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Oh crud this blog is full!

9 Mar

I am too cheap to upgrade to the premium option, so I’m just starting a new blog. The url will still be sassyfrasscircus.com, or https://sinewthatshrinks.wordpress.com/. Thanks for your patience while I get the site together, and don’t worry: this site isn’t going anywhere, with years and years of comics and zines and weird fashion posts! Sassyfrass Circus lives on.

.jb.

UMD Radical Rush

18 Sep

A few years back, while I was still ensconced in the hallowed, prison/military/educational industrial complex halls of the University of Maryland, I drew a couple little comics for a Disorientation Guide–basically a guide to all the super-cool things happening at UMD, like the food co-op and activist student organizations, and all the terrible things, like privatization and drones (See “Mactivism” and “Activist Burnout” here).

And every now and then (like now) I get a little “hey whats up” from awesome current UMD undergrads, asking to re-print one of the comics. So, for an almost 5 year old comic on activist burnout, some amazing up-to-date resources (UMD specific and otherwise), and possibly a really great project idea to recreate on your own campus, download this year’s Disorientation Guide!

I think I was more hilarious when I was a baby.

JB

Books and Blogs

25 Jun

My review of Leela Corman’s graphic novel Unterzakhn is up at The New Inquiry. Check it out?

Also, you can now purchase Make Your Own History: Documenting Feminist and Queer Activism in the 21st Century, edited by Lyz Bly and Kelly Wooten, from Library Juice Press. I drew the illustration on the cover and they also reprinted a section of mine and Jami Sailor’s zine Archiving the Underground. The book is full of useful essays by really smart folks that will meet all of your queer and feminist archiving needs. Highly recommended.

I didn’t get a chance to scan it, so here is a weird space phone picture:

And the e-book that included a bunch of my graduation/ grad-school anxiety comics, Share or Die, is also available for purchase! I haven’t gotten my contributors copy yet, but I have it on good authority that it is a better book to buy for the recent college graduate in your life (and tuck a check inside), than any book about what color your parachute should be or whatever. This book will actually speak to the terror and unlimited possibilities new grads are stepping into. Get on it!

In the zine world, in addition to working on new issues of Archiving and Sassyfrass Circus, I am also working on a new issue of Femme a Barbe (queer/feminist facial hair zine) and still accepting submissions for Doykeit (queer/feminist rad Jewish zine). So if you’re interested in submitting to either of those projects, email me at sassyfrasscircus@gmail.com. Also, July is apparently International Zine Month. Alex Wrekk made this cool list of recommended activities, and though it doesn’t appear that “Submit to JB’s zines” is on it, I think it totally should be.

❤ jb

For Mark Aguhar

25 Apr

Sketching Mark after midnight.

Building a community archive

24 Feb

A couch from Henry Rollins mother. A rug from Ian MacKaye’s father.
Several massive filling cabinets stuffed with nearly 30 years of fliers for punk shows, activist gatherings, self education workshops, and collective organizing. Hundreds of books, tapes, records, movies, and other relics of the illustrious DC punk and hard core scene. A veritable trove of history from our own community- our voices, our music, our actions. Positive Force is unearthing it’s basement, and we need your help to make it into something more.

We would like to this space (in our dear friend’s basement) transformed into an active community space. A lending library, a meeting space, a digital archive, a place where academics and young punks and anyone else can come to learn or just hang out. We envision open hours, and book clubs. But right now two things stand in our way:

1: The space needs physical help. Some touch ups to the wall sand ceilings. Some new bookshelves. Some cleaning, rearranging, and organizing. Some snazz, some fun.

2: The collection needs to be digitized. We want to be accessible. We want these things to live beyond their disintegrating life lines. We would love students, activists, and volunteers to join us in finding a way to do this.

We welcome any and all levels of help and support, from shelf builders to up-loaders to wall constructors to pile-organizers. We offer you all our wonderful treasures, our collaboration, enthusiasm, and support for whatever you might want to see happen!

Initial meeting: March 3, 1-5PM (feel free to only come for part of the time)

1-2 Envisioning
2-230 Next Steps
230-5 Clean and Toss and Shelve etc.

Email mmpetrie@gmail.com or message me for more information/ the address (it’s in Columbia Heights, near the metro/ St. Stephens Church).