It's been a hot minute since we've been able to catch our breath and post a Queer Zine of The Day. Lots has been going on with us. Chris went to the Lexington Zine Fest in September to do a presentation. Milo is getting geared up for the Olympia Zine Fest next week where ze is participating on a panel. We've also been busy with the planning of the Milwaukee Zine Fest, of which we're part of the organizng committee. That weekend, November 14, we'll also be hosting our last zinester-in-residence for the season. Last year's Z-i-R program created the awesome "From the Punked Out Files of the Queer Zine Archive Project," and we're super excited to publish the work from this year's residents. Expect that to come out sometime at the beginning of 2016.
Moving on to the QZOTD, we are happy to present Sina Sparrow's Boy Crazy Boy #1. Sina has been a long-time QZAP pal and is an amazing and active comic artist. In BCB #1 we can see the beginnings of his sweet style, and are treated to some delicious early 1990s pop humor.
Hanna from QFemZine in Finnland is looking for some assistance with some zine research. Please see their note below and contact them if you can help. Thanks!
My name is Hanna Storm and I'm from Finland. I'm intersectional
queerfeminist activist, free researcher and also a zinester myself.
Currently I'm researching on queer zines, especially queer-femme zines.
I've read many queer-zines in Queer Zine Archive Project and been impressed. The
research project is about researching on zines themselves, zinesters and
their zine-activism and how together with zinesters and me as a
researcher-zinester we could do some activism.
In my research I'm interested in questions such as zinesters' age ncy ;and
its goals, intersectionality, definitions of queer and femme, using social
media beside paper zines and organizing some activities around paper-zines.
Now I'd like to ask if you and other zinesters on your zine would be
interested in participating in my research project. I'd like to do some
interviews and discuss with you online by writing (e.g. using riseup.pad.)
It would be great to hear from you soon!
Please forward this message!
Hanna Storm. Ph. D.
*QFemZine - Queeriä ja Feminismiä/QFemZine - Queer and Feminism*
It's been a couple of weeks since we've posted a QZOTD. We've been quite busy with our QZAP summer residency, reading queer fanzines, and getting ready for the autumn zine fest season. On that note, Chris, one of QZAP's co-founders, will be in Lexington, KY this weekend at the Kentucky Fried Zine Fest. If you're in the area you should stop by and see him. He'll have copies of "From the Punked Out Files of the Queer Zine Archive Project", among other things.
Now, for today's QZOTD we've got a blast from the past... It's Anonymous Boy!!! Specifically, Anonymous Boy Collection #2, but really you should check all of them out. Anonymous Boy has been making comics and music and DJing since the late 1980s. His work has appeared in a number of different publications, including JDs and several of the Y.E.L.L. zines from ACT-UP/NY. Most recently he was on a panel with Chris (QZAP), Rachael House (Red Hanky Panky, among others) and Elvis B. (Homos in Herstory) at the Queers and Comics conference that took place this past spring in New York City.
As we quietly slide into September we begin to think about what are, for North Americans, annual end of summer rituals and events. In the U.S. we get a day off from work to honor workers. We get ready to pack up our children, our siblings, and ourselves and head back to school, where ever that may be. In these postmodern times there may be a GSA (gay/straight alliance) in middle and high schools to support LGBTQ+ students. At the Uni there may be an LGBT Resource Center, there may be a Women's and Gender Studies program, and a way for queer students to socialize and learn without fear of violence interrupting their studies. Many uni's across the country have even taken on a Safe Zone training series to help faculty and staff who might not be queer themselves help students. But what if the very institution hates you and wants to inflice violence on you for being queer? Who do you turn to? How do you survive? Several years ago a group of anonymous students at Harding University put out a zine telling their stories about being queer at an ultra-conservative Christian university. The State of the Gay at Harding University is an act of bravey in and of itself, and we're lucky and proud to have such a courageous document in the archive at QZAP.