Today I’m doing some general type admin stuff. I’m updating the fliers (the first picture) so people know what Dear Anonymous is a rolling submission aka always open for business. I’ve spent the afternoon sewing up some copies of Dear Anonymous 3 and Don’t Call Me Cupcake (while watching some scary YouTube videos). I’m also mentally bouncing around some ideas for being more organised in general.
I’m not terrible at the organising stuff; there are just little things that annoy me. As in, I keep printing fliers, but I’m not sure where they all go. (I don’t think I’ve sent out that many…) Also, my zine storage and associated paperwork is just one part of the top of a small dresser. I want to get some proper storage and filing happening in Casa de Sea Green Zines. I want to be able to, when I receive an order, be able to send it out ASAP. Bam, bam, bam. I have a thing for production lines.
I’d also like to be able to keep better track of my ink. Because I’m running out. So I discovered about five minutes ago.
How to Be Alone 2
Bastian Fox Phelan
I bought this zine when I was last at Sticky Institute – and that was a long while ago. So I can’t help but find it amusing that the content of this zine covers subjects that have been on my mind very recently.
As you may have sorted out, this zine is the second installment in a series about being alone. There is no mistaking this as anything other than a perzine. Bastian talks about things like codependency, life after issue one (hinted at being about getting off Facebook, taking a break from dating, etc), and more. There’s also a side of the mystical with talking about past lives and ‘the north node’ (a new concept for me).
This zine doesn’t start out with an introduction but with a story about a bike accident. Like most people around an accident, I couldn’t help but pay attention. It’s like the start of the book. “This zine is the first I have made using just one arm” as a first line is an excellent hook that keeps me reading.
Even better, as you read, he refers to things written about in the first zine in a way that doesn’t confuse you but does make you want to get a copy of the first zine.
I find myself hoping that Bastian is doing writing in other ways as well. He definitely has a way with words and a writing style that I enjoy. I’ll be hunting down the first zine (and hoping for more).
Sometimes with a zine, the cover pretty much says what it’s all about. :)
Pregnancy and motherhood are two subjects that I know very little about, so I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy this zine. Lo and behold, even though it was outside my sphere of experience, I found it quite interesting. A labour story, thoughts on motherhood… This is obviously not going to be everyone’s cup of tea.
It is what it is – and, for what it is, it’s good.
Amanda did lose me toward the end with the ‘Teen Mom’ reality show thoughts. (I don’t watch reality TV.) But disinterest in one section didn’t stop me from finishing the lot.
This is the first zine I’ve read in a while that really gets into the ‘cut and paste’. I try to keep a ‘you do you’ attitude toward aesthetics, but I have a growing fondness for all those bits and pieces. There are pictures, stickers, pretty papers… Very nice.
There’s also page numbers, a table of contents, and a clear contact page. There’s also a resource page with Amanda’s favourite links in the back. Talk about hitting all the right boxes on the Nyx list.
If you’re interested in the subject, then you’ll like the zine. Check it out.
I love all sorts of zines, but perzines are definitely my favourite category. I have a fascination with people and how they live their lives.
This perzine focuses on mental health – living with various disorders, experiences in the psych ward, and more. Sarah starts with talking about her great love – her cat, Sabby (Sabastian). I loved reading about him not only because I have a kitty I love in my life but also because it goes to show how much animal companions can mean as to people with mental health issues.
The zine does feel a little less cut and past and a little more typed pages on the computer. But she does get into a bit of drawing, photos, and handwriting, so it starts to get a bit of personality in an aesthetic sense.
While this is a perzine, it’s not strictly bits of memories. There is a book review as well as an interview with herself. I’ve only seen self-interviews a couple times, but I really like them. I think it’s a fun way to get a glimpse into someone’s head. Plus, I appreciate the variety. Heavy stuff needs to be broken up.
All up, this zine felt more like a blog on paper than a zine (I hope that’s a distinction that’s clear), but I enjoyed reading it and will be checking out the next editions.
I haven’t needed one of these things since I was just barely twenty, but here I am again. Alas, too much time away from the ocean and too much time in the dusty rural-ness of where I live now has managed to give me a knockout combination of hayfever AND my asthma rising again.
BUT at least now I can breathe, and you (probably) won’t hear me bitching about it so much anymore.
Dear Anonymous has a rolling, open submission, so you can submit your letters at any time!
DA4 is on its way, and you still have time to get your letters in. These letters can be confessionals, but they can also be whatever you like them to be. Write to your life, write to your cat, write to your past or your future… Dear Anonymous is about writing the letters of the things you can’t say for whatever reason.
Basically, you’re right in the 1 – 500 words range, but shorter is better. BUT, this zine is about expression, and I don’t want to force anyone to clamp down on their passion just for me. I’m flexible.
Send letters to theauthor at inkyblots.com If I don’t respond to you within a few days, comment here.
All contributors will receive a PDF copy. (Possibly a print copy depending on my financial status at the time of printing.)
*** Do you have a call for submissions for your zine? Let me know!