International Exhibition "ZINESHOW" in Ukraine. Participation is free. Any technique. Any theme and format. No return. Deadline: 15/04/2013. Exhibition on the…"
Dec 3, 2012
zeraph dylan left a comment for Alex (aka A. Hays)
"Hi, I saw your post in Queer Zines and Queer Zinesters about your zine Alex. I'd be interested in learning more about your zine and possibly distributing it if you are interested. I'm particularly interested in issue #2. Please get in…"
Oct 30, 2012
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alex4

Issue 4 is a 1/4 sized zine with full-sized thoughts.
Sep 12, 2012
Alex (aka A. Hays) posted a status
"I have a new website for my zine, which is here: http://ning.it/OfWnO5"
Sep 12, 2012
Alex (aka A. Hays) replied to Andrew Culture's discussion New Issue Announcement thread!
"Hello everyone, I just finished Alex issue four, which is a crafty personal mini-zine.  I'm happy to trade; just email me details about your own zine and we can make it happen.  My zine is feminist and queer by nature (or by…"
Jun 19, 2012
Alex (aka A. Hays) replied to Andrew Culture's discussion New Issue Announcement thread!
"Hello!  Issue 3 of my zine Alex is now hot off the "press." Alex is a zine that explores gender & sexuality from different angles each issue.  Most of my thoughts in Issue 3 seemed to go back to family stories.  I played…"
Jan 7, 2012
Alex (aka A. Hays) posted a status
"Alex Issue three is out now! Happy to trade. Here is where to order: http://alexgenderzine.wordpress.com/order-a-copy/"
Jan 5, 2012
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Jan 5, 2012
Alex (aka A. Hays) joined Hannah Neurotica's group
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FEMINIST ZINESTERS

A zine group for zinesters who identify as "feminist" and bring that element to there zine writing.
Oct 14, 2011
Alex (aka A. Hays) commented on redguard's group New York City Zinesters
"This comment is to Dawn.  I've been doing other research on zines and have come across numerous articles about teaching using zines.  Just now, I came across this one: Not Just for Kids Anymore: Using Zines in the Classroom AMY J.…"
Oct 14, 2011

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www.sleepingcreatures.com/alex.html

 

I started making zines when I was in high school and living outside Wilkes-Barre, PA.  The first zine I created was called Soul Fish; I made my own t-shirts with the words inside the image of a fish, not even realizing the pretty famous band Phish had done the same thing.  Whoops! My zine had a corny title, but I loved working on it.  It was a 100% positive experience for me to discover this "alternative" culture whose attitudes encouraged creativity, self-expression, love of music, being clean (my particular group of friends were straight-edged), telling stories, questioning societal stigmas, and thoughtfulness.  High school can be a rough time, but zine culture provided a boon of positivity.  What a find!

 

Later, my zines included: Symmetrical Birthmark, La La Love You, Squeaky Clean, and another one whose title eludes me.  I took some time off, but I'm once again making zines.  To make a zine now, in consideration of the wide variety of publishing options: blogs, lit journals, chapbooks, Blurb and Lulu books, and etc, is, I think, to make an intentional choice about mode of expression, and what format best suits one's needs.  I'm not suggesting zine making was a last ditch option in the 90's, but I'm curious about the lo-fi decision to publish on paper, and I'm especially curious about how electronic networking interacts with paper zine-making.  Case in point: HU Queer Press!

 

Anyhoo, back to Alex.  I created Alex as a way to explore gender ID, and what it's like to walk around in a gendered body.  That zines are unprofessional seems integral to their ability to transmit a message--it's a place for exploration, a place to be daring, a place to work things out.  I chose a zine over a blog because I prefer the codex format, and because I can utilize the margins.  I also appreciate the ability to slow things down.  You want a copy?  I have to MAIL it to you. Let's not be hasty.

 

Here is where it lives online: www.sleepingcreatures.com/alex.html

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At 12:29pm on December 3, 2012, Lubomyr Tymkiv said…

We invite you to take part in the First International Exhibition "ZINESHOW" in Ukraine. Participation is free. Any technique. Any theme and format. No return. Deadline: 15/04/2013. Exhibition on the blog http://zineshow.blogspot.com All works will be exhibited also in the gallery "tymutopiyapres" http://tymutopiyapres.blogspot.com is not a commercial gallery. Welcomed but not "necessarily" summary of your zine or about you or your creative work (this is necessary for further elucidation of the project and possible documentation). Zines for the exhibition please send air mail: "Zineshow" A/C 9875, Sadivnycha 19/1, 79038, Lviv, Ukraine. mailposht[.]gmail[.]com

At 12:16am on October 30, 2012, zeraph dylan said…

Hi, I saw your post in Queer Zines and Queer Zinesters about your zine Alex. I'd be interested in learning more about your zine and possibly distributing it if you are interested. I'm particularly interested in issue #2. Please get in touch. Thanks!

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