Learning Good Consent
•$3.00 - 1/2 size 46 pgs•
A very important zine put together by Cindy of Doris zine that teaches about consent. Articles written on the topic of learning about how consent works, and how to integrate it into all of your sexual experiences. There are also tips on holding consent workshops, how to identify an abusive partner, and how safe sex isn't just about latex.
•$4.00 - 1/2 size 56 pgs.•
List is a zine put out by an extremely talented artist named Ramsey. Her illustrations are absolutely amazing and grace the pages of this zine that she writes in lists. These lists contained in List are not short lists of favorite movies or books, they go far beyond. Ramsey's lists tell her story, a perzine in list form. This issue deals mainly with her living in Chicago but wanting a change of scenery. Topics include, things she wants to do while still in Chicago, making friends, getting physically fit, future plans, and things she is proud of. I've been a fan of List for several years and each issue just gets better.
Love Letters to Monsters #3/Alabama Grrrl #9
•$3.00 -1/4 size 80 pgs•
After closing Paper Trail distro, and thinking she had retired from zines, Ciara put out a new issue of Love Letters to Monsters. This time as a split with the long running but on a long (about 10 year) break, Alabama Grrrl by Ailecia. I feel it is particularly important to note that both Ciara and Ailecia are now over 30 and are still writing zines which makes me very excited! Ciara writes about moving to Lawrence, Kansas so her partner can attend grad school, her mother's conversion to Islam, the meaning of “community” and how that word seems to have lost meaning, living with a chronic pain illness, and developing her writing. Ailecia gives some solid advice on anyone considering grad school, punk houses and the punk community in Lawrence Kansas, and accountability processes (or lackthereof) in the community. One of the best zines I read in 2010! Highly recommended!
No More Coffee #2
•$2.00 - 1/2 size 32 pgs.•
A great zine of short fiction. The kind of fiction that sometimes blurs into reality. Good stuff.
Nothing Rhymes #5
•$2.00 - 1/4 size. 40 pgs. •
Chelsea begins this issue of Nothing Rhymes with a story about taking a risk and moving from Pittsburgh to Providence. She then writes about the death of her cat and the struggle with his poor health conditions, whereas it is incredibly sad, I think that her writing about this is very strong and important. Nothing Rhymes #5 wraps up with making new friends and the very crucial fortune cookie message “Never give up.”
Number Nothing #2
•$1.00 – ½ size. 12 pgs.•
Two short stories of the writer’s childhood. Very short and sweet. One deals with the unsuspecting bout of dealing with the confusion of sexuality alone at a young age. The other finds us watching an independent child fixing his own breakfast to his father’s disapproval. Also, a really hilarious comic included in the back of when the “5 Second Rule” does not apply.