a place for zinesters - writers and readers
Zines are amazing because, when I read them, I feel like I'm having a conversation with a new best friend. I've been reading zines since I was ten years old. I'm twenty-six now, and I am currently working on a couple of zines. One zine I am currently working on is "Seen/ Unzine", which is a comic zine. The first issue of that should be ready by the beginning of next year. My personal zine is "Impossibles". Impossibles is a perzine, but it focuses on things in my culture that are hidden from view or not talked about. I try to keep my zines under forty pages, so all the zines listed below are about that long or just a little bit longer if I can help it. 1/2 size.
Issue one is about being diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder, how it's affected me over the years, a small essay about a nasty trip to a county ward, and has a list at the end of helpful things to do if you feel a little unstable. There's a couple of parts that are a bit triggering, as they are old journal entries from when I wasn't doing well. Overall, it is thematically dark, so it is probably not a light read. From October 2010.
Issue two is about living in Orlando, Florida. It's a series of short essays about how I feel about the city, the beach that is actually 45 minutes away, the largest flea market in the United States, crazy ass street preachers, and the arty/ punk scenes around town. There's also some okay black and white pictures of the city proper. It is a much lighter read than issue one, and I had a lot of fun writing it! From April 2011
Issue three is about growing up as a woman in an extremely strict, Christian fundamentalist culture. It's another series of short essays about how traditional gender roles are forced on young girls, how I started to question religion in general, a little bit about the particular sect my family belongs to, my complete rejection of all of the values I grew up with and how it affected me, and an essay at the end about how I managed to blend the best parts of the culture I left and my new values. It's not quite a light read, but I don't think it's nearly as dark as issue one. It got reviewed in Xerography Debt #30. From July 2011.
Issue four of my zine is about being a black woman and the culture I grew up in. It is a series of personal stories about how I feel about the things that define me racially and goes a little bit into black culture. There's a little bit of everything in there from short essays about my skin tone and natural hairstyles to observations about social hierarchy. If you want to learn a little bit about black culture from a black woman's perspective, it's pretty good for that. From September 2012.
I am always up for trading my zines, although if you live in the Orlando, Florida area you can buy my zine from the Park Avenue CDs or pick up a copy of Sounds at any local coffee shop. If you wish to buy my zine, they are two dollars each or six dollars for all issues so far. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can message me on here. I look forward to reading all of your zines!
I have a blog about street art and the punk/indie scene in Orlando, FL. Check it out!