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Doykeit available online

4 Sep

Due to Etsy raising their listing fees, I’m going to have a go at just using paypal to distro some zines. If you want a copy of Doykeit, just paypal sliding scale 3-5$ to sassyfrasscircus@gmail.com and include your shipping address somewhere. If you live outside of the US I super appreciate the extra buck or two to cover the additional postage. I tried to use the generated code for a paypal button but seemed to fail at that also. So basically let me know if you want a copy of Doykeit. I know folks have expressed interest and no one is distroing it right now (cept for yours truly).


In the mail

22 Apr

If you have recently ordered a zine or written me a letter, I have put your zine or response letter in the mail.

Because I am a responsible fucking penpal.

❤ jb

What I mailed today

12 Apr

If you have ordered a zine you will be getting it so soon! Also I think I’m fairly up-to-date with all my penpals, but if you’re waiting on a letter from me, please let me know!

❤ jb

Doctor, it’s a sketchbook case.

31 Aug

Been too sleepy to draw. I like cutting things up though, it appeals to me.

Also, I haven’t been posting about mail or zines I get but today I got a letter from one of my favorite pen pals that was so pretty and good that I needed to take pictures of it. You know when you’re stressed out and you get mail that makes you feel better about life? Also, someone named Carly who has a radio show called Earful of Queer in Ontario made buttons of a line from Femme a Barbe and sent me some!

The button says “Tear Shit Down and Pour Glitter on the Ruins,” from F.A.B. Vol.1. Also, if there is to be a Vol. 2, I need funds, so if anyone wants to donate in exchange for art, you would be the hair hero of life. The hairo.

❤ j.b.

got a bunch of mail this week! including hella art/perzines

11 Dec

Got these little letters from Ocean Capewell and my fellow Girl Scout Camp counselor Squid. I like little letters because they say “I am really fucking busy but I was thinking of you and took the time to write you this little letter.” Expect some sweet little letters back.

I also received this epic letter from sves. It contains so many goodies that really it should be called a package. In addition to a letter and gorgeous original artwork by one of my favorite artists (sves, obviously), it also contained two great zines:

the everyday moment and

Armful of Too Much to Think About #1

Here is an inside page from Armful of Too Much to Think About:

the everyday moment is about roadtripping to Halifax and features a lot of sweet drawings. sves writes: “This zine is about me remembering things, about a town that I left, only to be reminded of the things while being on vacation.” The typwritten parts of the zine are a little hard to read but all is forgiven. The zine captures the almost surreal quality of leaving home, and the importance of taking risks. It’s 10 pages half-sized black & white photocopy hand-sewn with thread. Armful of Too Much to Think About is a little meatier in terms of page length and variety of content. sves writes: “The zine is a collection of stories and thoughts from the last year, as i moved out of my house and started to find communities and people that i felt comfortable in.” There are a lot of absolutely gorgeous drawings in this zine and writings on identity, love, sex, and how to make ROOT BEER CHOCOLATE CAKE which I really need to try. This zine is 20 pages half-sized black & white photocopy and stapled. To negotiate terms of getting your hands on one of these beauts, e-mail sves at artsves [at] gmail [dot] com (for now).

I also got a whole mess of zines from Chelsea Dirck, which was exciting because I forgot that I had sent her my zine!

Chelsea is a damn good artist, she has a lot of pages from these zines posted on her flickr so I would click that link I attached to her name and check them out. I don’t have time to do them justice since I really need to eat some microwaveable food and then go do massive amounts of work. But I will say that she uses the space of the zine in a way that I never thought to…each page is like a canvas and she uses negative space brilliantly. Each one is $3 or negotiated trade. More info here.

My stomach and my microwave are making a cosmic brain wave connection right now.

Hope everyone is staying warm…I live in a house shaped cube of ice.

❤ j.bee

if only there was a major in epic penpal-ing.

16 Nov


these are getting sent out tomorrow. i’m out of stamps so i need to get some more before i can send out more epic mail.

off to start my actual work, now that it’s 2:30 in the morning.

❤ j.bee

zines in the mail!

15 Nov

just got you’ve got a friend in pennsylvania #1 in the mail from sari, who, despite being from pennsylvania, is actually currently living in my hometown and we probably know a bunch of the same people which is hilarious, since i got this zine from a random ning trade. also this zine is bound with needle and thread which always impresses me. as a side note, i don’t usually bind my zines because i want people to make copies and give them to people, but if you think that’s annoying, please vote and tell me to get off my lazy ass and make my zines stick together somehow.

ANYWAY. the first part of you’ve got a friend in pennsylvania is sari’s travel diary from her study abroad in slovenija, which at first i was hesitant to read because i tend to get bored by people’s stories about how cool monuments are and shit like that. also this zine is totally text-heavy and therefore does not fulfill my usual desire for zines that i can read in the time span of a poop. but i persisted and it was worth it–not a monument to be found. when i finished that section of the zine i wanted to read more, which is sweet because sari will be printing more of her travel journal in issue #2. yo, sari, this trading relationship is not through. speaking of relationships, the rest of the zine mostly deals with those: old friends who have drifted apart, mothers, (ex)boyfriends. i wonder if sari has read culture slut or if amber has read you’ve got a friend in pennsylvania, because they both deal with issues of queer invisibility when badasss queer ladies are dating straight cis men. the last piece in the zine is from a paper sari wrote on menstruation, which was really interesting and actually i think might help with the seminar paper i’m writing on female facial hair. sari formatted the piece in two sections: theory and praxis (which i would like to do with my paper), and also writes about the desire to “separate ourselves from our ‘dirty’ bodily functions,” and the way that menstruation is delegated to a private space of shame or at best a hassle.

if you want a copy of you’ve got a friend in pennsylvania #1 email sari at youvegotafriendinpa@gmail.com.

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also just got culture slut #19 and culture slut #20 from amber forrester in montreal, who is pretty much my zine hero. she makes me want to be a better zinester. one day…

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Culture Slut #19 deals heavily with boys in all their shittiness–amber includes a trigger warning about the first part of the zine. besides the epic assholeness of dudes, #19 talks a lot about coming into a queer identity, and the struggles of doing that particularly while dating cis dudes. I can identify, lady. maybe i’ll make a zine about shitheads-i-have-dated and send it your way. other than being a damn good writer with things to say, amber is great at making zines really visually interesting with the incorporation of found images from old books and magazines, text from a label maker as well as a typewriter and so forth. also i was able to read this entire zine while pooping, which, for those of you who know, is something that always makes a zine a winner in my book.

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In the words of culture slut #20‘s epic author, “This zine is about getting settled in the city [Montreal], queerness, cats and periods.” It is also about love, living somewhere where you don’t speak the language, going back to school, city-biking, shitty gyno experiences, going to Pride for the first time, losing childhood pets, the word “cunt,” zine reviews…#20 also has a lovefest for the divacup, in common with you’ve got a friend which makes me kind of want to go buy one. i bought one a couple of years ago and found it didn’t fit comfortably but who knows…anyone want to lend me one to give it a shot?

In any case, Amber remains an inspiration and Culture Slut is a delight. One day I will go to Montreal and we will high five.

Okay, I have an epic amount of work to do and also need to go to Value Village today because my dress shoes fell apart at Homoween.

Hope you’re having a sunny Sunday,