Dig Deep, Issue #6

by Heather C., February 2014

30pg. at quarter-letter size

$1 from Stranger Danger distro

It’s no secret that I am a big fan of Dig Deep— I wrote about Issues #1-3 here, and about Issue #4 here.  Heather is a pillar of the zine community, in her work as one of the organizers of the Chicago Zine Fest, in her relentless cheerleading for other writer’s work, and, in general, her friendliness— when I was first getting into zines, the letters that she sent along with my orders from Stranger Danger Distro made me feel like I was part of a community. 

As Amber of Fight Boredom distro wrote about this zine, “Sometimes people approach my table at zinefests and ask, “Do you have any cheerful zines?” and I always hand them a copy of Dig Deep.”  Heather writes about difficult stuff— loss, growing up, dealing with street harassment— but reading her zines always makes me feel energized and inspired. 

In #6, Heather writes about her travels in 2013, about turning 35, and about her work in the zine community and the joy it brings her.  She also writes, touchingly, about finding a family history her grandmother wrote.

One thing I also really liked about this zine is that Heather talks in concrete detail about how she organizes herself for creative work— how she takes notes on things she finds inspiring, how she sets deadlines for herself, and how she uses her Slingshot planner to write down the best part of every day (an idea that I found really touching, and am thinking of adopting).  It’s awesome, and helpful, when someone you admire shares detailed tips on how they do the great stuff they do. 

Heather’s writing is simple, unadorned, and sincere.  Her appreciation for her friends, her enthusiasm about zines and community, and her gratitude for family and good fortune and good times shine through from every page.  Whether you’re also full of joy about your life right now, or whether you’re in need of a boost, I can’t recommend Dig Deep enough, and Heather also carries most of the other best zines in the world at Stranger Danger, so go get ‘em!

This review gives me many feelings so I’m just going to reblog it & say that Lily Pepper is a total gem. Thanks for the kind words, LP.

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Celia’s collection of old #pander catalogs! (via @celiacperez) #mailorder #panderzinedistro #zines

best zine distro of all time // RIP // always in my heart

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Zines from the Borderlands:
Storytelling about Mixed-Heritage


THURSDAY APRIL 24 at 7:00pm

How can zines create new narratives and representations for mixed-heritage people, LGBTQ communities, and people of color? What is the role of zines, storytelling and self-publishing within marginalized communities?

Come participate in a vibrant conversation about race, gender and sexuality with four zinesters, activists, and media-makers: Nia King, editor of “MXD: True Stories by Mixed Race Writers”; Daniela Capistrano, founder of POC Zine Project; Jenna Freedman, Barnard Zine Librarian; and Anne Hays, founder of Brooklyn-based zine distro, Sleeping Creatures.

Co-sponsored by ABC No Rio, the Brooklyn Zine Fest and Bluestockings Bookstore.


128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY

Image courtesy of 50 Zines by Queer People of Color, article by Daniela Capistrano and Nia King, 2013.

I’m supporting
& the
at this event, bringing mixed heritage zines and talking about how to find them in my library and others.
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"It’s bullshit to think of friendship and romance as being different. They’re not. They’re just variations of the same love. Variations of the same desire to be close."

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Guess what!!! DEAFULA #7 is almost here! Come to the Philadelphia Soapbox Friday, April 25 at 7:00pm for the RELEASE READING!

Here is a writeup of the event:

"Kerri Radley, a deaf Philly zinester, was awarded the Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant, and as a part of her project, she created the newest issue of her zine, with handprinted covers created at the Soapbox. Deafula explores deaf identity, discrimination, and ableism, as well as queries the very label of disability itself. Kerri will read from her newest issue, which aims to raise awareness of inaccessibility at community events and explores how we can make these events more inclusive.

Kerri will be joined by JC, a DC-based zinester who writes the perzine Tributaries and edits the comp zine Collide, which focuses on the intersection between physical disability and mental illness. JC writes about her experiences growing up with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

Please come out for readings and discussion on a truly important subject: how can we better our approach to accessibility in Philadelphia’s arts, zine, and radical spaces / communities.”

my excitement is bursting, ya’ll. 

fb event HERE.

Heads up, Philly! Kerri + JC are some of the world’s best humans. Support them (& their important work!) if you can!

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Osa Atoe forges on with a new issue of Shotgun Seamstress that veers a bit from the previous issues. But no worry, because this one is just as rad! And just as crucial! Inside Osa shares her experience with booking woman-positive, queer-positive, all-ages DIY shows in New Orleans, detailing the joy & struggle found in organizing such a project. It’s handwritten, with flyers printed alongside the stories behind those particular shows. Reading this zine filled me with pure joy. So many times the hard work that we put into DIY projects goes unacknowledged & the projects themselves are often forgotten once they’re in past. And so I’m grateful that Osa has created a zine to document No More Fiction shows & the work she puts into them. This is legitimately one of the most inspiring & important zines I’ve ever read. It will push you to create & build & then share your own story. Highly recommended.

Get it for $5 + shipping over at Stranger Danger!

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PANSY #8: My favorite new zine discovery of 2014 is Pansy! I’m so into Laura’s zines & am so pumped to be carrying them in the distro. Pansy is beautiful & huge — half-legal sized, with a layout heavy on the cut & paste & with typewritten text. The writing is on the heavy side, with Laura divulging her experiences with (& recovering from — or not) an eating disorder, a painful break up, & drug use. Throughout the zine she comes back to ideas of negativity & apathy, & how these things lay seeds both in herself & the world at large. There’s a lot of struggle in these pages, but there’s also an equal amount of hope. Laura’s writing will pull at you, and it will make you root for her to make it through the tough times.

PANSY #9: In the intro of this zine, Laura says that her last issue of Pansy (her first zine in six years) was a catch-up issue, while this one is more about reflections. And I dug this one just as much as the last, as it has a lot of the same rad aesthetics & strong writing as the previous issue. Laura begins with tales of past roommates — some good, some soooooo bad. The second half of the zine was what got me, though. First Laura shares her thoughts on being single & navigating a life without a partner, and how being (& not being) in a relationship affects her mental health. She then writes the most adorable story about her tight friendship with someone across the world. I want Laura to keep writing zines forever & ever. Get this now.

Get ‘em for $3 each + shipping over at Stranger Danger!



Hey! BRZD has reached 78 zines!!!! Check out the store and see what’s new!!!!

Nyky’s distro is PACKED with zines written by people of color. Take a peek at her catalog, get yourself some excellent zines, & support this rad project!

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Supplemental Slander 8.5 — a tiny mini zine by everyone’s favorite smartypants punk writer Mimi Thi Nguyen. And it comes free with every order from Stranger Danger!










Making these mini-zines! Just in time for my Saturday morning date with the copier.

who says bigger is better? mini zines ftw!

I want copies of this for the zine machine, dudes


It’s the zine vending machine in my library!!!!

Oh how I’ve admired the zine vending machine from afar… I can totally send you some if you tell me how!

HOORAY! You can send zines for the Zine Machine to:

Zine Machine
c/o Kelly McElroy
100 Main Library
Iowa City, Iowa 52242


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