This month is panning out to be fairly epic; we're adding almost 20 new titles and restocking 15 we've been out of for a while...possibly testing the distro/personal space ratio, we'll see. I am waiting until everything has arrived to send out this month's newsletter, but I thought I'd give a what's new, so far, in the zine department.
After months of being out of stock, we just got more of one of my favorite zines, Funwater Awesome. All our great, #2 is my favorite.
Funwater Awesome #2
(Zine) ($3)- The second issue of Funwater Awesome is about adventures in becoming a barber. It is hilarious. For certain parts, I was in tears from there being so many laughs in a row. trust me, you need such joy in yr life.
Funwater Awesome #3
(Zine) ($3)- This issue has excerpts from late 1800's Funwater history, a chapter from Zach's new chapter book, wonderfully funny reviews of where to get candy in Funwater, and so much more. Some moments of this gave me those amazing kind of laughs that come from reading a David Sedaris book.
Funwater Awesome #4
(Zine) ($3)- A novel in progress, portraits of Tumwater pioneers and reviews of the swingsets that bare their names. Plus: 1889 vs 2009.
These are what we've got in new in a past week or two:
(Comic Zine) ($5)- A graphic novel-esque zine about a revolutionary locksmith. In a pretty short amount of time, the mysterious plot incorporates everything from Egyptian gods and spirituality to molotov cocktails and gunpowder recipes. Detailed and precise. Color covers and centerfold.
Peaches & Bats 5
(Literary Zine) ($5)- The new issue of Sam Lohmann's literary zine has 64 pages of poetry and experimental prose from the likes of Eric Baus, Allison Cobb, Robert Dewhurst, Michael Farrell, Emily Kendal Frey, Anne Gorrick, Alina Gregorian, Matthew Hattie Hein, Derek Henderson, Robert Kelly, Sheila E. Murphy, and James Yeary. Letterpressed covers and hand-sewn bindings.
Resume of Charm #7
(Zine) ($1)- Was able to get a few of this "classic" issue of Resume of Charm, which details the adventures, passengers, and places along a southbound Greyhound trip.
(Zine) ($1)- "Basically, I'm not getting any and never have had any. This doesn't really bother me, but it bothers the rest of the world and that reaction DOES bother me." This little zine is a short memoir about making it into early adulthood without being interested in sex; figuring out what it means to be queer, attracted to people, but not interested in being sexual. In it, she states that, "Being a virgin is such a taboo topic in our over-sexualized society." Given that it's not often a subject discussed outside of a religious context, and especially in the larger counterculture, I would have to agree.
Also restocked are Ilse Content #8
and Basic Paper Airplane #2
. Next week I'll send the complete newsletter, many more fun things to come!
Ms Valerie Park Distro
Newsletter for January