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Pieces 6.5 and Chicago Zine Fest.

Posted on January 24, 2012 at 11:00am 0 Comments

I will be tabling at the Chicago Zine Fest this year, which I am mightily looking forward to. I had a ton of fun attending the last two years, so I can only imagine that tabling at the darn thing will be even more exciting.

Just in time for the fest, a split I have done with my friend Carrie (of Brilliant Mistake and My Aim is True) will be available at both of our booths as well. So be sure to stop by, say hello, and trade zines!

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Why hello there!

UPDATED May 4th, 2015

I'm Nichole, a writer, designer, and UI developer who grew up in Northwest Indiana. Despite my computer tech-like background, I very much enjoy glue stick messes, ripping paper, and classic cut and paste zine styles. I write two perzines: Pieces and A Visitor in Myself.

All my zines are available for purchase or trade. I actually prefer trades, but if you do not have a zine to trade, I am willing to send zines in exchange for a handwritten letter, tea, handmade cards or postcards, stationery, buttons & pins, or other random but interesting ephemera.

Available Zines

Pieces #12: On Travel

Perzine 1/4 size : 82 pages

An issue about my solo travels of Summer 2014. Places visited include Seattle, Portland, Toronto, and Sleeping Bear Dunes. This overarching narrative highlights folks I met along the way, the homes I stayed in, friends, strangers, a DeLorean, 2014's Portland Zine Symposium, stargazing, finding Self in unknown places, and a whole bunch more.

Pieces #11: On Connecting Through Friendships, Letters & Zines

Perzine 1/4 size : 56 pages

This text-heavy zine is about connecting with others through friendships, letters, long distance acquaintanceship, and zines. Stories include moving beyond diagnoses, courage found through zines, slipping letters to strangers in coffee shops, a girl on the bus, creating second homes, and Chicago Zine Fest 2014.

Pieces #10 / My Aim is True #10

Perzine 1/4 legal size : 50 pages

This is a split zine with Carrie of My Aim is True and Gender Matters. Carrie writes about her right to exist as a fat woman, how life is too short to remain angry, street harassment, and things to remember being in the world as a fat person. I write about accepting myself as I am: acne, scars, depression, and everything else, how I've come to embrace (and like!) my acne scarring, weight standing in the way of starting medication, and how conversation can be the most healing thing of all.

Pieces #8 on twelve years of running

Perzine 1/4 size : 64 pages

Snapshots of the last twelve years in which I avoid therapy and medication for fear of stigma, start intermittent therapy, and finally--twelve years later--begin continual therapy and start medication . This zine is a narrative of the constant battle of wanting help but working hard to appear as normal.

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.

A Visitor in Myself #4

Perzine 1/4 size : 30 pages

A narrative from late 2014 into early 2015. This zine includes writings on nightmares as scars, the need to desexualize intimacy, winter care, platonic love, life as stories, depression, zines, and more.

A Visitor in Myself #3

Perzine 1/4 size : 30 pages

A continuing narrative about mental health, self-care, memory, and learning to love and appreciate life as it comes. Other stories include a bad drinking experience, friendships, and finding kinship through zines.

A Visitor in Myself #2

Perzine 1/4 size : 30 pages

A continuing narrative about mental health, self-care, memory, and learning to love and appreciate life as it comes. Other stories include a bad drinking experience, friendships, and finding kinship through zines.

A Visitor in Myself #1

Perzine 1/4 size : 30 pages

A stream of consciousness zine that is reflective of my BPD traits and the gratitude I have for those who have stuck with me over the years.

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At 1:00pm on June 4, 2015, Nichole said…

Up for trades! Feel free to leave a comment or send a message my way for any of the zines listed above.

At 1:26pm on March 6, 2014, Glades said…
Hi, I'd love to trade with you..I make perzines with memories, stories and collage..
My address is
PO Box 60
3067 Vic

x glades
At 12:29pm on August 19, 2013, Jon Foster said…


I'd love to trade zines with you, just let me know what of mine you'd like and your address.

Jon Foster

707 Watson Ave.

Winston-Salem, NC


At 8:13pm on August 13, 2013, Ken Bausert said…

I'm not sure if we traded in the past but I'd be interested in your latest zine (and also the one you did with your mom). I have my latest (or back issues) of my Ken Chronicles available if you're interested. (Descriptions on WMZ or google it.)

At 12:33pm on April 1, 2013, Jen said…

Hi Nichole, I'd love to trade some zines. Go ahead and send to Jen / 4434 Huddart Ave / El Monte CA 91731 and let me know it's a trade and if you have a preference for what I send you. :) <3

At 9:39pm on March 18, 2013, Terri said…


I saw your post to trade pieces of eight & a visitor in myself. I write a perzine called Only Hooligans Write on Desks & I have a zine specifically about my mental health called no quiet disaster (only one issue so far) I'd really like to trade. :) email me?


At 4:15pm on February 7, 2013, Cheering and Waving Press said…

We invite you to take part in the first KILLER PARTY presented by cheering and waving press.
a zine and arts fair by day, a bad ass show by night
April 20th, 2013 Saturday
Chillicothe, OHIO
Participation is free.
Any technique. Any theme and format. 
Deadline: 3/31/2013
Register @ seethewavelengths@hotmail.com

Zines for the exhibition (only if you can no make it in person) please email me for address to send snail mail to.

--Welcomed but not necessary-- a summary of your zine, or about you or your creative work

At 6:57am on January 4, 2013, 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.

At 6:39am on January 2, 2013, johanna maria stardust said…

hej nichole... yes, i trade internationally and would be happy to trade zines. in which ones are you interested? i am especially interested in pieces 7 and 6.5.

At 3:09pm on December 27, 2012, snout said…

That would be more than okay!

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