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.

Radical Cheerleaders of Santa CruzLiving in this cissexist, patriarchal, queer-hating world can sometimes make a queer want to yell. And, hey, if you’re gonna yell, why not yell in rhythm? For all your queer chanting needs, turn to the Radical Cheerleaders of Santa Cruz Cheerbook. This peppy zine has something for every queer guy, gal, and nonbinary pal, including the rallying “Riot Don’t Diet”, a Coming Out Day cheer, hair, body and sex positivity cheers, radical socioeconomic battle cries, and so much more. Want something to psyche yourself up before you masturbate? It’s in here. Want to say, “fuck you” to the man? You’ll find no more effective phrasing anywhere. Want to affirm your kinky lifestyle? Oh yeah, baby, you better believe there’s a cheer for that. In fact, if you search, you’re bound to find a cheer about almost any social issue a queer could think of. The Radical Cheerleader’s Cheerbook is an essential tool for the budding radical queer. So rah, rah, sis boom bah, read this zine and burn your bra!


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.

 

There’s something deeply endearing about total, over-the-top, unabashed obsession. No matter what it is, getting a look at something through the eyes of someone who really digs it is a deeply satisfying experience. Thus, Psycho #1 Fan.
    Gary Coleman is the centerpiece of this striking zine’s front page, and a sizeable chunk of space is devoted to describing the author’s odd obsession with him. From there, P#1F covers the “5 Trashiest Girls in the USA” competition, including a deeply compelling description of how one contestant would handle being trapped on a desert island with JonBenet Ramsey and a bunch of hot dudes, a full two-page Donny Osmond spread (pre-1973 Donny Osmond, not the contemporary Y2K Donny Osmond), heart felt reviews of several other anachronistic male celebrities, a “what kind of fan are you” quiz (on a scale from “sorry excuse” to “psycho #1”), and so much more it’s hard to keep track. The splashy pages and crowded photos make this zine read like a punk parody of Tiger Beat, and it couldn’t be more effective. Because, really, at the end of the day, don’t we all have a little psycho in us?


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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