I’ll be selling my zines here on Sunday the 27th. Come on out. Last year’s event was a hoot!

yeah dude

i’ll be there sunday the 27th, selling copies of tributaries, collide, and heather c. of stranger danger distro’s friendship comp, always & forever!

so stoked.

i’ll also be there on sunday the 27th!

Grab a copy of Always & Forever: A Zine About Friendship from my buds Jenna (Sassyfrass Circus) on Saturday & JC (Tributaries) on Sunday! I mean, who doesn’t want to spend $2 on a killer comp zine about friends, right?

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Looking for a particular zine? Our online catalog is now more search-friendly and up-to-date! Search and see if we have that obscure comic zine or your embarrassing punk rag from 1997 

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MIXD ZINE: call for submissions!

Call for submissions for MIXD compilation zine! 
Showcasing writing and art by and for mixed-race folks, the idea of MIXD was born out of conversations and dialogues with other non-white people and my own questions and understandings of mixed-race experience, embodiment, and identity. 

The goal of the zine project is to open up another space for mixed-race non-white people to write, to connect, to (un)learn, to heal, and to empower and challenge each other in conversations about what collective liberation could look like and mean.

∆ ∆  Submission Criteria ∆ ∆ ∆:

** Deadline for submissions: May 15th! **
- Writing content can take on various forms – personal writing, essays, academic-based research, poetry, etc.- and art submissions are also encouraged!
- The zine will be printed in black and white and likely half-size (8.5 x 11inches folded), so keep that in mind in terms of submitting content
- No word limit // Feel free to submit multiple things
- Anti-oppression and an intersectional analysis are bases for the project – I’ll be in touch with you if there are any questions or concerns that come up while reviewing submitted content and we can talk it out(!)
- compilation and printing will take place in Montreal – if you submit, you’ll be sent a copy! There will also be updates when the zine is finished – get in touch if you’d like to get (multiple) copies to distro / share / read, whatever.
** - email submissions to MIXDZINE@GMAIL.COM by May 15th! **


Some ideas / prompts for submissions:
”mixed”: what does it mean? for you(r understanding of yourself) / in your life / interactions / relationships? • owning difficult, complicated, or at-odds parts of ourselves • the body as site(s) of conflict and violence • (current) colonial histories and decolonization • liminality, racial ‘ambiguity’ and navigating spaces, relationships, and interactions • the idea of ‘community’ and belonging • diaspora • re-learning / discovering family, (hi)stories, lineages,and cultures • mixed-race identity and it’s intersections with queerness, transness, class, disability, and other identities and experiences • the limits and potentials of ideas of ‘community’, ‘POC’, and ‘mixed’ identity markers and frameworks • racial hierarchization within non-white and mixed people and differences in experience and oppression • acting in solidarity • fighting the erasure and perpetuation of anti-blackness and colonial violence towards indigenous folks ‘out there’ and within non-white spaces and relationships • for mixed-white folks: what space(s) does whiteness occupy? - in yourself, in relation to your other racial identities and histories, in POC/mixed/non-white spaces and struggles? what oppressive dynamics inherent in whiteness (and white supremacy) have you learned to unlearn, to mitigate, to destroy? how?


This project is entirely submission-based, so the more content received and folks told, the better!


Hey this looks awesome but I just want to make sure of something because of the language you used (mixed race non-white people): Is this open to mixed race people who are mixed with white? Thanks.


oops, yeah, totally fair! it is open to mixed-white folks (like me, ha)
sorry that was unclear!

(via zine-reviews)

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"Fair is fair. Do any of us - the writers, the zinesters, the get up in the middle of the night and write sentences on scraps of paper people - owe anything less? Writing zines is like giving blood for practice. No real reason. Like sleeping on the floor when you have a bed, or riding your bike in a blizzard for money. No good reason at all to risk so much pain and stupidity. Except to see what it feels like. And because writing’s like blood in that once it’s out you can’t put it back in. A puddle of bad spirits and liquid iron on the paper, and you give it away at shows.
Zine ends. Year ends. You wake up in a different city and you say the same things, but for real this time."

- Ammi Emergency, from Emergency zine #5 (via rustbeltjessie)
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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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