Posts tagged ‘zines’

September 9th, 2013

lelunacy: police issues  This was spraypainted on La Cienega…


police issues

 This was spraypainted on La Cienega just above Fountain, a couple of blocks by my house. Knew it would be the cover as soon as I saw it.

September 5th, 2013

(Updated & re-posted) Autistic Zine – Call For Submissions


(August 2013)

(Title TBD)

Hey there! This is a call for submissions for a not-yet-titled compilation zine about being autistic done by autistic people. The plan is for this to be online and on paper. Allistic/non-autistic folks are welcome and encouraged to read and share this zine when it’s finished, but are not welcome to submit to this.

Anyone autistic who wants to submit to this zine is welcome to do so! Anywhere on the spectrum, non-speaking or speaking to any degrees, self-diagnosed or formally diagnosed, feel any which way about you being autistic yourself*, and so on.

Autistic people whose perspectives may be under-represented due to being additionally marginalized by things such as exclusion of non-speaking people, other ableism, racism and white supremacy, classism, misogyny and transmisogyny, transphobia, binarism, homophobia / queerphobia, ageism, etc. are especially encouraged to participate in this zine if they are interested in doing so.

Autistic culture is diverse - let’s try to show that!

*Regarding “[you can] feel any which way about you being autistic yourself,” I mean that you can state however you feel about being autistic yourself, whether you feel positively, negatively or in between – but don’t impose your feelings or beliefs onto anyone else, nor onto autism as a whole! No curebie/anti-autistic stuff about other autistic people or autism as a whole. No pushing Autistic Pride on everyone. Please respect that autistic people don’t all feel the same way.




Sketches, drawings, paintings, collages, photographs, mixed media, and more!

Important: Please submit a scan, photocopy, or photograph of your work, if possible, especially if it’s being submitted to the paper version of the zine. I don’t want to lose or mess up any originals!

Artwork does not have to necessarily be related to or focused on autism or your experiences of being autistic if you don’t feel like doing that! The point is just that it’s art made by an autistic person submitted to a zine by autistic people.

An online version of the zine could also include video and audio submissions. Video submissions should be subtitled if they contain sound. Audio submissions should be transcribed.

Color or black & white art is fine. Color artwork in the paper zine will eventually be copied in black & white.

Please include a short image description for any visual art submissions. (Also helpful: keywords that could go in an image description.)

Please use trigger warnings in submissions when applicable.

Submissions for the paper zine should fit on 8.5” x 11” paper.



Journal entries, rants, poetry, short stories, articles, song lyrics, lists, etc.

Please try to use trigger warnings in submissions when applicable. Thank you.

Please send a copy (scan or photocopy) of your work if you only have the original, especially if it’s handwritten.

Typed or handwritten. Must fit on 8.5” x 11” paper. Submissions that are 1 to 4 pages, single-spaced, in size 12 – 14 non-cursive font are preferable.

Please keep in mind that when I accept longer submissions (and/or multiple submissions from the same person), that leaves less space for other contributors to be published!


Submissions (written or otherwise) that support racism or white supremacy, ableism, classism, fatphobia, sizism, misogyny or transmisogyny, transphobia, homo/queerphobia, binarism, or other forms of oppression in any way will not be accepted. Such submissions will either be returned to you or deleted (if sent via email) or thrown away.


Deadline (approx.): January 15, 2014

Send submissions to Jordan: feralismyheart(AT)gmail(DOT)com

For submitting via “snail mail”, email Jordan and ask for a mailing address.


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May 2nd, 2013

Info about the zine panel

ZINES: Creative Non-Fiction on the D.I.Y.: Workshop at the CUNY Chapfest

Moderated by: KIMIKO HAHN & ANNE HAYS of the CUNY Creative Writing Affiliation Group

Friday, 3pm, Rooms C201/202, C-level, The CUNY Graduate Center

Zines have many definitions, but as handmade and self-published print publications created and sold within a community, they undeniably offer writers space to express themselves (most commonly in short-form prose). Panelists Alycia Sellie, Ray Cha, Mikki Halpin, and Kerri Radley discuss all things zine, including: intentional community, privacy and anonymity, publishing in print in a digital age, the freedom of self-publication, print as a political act, and self expression. We’ll also discuss broader concerns such as: What does it mean to edit a zine, or curate a zine library collection? If zines are intrinsically ephemeral, how does one market a zine? How can zine writers use digital media to promote their off-the-grid works? Moderated by Anne Hays and Kimiko Hahn of the CUNY Creative Writing Affiliation Group. For full CUNY CHAPFEST program, click here:
or here:

Panelist Bios:

Although Ray Cha creates things for the Internet for a living, he loves print. He publishes FAQNP, a zine for queer nerds and their admirers. He also loves wandering the streets of a city. More information on the zine can be found at

Mikki Halpin was co-editor of the late 80s/early 90s zine Ben is Dead, and editor-in-chief of one of the first online magazines,, which was featured in the Whitney Biennial and described as “possibly the next New Yorker” in Time magazine. Her most recent zine projects are Eyresses, a Jane Eyre zine, and an unnamed zine with at-risk LGBTQ teens. She’s currently working undercover at a big glossy consumer publication.

Kerri Radley is the author of the zine Deafula. She is a zinester, writer, and literary aficionado.

Alycia Sellie is the Media and Cultural Studies Librarian at Brooklyn College. Her current projects include The Readers’ Bill of Rights for Digital Books, which works against digital restrictions upon electronic reading, and The Borough is my Library: A Greater Metropolitan Library Workers Zine, which debuts annually at the Desk Set Biblioball. Her library and scholarly work is discussed on her website,
December 17th, 2012

oomkzine: ‘I’m dreaming of a black, black Christmas Black smoke…


‘I’m dreaming of a black, black Christmas

Black smoke blows against a midnight sky.’

Written by Poly Styrene and her daughter Celeste “Black Christmas’ was a reaction against a horrific shooting spree in 2008 by a man dressed in a Santa suit.

Poly Styrene

(July 1957 –  April 2011)

November 21st, 2012

"I’d actually revel and joyfully shout if a grunge band appeared which dressed tastefully (and…"

“I’d actually revel and joyfully shout if a grunge band appeared which dressed tastefully (and I don’t mean having their flannel shirts freshly washed, either), had short, nicely groomed hair, and actually departed from the accepted norm in SubPopdom.”


Flipside letters section, 1990

Imagine what the next five years were like for this guy.

November 21st, 2012

"It pains me to see a once-respected journal of the “punk” underground becoming merely a…"

“It pains me to see a once-respected journal of the “punk” underground becoming merely a forum for neo-classic rock. I am, of course, speaking about SubPop oriented music.”

- Flipside letters page, November 1990
November 8th, 2012



Submitting your call for submissions for your primarily or exclusively white-run zine to reach people of color through this platform, without an intro or any context, is inappropriate and the opposite of being a white ally.

Calling yourself a white ally doesn’t make you a white ally. Expecting POC Zine Project to signal boost a call for contributions to a zine that historically features white-only contributors is a gross display of white privilege.

Not reading our FAQ for white allies before submitting your call, that details the steps for white folks to submit their calls to POC Zine Project, before submitting, is equally gross.

It is not our job, or any person of color’s job, to help you find brown people to feature in your historically “by white people/for white people” zine because you lack enough friends of color in your own social circles to approach for collaboration.

We are tired of being nice about this.

Most of the time we are approached by white folks who understand the concept of being an ally and these have been positive exchanges, frequently resulting in collaborations.

But over the past few months - directly connected with the rising visibility of POC Zine Project in zine communities due to the Race Riot! tour - we’ve received more “help me do x” emails and requests for signal boosts from white folks. There is nothing wrong with that.

What is most definitely wrong and derails the possibility of a positive exchange is not checking your privilege before approaching us for assistance.

What is definitely not appreciated is expecting us to assume that just because you call yourself a “white ally,” that must be true. We owe it to our community to present them with facts, not assumptions.

We will not signal boost ANYTHING by any white person simply because they call themselves an ally. We take the role of white allies in the struggle for liberation and equality very seriously. It’s insulting to us and to true white allies when white people use that term but continue to behave in a manner that is silencing and oppressive to people of color.

We expect, and have a right to demand, that if you’re a white person who wants us to signal boost your call for submissions to your zine, that you provide us with at least some related links and other documentation that demonstrates your history of being a white ally. This is clearly spelled out in the FAQ.

Excepting us to take hours of additional time researching whether are not your are an ally by reading all your zines and fact-checking - because you didn’t bother to share any kind of context - is just another example of white privilege within zine communities.

Scanning one of your zines and finding it filled with photos of white folks, and none of people of color, forces us to assume that you are in denial about your privilege. Featuring ONE person of color in your zine series, which otherwise largely features white contributors only, IS TOKENIZING. YOU ARE NOT BEING AN ALLY.

If you don’t provide context or background when you approach us for support (which should be common courtesy), our only recourse is to take time to research who you are and what you’re about. And we would rather use that time to empower and support POC who are tired of being silenced by people like you. So we won’t do that anymore. Ever again.

Come correct, please. You don’t like your time wasted and neither do we. Check your privilege.

We are, and will always be, primarily a resource for people of color. We appreciate our white allies who understand this and support our goals, knowing that our liberation is their liberation and the path to freedom.

Thank you.

*drops mic, walks off*



November 1st, 2012

An idea:



That I, pussyharvest, wordsandturds, fearsome-fag, shoor, farahjoon, lumpyaceprince, stardustbats, and garconniere (or anyone else who would like to join in) create a series of essays for a zine or blog about why we hate third-wave feminism/fun-feminism and what we envision a new feminism that centers woc, poor people, trans* folk, and non-Westerners would be like.

A new feminism for the twenty-first century? Anyone in?

uh chyeah!

totes, if ya want me

October 29th, 2012

billdaniel: Mostly True, 2nd edition out now! Also at…


Mostly True, 2nd edition out now!

Also at

October 19th, 2012

bcaheritage: “long-lost boyfriends should stay lost…” When…


“long-lost boyfriends should stay lost…”

When looking for advice the Dear Maisie page of 1960s magazine Flamingo is always a good place to start. 

Flamingo was launched 1961, from its offices in Charlton St, London NW1. Its first issue noted the 350,000 West Indian’s then living in Britain and stated that “up till now these Negro citizens of Britain have been denied a Voice.”

Edited by Edward Scobie, contributors included George Lamming, Jan Carew, founder of the BCA Len Garrison and Sydney Poitier. Flamingo closed in 1963.

BCA’s collection includes over 200 periodical titles published by Black communities in Britain, over half are unique to the BCA and can not be found in any other collection in the UK. 

Hoyles, Asher and Hoyles, Martin (2011) Caribbean Publishing in Britain: A Tribute to Arif Ali. Hansib Publications

Benjamin, Ionie (1995). The Black Press in Britain. Trentham Press

I love this so much. I wonder why they called it Flamingo. (I mean, there are some obvious reasons but still)