We have been slowly but surely been working on cataloging a collection of zines donated to QZAP by Larry-bob, creator of Holy Titclamps and Queer Zine Explosion.  Among the most recent that we've processed is a run of Mousie by Anna Rampage.  Some of the reoccuring themes that come up in these are about bisexuality and biphobia, discussions of racisim from an Asian POC perspective, and a visiting and revisiting (across several issues) of a book called The Total Woman by Marabel Morgan from the early 1970s.  There is also the usual assortment of zine and book reviews, fantastic cut-up art and xerography, and comics from multiple contributors.

Early last week, our sister zine library, the Papercut Zine Library, got flooded and hundreds of zines got water damaged.  They're trying to raise the funds to get them moved to the proper facilities.  Needless to say that this is a nightmare, especially for smaller "barefoot" and independant zine libraries like QZAP and Papercut.  We hate to ask, and we pretty much suck at doing fundraising for ourselves, but if you can please support Papercut through this YouCaring link. 
https://www.youcaring.com/papercut-zine-library-526013

 

Thanks.

{queerzine n. a sexy, subversive and explicit publication devoted to enlarging and examining our culture assumptions}

There's something about zines from the 1990s... they've often got common elements that make them instantly recognizeable as being from their time.  It's an aesthetic, and a way of writing.  There's a call to arms, a calling out of cops and governments and the military and anti-gay bigots.  There's a calling in of other queers and zinesters. a "hey, find me, I'm stuck in this shite town and need to connect" vibe... (though this is not at all limited to time - it's kind of part of zinester DNA.)  There are zine reviews, and lists without being listicles, bands listened to, and shows attended.  Pop culture drips from the pages, fuelled by cut-and-paste in a pre-WWW, pre-Photoshop world. 
Lately we've been scanning a bunch of zines from the Emma Center collection which have this vibe.  They're very much of their time, and also rediculously fun and important.  Going Homo #2 is a fine example.  It's got all of the above and more.

Recently we added four issues of the Lesbian and Gay Freedom Movement newsletter to the archive.  These issues span from 1991-1995 (#5, #6, #8, and #10) and cover a bunch of topics ranging from anarchy to pornography to BDSM and political prisoners.  With the AIDS crisis in full swing, and the closing of the baths and policing of sex happening in lots of places both from outside and from within queer communities, it's very interesting to read about a push for sexual liberation in it's various forms.

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