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!
And I will be there. Also I drew a flier.
Cynthia Ann – writes the creative nonfiction zine Secret Bully and the oral history zine Habits of Being. She is the zine editor at The Le Sigh, a musician, and a true bull Taurus.
Laura Chow Reeve writes in West Philly, but is preparing to move across the country to get her MA in Asian American Studies. In January, she wrote a weird short story every day. It’s now a zine called “An Introduction to Eating Your Heart: 31 Stories in 31 Days.”
Ariana Stone (Ariana Stone makes Phlegm Fatale, a perzine about her dumb life. She is a DC Zinefest co-organizer and snack enthusiast. She would love to see you there this year, especially if you have snacks.)
Nilu Duang (Fluxxii)
Khristina Acosta is the co-founder of No Shame Distro, a people of color collective that promotes zine writers and artists of color. She is the author of the zines Birthday Party and What to Keep / What to Give Away. These zines explore the topics of healthy relationships with other’s and one’s own sexualities, assimilation and the loss of language, and being a person of color in the punk world. She was additionally an organizer of Clitfest New Brunswick in 2012. Khristina currently resides in Philadephia, although she can be found traveling to multiple cities throughout the East Coast and Canada.
Jen Twigg (Tongueswell) is a Maryland native who lived in Chicago for four years and organized the Chicago Zine Fest for three of them. She now lives in Philly and learned how to make coffee drinks for her job from YouTube. She writes zines about playing music, trying to find a home, family secrets, and more.
Taryn Hipp (Taryn Hipp is an old tattooed college lady who has been making zines for more than half her life. Currently she writes the perzine “Ladyteeth,” a collection of stories about her experiences living with anxiety, getting divorced, getting sober, & falling in love. Every day is a beautiful gift & a terrifying adventure that continues to make her stronger.)
Come hang out!
Drew up this flier for the Philly Feminist Zinefest, which will be taking place on June 28th at Neighborhood House in Philly! Registration is already open for tablers, and a bunch of lead-up events are happening, including a May 18th zine reading where you can come hang out with me, and other people that are cooler than me.
Also, if you want to get real deep in the zine world but maybe haven’t let fly with your own zine yet, consider submitting to one of mine? Perhaps this Born in Flames fanzine?
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)
Drew this up for the cover of the new issue of WANTED: A Journal of Desires:
WANTED is a smut zine for incarcerated queers and other interested readers. So if you write smut or read smut and/or want to support folks in prison in a small and sexy way, get involved! Here’s all the info you need about this important and awesome zine project (adjust submission deadlines for actual last days of months):
To order a copy or submit, email email@example.com or mail B Gastropoda/PO BOX 1126/Asheville, NC/28802.
I still recommended picking up a paper copy from one of the distros that carries Femme a Barbe, but if you don’t have access or just want to read it online, here are scans of the three existing issues (click on the link for the pdf, and please let me know if you have any problems with it).