Distro Update – 5/12/14

First, thank you to everyone who has continued to support Things You Say! While a few orders have been trickling in, and I’ve been updating the catalog periodically, I haven’t been keeping up with new zines or the website updates. I’ve been focusing on graduate school, which takes a huge chunk out of my free time.

Anyway, I have the summer off, so I will be concentrating more on getting the catalog whittled down to a few zines. In the last distro update, I mentioned restructuring the website so I would be selling fewer zines. The choices would rotate when something sells out, allowing me to keep a more updated/current distro stock. I would also be ordering fewer copies of each zine, which should help keep up the rotation. I also want to start selling 1″ buttons, but I am still deciding on that.

So, order the zines in the catalog now while you can, because I won’t be restocking them once they sell out. Also, I’ve been throwing in free zines with each order, so that’s cool.

I hope everyone has a nice summer! I won’t be updating this blog until the catalog sells out, but know that I’m still up and running! Again, thank you for your support.

New Zines Added & News – 10/11/13

Well, we’re finally back after a longer-than-expected break! A lot has happened since, including my decision to completely revamp the distro. Honestly, I have been overwhelmed with the catalog and the work involved in keeping up with such a large stock of zines. I’m also in graduate school, as well as working on a new blog about disability in geeky media.

I initially wanted to just shut down the distro after my stock sells out, but I’ve decided to start fresh instead. The things that I don’t enjoy about running a distro can be alleviated by focusing on a smaller catalog. Once I sell out of the zines currently on the website, I plan on only selling ten zines at a time, as well as 1″ buttons. The zines will rotate seasonally, so as to keep the catalog fresh. I will also sell grab bags for those looking for some more variety. I think this will allow me to keep doing the things I love while saving me from stress-induced headaches.

I’ve added four new zines to the catalog, which are: Twenty Bus #10, That Girl #12, Pieces #6.5/Aim is True #5, and Lower East Side Librarian & Friends Menstruate. I have to write descriptions for them, but I can attest that they are all wonderful and worth adding to your cart. Remember, once these zines sell out, I won’t be restocking.

I hope you have a nice Fall!

 

Zine Updates – August 11th, 2012

It’s been a hectic few months, but I’ve finally managed to add a bunch of new zines to the catalog. There’s more on the way, and I’ll probably add those in the coming week. Here’s what’s fresh to the catalog:

Femme a Barbe #3 – by Jenna and contributors – 1/2 size – 30 pages

The third issue of this body-hair lovin’ zine continues with more lovely written and artistic pieces by contributors. The introduction reads: “Femme a Barbe is a place to speak up about the hair that does or doesn’t grow out of our faces, our bodies. Processes of change, transition, pathologization and resistance. And whatever else contributors want or need it to be.” Below that, it reads: “Dare to imagine a world full of women with beards and other gender outlaws, to imagine the possibilities of a feminist cultural politic that rejects the bullshit concern that feminism appear normal, a queer cultural politic that rejects the mainstream gay desire to assimilate and consume. Make a spectacle of yourself. Join the femme a barbe insurgency!”

Sassyfrass Circus #7 – by Jenna – 1/2 size – 26 pages

Jenna is one of my favorite comic artists. She’s so great at blending the comedic with the serious, and showing us events in her life through the panels. This issue is about deciding what to do after graduate school, planning the DC zine fest (with a lovely shout-out to me – thanks Jenna!), going to the gym, living in Washington, and more. In the outro, she states that this zine isn’t well organized or cohesive, but I sort of liked the randomness to it. I actually prefer that to something more streamlined – it’s like a surprise on every page. Good stuff!

Tazewell’s Favorite Eccentric #10 – by Sarah – 1/2 size – 34 pages $4

Sarah is one of my dearest friends, and her zines are some of the most open, honest, beautifully written zines I’ve ever read. This issue is extremely heavy, so it’s best to be read with caution. In it, she writes about a friend who committed suicide, being manic-depressive, sexual abuse, teen promiscuity, her relationship with her father, body image issues, activist burnout, and more.

Tazewell’s Favorite Eccentric #11 – by Sarah – 1/2 size – 18 pages $3

In this issue, Sarah writes about working at the William Way Community Center in Philly, making a living as a balloon artist, living in Philly/moving from Tazewell, being in a affirming relationship (including a beautiful letter to her fiancé) and how they met (she met her online! yay internet!), and a piece about being a drug addict and recovering from that. As always, fantastic writing. This may be triggering, so please read in a safe space.

All I Want is Everything #2 – by Caitlin – 1/2 size – 38 pages

Caitlin is a great writer, and she displays her talent here in this text-heavy zine. The introduction reads: “I don’t travel as much as I’d like – although when you live where I do, it’s hard to find the motivation to pick up and leave – but over the past several months I’ve often felt like I’ve unpacked my suitcase only to turn around and pack in right back up again. Between November 2010 and March 2011, I’ve been to New York City, Key West, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and Moab. That’s a lot of traveling for someone who considers home to be one of her favorite places in the world.” Caitlin writes about her adventures in these places, and succeeds are creating a rich, engaging travel zine.

All I Want is Everything #3 – by Caitlin – 1/2 size – 50 pages $3

I remember telling Caitlin that I wanted to write a zine about two big events that happened in my life recently – the death of my great aunt and the birth of my niece. Then she told me she had a similar idea for her zine, and this is the result of that idea. In this issue, Caitlin writes about the death of her grandmother and the birth of her niece. In the intro, she says that these two events kept surfacing in her writing, so she thought it was her muse trying to tell her something. As always, the writing is fantastic and touching and poignant. Definitely one of the best.

Zine Updates – May 8th, 2012

First thing’s first – congratulations to the NJ Devils for beating the Flyers and advancing to the Eastern Conference final! <3 My team. ANWAY…

Here are the new zines I’ve added to the catalog. Woo!

Busking #1 – by Celeste – ¼ size – 28 pages

I had no idea what busking was until I read this zine. A busker is a street musician, and Celeste plays the accordion in Winnipeg for a living. This zine is part prose and part comic, with cute illustrations about the different people she encounters on the street. She also writes/draws about resolving conflicts with other buskers, which I thought was pretty interesting. And there’s a Doctor Who reference at the end that made me LOL. Overall, this zine offers a great view into a unique job, and I’m excited to be distributing it!

Marked for Life #7 – by Sage – ¼ size – 24 pages

Sage writes about moving with her family from Georgia to Washington, and the road trip they took (with a U-Haul strapped to their car) to get to their new home state. They stop at June Carter and Johnny Cash’s gravesite, the Bell Witch Cave, the site of the Pony Express, and more. She also writes about falling in love with Nebraska and all the different scenery they passed. My family is planning a cross-country road trip, so this zine was pretty interesting to read!

Recinerated #2 – by Rae – ¼ size – 34 pages

In the introduction, Rae writes: “On the pages that follow, you’ll find my reflections about life, work, and some of the people I know, ranging from August of last year through the very first of this year. Once again, I’m not aiming to make any definitive statement about anything; I just want to document aspects of my life as they happen, one day at a time. Maybe they’re important; maybe they’re not – but they’re mine, all the same, and I want them down on this record, here, now.” This reads very much like a diary, and I love her writing. Like Rae says, there’s no big revelation in this zine, but her day-to-day life is very interesting and intriguing, and it’s just so damn readable.

Recinerated #3 – by Rae – 1/6 size – 24 pages

This issue is much like the other two in style, with diary-like prose about events in Rae’s life – from remembering a friend, to past relationships, work, and music. I like the craftsmanship of this one, because it’s so compact and has a vellum cover. Perfect for slipping in your pocket for a train ride or trip to the park. Or wherever you typically go in your travels. Rae is super talented, and her writing just shines. Pick this one up!

Your Pretty Face is Going Straight to Hell #16 – by Tukru – ¼ size – 36 pages

Tukru writes about things she wants to do before she turns 30 (like be in a band, get a tattoo, and plan a zine event), being in a long-term relationship, writing letters, doing a zine reading and being really nervous and awkward (I can relate!), book reviews, and more. I’m very keen on the cut-and-paste layout, and the writing is conversational and addicting; a great addition to the catalog!

Zine Updates – April 23rd, 2012

I’ve added four new zines to the catalog:

The Busy Knitter – by Rachel – ¼ size – 10 pages
This adorable little zine comes in a plastic sleeve and a knitted granny square accompanies each issue! There are five projects in here that are quick and perfect for someone with little free time (hence the zine’s title), and they all have illustrations with them. The projects included are: ribbed to-go cup sleeve, triangular neckerchief, a seed-stitch dishcloth, an accordion cowl, and a simple bow.

Culture Slut #25 – by Amber – ¼ size – 30 pages
In this issue of Culture Slut, Amber writes about her alcoholism and sobriety, mental health and thoughts of suicide, and dealing with a breakup. She details her experiences with medical, psychological, and pharmaceutical research studies, which I found to be fascinating. I knew Amber did them, and I was always curious about that, so I’m glad she wrote about them here! The writing is this issue is some of her best. This zine deals with some heavy stuff, so please read with caution.

Telegram #24 – by Maranda – ¼ – 22 pages
I love Maranda’s writing so much, and their zines inspire me to be creative and work on my own projects. In issue #24, they write about gendered pronouns and identifying as genderless (and how people continue to use the wrong pronoun), and being tired of having 101 conversations (like explaining the basics of racism/ableism/etc to people). They also include a great piece about how to be a good friend to people with mental illness, including what to do when they are in the hospital and/or when they are living at home. I think this is a great resource for people who have family or friends with mental illness, as well as for people who struggle with it on their own. Please note that this zine may be triggering, so read it in a safe space.

Telegram #25 – by Maranda – ¼ size – 22 pages
In this issue, Maranda writes about currently feeling good in their life, staying positive, and creating. They write about their priorities, what’s in their bag and why, wanting to be a Creativity Coach, mental illness and artists, the Fight Boredom Write Anything Club, and more. This zine could potentially be triggering (as they write about mental illness and self injury), so please read in a safe space.

Zine Updates – March 26th, 2012

I added four new zines to the catalog. Yay.

Lungless Salamander #2 – by Daily Alice – ½ size – 38 pages

This issue of Daily Alice is just as good as the first, and has that same beautiful collaged layout. In issue two, she writes a brief chronicle of her recent anxiety attacks; including what triggers them and what the outcome is. She also writes about the importance of light for her mental health, and why winter is such a difficult time. Also included are musings about gender representation through fashion, movie reviews, and zine reviews.

Homos in Herstory: 1970s Edition – by Elvis – ½ size – 50 pages

From the first page: “The 1970s! For some, it was a feverish psychedelic blur, best expressed by several wild disco movies. But for others, it was a transformative time of world-shaking change, as Americans grappled with the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, Watergate, Environmentalism, the Women’s movement, Chicano movement, the Gay Rights movement, and more. This zine tries to answer the question: ‘What were queer, female-bodied people doing in the 1970s?’ (Besides the aforementioned disco moves) It might not answer everything, but hopefully will be like a small, cartoon window into a different time.” This is a great comic/text zine that’s as entertaining as it is informational. Learn about queers in politics, race and the women’s movement, the Lavender Menace, and more.

Homos in Herstory: 19th Century Edition – by Elvis – ½ size – 12 pages

In this comic and text zine, learn about female-bodied fighters in the Civil War (400 male soldiers were discovered to have been born female), “The Golden Age of Romantic Friendships”, mock weddings (which was basically gay marriage – awesome), Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s friendship (or more?), and lots of other interesting factoids. I loved, loved, loved this issue, mostly because I am really into old-timey stuff. If you enjoy widely unknown facts about history, you will adore this too.

When Language Runs Dry #4 – by Meredith, Claire, and contributors – ½ size – 44 pages

Here’s another installment of this fantastic zine for people who suffer from chronic pain, and their allies. From the introduction: “The zine opens with a practical piece on self care by Karen Hixson. Of course, this is a topic that anyone who has been affected by chronic pain, directly or indirectly, knows and cares about. While Karen’s piece provides realistic ways to work self care into daily life, we also feel it provides a lens through which readers can view the rest of the zine. Each submission presents, to some degree, the author’s struggles with and attempts at self care.” In addition to Karen’s piece, there’s prose by Craig Lewis titled “Mental Illness and a Herniated Disk”, poems by Noemi Martinez, Jonah Aline Daniel and Meredith Butner, and more.

Zine Updates – February 5th, 2012

I’ve added four new zines to the catalog! Look at all the goodness:

Dimanche # 8 – by Sabrina – ¼ size – 38 pages

I found Sabrina’s zine to be refreshing and sweet – I’m also excited to be distroing a zine by a fellow New Jersey resident! In this issue, Sabrina’s writes a lot about food – specifically buying fresh/local produce, and why it’s important to her. She includes some recipes for corn, zucchini and peach dishes, as well as a recipe for pizzelles that belonged to her grandmother. I loved the piece titled South Jersey Pretzel Throwndown, since I’ve passed or eaten at the places she’s mentioned. She also writes about her favorite spots to buy macaroons, and includes a recipe to make them. Awesome!

Dimanche #9 – by Sabrina – ¼ size – 38 pages

This issue of Dimanche has a mixture of typed and hand-written pages, and focuses on fall flavors/produce, including recipes for using different types of nuts. There are also writings about her vacation to Egypt, a travel itinerary, and the memorable food she ate there. Then she writes about her trip to Disney World, which I loved reading because I have this weird obsession with that place – it made me want to go back! Definitely check this out if you’re looking for some new recipes and/or you enjoy travel stories. Good stuff.

OCD Throws Bows – by Dirk – ½ size – 26 pages

Dirk writes: “Let me be curt: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is real. OCD isn’t eccentricity. I have OCD. You probably don’t have OCD. As I became more “out” about my OCD, I encountered a chorus of people who were quite confident that they understood my experience or even went so far as to say “I have that too” because they like to have all the items on their desk in a certain order or always wear the same shirt on Tuesdays…With this zine, I hope to show that OCD is something that people suffer from by sharing my own experiences…I want to make people think more deeply about OCD, to question their assumptions about it, and to make the conversation about it a little richer.” I am so happy to distro this zine. Written with honesty and bluntness, and without apology, Dirk discusses his compulsions and obsessions, the psychology behind his symptoms, and his attempts (failed and successful) at recovery – and Dirk points out that recovery is rarely complete. I think it is so important for everyone to read this, and I applaud Dirk’s awesome contribution to the zine world. Please pick this up!

Skills – by Sabrina and contributors – ½ size – 18 pages

In the intro, Sabrina writes: “I like to do things. I like to keep busy. I like to complete projects and I like to share what I’ve done with other people because I hope that they will want to try a new project, too. That’s why I’ve put together this zine. I hope that you will want to try your hand at one of the skills I have shared here.” So, this zine is pretty awesome. Inside, you will find tutorials on how to make your own butter, compost tea, cheese, applesauce, and play dough. There are also instructions on sprouting seeds, food preservation (like canning and freezing), knitting a dishcloth, and more. A thorough how-to zine that is perfect for any DIY fan.

Zine Updates – Jan. 15th, 2012

I’ve added three new zines to the catalog! After two weeks of feeling sick, I finally had the energy to update the website, so yay :) Here are the new zine descriptions:

Pieces #6 – by Nichole – ¼ size – 86 pages

This thick and text-heavy issue of Pieces is a compilation of entries from Nichole’s journal that she kept during her long commutes to Chicago for work. As someone who worked a boring 8-to-4 job with a really long commute, I loved reading the observations and stories in this zine. Nichole writes: “I don’t know how people can find it in them to commute the way I had for two, five, sometimes even ten years. It’s draining physically, emotionally, psychologically, and socially. I did not have much of a life or time to myself during the week when I commuted. Waking up at 5 in the morning, getting home after 7 at night, and then crawling into bed between 9 or 10 to do it all over again takes its toll after a while.” Pieces contains some beautiful, poetic-style writing and, like any good zine, it completely sucks you in.

Grow Up! A Homage to Pseudo-Adulthood – by Sara Baier – ½ size – 22 pages

This is a personal comic that I picked up from Sara at the DC Zine Fest. This zine is about what it means to grow up, not feeling grown up even though you are, societal pressure to tick off all the “I’m a grown up” boxes (and how messed up that is), and more. Grow Up! is humorous, spot-on, and definitely relevant for pretty much any adult.

Lungless Salamander #1 – by Daily Alice – ½ size – 34 pages

This is a very ziney-zine, because it’s cut-and-paste with clip art, typewriter text, some handwritten text, and hand-colored images/designs. I completely loved every aspect about this zine, and now I want Daily Alice to make more issues. Inside you will find personal prose about meeting her girlfriend online and being in a long-distance relationship, communicating/socializing online (and how critiques of that form of communication can often get into ableist territory), tips for respectful communication (super important!), essays about skirts and sexism, and more.

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Other News:

  • My Doctor Who zine, “This Zine is Bigger On the Inside” is still looking for submissions! Please contact me for more info or post a comment on this blog.
  • I’m looking to do some zinester interviews for this blog! If you have a zine, run a distro, or are involved in any zine project, get in touch!

NYC Feminist Zinefest

While Things You Say will not be attending this event (we have a family thing to go to), I thought I would still promote it here because it’s important and awesome.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/222519447830748/
Website: http://feministzinefestnyc.wordpress.com/

When: Saturday, February 25, 2012
Time: 1pm-6pm
Where: The Brooklyn Commons / 388 Atlantic Avenue / Brooklyn, NY
Only 3 blocks from all these subway lines: B, M, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, G, F, and the Long Island Railroad.
Event is wheelchair accessible.

What:
NYC FEMINIST ZINEFEST

Swing on by and get a taste of NYC’s creative and awesome feminist zine culture!
Featuring short talks and presentations by fabulous zinesters, there will be a wide selection of zines/artwork for sale all day.

In this digital age, we think zines are holding up just great.
These expressive little publications have a special place in our hearts: there’s just something about the immediacy and expressiveness of a printed booklet, smudged with printer’s ink or photocopy errors.
It’s like a small, pocket-sized emissary of ideas, one who will eagerly come with you on a long train or bus ride, and share its hidden tales.

Following a year marked by brutal sexual assaults by NYC police officers and foreign dignitaries alike, the idea of a feminist zinefest resonates strongly for us in 2012. We’d like to showcase the work of artists and zinesters who proudly identify as feminists, and whose politics are reflected in their work.

Raffle Winner and More Zines

Congratulations to Alana for winning the Winter Gift Card Raffle! Thank you to everyone who placed an order.

I’ve added three new zines to the catalog tonight. Woot! Visit the catalog by clicking on the titles below.

Milkyboots #11 – by Virginia – ½ size – 22 page

Virginia’s comics are so relatable because she draws about every-day life, from working at a comic shop and the IPRC in Portland, to attending Scrabble parties and watching episodes of Lost with her girlfriend. She also includes panels about zine fests, feeling depressed and anxious, and doing a zine reading with friends. I always enjoy Virginia’s stories and clean comic style.

Milkyboots #12 – by Virginia – ½ size – 18 pages

Issue 12 of Milkyboots deals a lot with traveling, including a trip to San Francisco (and navigating the public transit system), visiting her grandmother in Wisconsin, and attending a comic fest in Brooklyn. Virginia also includes stories about her girlfriend moving in (and all the awesomeness that comes with it), a weird book event at an art exhibition, and more. As always, an enjoyable read.

Potty Language #1/Your Secretary #9 – by Toni and Jami – ½ size – 30 pages

This is a split zine about being a nanny, with Toni living in Portland and Jami living in Chicago. Toni writes Potty Language, and her side is subtitled “A Nanny’s Encounters with Celebrity and Drudgery”; she writes about being a nanny for a famous parent’s kids, an article titled “Thank God They Don’t Have a Nanny-Cam”, and the issue of class when being employed by rich parents. Jami does the zine Your Secretary, and her side is about her experiences nannying in an abusive household, becoming attached to her client’s kids, and some cute comics/drawings by Virginia Paine of Milkyboots and Leslie Perrine of Banana Slug. An interesting peek into the life of a nanny, like a tell-all zine with interesting behind-the-scenes stories of the profession.

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In Other News

  • I have a LOT of zines coming in, so I’m really looking forward to that. Prepare yourself for a shit load of new stuff.
  • I’m looking to interview people for future blog posts. If you have a zine project and want to be interviewed, please contact me by visiting the distro’s contact page.
  • Also, if you have any compilation zines that need contributors, zine fest announcements, or any other type of zine news that you think we should know about, drop me a message and I’ll post it on the blog.