In addition to a number of one-off zines, we publish a series of submission-based zines called "Stay Mad". We have three editions, each with a different theme (staying mad, unlearning, double-consciousness, and more!). These zines rely on the submissions and contributions of artists, and each issue contains content from a variety of mediums (writing, photo, comics, etc.)
- Feminist/Riot Grrrl
Are zines cover a lot of ground in topics and mediums, which we really like! We have a zine series called Stay Mad that has three volumes out, all submission-based and with a theme. We'll have Volume 4 ready for LBZF, theme TBD. We also just put out a zine called Staircases, which is about the many instances you find yourselves in situations or conversations and don't think of the right thing to say until the interaction is over. Even though our zines cover a lot of topics and themes, the common thread is the effort to provide another platform for marginalized and less represented folks to express themselves.
As a collective, it'll be our one year anniversary in September! Individually, some of us have been making zines since we were teens. For us, zine-making is a really important form of expression in that it's all totally up to you! No need to impress anyone with the way it looks, it's okay if you can see some eraser marks or if you misspelled a word, and you can say what you really think and feel without censoring yourself. D.I.Y is such a liberating thing and we, like so many other folks, have found a sort of refuge through zines and zine-making.
For Stay Mad, we come up with a theme and then put it out there for folks to submit! So far we've been really fortunate to get enough submissions for every volume, and each of us have also submitted to these zines. For our personal zines that we make, it takes a lot of encouragement and also a lot of accountability from each other to create content, especially about vulnerable subjects. We have a lot of brainstorming sessions where we come up with great ideas and some really bad ones, and we just try to have fun!
This has always been true, especially for the many intersections of marginalized folks, but staying connected with community is a matter of survival. Independent publishing and specifically events like zine fests are such an important way to continue to stay close to your community while also meeting new folks and expanding it. In a time where 99% of the mainstream news is garbage, and especially under this administration, it's important to nurture the creation and circulation of art that actively challenges racism, transphobia, transmisogyny, sexism and xenophobia.