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still zining after all these years...

hi, my name's ocean. i'm 28 & i've been doing zines since i was fourteen years old. zines used to be a lifeline, a bloodpumping reason to get up in the morning. now, they're just something fun i do. a way to document, to get my voice out there, to preserve my stories in a semi-concrete way while they're still here. my favorite zines are personal, queer, sarcastic, sassy. i have a soft spot for lo-fi, typewriters-and-rubber-stamps messes.

i have been publishing under the title "high on burning photographs" for about three years. i also just released the zine "it's not the end of the world!: building a life with limp wrists" which is suggestions on managing carpal tunnel, aimed at a more working-class sufferer (as much mainstream literature on the subject is aimed towards office-dwellers).

a new issue of "high on burning photographs" is out now! check out my blog, below.

for info on the limp wrist zine, go here: http://oceancapewell.wordpress.com

for my regular blog, go here: http://agingriotgrrrl.wordpress.com
i live in pittsburgh, i'm tall & stompy, my hair is always a mess (even when it's a wig!), i'm from long island ny, i'm writing a book, i am completely untalented at cooking potatoes, i am oddly good at vegan baking (and i'm not even vegan!), i like long walks punctuated by witty graffiti.

Ocean's Blog

high on burning photographs #6, out now!

Posted on April 10, 2011 at 7:06pm 0 Comments


oh yes. with a lovely cover drawn by the lovely jen cooney.(sorry the picture is sideways, i don't know how to flip it)

this issue is more sad/despairing than most of the zines i’ve done. i wrote about:

my time working at child protective services (trigger warning), trauma stewardship,…


high on burning photographs #4, out now!

Posted on January 27, 2009 at 1:00pm 6 Comments

this one’s about sobriety & betrayal, singlehood, the bizarre ways that ACT-UP inadvertantly trickled into my suburban childhood, tough girls, wacky stories, inspiration & a whole lot more. here is the first page of the intro, as a teaser:

t’s going to be $1, or two stamps, or a trade, via the USPS. i love trades! zines, mix tapes, smiling vegetables, candy,… Continue

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At 1:24pm on January 5, 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 11:00am on July 6, 2012, Will Dowd said…

hi this will

i don't know if you remeber me but i was the author of words splattered with ink, yeah. i read your zines and loved them and i am now trying to start a zine sway so check it out


At 1:56pm on July 30, 2011, kit feral said…
hey ocean!  just noticed we discussed trading before the postal strike- still up for that?  :)  I'd love to read your new zine.
At 3:23pm on June 18, 2011, kit feral said…
I'm always up for a trade!  Unfortunately Canada post is striking right now, but could we trade when that gets sorted out?  I've got a few issues of my perzine available and I'll probably have another done by the time the strike is over.  :)
At 4:19pm on June 12, 2011, kit feral said…
I heard you have a new issue of your zine out!  How would I go about getting a copy?  :)
At 6:57am on November 15, 2010, WinterMuse said…
I was just wondering if I could get hold of issue 5 / asylum issue 1? WOuld you be interested in trading with me?
At 2:45pm on July 18, 2010, Sari of Hoax said…
weird! i had no idea you read the tumblr - whats your tumblr name?
i will mail you as soon as my perzine gets finished! <3
At 10:55pm on July 14, 2010, Sari of Hoax said…
hi ocean! since we last traded, the 3rd issue of hoax was released and i am almost finished with the third issue of my perzine, you've got a friend in pennsylvania. i'd love to send them to you (for trade or not)! is your address still the same?
At 6:02pm on February 17, 2010, kit feral said…
I just wanted to let you know I got a hold of a copy of "it's not the end of the world!: building a life with limp wrists" recently, and it's been such a help. it's especially nice to know I'm not alone! I've been struggling since the summer with my right wrist and my doctor never did anything except tell me to wear my brace. so your tips are greatly appreciated! thanks for writing it.
At 2:18am on February 14, 2010, Sari of Hoax said…
definitely, i would love to! is there anything in particular you'd like? or should i throw in whatever? here's my address:

sari marsh
1021 dulaney valley road
baltimore md 21204

let me know if you have preferences and where i can send them to! :)


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