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High on Burning Photographs #10 / $3 / 2 oz high 10
Ocean’s zines own my damn heart. And this one is extra special because it’s so much longer than previous issues! She crams in so much — tales from the cities & punk houses she lived in throughout the years, of making it through dangerous & threatening situations, the process of how she self-published her book, & on & on. Much of the writing is centered on being queer and feeling like (& being read as) sometimes a boy / sometimes a girl, & how this affects the way both strangers & lovers interact with her. I recently said of Ocean’s zines “They slay every time” & it’s true. Get this.

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I Dreamed I Was Assertive #15 / temporarily sold out idreamediwasassertive015
This is the final issue of I Dreamed I Was Assertive! Celia has been publishing this zine for 15 years, & while she plans on continuing her zine writing, she’s leaving the IDIWA title behind. She fills this issue with more of her lovely handwritten stories & illustrations that we’ve come to adore. Her writing is very introspective & diary-like, and she shares stories of a trip to Oaxaca, reminders of her late sister, days spent with her young son, relationships with her siblings, and so much more. She also includes a list of 100 things she wants to do in 2014, which I found to be incredibly inspiring. Celia’s writing is extremely personal, & you can tell as you are reading through it that she rarely holds back. I’m sorry to see this zine ending, but I look forward to whatever Celia creates next. I know it will be fantastic.


If Nothing Else the Sky / $5 / 5 oz ifnothingelsethesky001
New stuff from one of Chicago’s most beloved zinesters, Dave Roche! This here is a straight up GEM. More than a zine, it’s a 96 page, perfect bound book that covers Dave’s travels through Australia and Southeast Asia. Woven through stories of zine readings and unexpected mishaps and new friends are some of Dave’s internal conflicts. What does it mean to be a dude in his mid-30’s who still struggles with the idea of himself as an adult? How can he be a better son to his father? Why does he continue to make zines, to share his stories? But really, this is the tale of what life can be like if you choose to LIVE. You’ll have to rely on the kindness of some punks you’ve never met before, and you’ll have to take chances and risks, but you will find yourself in places you never thought you would be & it will mean everything to you. Dave is one of the most gracious, kind folks I know, and he’s also a gripping & often hilarious writer. And at $5, this is a legit bargain. Don’t miss it.

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International Girl Gang Underground / $3 / 5 oz
IGGU is a compilation zine that examines Riot Grrrl through the personal narratives of contributors from around the world. The range of voices is reflected in the essays, which include praise for & critiques of Riot Grrrl, stories of how Riot Grrrl impacted contributors’ lives (in the past & the present), & questions surrounding the need for a Riot Grrrl revival. Also included are artwork & band reviews. Contributors include Mimi Nguyen (Evolution of a Race Riot), Osa Atoe (Shotgun Seamstress), K (Lake Effect), this rad 11 year old girl from Montreal named Lenora, & many, many more. This zine is thick & thought provoking. Edited by Kate Wadkins & Stacy Konkiel.

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It’s Alright: A Truckface Anthology (Volume One) / $19 / 13+ oz it's alright volume one
The first of two Truckface anthologies, this thick book (360 pages!) contains issues 7 – 11 of LB’s long-running & exceptional zine. From the back cover: “From scooping chicken salads to selling dirty clothes to shelving books to teacher training, It’s Alright: A Truckface Anthology details years of embarrassment and missteps. This volume contains stories of rowdy backyard brawls, awful customer service, awkward social interactions, underpants dance parties, staying angry and learning how to try.” Truckface is the best zine out there, and we’re fortunate to have another chance to dig through its earlier, out-of-print issues. Read this & feel alive. Highly recommended.

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(Because this book weighs a ton, please email me if you’re outside of the USA & interested in buying this so that I can determine your shipping cost!)


It’s Alright: A Truckface Anthology (Volume Two) / $23 / 13+ ozit's alright volume two
The second volume of the Truckface anthologies is even more massive than the first — 448 pages! From the back cover: “Through strikes, standardized testing, violence, bouffant wigs, school closings and drawings of wieners, It’s Alright: A Truckface Anthology documents the life of one Chicago public high school teacher. Simultaneously hopeful and hopeless, volume two contains issues 12-16 of the long running zine.” LB’s stories are sometimes agonizing, sometimes hopeful, but always moving. I want to force this book into the hands of everyone I know (truly — even my mom bought one). Highly recommended.

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Jen(ny) Ambular #1 / $2 / 1 oz
Written from a feminist perspective, Jen documents the formation of and early experiences with her band The Ambulars.  She writes of pulling away from a misogynist hardcore community and how she found strength in surrounding herself with progressive, supportive folks. In tales of the many firsts for her band (first show/mini tour/record), Jen shares a feeling that many of us are (hopefully) familiar with – the incredible bliss found in being able to create something you love and share it with others. Awesome and inspiring.

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Jen(ny) Ambular #2 / $2 / 1 oz
Even though this issue of Jen’s zine is the story of her band’s 2010 summer tour, it’s not so much about the shows as it is Jen’s thoughts, adventures, and conversations with others while on tour.  Many of Jen’s experiences are influenced, both positively and negatively, by her being a female musician: She encounters rape jokes and sexist bullshit, but also moments of solidarity and understanding. There’s also stories of the quiet parts of the tour, and of the anxiety found in being on stage, and of friends old and new. More than just a tour diary, this zine is complex and so, so rad.

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Jen(ny) Ambular #3 / $2 / 1 oz
This issue of Jen’s zine chronicles her experience as a counselor at Girls Rock Chicago. She shares touching, inspiring, & often hilarious stories of being a mentor to pre-teen & teenage girls in two bands at the camp, & the things she taught to (& learned from) them. She also tells of an incredibly problematic workshop & how they all worked together to create a way to respond to it. Also included are tales about the women who were influential in Jen’s life as she was just getting into punk, and Jen’s response to dismissals of female bassists. Oh, and the front & back covers of this zine were done by Jen’s campers – yeah!

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Lake Effect #2 / $1 / 1 ozlake effect002
I’ll just start by saying that this is my favorite zine of 2011 (it’s mid-June as I write this & I know the year is only halfway over, but still). This zine is, as K writes, “about the connections between clothing and memory and identity” & how our personal histories are attached to specific items of clothing. Inside, K shares the stories & emotions hidden behind eight pieces of clothes, revealing intimate details about her experiences with class division, homesickness, an abusive relationship, violent crime, & more. Also included is a paper doll, which you can cut out & dress up with illustrated versions of the clothing K writes about. Seriously, buy this now.

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Lake Effect #3 / $2 / 1 oz lake effect003
I’ve read this zine three times since it arrived in my mailbox last week, and every time I just can’t get over how good it is. K says of it, “Like pretty much every zine I’ve made for the last 10 years, this is short stories about boredom & bad news.” And yeah, it’s comprised of brief accounts of some of the hardships & heartbreaks that she’s gone through in the recent past. But there is so much more buried underneath these stories of break-ups, disease, sadness, & assault. There’s the emotion of being tangled up in so much despair, and the hope of making it through it all. Most of my love for this zine lays in K’s writing style — it’s graceful & strong, with sentences & scenes that will stick with you long after you’ve turned the last page. This is hands down one of the best zines I’ve read in the nearly 20 years that I’ve been into zines. Highly recommended.

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Lake Effect #4 / $2 / 1 oz lakeeffect004
K’s writing tears me up inside. She is a first-class storyteller, using experiences from her own life to reveal the heaviness buried inside of her: feelings of uncertainty & of being lost, the anxiety & worry that is ever present, the push & pull of making it through hard times. Many of the stories in this issue focus on her relationships with others — people in both her past & present, and the impact they have on K now. This is a zine about survival, and it will gut you. Highly recommended.

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Long Distance #1 / $2 / 2 oz longdistance
I loved reading this comp zine because it was more than I expected it to be. Compiled by Jenna B, it’s about long distance relationships — not just romantic relationships, but also familial relationships as well. The submissions are lovely & sometimes gut-wrenching; how the miles between us & the ones we love pull us together or push us apart. There are stories of being separated by borders & unforgiving border guards, of going months or years without seeing the one you love, of how technology has changed the ways we communicate with long distance partners. A zine about relationships as much as it is about distance, this one is a keeper.

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Low Risk / $1 / 1 oz lowrisk001
This is a tiny zine — at 2” x 3.5”, it fits right in the palm of your hand — but there’s so much to it that you’ll be left wondering how K packed it all in to such a small space. K is the author of one of my favorite zines, Lake Effect, and her tender, stirring writing style transfers over into this new side project. Here K talks her experience with HPV: the process of being diagnosed with it, the emotions that came with her diagnosis, & the effect it has had on her. She also works through complicated feelings regarding her idea of being healthy, her relationship to her own body, & intimacy with her partner. As K’s zines always are, this one is smart & packed with emotion.

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