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Zines

The first issue of one of our favorite new zine series. The Paruretic tells what the intricacies and complexities of life with parusesis, the social phobia of being pee shy. Illuminating, accessible, and worth reading every issue. 

24 pages, quarter-size.

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In this issue, Mark recalls figuring out the debilitating effects of his bladder issues when he goes to college and, for the first time, navigates living in dorms, drinking at college-town bars, and hooking-up. 

As he writes, "At a time when young people are supposed to be finding themselves and becoming adults, I spent my four years avoiding social gatherings. I kept myself from starting and maintaining relationships...[ continued ]

In this issue: searching out acceptable bathrooms while on the road, not urinating for ten hours while in the air, and a bathroom-by-bathroom diary of experiences.

32 pages, quarter-size.

In this issue, Mark reaches out, looking for help, and is met with a less-than-sympathetic medical system. Within: clueless medical professionals, almost losing a job over a urinalysis, and finally finding someone who understands.

32 pages, quarter-size.

The dating issue of The Paruretic covers how Mark handled (or avoided handling) dating in high school and college. It's a chronicle of, as Mark says, "how my shy bladder has driven every part of my love life."

40 pages, quarter-size.

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Picking Stuff Apart (also known as Eaves of Ass #8 & Basic Paper Airplane #11) is a collection of reviews of life and art. An industrial music award ceremony, Meetup groups, books, films, and dated Christian television—all looked at deeply and discussed.

Within: "Life After an Impossible Book," "The Tyranny of the Weird Kid Table," "The Prevalence of Satanic Preschools," and much more...[ continued ]

In a long-form braided essay, Billy McCall takes a hard look at his relationship with his brother. Juxtaposing his brother's substance abuse issues with his own aversion to substances, Proof I Exist #28 becomes a short memoir on family and addiction that's heart-felt and curious. Possibly the best zine yet from this prolific zine author.

40 pages, quarter-size. Risograph-printed...[ continued ]

Temporary Sale! The second issue from Chicago's favorite acapella punk rock glee club! In this issue members write about their relationships to the songs they sing. Within: words about X, The Buzzcocks, Generation X, dB's, T-Rex, Blondie, and more.

64 pages, half-letter size.

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M. Sabine Rear's Reverse Flâneur: On Being Blind, Glamorous, and Alone in Public is a graphic novel travelogue of Vienna. Meditating on the visibly disabled body while spending time in museums and being alone in public spaces. Nominated for an Ignatz Award. 

40 pages, half-letter size, thick matte covers.

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Safe Words is a lyrical mini-memoir of desire. Through a series of vignettes, longtime zinester Sarah Geo recounts her sexual experiences with men, traversing the good and the bad to shine a spotlight on sexual desire in all its complexities. Safe Words is also a reclaiming the sensual self after a pregnancy, a break-up, and years of seeing herself as "just a mother." 

Photos and layout by Omar Alan Pierce...[ continued ]