Activism Through Zines 1We’ve been struggling for the past couple of days to come up with something to say about the election.  It’s super hard not to be swallowed by a feeling of absolute doom and horror for things to come.  We’re threatened. ALL our communities are being threatened. We’re unsure what the next 6 months will bring for us all.  

And, really, we don’t know what in our collection will bring comfort...  Some folks will want to get active right away, some will want humor, or anger, or a little sadness to be reflected back at them.

As an/archivists here at QZAP we’ve taken it upon ourselves to not only collect and present or preserve queers zines, but also to act as guides through our collection.  The driving force behind this is that our queer lives are important.  And our queer stories are important.  And we will be heard, and we will publish, on our own terms, regardless of who is wearing the bent tin crown.  So here’s a list available to read at archive.qzap.org.  It’s a place to start, but not at all a place to end.

  1. Queers Read This.  Originally published in 1990 for the NYC Pride march, and republished in 2009, this is a call to arms.
  2. Auto Defensa Para Mujaras.  solo en español/only in Spanish.  It’s about women’s self defense and assault prevention.
  3. Borderlands: Tales from Disputed Territories between Races and Cultures by Nia King. Interviews and stories from QTPOC folks about their experiences.
  4. Queer Action Figures.  These are collections of queer graphics/flyers/posters from Charlie, Audra, and Tom from the mid-1990s.  They’re fun and angry and exemplify resistance.QAF1 19
  5. Nothing About Us Without Us. A zine about abelism and disability organizing and activism within and outside of queer communities.
  6. Activism Through Zines.  Chella talks to a bunch of activists who use zines in their work.

We hope that this is an OK start.  We'd like to do another one of these type of posts in coming days.  If you come across something in the collection that moves you, please let us know what and why, and we'll include it in the next one.

Finally, we're in the midst of our MoFemmeBer fundraiser.  We'd be thrilled if you are able to sponsor a reader or make a donation, but also encourage you to support orginizations like Planned Parenthood, The Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Black Lives Matter, The ACLU, and The Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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It's time for our 2nd MoFemmeBer Zine Read-a-Thon fundraiser!!!  What is MoFemmeBer, you ask? It's an excuse to read a bunch of queer zines during the months of November and December, and to win fun prizes all while helping to support us so that we can continue the work that we do.

Want to participate?  It's really easy.  Just follow the steps:

  1. First, you sign up here.

  2. Next, print up this handy form.

  3. Third, ask your friends and family to make a pledge to sponsor you for each queer zine you read during the months of November and December.

  4. Keep track of all the queer zines you read, again using the handy form, and also by entering them here. If you give us permission, we'll be blogging about the zines folks are reading over on our Tumblr.

  5. At the end of December, tally up all the numbers, and collect the donations from your sponsors, and send it all to us, along with your handy form.

    We will send you your prize(s), depending on how many zines you read!

Further details are on the FAQ.

In time for the Milwaukee Zine Fest we just got From the Punked Out Files of the Queer Zine Archive Project #2 back from the printers.  From the intro:From the Punked Out Files of the Queer Zine Archive Project #2

"Issue #2 is showcasing some of the research that was done in the summer of 2015, and as this is the autumn of 2016, its di rigueur to apologize for the lateness of this publication.  We were getting things in order back in the spring, and then our current summer residencies started and, well, there it is.  Suffice to say that we're getting this out now, and are very excited to be doing so.For those who are new to this zine, it is the product of the research done during our summer residencies at QZAP HQ. 
For the past three summers we have invited scholars and artists to come an make use of the physical archive of queer zines.  We ask them to make work for themselves, and also to contribute to "From the Punked Out Files..." as a way of further sharing the collection and enhancing all of our knowlege of the thousands of documents that have been housed at QZAP."

This issue features work from Amanda Stevens, Amber Forrester, Kelly Wooten, Jenna Bee, and QZAP co-fournder Chris Wilde.  Please conside picking up a copy and supporting QZAP and all the awesome research that comes out of our residency project.

Anonymous Boy #3What can queer be? Too often, society depicts queerness in only one or two ways. The pressure to conform to the Gay Image can be just as crushing as the closet. How to dress, how to talk, how to act- when you only see one way to be gay, how can you feel free to be yourself? Zines like Anonymous Boy have an answer.

AB depicts x-rated scenes (ok, porn drawings) of non-normative, non-conforming punk bois in all manner of erotic situations: some funny, some poignant, all sexy. Cocks and asses abound, but the underlying sweetness in the character’s expressions makes this zine truly compelling and fun to read, even if man-on-man action isn’t your thing. Issue #3 is dedicated to Bruce LaBruce, which should clue you in on what to expect inside. And if you were wondering, a helpful guide on how to become the ultimate punk-rock dreamboat is included. AB opens the door to new forms of expression, and shows us that there’s more than one way to be queer. And once you know that, there’s no end to what you can be.  

We’ve previously featured Anonymous Boy #2 here.
 


Dac Cederberg is a summer intern here at QZAP. He’ll be reading and reviewing zines on the blog through August.
 
Dac recently graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. He’s a cisgender gay man, he/him pronouns, from Missoula Montana. His alter ego is drag-queen bombshell Lady Dee. He doesn’t quite know what he wants to do with his life yet, but he loves reading, writing, TV, pop culture, and all things queer. He’s a Gemini and his favorite color is purple. Feel free to contact Dac through QZAP with any questions or comments.

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