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Adventures in Menstruating #5 by Chella and Sarah - 1/2 size - 24 pages

Good stuff here! Review coming soon. But really, you should just get this one.


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Adventures in Menstruating #6 by Chella and contributors - 1/2 size - 24 pages

Another fabulous installment of our favorite menstrual zine. Inside this issue, you will find Chella’s usual gigs update, comics and articles of personal period stories by contributors, product testing, and more. Humorous and informative, Adventures in Menstruating is one of those zines you absolutely can’t miss. It’s probably our best-selling zine, and for a very good reason – it’s freaking brilliant.


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Adventures in Menstruating Complete Set by Chella and contributors - 6 zines

This is a collection of the first six issues of Adventures in Menstruating!


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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. HideClick for more


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

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.


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All This is Mine #16 by Sugene – 1/4 size – 40 pages

This is the first zine of Sugene’s that I’ve carried, and I don’t know how I’ve managed to miss it for so long. Packed in a hand-stamped envelope are three zines – the main zine that has most of the content and a lovely color cover, a small full-color mail art zine, and a scavenger hunt zine that you can complete if you live in Portland. In the main zine, Sugene writes about three major events that happened in April, including the birth of her son (and all the medical complications she encountered), her 33rd birthday, and the passing of her father. She also includes a piece about whiteness, parenting, and Portland; how moving from a city with a lot of diversity to a city that is predominantly white has been difficult for her, and how she worries about her son, as a mixed-race kid, growing up in the area. There’s a lot more in this zine, and it’s so worth the read!HideClick for more


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Basic Paper Airplane #2 by Joshua - 1/2 size - 16 pages

I love Joshua's zines – they are very cut-and-pasty and his writing reads like he is talking directly to you. In this issue, which is laid out horizontally, he includes a list of his top favorite things as well as a list that details his perfect summer day. He also writes about visiting with his grandpa and finding a book about local history – this book includes information about his great great grandfather, which spawns writing about family. Then there's the account of his purchase of his first car and his reasoning behind that, reflections on the phrase “live free or die”, and an interview with Valerie Park.


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Basic Paper Airplane #5 by Joshua - 1/2 size - 18 pages

From the introduction: “Maybe it came out of spending two and a half months in a car, traversing its expanse. But, however it came about, in the end it turns up the same – these thoughts about America, Americana, being American.” Joshua writes about traveling across the country, the people he stayed with, and the sights that he saw. His observations are related through prose, poems, black-and-white images, and even history lessons about the hula hoop in America and the first words people used when answering a telephone. As always, I love his writing style and layout, and the way he captures life like a photo album of words.  HideClick for more


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The Busy Knitter by Rachel – 1/4 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.


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Culture Slut #25 by Amber - 1/4 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.


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Dimanche #8 by Sabrina - 1/4 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!


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Dimanche #9 by Sabrina - 1/4 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.


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Femme a Barbe #2 by Jenna - 1/2 size - 26 pages

This is another fantastic collaboration zine about gender and facial hair. The writing in here is engaging, and laid out in a very artistic manner. Inside, you will find pieces about why some people choose to shave, the shaming that goes on and the pressure of society to be hairless, having pride in your facial hair, an article about facial hair and class/race, and much more. I liked this better than the first issue – check it out!


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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!” HideClick for more
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