Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Zine of the month

I don't shout enough about the zines that I love and I'm reading some super awesome stuff at the moment so I thought I'd rectify this with a Zine of the Month! Will I keep this up every month? Who knows, I'm mid-way through an epic X-Files re-watch so my schedule is pretty tight.

As I missed January I'm doing two Zine Of The Month shout-outs. Also the zines I'm giving props to came out a couple of months ago, but I'm basing it on when I got hold of the zines and read them. We are on Casio time now.

Queer Sailor Moon Fanfiction Saved My Life - Lily P. Dec 2014
Available from Zine Puppy etsy shop for £2.35 + p+p

This is a perzine by Lily P. who writes about immersing themselves in fandom as a coping strategy and for validation and for fun. I love fandom. I bloody LOVE loving things and I always like to hear other people who write so well about the benefits of fandom. Especially things which are dismissed as teen girl fandom because they are silly or trivial or not real. Lily P talks briefly about childhood trauma and the ways in which they sought comfort and escapism in pop culture. They then talk about their love of queer Sailor Moon fan fiction, how they used to copy extracts from the internet into their diary for safekeeping, and how they aspired to some of the queer family love in that show. Spice Girls fandom is also mentioned , with extracts of Spice Girls fan fics and tales of obsession over a grainy image of Emma and Geri kissing. The whole zine is sweet and funny and sad and waves the fandom flag proudly. But it's also a great zine about self care, about finding whatever coping strategies work for you and not being ashamed.

Black Women Matter Vol. 1 - Underground Sketchbook Dec. 2014
Available online for free
Available in print from Underground Sketchbook for $5 donation + p+p

Black Women Matter is an illustrated zine by the artist collective Underground Sketchbook, based in Austin, Texas who create social justice art. This zine was produced to remember the lives of Black women murdered by police in America. Probably the most brutal aspect of this zine is that it is titled vol.1 meaning there are likely more issues of this zine to follow. The zine includes drawn portraits of each woman with their age when they were murdered and a short description of events with the introduction reading: 'Know their names, See their faces. Remember their stories.' The zine serves as a memorial as well as a form of resistance in sharing histories and images that are otherwise made invisible through mainstream media. It's a poignant and sad and brutal zine and a reminder of how powerful and important self-made documents of  lives and communities can be.

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