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Zines

The ten-year anniversary issue of Basic Paper Airplane! Short essays about trying to make a living from writing words. Comic nightmares from the world of freelance writing, night school, weekly papers, and cities of books.

Paper airplane examples throughout. 32 pages, cut half-letter size.

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Bending Spoons: A Field Guide to Ableist Microaggressions is an illustrated guide to the types of questions and comments M. Sabine Rear experiences as a blind woman in public. A crucial read for able-bodied people hoping to better understand the experience of living with a disability.

24 pages, oblong quarter-size.

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An exploration of the body, one part at a time, by Tomas Moniz. Written as poems, but reading more like vignettes or small essays about how complicated it is just to exist in your own frame. These pieces are sweet, emotionally heavy, sexy, and sometimes really funny. They are so honest that it leaves you wishing for that same openness in yourself, to be so unashamed of what we carry around and what we desire...[ continued ]

In this issue of Brainscan, Alex Wrekk (Stolen Sharpie Revolution) discusses the individualized witchcraft practice she's pieced together over the past decade. While documenting her journey, she looks at a variety of other witchcraft traditions, why they didn't fully work for her, and why secular witchcraft is just as valid as any other form. She also gives plenty of history and context to help understand terms that often get lumped together (Wicca, Pagan, etc), and critiques the cultural appropriation and consumerism that often arise in modern witchcraft manifestations...[ continued ]

Last copy! The Seattle zine Clock Tower Nine is a perfect assortment of oddities. Pinball history, Cleveland novelty shirts, postcard lessons, jukebox stories. All I can say is I want every issue from here on out.

20 pages, half-letter size.

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Clock Tower Nine has become one of my new favorite zines. Using a variety-format approach reminiscent of classic '90s zines, Danny Noonan puts together a consistently interesting assortment. Letters, postcards, and the stories of others mix with personal narratives, odd facts, and ephemera.

This issue largely consists of a story about being a roadie for a band, an intercontinental fast friendship through postcards and drunk dials, and a barely-planned cross-country road trip...[ continued ]

A small collection of writings by Isabelle Eberhardt. A Nineteenth Century gender deviant and kif-smoking Sufi anarchist. Traversing the Saharan desert, battling African colonialization, recording it in poetic prose.

This mini-zine borders on art book, beautifully printed by Portland’s Eberherdt Press. Quarter-size, oblong, 44 pages.

Intricately restaging images from the '40s, '50s and '60s and using herself and her friends as models, artist Lenae Day creates some of the most brilliant and strange pieces of art. Blurring the lines between social commentary, absurdity, memoir, humor, and art, Day Magazine is sure to entertain and confuse. Highly recommended.

Magazine size, color and black & white images, 16 pages...[ continued ]

Jonas (Cheer the Eff Up) brings us robot prayers, letters, road stories, punk shows, video store stories, A Zinester's Guide to Stupidity, and much more. All the while trying to figure out how to make sense of all the heartbreak and oppression in the world. 

64 pages, half-letter size.

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Last copy!  The best zine I've read this year. Vignettes about slowly figuring out life alongside boys: First zine, first tattoo, first out-of-town show, first basement punk show, carrying a teething baby in Helsinki, hopping in a tour van, and what it feels like to be a joyous rusted relic on the dance floor.

The last quarter of the zine is a series of vignettes in tribute to a friend who passed away...[ continued ]