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Rochelle M.
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  • Philadelphia, PA
  • United States
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Who is Rochelle M?

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 31 now, and I've put out a few zines of my own.

My current zine is "Fresh Starts". It's a continuation of my old perzine. Issue one is about my move from Central Florida to Philadelphia PA in the summer of 2016.

My former personal zine was "Impossibles". Impossibles was a perzine, but it focused 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.

One issue zines:

This Is My Dad was a zine I wrote about my father for Father's Day 2011.  1/4 size, approx. 24 pages., black and white. 

Home Is A Sometimes Place: Rochelle's Life In Pictures was a zine I sent out to my pen pals with pictures of the places I had lived in up until that point, old pictures of myself when I was super gothed out, artwork, and scenery around my neighborhood. I think I only printed out two copies of this zine ever, and now it is out of date because I have moved twice since then. From September 2011, approx. 16 pages, 1/2 size, color.

My zines are now all out of print, but if you really want a copy, send a self stamped self addressed envelope. Send me a message and I'll give you my address. If you want a pen pal, just drop me a line at my email- I am slow a lot of the time, but I do make up for it with goodies like mixtapes and stickers.

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At 9:20am on January 20, 2014, Mike Nobody said…


At 8:19pm on June 19, 2013, Sarah Ponytail said…

Hey, I got this message after I had come in from having a small bonfire in my charcoal bbq with my boyfriend and little sister - so yeah!, this message find me well! I read through the descriptions of your zines and Issue one seemed to resonate with me the most. I'd love to read that one. What's your mailing address?

My address is:
Sarah H

135A Queen St #9
Truro, NS B2N 2B4

I'll send out your zine before the weekend and hopefully it find your on a wonderful Florida day! Take care!

At 8:02pm on June 14, 2013, Spencer Kondak said…

Hey Rochelle! Thanks so much for being willing to share your story for my zine! You can send your story to my email, slkondak@gmail.com :) Thank you so much!!! :)) Have a fabulous day!

At 5:51am on March 12, 2013, Kathryn Harriet said…

Package is on the way to you, today!

At 3:49pm on March 2, 2013, Kathryn Harriet said…

Ms. Rochelle,


Excellent! I'll send you a message with my address and you can send me yours. Would LOVE some extra stickers - absolutely! I also like to send little things in the mail so I can stuff some stuff back atcha! :D

~Kathryn Harriet

At 2:06pm on February 28, 2013, Kathryn Harriet said…

Hey now. I'm interested in trading with you. I have 4 quarter (per)zines that I think might be a good trade. If you're interested, let me know. I'm  at:


At 9:46am on February 13, 2013, zoe blaq said…

Hello! I'd love to trade with you. I am interested in #4. Email me your info

piddleproductions@gmail.com ~Zoe

At 12:36pm 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 1:44pm on October 21, 2012, Fluxxii said…

Hey! Sorry for not getting back to you sooner, weekdays are pretty busy for me. I think mental health zine serials are the most interesting because you get to follow the development of each person. :) I'd love to read 2 and 4. Let me know if you can find a copy of 3. :)

At 8:23pm on October 9, 2012, Fluxxii said…

Hey! I am super interested in your zines - it seems like you write about some great topics. I have a mental health perzine called Coffee and Ziggurats. Would you be willing to trade?


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