Deafula #6 / $2 / 3 oz
A glimpse of the subtitle of this issue of Deafula let’s you know what you’re in for — tour stories! In March of 2013, Kerri went on a zine tour (along with Sarah of Tazewell’s Favorite Eccentric, JC of Tributaries, and Taryn of Lady Teeth) that took them from the east coast to the Chicago Zine Fest. Kerri shares stories from each of the stops along the way, and her experiences at CZF, including being a part of its opening panel on health, disability, and accessibility in zines. I have so much love for zine tours (more zine tours, please!), so it was awesome to read Kerri’s perspective on hers. She ends the zine with what it was like for her, as a deaf person, to be on tour with hearing folks — how communication with her tourmates sometimes left her feeling on the outside, even though they had the best of intentions to include her. Deafula is always a terrific zine, and this issue keeps the goodness going.
Deafula #8 / $3 / 2 oz
Kerri addresses what it’s like to be a deaf person who is married to a hearing person. She interviews her husband, Andy, about the struggles that have occurred in their relationship due to Kerri’s deafness. Andy is at times hilariously candid in his descriptions of his annoyances with society’s lack of patience or accommodations, especially targeting incredibly bearded men who hide their lips. There are also stories of intense confrontations with ignorant people making assumptions about them as a couple. Their love and support for one another is incredibly vivid within their stories. These are two stellar people who are honest and open about their relationship in order to fight ableism in society and it helped to warm my cold, cold heart! (Thanks to lb of Truckface for the review!)
Dear Dudes / .50 / 1 oz
This zine, full of letters from the author to various dudes in her life, is ESSENTIAL READING. From the intro: “These letters are simplistic, but I am writing them as an attempt to embrace the rage I feel on a daily basis for being female bodied and treated accordingly.” Reading Dear Dudes made me feel fucking great. Not great about the shit we have to put up with from dudes all of the time, every day. But great about not being alone in my feelings of anger towards dudes who have no fucking clue. Although I guess not being alone in this is also sad, since it happens to so many of us & will continue to happen to so many of us until the end of time. But perhaps this zine will help open the eyes of some dudes who think they have their shit together but really don’t, and allow them to examine their own behavior. Although let’s face it, probably not. But this zine is not for them anyway, so who cares. The most important thing is that it will help non-dudes feel like there are people out there who get it. The world needs this zine. Read these letters, embrace the rage, then contribute your letter & keep this project going forever.
Dig Deep #7 / Tongueswell #3 / $2 / 1 oz
Notice: I do not run; I do not exercise. How would I find enjoyment in a zine centered on running? Because Heather is the shit and this zine is about so much more than running. This is about the knowledge of the body in public and contending with physical setbacks. This is about encouragement and a long-lasting friendship during a preparation for a half-marathon. This is about constantly pushing oneself to take up space in the city to boldly declare: “I AM TRYING TO DO THIS AND I AM FUCKING AWESOME.” This is life-affirming and amazing. Seriously, get this now! Note: this is a split zine with Tongueswell #3 — description here! (Thanks to lb of Truckface for the review!)
Dig Deep #8 / $2 / 2 oz
This issue of Dig Deep (the first in two years!) is split into three sections: Part 1 covers Heather’s shifting relationship with zines and her feelings surrounding stepping down as an organizer of the Chicago Zine Fest. Part 2 recaps her goal of sending 100 pieces of mail in 2016, along with all of the ways that letters and postcards weave their way into her life and strengthen her relationships. Part 3 reveals her process of trying to be good to herself and to others. It has eleven sections, covering things like setting intentions, finding gratitude, etc. She lists the specific movements & habits that she depends on to take care of herself & her community, and she encourages you to do the same.
Doris #32 / $3 / 2 oz
There is a reason that everyone loves Doris, and it’s because Cindy consistently writes sharp, sincere zines centered around the ideas of growing & learning. And that is exactly what you will find in this issue. She writes stories about exploring the notion of community & friendship, along with ways of creating positive & meaningful conversations. There are interviews (with Marius Mason, an environmental & animal rights activist currently in prison, and Icky Dunn, an anarchist over 40), book reviews, and instructions on how to do a self-guided writing workshop meant to help develop critical consciousness. Doris is a zine that gently guides you as you work to be better & helps move you along that path. I’m always grateful for it.
Epicenter Zone: Twenty Five Year Reunion Zine / $2 / 2 oz
From the intro: “Epicenter Zone was an all-volunteer collective that ran a not-for-profit record store, zine library, community space, and sometime venue.” Based in San Francisco, it was around from 1990 – 1999, and it’s a crucial part of west coast punk history. This zine was made in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the start of the space, and it compiles origin stories, interviews with volunteers, photos, & flyers. I have a special place in my heart for zines like this, because it’s so important that DIY & punk communities step up to document & archive the work that we do so that it’s not buried & forgotten. Get this to remember Epicenter Zone (or to learn about it), and then let’s keep thinking about how we can build & sustain radical community spaces together in our own cities.
Evolution of a Race Riot / forever sold out, but read it for free here!
This awesome, classic comp zine was first published in 1997. In early 2011, editor Mimi Nguyen decided to reprint & distribute it (along with Race Riot #2). Many of the pieces inside revolve around the idea of race and punk, although some are written outside of punk as well. Essays explore the use of the term “people of color,” cultural appropriation for profit, the whiteness of punk & hardcore, finding comfort (or alienation) in people & places, the idea of color-blindness, & so, so much more. No joke — with nearly 50 different contributors (some of whom were writing the 90’s best zines!) & 94 half size pages, this zine is huge & important. Get in on it.
[Read Evolution of a Race Riot for free here!]