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In a series of interviews with queer women and non-binary folks, Fear, Safety, & Femmes examines what safety looks like. What places and people create a sense of safety? Which qualities in people create a sense of danger? What self-defense tools and techniques do people use to feel safer?

20 pages, cut half-letter size.

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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 ]

A great zine about body image, featuring a wide range of perspectives, all of them fascinating. So many reminders that we all face insecurities about how we look. And that the ways insecurities manifest are unique and universal at the same time.

What ultimately comes out of this series of essays is a lot of hope, a lot of people who have suffered and are now in a good place, or at least a better one...[ continued ]

In Masculinities, Cindy Crabb (Doris) explores how we're each individually taught about what masculinity is. The zine focuses on the role models (positive or problematic or often both) who guided that education and how it played out. As she says in her introduction, she wants to "shake [masculinity] up—look at all the varied ways people are taught what it means to be a man, and where they found resistance, examples of other ways to be...[ continued ]

A collaboration between Portland nonprofit Know Your City and writer Martha Grover (Somnambulist zine, The End of My Career), The People's Guide to Portland is an in-depth resource guide for marginalized people and communities, as well as a succinct and clear guide to being a good ally. 

Sections within: Chronically Ill/Disabled, Racial Justice, LGBTQIA+, Reproductive Rights, Gender Inequality, Youth, Folks in Recovery, Parenting/Child-Rearing, Survivors of Violent Crime, Survivors of Domestic & Sexual Violence, Housing: Renting and Houselessness, Mental Health, Environmental Justice, Low Income, Educate/Agitate/Organize, Self Care, Veteran Resources, Wealth & Voter Suppression...[ continued ]

In this issue of POPs, Jonas writes a speculative history of pajama stubbornness. Meghan Moyer writes about having a transgender family. Melinda Gonzalez writes about sharing geek culture with her daughter. Alex Nall draws a comic about being a teacher. Eddie Jenkins Hernandez writes about parenting in a world of conflict. And Rhea Tepp interviews openhearted punk legend Alice Bag...[ continued ]

Pro Wrestling Feelings is the zine where people who don't fit the typical image of professional wrestling fans voice their love. Women, queers, outsiders, and academics all get heard in PWF and it's always a fascinating ride, regardless of your interest in wrestling. This issue covers a wide range: the challenges facing female pro-wrestlers, All Japan Pro Wrestling, wrestling and fathers, meeting Japanese professional wrestler Jushin Liger on a beach in Los Angeles, and much more...[ continued ]

This issue of Pro Wrestling Feelings goes deep. There's an epic and fascinating interview with transgender poet Colette Arrand about wrestling as literary muse and her stints as a wrestler and commentator. Willow Maclay has an excellent essay on wrestling as cinema, and the sport's roots in both carnival shows and theater. There's also an interview with Dr. Jess Krenek about female pro-wrestling fandom and academia, as well as comics, poems, the dream match, and much more...[ continued ]

Shotgun Seamstress #8 covers so much territory. Thoughts on imperfect heroes and the way that slogans can't sum up systematic oppression. Broadside-esque pages on punk activism, Alli Lowe of The Atomic Tanlines, and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Interviews with Afrofuturist Wizard Apprentice, Marc Edwards of Cellular Chaos, horror movie actress Geretta Geretta, and Monika Estrella Negra on Chicago's black and brown punk shows...[ continued ]

Things Men Have Told Me About My Body is a collection of anecdotes and stories from 30+ anonymous contributors who have had men make wildly inappropriate statements about their bodies. 

Red Velvet says it best in her introduction when she writes, "This is a zine about things that have been said to us: by friends, lovers, passerby, family, and strangers. Some are funny, some are rude, some are simply puzzling...[ continued ]