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Sassyfrass Circus #4 by Jenna - 1/2 size - 26 pages

More wonderful comics by Jenna. She draws/writes about her work being compared to Cathy (that awful one-dimensional shoe-loving comic character), her neuroses and anxiety, getting locked out of her house, her love of communication/letters, how to avoid activist burnout, love of photocopiers, scabies, and more.


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Sassyfrass Circus #5 by Jenna - 1/2 size - 26 pages

This issue of Sassyfrass is actually more text than comic, but still as interesting as ever. Jenna writes about losing her grandmother, falling in love, a frustrating experience with a clueless gynocologist, her dislike of being referred to as a "lady", and a lot more.


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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!


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Scrappy #2 by Niku – 1/2 size – 22 pages

Niku writes about what radical crafting is (or what it can be/mean), and gives resources to different groups and collectives. You will also find, of course, craft tutorials: cross-stitch pattern, fancy bike streamers, and a vintage pillowcase reusable grocery bag. The coolest part about this zine is that you get a free iron-on cupcake! I love the style of this zine – it makes me want to get my craft on!


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shortandqueer #12 by Kelly - 1/2 size - 19 pages

This issue of shortandqueer is subtitled "Menstruation, not punctuation (periods.)", and it's all about what you think it's about. Kelly, a self-identified trans guy, writes about his first period (which happened in the middle of class, and his dad had to go bring him a change of pants and pads), finding the right pad and underwear, never using tampons, his last period (and when it came back at one point!), and things that still stick with him even after his period - like how he sleeps and his inability to use a certain soap. Also included are stories from other people about their first and/or last periods. I love Kelly's writing style, and his stories are definitely relatable and engaging. HideClick for more


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shortandqueer #13 by Kelly - 1/2 size - 27 pages

This is probably my favorite issue of Kelly's zine. He takes us on a musical journey of his life, starting with the early years of listening to New Kids on the Block, Color Me Badd, and Boys II Men, to present day where he listens to Estelle, Beyonce, and Fergie. He associates different times in his life with certain songs, and tells us stories about those times. It's very personal, and I felt so connected to it - probably because I listened to the same songs growing up. And he likes Mariah Carey! I think Kelly and I need to hang out and listen to some Mariah jams. In this issue, you'll also find a list of his favorite albums. So much fun! I adore it!


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Skills by Sabrina and contributors - 1/2 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. HideClick for more


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Tazewell's Favorite Eccentric #10 - by Sarah - 1/2 size - 34 pages

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.


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Tazewell's Favorite Eccentric #11 - by Sarah - 1/2 size - 18 pages

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.


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Telegram Ma'am #16 by Maranda - 1/4 size - 22 pages

Maranda writes about streets, towns, and how they change - wanting to leave, and always feeling homesick wherever she is. She also discusses an old job, and the memories she takes from it. Here is an excerpt: “I like reading about towns and cities. I like reading about coffee shops and sidewalks and bedrooms and memories. I like writing about them too and I want to share my stories.”


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Telegram Ma'am #18 / Your Pretty Face is Going Straight to Hell #9 split by Maranda and Turku - 1/4 - 70 pages

It seems like I haven't seen as many split zines as I used to, so I was excited when I heard about this. Tukru writes about her strained relationship with her brother, visiting friends she knows on the internet and the awesomeness of it all (I can so relate!), feeling down on her birthdays, and starting anti-depressant medication. Maranda writes about her bike (riding it at night, visiting the library, her fear of getting it stolen, accidents, and more), being told she doesn't fit in in her town, being surrounded by negativity, and dealing with anxiety at zine gatherings.


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Telegram Ma'am #19: The Winter Survival Issue by Maranda - 1/4 - 14 pages

Winter can be a depressing time – the days are short, there's lots of darkness, and the cold weather makes it difficult to get out. Maranda has compiled 28 tips on how to survive the winter – ranging from the silly yet funny (scoff at people who complain about the snow!), to the practical (write lots of letters to friends!). It's a simple and cute read, but it pretty much cured my winter lethargy.


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Telegram #24 by Maranda - 1/4 - 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 with caution. HideClick for more


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Telegram #25 by Maranda - 1/4 - 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.


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Title Goes Here by Betsy – 1/2 size – 12 pages

Betsy writes: “2010 was a memorable year. This zine is about things that I did for the first time last year. I’ve included stories about serving on a jury, adopting a dog, visiting Nevada, and watching my grandmother’s house burn down…This is my first zine, although I’ve been buying and reading them for six or seven years. It’s far from perfect, but by this point, I just want to get something out there in the world.” I think Betsy’s zine is quite good, especially for a first issue. The layout is beautiful, and I was super interested in the story about jury duty, since I’m always exempt from it because of my disability. I think other people will find that story the best one in this zine – but the other stories are good as well. Pick this up and write Betsy a letter congratulating her on her first zine! HideClick for more


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When Language Runs Dry #2 by Claire, Meredith, and contributors - 1/2 size - 48 pages

This zine is a very important read, and I’m glad I am finally selling it at the distro. Like the subtitle says, this is a zine for people with chronic pain and their allies. The introduction explains it the best: “How to sustain one’s self (and enthusiasm about ones health) when one has settled into the daily, long-term grind of chronic illness? Perhaps there WAS a time, at the onset, when this condition was acute when we sought care and healing with vigor – we saw the doctors, we exercised, we wrote about it in our journals, we tried the different medicines – but what happens when the acute phase has passed, and we are left with an ambivalence, knowing we must care for ourselves but feeling too bored, or tired, or angry to do so? A number of the pieces in this issue directly confront this reality of life with enduring pain. We hope that this issue can shed light on what it means that chronic pain is long-term, and on the things we feel and the ways we find to deal with it over time.” In addition to the personal stories in this zine, you will also find information about giving and receiving support for your chronic pain/illness, as well as recommended reading. HideClick for more


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When Language Runs Dry #4 by Claire, Meredith, and contributors - 1/2 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. HideClick for more


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Your Pretty Face is Going Straight to Hell #16 by Tukru – 1/4 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!


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You've Got a Friend in Pennsylvania #1 by Sari - 1/2 size - 24 pages

This zine is mostly a travel diary of Sari's three-week study-abroad trip to Slovenija. I always enjoy reading about people's travels, since I'm really afraid to fly and will probably never go anywhere that isn't within driving distance. Also included is a letter to a friend, thoughts on queer invisibility, conversations with hir mother, and a funny story about juggalos. Check this one out!
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