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paper trail distro newsletter winter 2009



learning to leave a paper trail zine distro
learningtoleaveapapertrail@hotmail.com
ciara xyerra
1126 tennessee st. #4
lawrence KS 66044

note the NEW new address! if you have a different lawrence address for me, throw it out!

plenty of new zines are in stock this winter!

* arts & crafts revolution #2--terri compiled an exhaustive zine on thriftcrafting, crafts that strike back against oppression, & crafts that will take the place of stuff you would otherwise buy.

* doris #27--the conclusion of the encyclopedia series, with writing tips, tour stories, punks getting older & finding new ways to engage their beliefs, how to make friends, how cindy got into anarchism, cute drawings, & more.

* hirsteria #2--greanne writes about being a tough femme trans lady, struggling with feeling connected to her body, hitchhiking & hanging with her grandma, moving to seattle, & coping with anxiety.

* invincible summer 2010 calendar--nicole has compiled another collection of twelve animal portraits to keep you company through the coming year, this time drawing on animals that have engaged in homosexual behavior in the wild

* show & tell #2--a collection of rachels stories & comics about having to find a new dentist, being frustrated with customers at work, seeing her favorite band, & a dream about donating a kidney to her cat.

* show & tell #3--more brilliant comics & illustrated stories about her cat throwing up on her boyfriend, imagining how jesus would respond the girls scouts hawking cookies in the church lobby, her loathing of pantyhose, & more.

* show & tell #4--stories about playing settler of canaan, her dad's bizarre experience taking a friend out on his boat, discovering a high school classmate has been impersonating a doctor, a "little prince" tattoo, & more.

* spokes of hazard #2--cait compiled this hilarious zine about bikes, largely from her fellow portland bike messengers. includes a stry about riding a tandem bike from portland to san francisco, trying to messenger on a tandem (with many D&D references), biking through kansas, & more.

* spokes of hazard #3--more bike touring stories, set along the west coast & in eastern europe, with stories about losing one's bike lock, embracing bicycling despite being of a larger size, leading tourist rides, & more. all bikes & s'mores!

* take care #5--sarah writes about her mom's strained relationship with femininity & womanhood, struggling to define "home" in the face of a difficult youth puctuated by homelessness, coming to terms with anger, & more. with silkscreened fancy covers.

* talking nitrogen--this is the zine that started the brilliant "show & tell" series. brilliant comics & illustrated stories about playing the tambourine, rachel's favorite coffeehouse, asking david sedaris to sign her typewriter, & more.

* truckface #13--in lucky issue #13, LB recounts her first year as a chicago public school teacher, including her first time meeting with a student's parents, students drawing a mustache on her class photo, embarrassing herself in front of students, breaking up fights, coping with students who drop out, & more--both funny & heartbreaking.

* when language runs dry #2--the second issue of the brilliant compilation for people living with chronic pain & their allies, this issue addresses pain & disability, the myth of productivity, the strain pain can take on one's mental health, self-care, & more.

* where you from?--hope from "keep loving keep fighting" compiled this zine where different writers tackle the subject of "home," how they define it, why they live where they live, & where they are from.

expanded descriptions & cover scans are available on the distro site (http://www.papertraildistro.com)!

lacy davis from "lacewing" zine & amber from "culture slut" zine both sat down & answered my interview questions for the zinester interview series. lacy writes about feeling like she is aging out of the zine world & getting back into making zines after a long hiatus. amber writes about her attempts to "fight boredom" & the community that has opened up to her through zines.
i'm going back to boston for the xmas holiday (my boyfriend's family still lives there). so no distro work will be done between december 21 & december 29. i might extend this break a little bit into january, so if you want zines by the end of the year, order before december 21. details about re-opening will be posted on the distro's main page in january.

i'm always seeking new zine for the catalogue. you can mail them to me at:
ciara xyerra
1126 tennessee st. #4
lawrence KS 66044 USA
& make sure you include wholesale/retail info! don't be shy! send me your stuff!

i'm also accepting suggestions about the idea to hold a lawrence zine fest next summer. if any folks reading this happen to live in (eastern) kansas or (western) missouri & want to talk to me about this, or about starting a regional zine group or something, drop me a line!

also--don't forget that you can subscribe to the distro! one year for $50 in the states & $60 everywhere else (including canada)! that gets you 24 zines & other goodies too, postage-paid. or you can order a collection, postage-paid anywhere in the world for $20 (for ten zines). or buy more than one collection at a time & the price keeps getting lower. click here for all the ordering info.

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