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 / temporarily sold out
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!]