Calling all transmasculine creators: we’re looking for contributors for a sci-fi zine made by us, for us, and about us!
The World Beyond our Station is a for-charity science fiction anthology for all transmasculine artists and writers, looking for work about what being transmasculine means to you with a sci-fi flair. Maybe you’ve always felt at home within tales about alien planets, maybe you’re looking to explore transhumanism in an extra trans way. Whatever your idea is, the sky is the limit here and we’re looking for your work.
We are looking for applicants who identify anywhere under the umbrella term of “transmasculine.” That can include anything from binary trans men to transmasculine lesbians and multigendered individuals, as long as you identify comfortably with the label and view your experience through a transmasculine lens.
We are interested in: >Comics >Spot illustrations >Photos of 3-dimensional works >Stories >Poetry >Scripts >…and more! If you’ve got a unique idea you’d love to see fit into a zine context, reach out and we’ll see if we can make it work!
Applications for the zine are open until January 31st. We have two separate applications available.
1. The main zine will have a juried application process, and is open to all contributors 16+. Those selected in this application round will have their work included in our printed physical zine, and anyone who is not accepted can choose to contribute to the PDF-only side zine. Applications for the main zine are available here:https://forms.gle/CHfdbGhk9dJwAjFW8
2. We’re making a PDF-only side zine to capture extra voices from the community that can’t fit into a limited physical format. The PDF-only zine is open to all applicants 14+, and any completed submissions will be included in the PDF, provided the content is appropriate for inclusion. If you’re a younger creator or just not interested in the juried process, you can sign up for the side zine at https://forms.gle/8XJy9X9pZCdXzrnr6
The deadline to apply for The World Beyond is January 31st 2022.
We look forward to seeing your work!
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Teaching gen z #1 is a US-quarter-sized colour zine about teaching generation Z (roughly estimated as born somewhere in 1995-2005).
Talk about a zine I’m both intrigued by but also dreading what kind of revelations it may contain.
Teaching gen z #1 opens with a picture of Warglitter sitting in the sunshine with a beautiful umbrella – clearly refencing the quote bubble on the front cover: “Mrs. B, it’s so SUNNY! Can we have class INSIDE today?” Talk about setting the tone I was anticipating in this zine. From there we go to a note about the best guess at what ‘gen z’ actually is and then launching into a tale of gen z young attraction.
The zine style is fun and colourful with drawings and different coloured shapes stamps like music notes and smiley faces. The handwriting is lovely and easy to read. The whole aesthetic fits right in with the student years vibe. At least, the vibe I remember.
I expected a few short tales of teaching when I opened this zine, but it turned out to be one cute story. This made me all the happier to see the ‘#1’ on the cover. I hope to see many more of these. I must admit a particularly strong curiosity as I haven’t been in a school setting for a while.
This is a fun zine with a glimpse into a life I know nothing about – one of my favourite zine types. Definitely check it out. I hope there will be more to come.
What is… Stimming? Is a US ¼ sized, black-and-white text zine introduction to what stimming is and why some people do it.
I just love it when there is something I do or feel but have never really questioned, and then someone comes along and explains it in zine form.
What is… Stimming? opens with what stimming is: the rhythmic and often repetitive motions/behaviours that many austistics do but isn’t limited to autism alone. From there, October writes about why stimming is needed, types of stims, and more.
I like that October writes about the reality of stimming and how sometimes stims should be redirected away from the harmful stimming. October also doesn’t shy away from pointing out that some approaches that repress stimming can actually do more harm than good.
What is… Stimming? felt like well-rounded introduction to stimming that satisfied basic questions while also touching on a few things that I can research further if I decide to do so. October was encouraging to both people who stim as well as people who know people who stim and/or want to learn more about stimming.
All up, What is… Stimming? Is a good introduction presented in an easy to understand way.