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.
Boston Marriages! Girls Gone Wild Colonial Jamestown! Forbidden Love! Whatever! I’m not a historian!
Elvis of Homos in Herstory etc. and I are putting together a collection of comics about queer history! You may have seen the call here before, but now it’s in technicolor, with an extended deadline, and we are really really serious.
SEND US YOUR THINGS! Email me if you have those things, or questions. (sassyfrasscircus at gmail dot com)
Maybe those [comics and queer history] seem unrelated, but in many ways comics are the perfect medium for exploring history…you can delve into the past and walk through each little panel into an imagined world, where reality and our historical imaginations coincide on the page.
In recent history, queer lives have been typically pushed to the margins of existence…but the nature of “transgressions” of gender/sexuality norms has changed radically even in the past 100 years, and definitely throughout different cultures.
Anyhow! If you make comics about queer themes or folks from history (we’ll interpret that broadly, as “not-contemporary”), please send ‘em our way or get in touch!
A while back I drew this adaptation of the myth “The Man who Married a She-Demon,” from Joachim Neugroschel’s The Dybbuk and the Yiddish Imagination for a collection called the Jewish Comix Anthology. You can buy the whole collection from AH Comics, but here is my little corner of that, for your enjoyment:
I am co-editing this anthology zine with Elvis of Homos in Herstory! You have plenty of time to submit, so get going on those comics.
So, basic specs:
Think 1-5 pages, black and white or grayscale, send us jpgs or pdf. We’ll be printing at half size (like 8.5×5.5) so keep that in consideration. Comics should be on the theme of queer history–either queering history/queer historiography, focusing on a moment of queer history, or maybe like…being a queer in the archives. Email Elvis or me (I’m at sassyfrasscircus at gmail dot com) with questions. Submissions are due Jan. 1st, 2015!
A lil comic I drew for a friend of mine is in a new friendship zine edited by Stranger Danger maven Heather! I just got it in the mail and it is so good. There are some serious heavy hitters in here including LB of Truckface and JC of Tributaries and also other zinesters whose names don’t combine to make my name.
I don’t think its up in the catalog yet over at Stranger Danger Distro but it will be soon!
–JB (who is totally swamped with grading and schoolwerk)
For folks who couldn’t make it to the NYC Feminist Zinefest yesterday, here is the new in-progress work I showed and spoke about (this is just a photo of the original)! I am interested in Sabina Spielrein on many levels (histories of psychoanalysis, hysteria and madness, women in the archive, Eastern European Jewry, the Holocaust etc.), one of which being the fact that she was OBVIOUSLY a werewolf. More on this (and more Sabina comix) in the next issue of The Sinew That Shrinks, which will be available at the Brooklyn Zinefest in April. Also, my primary reference text for this comic was Avery Gordon’s Ghostly Matters.
I told folks who attended my workshop at the Chicago Zinefest that I would post my presentation on my blog for easy perusal, so here it is! Web-only viewers miss out on my witty banter and actual explanations, but…that’s cool. If you attended the workshop, feel free to comment with helpful suggestions or links to your work. Y’all were amazing, thank you so much!