it still makes me so giddy to see my zines (and split zine with the talented mad—but—magic) on the zine rack at pressed next to the work of so many talented people (see: sadboyxvx, gnade, zine-reviews)!
also, lily writes the cutest descriptions and curates a really great selection at both pressed and gabba hey!
11:47 am • 21 October 2014 • 15 notes
“I love bus trips, the longer the better. Whenever I’ve been in what you could politely call a “transitional phase” in my life, I take a long bus trip, leaving a relationship or job or whatever else on fire in the rearview mirror. Greyhound buses are my safe place, where I do all my best brooding and letter-writing and self-reflection. I need the in-between-ness, the unmoored-ness, the lack of accountability to anyone or anything else, and the giddy nihilism of sleep deprivation, junk food, and truck stop coffee.
It’s a weird and maybe a sad thing to say, but I never feel more like myself, for better or worse, than when I’m on the Greyhound. In recognition of the yearning feeling I get whenever I see a bus pulling onto the highway, I have a stick-and-poke tattoo of a bus on my right leg.”
Lily Pepper, from The Overland Route
I highly recommend this zine. I can hella relate to the above quotation, and the sentiment behind the zine, even if I’ve always been more of a car or train person than a bus person. (I can also relate to the part about “listening to songs in the circumstances the song describes” - me too, Lily, me too!) It’s a mini-zine about travel, leaving your life behind, discovering the world, and navigating white privilege as a white person, and it’s really good. Hit up zine-reviews (or email email@example.com) to get a copy.
Thanks Jessie, glad you liked it! My bus zine is available on etsy in case anyone else is interested in reading about my being a gross lonely weirdo on a two-week bus voyage!
9:58 pm • 20 October 2014 • 29 notes
These dreambabies (pukeyparty, sadboyxvx, dearjusticeletter, and Gloria Song of Scary Bear Soundtrack) did an incredible job reading and performing last night at the launch for “YOW! Ottawa Writers Write About Ottawa”. I am honoured to have such talented friends and grateful to everyone who submitted to the zine. If you didn’t get a copy last night, it’s up on my Etsy and should be for sale locally soon.
1:03 pm • 20 October 2014 • 13 notes
'yow: ottawa writers write about zines' release at pressed! thanks to @zine-reviews for putting it on and to @pukeyparty and @sadboyxvx for sharing their incredible work!
I am honoured to have such talented friends and super grateful to you-all for writing such great stuff and bravely and charmingly reading it aloud last night!
12:58 pm • 20 October 2014 • 27 notes
class of 2012
Fag School #4: Join the Professionals
by Brontez Purnell
52pg. at 1/2 legal size
I was really excited to read this zine: I knew of Brontez from Shotgun Seamstress, a zine by/for/about black punks, and also maybe the best zine ever. There’s an interview with him in Issue #1 and an article…
I wrote the above review of Fag School #4 back in 2012, so I was excited to hear that Brontez Purnell has now published The Cruising Diaries, with illustrations by Janelle Hessig. The Cruising Diaries expands on the “Cruising Reviews” section of Fag School, in which Purnell shares tales of his sexual misadventures.
I just read this interview with Purnell about his new book, on Lambda Literary, where he describes his writing as “dark yet still… generous to the human condition”, which is just what I liked about it as well. He also mentions that his first novella will be released in 2015, with a novel, 100 Boyfriends, following in 2016 on City Lights’ Sister Spit imprint. So, exciting news for fans of Purnell’s brash, thoughtful, and tragicomic writing.
The Cruising Diaries is available through Gimme Action for $10 + shipping, and I can’t wait to read it.
8:44 am • 18 October 2014 • 9 notes
Did you know BRZD gift wraps your orders?!
All orders of three of three or more zines always come gift wrapped! Also if you send your order via snail mail you get a free zine in your order!
Brown Recluse Zine Distro rules.
2:44 pm • 16 October 2014 • 18 notes
Come to Pressed October 19th for readings by sadboyxvx, pukeyparty, dearjusticeletter, and a musical performance by 1/2 of SCARY BEAR SOUNDTRACK, Nunavut’s finest synth-pop band, & pick up a copy of this compilation zine of Ottawa writers writing about our boring, special, weird, complicated city.
THIS SUNDAY! Get stoked for rad zine readings!
9:43 am • 16 October 2014 • 30 notes
“There’s so much misinformation about Muslims these days, and we’re deeply misunderstood,” she said, adding that it’s worse for radical Muslims. Those who identify as queer consider gender identity and sexual orientation fluid, a topic that may be considered controversial by most mainstream Muslims. “We’re just absent from a lot of discourse about Muslims,” she said. A zine provided a do-it-yourself solution for Janmohamed and her peers, a quick and accessible way to share stories with fellow Muslims and other progressive allies.
OMG I want this zine.
10:50 pm • 10 October 2014 • 76 notes
A collection of sixteen unique and honest conversations you won’t read anywhere else…
Mixed-race queer art activist Nia King left a full-time job in an effort to center her life around making art. Grappling with questions of purpose, survival, and compromise, she started a podcast called We Want the Airwaves in order to pick the brains of fellow queer and trans artists of color about their work, their lives, and “making it” - both in terms of success and in terms of survival.
In this collection of interviews, Nia discusses fat burlesque with Magnoliah Black, queer fashion with Kiam Marcelo Junio, interning at Playboy with Janet Mock, dating gay Latino Republicans with Julio Salgado, intellectual hazing with Kortney Ryan Ziegler, gay gentrification with Van Binfa, getting a book deal with Virgie Tovar, the politics of black drag with Micia Mosely, evading deportation with Yosimar Reyes, weird science with Ryka Aoki, gay public sex in Africa with Nick Mwaluko, thin privilege with Fabian Romero, the tyranny of “self-care” with Lovemme Corazón, “selling out” with Miss Persia and Daddie$ Pla$tik, the self-employed art activist hustle with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarsinha, and much, much more. Welcome to the future of QPOC art activism.
Buy it here.
Nia King rules, buy her book!
3:23 pm • 10 October 2014 • 97 notes
I got crapandemic's latest mini zine in the mail yesterday and it is so good. In Let’s Wreck Their Precious Perfect Little Town, Julia Eff writes nostalgically about growing up rurally, and their affection for the loneliness and shitty coffee and great distances between mediocre destinations that go along with being an angsty rural subculture of one.
I also grew up in a crummy nowhere town, and reading this zine made me miss the big spaces between things, how long we drove to get to the party or whatever arbitrarily chosen destination, and made me miss the way that, before we carried cell phones, quiet spaces opened up between things, and you had the space in your brain for true teen brooding, and waiting, and smoking cigarettes. Most of the things that make me happy are in cities, but there are some important rural sadnesses that I am missing out on, and this zine brought ‘em back full force. It’s $1.25 and you can and should buy it here!
2:52 pm • 9 October 2014 • 58 notes