International Zine Month Day 7: What’s a Distro?

Onto day seven!

Today’s prompt:

Educate yourself on what zine distros are and how they operate.

Distros!

Unfortunately, the SGZ distro disappeared during the site transfer. So… I have to build it up from scratch again starting with the shipping profiles. It’s completely my own fault for not being more careful, but that’s how we live and learn!

The first time I came across the word ‘distro’ was at least ten years ago when I was reading Stolen Sharpie Revolution. I knew then and there that I wanted to run a distro – even though SSR is very clear that there is a lot of work involved (and there certainly is).

I’ve always looked at a distro (short for distribution) as being a shop that primarily sells zines. It’s certainly a fairly simplistic answer, but I think it does the basic job. There are a lot of ins and outs regarding platforms, supporting independent artists and publishing, payment structures, so on and so forth.

Thinking about it, I should probably do an episode of the podcast about it…

On the Alex Wrekk does stuff page, Alex gets into more detail about the specifics regarding distros and how they work.

You can also check out resources page for a list of other distros (please let me know if your distro or a distro you know isn’t on the list). I’ve always found that looking at examples of the real deal (and the variety of different examples out there) is a great way to learn about anything.

That’s all for my catching up today, dear zine friends! I hope this day (or night) finds you well. Until next time…

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You can pop over here for the 2020 IZM list of daily activities by Alex Wrekk. (Pssst! Go here to download your own printable IZM 2020 poster!)

Also be sure to leave a comment and let me know if you’re joining in. I’ll keep a growing list on each post so we can all check out what each other are doing.

International Zine Month Day 6: Zine Pride Day!

And we’re back for day six in this day of catching up!

Today’s prompt:

Zine Pride Day! Explore LGBTQIA zines! Buy, share, and read zines by people of marginalised sexual orientations and gender identities. Check out the Queer Zine Archive Project!

Happy Zine Pride Day! Belated, of course, but that’s no reason to not celebrate! There were so many glorious creators to choose from (I wish I could support everyone all the time!), but I decided to pick up a couple of things I have had my eye on created by Zappix Art.

Zappix are are very cool. Along with zines, they make super fun plushies, stickers, and all sorts of awesome things. Not to mention their store is where I got my lovely bright green gummy bear earrings! Definitely check them out.

The second part to today is visit the Queer Zine Archive Project! From their site:

“The Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP) was first launched in November 2003 in an effort to preserve queer zines and make them available to other queers, researchers, historians, punks, and anyone else who has an interest DIY publishing and underground queer communities.”

Please keep in mind that QZAP is run partially on donations from visitors, so support them if you can. It’s super easy to donate and you feel great supporting a great project. ^_^

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You can pop over here for the 2020 IZM list of daily activities by Alex Wrekk. (Pssst! Go here to download your own printable IZM 2020 poster!)

Also be sure to leave a comment and let me know if you’re joining in. I’ll keep a growing list on each post so we can all check out what each other are doing.

International Zine Month Day 5: Zine Reviews!

Hello and happy Thursday, zine friends! Let the catching up on IZM commence!

As always, these things are meant to be fun rather than stressful, so it’s always okay to skip a day, join in late, and otherwise do whatever you need to do to make the most of the zine goodness for the month. I am going to try to catch up in my own little ways though. Key phrase being little during super busy times! Hahaha.

Today’s prompt:

Review a zine: post it online

Sea Green Zines got rolling years and years back on zine reviews, and here we are today! There are plenty of zine reviews to be found in the Zine Review Index or checking out the zine review category as well because the index isn’t fully up to date.

However! Sharing is caring, glorious friends, and there are many other zine reviewers around! Please allow me to point you to three awesome people who not only review zines, but they do so on YouTube! (They’re also awesome, so…)

*Rich of Feral Publication – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqkHGWfc44M5znpDg5adSog
*Ryan of Pocket Thoughts – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOIgwk4qcATCn4pawkuB_cw
*Craig of Five O’Clock Zine – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe3FsK3mf3K624FxA1JEnrg

**If you are a zine reviewer! (Or do anything zine-related, really.) Please let me know! I’d love to add you to my resources page.

That’s all for me for the zine five prompt. Usually Thursdays around these parts are zine review days, but I have more catching up to do. The next post to come soon!

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You can pop over here for the 2020 IZM list of daily activities by Alex Wrekk. (Pssst! Go here to download your own printable IZM 2020 poster!)

Also be sure to leave a comment and let me know if you’re joining in. I’ll keep a growing list on each post so we can all check out what each other are doing.

International Zine Month 2020 Day 4 – AmeriZine Day!

Happy 4th of July to the zine friends who are celebrating!

It’s still the 4th in some parts of the world, so this still counts as on time, right? Hehehe.

Welcome back to another beautiful day in the zineverse (well, I say beautiful but the rain…). So what do we have for today’s zine activity?

AmeriZine Day! Explore marginalized voices in the Americas. Buy, share, and read zines about racial justice and zines written by BIPOC (Black Indigenous and People of Color) from the Americas.

I’m going to second Alex’s recommendation on the Alex Wrekk Does Stuff and Things Facebook page and point you at Brown Recluse Zine Distro as a great place to start.

I’d also like to point you to my review of A Problem With Your Background by Feral Publication. It’s a zine that really got me fired up at the time and fires me up whenever I think about it.

If you have any recommendations, please feel free to leave them in the comments!

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You can pop over here for the 2020 IZM list of daily activities by Alex Wrekk. (Pssst! Go here to download your own printable IZM 2020 poster!)

Also be sure to leave a comment and let me know if you’re joining in. I’ll keep a growing list on each post so we can all check out what each other are doing.

International Zine Month 2020 Day 3: Virtual Zine Events

Hello and happy Friday zine friends!

We’re already on day three of International Zine Month, and I have a sneaking suspicion that it will keep carrying along at this rapid pace! But you’re never too late to jump in and join the fun. You can pop over here for the 2020 IZM list of daily activities by Alex Wrekk. (Pssst! Go here to download your own printable IZM 2020 poster!)

Also be sure to leave a comment and let me know if you’re joining in. I’ll keep a growing list on each post so we can all check out what each other are doing.

Onto day three!

Day Three: Look up virtual zine events to attend this month!

The zine community is well and truly a versatile one! While it has definitely been sad and difficult to see so many in-person zine events need to be cancelled for the safety of everyone, a lot of people have picked things up and run with them in a new direction. The virtual direction!

Already this year there have been a number of virtual events and shows of the zine awesomeness variety as well as a few ‘zoom type’ group chat events for hanging out and getting creative. They’re popping up all over the place, but I’ve seen most on Facebook. I don’t know of any off the top of my head right now, but you can check out the resources page for a few places around the internet that may be holding virtual events or have connections to virtual events.

Of course, if you are holding a virtual zine event or know of one happening – please let me know! I’d love to help spread the word.

That’s me for today. Until next time, spread a little sunshine.

International Zine Month Day 2: Zine Rewind!

Hello, zine friends! Welcome back to day two of that wonderful month of the year featuring all kinds of zine goodness to enjoy. If you’d like to jump in, check out the 2020 IZM list of daily activities by Alex Wrekk. (Pssst! Go here to download your own printable IZM 2020 poster!)

Also be sure to leave a comment and let me know if you’re joining in. I’ll keep a growing list on each post so we can all check out what each other are doing.

Onto day two!

Day Two: Zine Rewind! Reread your favourite zines.

Every year I have trouble with this one because I don’t like picking favourites. Hahaha. I want to pet all the zines!

Because it’s Thursday, which is a review day, I’m going to be a bit cheeky and post two zine reviews from the past – one mini-zine that makes me smile and one perzine that really introduced me to a part of me that I didn’t realise had a name. So here we are…

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Happy International Zine Month 2020 Day 1! What’s a Zine?!

Hello, wonderful zine friends! It’s so lovely to be back once again for that lovely month of the year with a zine focus of all sorts of zine goodness happening in the universe. As I mentioned yesterday, the awesome and amazing Alex Wrekk has posted 2020’s list of daily activities!

(Pssst! Go here to download your own printable IZM 2020 poster!) For this fresh and lovely first day of the month we have…

Day One: What is a zine? Come up with a definition in your own words.

I’m going to be a little cheeky with this one, dear zine friends. I’m going to borrow my definition of what a zine is from my mini-zine on that very topic! It’s a very flexible definition, which gives me a giggle, but what are zines if not a myriad of things! So here we go:

A zine is a creation that is DIY, (often) self-published, (often) copied on a photocopier featuring any topic and/or art, and/or photography, and/or any number of combinations often made into some booklet type form.

Hahaha. That’s about as clear as soup and could include so many more things, that’s for sure. Trying to define zines as fun because I think anyone who really understands zines knows that we can try but we’ll never truly cover a full definition. And that’s absolutely okay.

That’s going to be it for me today, zine friends. I’ll be back tomorrow with the next activity!

***Note: I’m running behind as per usual but should have the full set of Instagram-friendly daily activity prompts ready by the weekend, if not before!***

International Zine Month – Days 27 – 31

Hello, hello, hello, zine friends. This blog post is brought to you by electrolytes, a lot of sleep, and a massive amount of TLC from the dear and amazing Wanderer. Truly, he’s been absolutely brilliant to the point of piling blankets on me when I felt very cold.

I’m very slowly getting back to normal. I’m one of the fun and exciting people who can get mono/glandular fever more than once if I push myself too much/overstress myself. Good times. This round has been mild but meant I’ve slept away most of the week thus far.

Enough of that, though! As you can imagine, the last part of IZM has been a bit of a bust. But no stress! Life happens, and sometimes we just have to dance to the tune.

Or sleep. Haha.

On to it!

On day 27 of this fabulous month, the prompt is to host or attend a zine event. That was definitely off the books this past weekend (honestly, I lost track of the days a bit), not only for health reasons but location.

You can always check out the Zine World Calendar to see if there are any events happening near you and/or to make sure your event is listed.

Day 28 is the day for listing our favourite zines. I decline on the grounds that I love all the zines. Hehehe.

On this fine day of IZM, the prompt is to take a picture of yourself with your zine collection. I’ll meet you halfway with a picture of some of my zines…

On the 30th day of IZM, the prompt is to write or make a wrap-up of International Zine Month. I’m actually going to save this prompt for tomorrow because I have a few things to write about that don’t quite fit in here.

This, the final day of IZM, we take a moment to remember the zines and zinesters no longer with us.

For another year, I find myself grateful and relieved to not know any zinesters who have passed. As I meet new zinemakers and make new zine friends, I avoid thinking about this sort of thing more and more. It’s all a part of the life cycle, but I’d like to stay in my shiny bubble for as long as I can.

My thoughts do go to all of those who have lost people. I light a candle and hope that you can find comfort in knowing you aren’t alone.

That’s all for me today, zine friends. I will be back tomorrow at least a little bit. 😉

Until then…

Others Joining In:

* Hadass: https://hadass420.wordpress.com/
* Phoebe’s Zines: https://www.instagram.com/phoebeszines/
* Feral Publication: https://youtu.be/trS6pVtjsjw
* Enter the Papernet: http://www.enterthepaper.net/

Let me know if/where you are joining in!

International Zine Month – Days 19 – 26

Hello, zine friends!

Gosh golly gee, this week certainly got away from me. From the 24-hour zine sessions on Sunday and Monday (I have about nine hours still on the clock hehehe) to a therapy session to getting all geared up for a sleep test session (check out my Instagram if you want to see me looking like part cyborg), everything really ran away.

But that’s life!

Feral Publication and I have been chatting quite a bit lately about taking on too much, neglecting self-care, and along similar lines. So what I’m trying to do more these days is pay attention and not make myself sick overworking.

Don’t get me wrong – it irritates me to no end to not stick to the schedule I have set up here on the blog, but you have to look after your health. This year has been a bit lesson in that.

Still, I promise that – save for anything major happening – everything will be back to normal next week.

On to catching up with IZM!

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International Zine Month Day 18 – Zine Trade Day

Hello and a happiest of Thursdays to you. Nearly to the end of the week – if you have the standard M-F sort of week happening in your life.

Technically I don’t have the standard happening in my life, but what can I say other than years of schooling still brings a bit of a special shine to Fridays.

Today for International Zine Month, we are well and truly past the halfway mark! And today we trade zines!

Trading zines is something I see as being a very import to the zineverse. It’s a fun way to connect and even meet new people, share ideas, and – of course – share the awesome projects we’ve created. Some of my first interactions with zinemakers was through zine trading with people whom I consider dear friends today. Sometimes trades are one-offs, and that’s okay, too. Sometimes you never know what kind of friends you’ll become.

I am well and truly out of stamp money for the month, so I can’t offer any new trades today. I am happy and pleased as punch to say that a few zinemakers got in straight away at the start of the month to set up some trades, so I’m not really missing out for IZM.

If you would like to trade zines with me, I’d love to! I just won’t be able to send anything out until the end of July…

Are you trading zines with anyone today? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time!

Others Joining In:

* Hadass: https://hadass420.wordpress.com/
* Phoebe’s Zines: https://www.instagram.com/phoebeszines/
* Feral Publication: https://youtu.be/trS6pVtjsjw
* Enter the Papernet: http://www.enterthepaper.net/

Let me know if/where you are joining in!