Welcome to the new QZAP website!!! This has been many months in the making. We decided to launch it a little earlier than expected, but there you have it. We're still working on the new archive piece, so keep checking back for that. In the meantime, browsing for zines works pretty well, but we know that the search function is a bit wonky.
Anyway, happy new website to us.
$1,130 by August 1
$2,260 by November 1
Why those random numbers, you ask? Because on November 3, 2013, QZAP will be 10 years old! In that time we've been going strong and while our financial needs are modest, most of our expenditures are out-of-pocket from the collective members. This project started as a labor of love, and it certainly remains that. If you find QZAP useful, consider contributing a little back to help us thrive.
What your donations help QZAP achieve:
1) Operating expenses for QZAP HQ. The physical collection has moved into its own space and we need a bit every month to cover utilities and maintenance. We estimate those expenses to be about $100/mo. With this move we are able to host researchers and visitors, put on small workshops, and expand our collection.
2) Archiving! We're on the cusp of launching a new digital archive , completely revamping the current web site and making it much more amazing. The new site has much improved search, faceted browsing, and allows us to create digital exhibits, so we'll be able to highlight and present queer zines in totally different ways.
3) Office supplies. We've grown from our initial collection of about 300 queer zines to upwards of 1200, with more coming in all the time. We need to get more hanging files to house them all, and also need the various and sundry tools of the craft (staples, pencils, and glue sticks).
4) Propaganda. We want to put out more issues of QZAP:meta and print more regularly new batches of postcards, t-shirts, and buttons. Over the years we've seen great pictures of our "Zinesters Do It On The Photocopier" stickers at zine libraries around the world. We want to make more like that.
How will this work? Instead of using a third-party system like Kickstarter or IndieGoGo, we have decided to DIY the shit out of this fundraiser. To encourage your support, you can make a donation in different ways and we will offer premiums to give away. If we meet our goals we win, but if we miss we're still going to be able to get stuff done and you'll be supporting QZAP no matter what.
|$2-5||One of our cool QZAP buttons|
|$5-10||3 of our cool buttons|
|$10-25||All of our buttons and copies of zines made by collective members|
|$25-35||One of our "Read Queer Zines" t-shirts|
|$35-45||One of our t-shirts, the buttons, and a zine|
|$50-75||2 t-shirts (one for a friend, yo!), the buttons, and zines|
|$100||Same as above, plus something special (a numbered print, maybe?)|
We'll travel to you (within the US and Canada) and put on an event,
lead a workshop, make you dinner, and cat-sit if necessary.
Want to make a donation? Here's how:
- Well-concealed cash.
How about a gift card? If you want to help us with specific endeavors, you might send us a prepaid card for Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, Utrecht, or Digicopy. For general purchases, a "non-reloadable prepaid" credit card (such as a Visa Gift Card) allows us to make on-line or in person purchases of needed supplies and materials.
If you're donating by mail, please fill out this form and send it along with your donation.
- PayPal - PP takes a little bite out of every transaction, but it works well and is secure. Use the link below.
- In-Kind Donation: In lieu of cash, do you have anything you'd like to give or donate outright to QZAP? Ask us if it's on our list of needs.
2935 N. Fratney St.
Milwaukee, WI 53212
OK, so this is almost two years old... we never did finish putting out QZAP:meta #5, so we're re-opening the call for submissions.
Submit an article or artwork for the next issue of QZAP:meta (the queer zine about queer zines.) Issue #5 is going to be "The Music Issue", and we're narrowing our focus a little for this one.
We're looking for articles and narratives about how queer zines and queer music connect. More specifically across genres like queercore/queerpunk, riot grrrl, and homo-hop, though please don't let that be the limit.
Some questions to think about:
- Did queer zines turn you on to certain bands or musicians?
- Did queer zines help to promote you or your band?
- In the age of the internet, MySpace, iTunes, etc. what and how do musicians and zines interact?
- What about fanzines? Do they still exist? Any stories about fanzines specifically?
Other narratives about going to shows, getting or giving zines, etc. are also encouraged.
Ideally we're looking for between 1000 and 3000 words (roughly 2-5 pages), or grayscale images at 300dpi or higher.
Deadline for this issue is February 15th, 2013. We're hoping to get it printed by the beginning of March, 2013. All submitters will get a copy of the zine and a cute QZAP button.
The Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP) was first launched in November 2003 in an effort to preserve queer zines and make them available to other queers, researchers, historians, punks, and anyone else who has an interest DIY publishing and underground queer communities.
Our mission statement has been consistent over the past nine years:
"The mission of the Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP) is to establish a "living history" archive of past and present queer zines and to encourage current and emerging zine publishers to continue to create. In curating such a unique aspect of culture, we value a collectivist approach that respects the diversity of experiences that fall under the heading "queer."
The primary function of QZAP is to provide a free on-line searchable database of the collection with links allowing users to download electronic copies of zines. By providing access to the historical canon of queer zines we hope to make them more accessible to diverse communities and reach wider audiences."
When we first started we had a bunch of ideas, an old Pentium III in a closet in our house running OpenBSD, and about three hundred individual documents that we wanted to archive. At the time we initially put the site online, there were about fifteen zines in the archive and three people working on the project.
Over the past nine years we've progressed from our initial server side software package OpenBSD to Gentoo Linux, from there we transitioned to Fedora Core and now, currently we're running on Debian Linux. Our server has moved from the house, to a closet in a cyber café, and now lives in a real data center. From the initial fifteen zines online, we currently have almost five hundred, ranging from single page flyers to a one hundred twenty eight page zine. The number of zines we have to scan has also grown significantly, now numbering over 1,300.
As we've grown, we've had a number of people help us and work on the project in various ways. Folks have donated zines in the ones, twos, and hundreds. We've had many an evening of eating vegetarian food and scanning zines, editing PHP and HTML, printing and cutting postcards and stickers, and stapling zines made by our amazing "interns."
Currently there are six people who are very active with the project, and many more who are thanked for their continued support in various ways.