Just got a zine in the mail from Megan Allore in Jupiter, Florida. I traded Sassyfrass #4 for her zine Drive for Eternity Issue 2.
I love this zine because it is just long enough to read while pooping. Also, it has this effortlessly clean aesthetic that I am always trying for but never really succeed it. Drive For Eternity contains playlists, photos, a story about losing a friend in a car accident (that made me cry), some sweet scrapbook pages and lists, and a tale of doing Outward Bound that made me exceptionally excited because I too was forever changed by participating in an Outward Bound program (NCOBS represent!).
On the back of the zine, Megan quotes a pen pal who writes, “…As women who make zines & tell the truth about our lives, we’re working towards a world that we can flourish in & enjoy ourselves. So that’s really good, that we can help everyone by just being ourselves, living honestly, and then making art about it.”
E-mail Megan at meganallore at gmail dot com for Drive For Eternity #2
I also just ordered/ received a nice little stack of zines from Stranger Danger Distro including:
Truck Face #13
This zine is a fat little guy with so many pages I am not even going to count them right now. If Drive For Eternity is a perfect pooping zine this is a perfect driving for eternity zine. It chronicles the authors’ first year teaching in a Chicago public school, something that is resonating with me right now because I have my Teach For America final interview in two days and I am freaking out about potentially teaching a bunch of fifteen-year olds for the next two years. I haven’t had a chance to read the whole thing yet but what I have read is encouraging, terrifying, and hilarious.
From Here to There and Back Again #2
At the end of Shannon’s introduction to From Here to There and Back Again #2, she writes, “You’re all so much more fabulous than you know.” These are words that I need right now and I am grateful for them. This zine is full of “I” statements, and that is another thing that I am grateful for. I am interested in the culture of self-identification in zines–Shannon tells the reader that she is queer, Latina, fat, and femme. And she talks about all of these things, in a way that is powerfully political but also beautifully personal. In this zine, she talks about being read as straight at queer bars, femme solidarity, responsible fucking, and all kinds of things I love reading about. She also includes a photograph of a tattoo she got on her stomach that says “fat” which is brave as shit and amazing. You should read this zine especially if you are femme and fat and feeling alone, or if you are neither of these things and either don’t know what’s up or want to know how you can be a better ally.
Email Shannon at anticapitalistqueer at hotmail dot com…this zine is from 2006 but hopefully girl is still making zines.
Angry Black-White Girl
Nia’s zine from 2007 about mixed race identity, like From Here to There and Back Again successfully explores the politics of identity through personal experience. She talks about passing/ not passing, being asked over and over again where she is from, “what” she is; being subjected to racist comments told to her by white people in a conspiring tone when she is read as white, being told anti-Semitic jokes by a black person… The narrative is broken up by Boondocks comics featuring the biracial character Jazmine Dubois and the zine includes a sweet recommended reading list. Nia writes, “I am not here for you to make a spectacle of or a guessing game out of my ethnicity and you are not entitled to find out…I am not here to provide diversity. I do not want to be told how well I pass for anything, ever. I will not choose a side to make things easier for you. I don’t give a shit if you think I don’t look, talk, or act Black. And no, you cannot touch my hair.” I’m sad it took me so long to find this zine but incredibly psyched that I did. Also I am psyched as shit because she has a blog, and it is great. Briefly scanning this blog, Nia talks about hard femme identity, white privilege, “the personal, the political, and the absurd.”
Ungrateful Black-White Girl
In Ungrateful Black-White Girl Nia talks more about hair, and not being white “enough” (or black “enough”). To digress; as a white Jewish person I am really interested in constructions of whiteness and the idea/feeling of not being white “enough,” particularly around experiences with hair (straightening and dying). “Why are women as light-skinned as us trying so hard to be even whiter?” Ungrateful Black-White Girl is mostly formatted in journal entries, which functions to create a narrative out of many individual experiences. Also the illustrations are from Jaime Hernandez’s “Love and Rockets” which you may or may not know is one of my favorite comics ever. I started to cry reading this zine (the frequency of my crying while reading zines over the past two days is astounding and leads me to believe that I am about to start menstruating) especially when Nia writes about her family and finding/ not finding community. I also had a lot of “fuck yeah” moments when Nia talks about Patricia Hill Collins, how to be a better white ally, and the prejudice+power paradigm.
This zine is a) amazing and b) fucking amazing. You can contact Nia at nia.diaspora at gmail dot com. And visit her blog, seriously.
Sorry if this blog entry contains rambles and/or errors. I wrote most of it will also running our Tuesday open mic, a feat if there ever was one.
<3 j bee.