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Homos in Herstory: 1970s Edition – by Elvis – 1/2 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. HideClick for more


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Homos in Herstory: 19th Century Edition – by Elvis – 1/2 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.


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Hourly Comic by Carolyn Belefski – 1/4 size – 16 pages

Carolyn’s mini-comic is cute and well made. I don’t know if she’ll like that description, but that was the first thing I thought when I held this zine in my hands. The size is perfect for back-pocket reading, and the comics themselves are clean, fun, and humorous. I love the idea of making one comic every hour, and I think that was the intention with this – it’s like peeking into someone’s window all day. Okay, maybe that’s creepy, but you know what I mean. Definitely pick this up if you want to get inspired to make your own comic or if you just want some fun reading!


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Imaginary Windows #4 by Erin Fae - 1/4 size - 42 pages

I don't and can't ride a bicycle, but Erin's zine was still a great read. This zine is mostly about her bicycle (which she named "Pedal"), riding through the streets of New York City, and thoughts about gender performance while riding. She also writes about an art exhibit she experienced that was only composed of sound. Here is an excerpt from this issue: "I am a bicycle cartographer. Every time I turn down a different road, I'm re-mapping this city in my mind. So, with that openness, I remap my gender. I want to draw it out, see how these shifts fit. Femme isn't just something that I am, it's something I do. I take my gender seriously, but it's playful and I am secure in being a femme." I'm really excited to be distro'ing this, finally! HideClick for more


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Introvert #6 by Nicole - 1/4 size - 30 pages

Nicole lost her nephew to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Sydrome), and this zine is dedicated to and about him. She writes about the events of that day, how her family dealt with it (then and now), and her own fears about having children in the future. Also included is info on SIDS and different organizations that deal with SIDS. Could be triggering.


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Life, Death, Love & “All of the Above” by Meredith – 1/2 size – 42 pages

Meredith of False Start distro wrote this zine about falling in love with her boyfriend, his eventual diagnosis of leukemia, and where she is emotionally at today. Everything about this zine is amazing, from the heartbreakingly beautiful prose to the professional-looking layout. Here is an excerpt: “She saw me sobbing quietly and told me it would be okay. She had breast cancer 25 years ago and she’s still alive and kicking. I nodded and tried to dry up my tears and I thanked her for her kindness. She is kind. She is more than kind. But her cancer isn’t your cancer, and hers is gone but yours will never go away. You were alone in the shower and I was alone in your hospital bed and when there was a distance I broke down. The nurses always saw me cry when you went away.” HideClick for more


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Little Acorns #5 by Maranda – 1/4 size – 18 pages

Maranda’s zine was written in a style of a letter to the reader. They (which is their pronoun of choice) write about feeling unsafe in their home at night (especially after someone tried to steal their bike), their appreciation of horticulture therapy that they learned at the mental health treatment center, becoming sober and social interactions as a former alcoholic, and how they no longer identify as a girl or woman. Even though this zine deals with some heavy issues, Maranda focuses on being positive and ends the zine with a suggestion to their readers – write a list of twenty-five things you like about your life. I think this is a fantastic idea, and I plan on putting my list in my next zine! HideClick for more


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Lower East Side Librarian & Friends Menstruating by Jenna – 1/2 size – 48 pages

Comics, personal essays, and more, all about menstruating. Longer description coming soon.


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Lungless Salamander #1 – by Daily Alice – 1/2 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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Lungless Salamander #2 – by Daily Alice – 1/2 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.
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