It’s time for our December fundraiser for the Chicago Zine Fest & oh my, it’s a good one! Our friends Ramsey Beyer, Neil Brideau, Lilli Carré, Nicole Georges, John Porcellino, and Suzy X have each created a special 1” button design just for CZF!
Want to get your hands on some awesome art by some of your favorite zinesters / comic artists and support CZF 2014 at the same time? It’s easy! Button packs (which are $5 + shipping for a pack of three) are available here!
Everything about this makes me SO HAPPY.Source: chicagozinefest
No Better Than Apples, Issue #8
by Kate Larson
64 pg. at 1/4 letter size
Dang, this zine is a bruiser. At 64 pages, with a substantial and lovely cardstock cover, it has serious physical presence. The impression of substance continues, as one opens to the first page, and reads:
"Clearly, the best time to choose to bedazzle your arm cast is when you are soon to be attending the funeral of a family member."
From here, we jump right into Larson’s life, at a difficult time. She’s dealing with mysterious but serious health problems, her mother is sick, and her grandmother has passed away.
We hear about friends’ and family members’ medications, and the medications they’ve stopped taking, and the medications they’ve overdosed on. The zine jumps around in terms of topic and narrative and visual style, but manages to remain cohesive and compelling on the strength of Larson’s writing.
My favourite thing about this zine, and one of my favourite things a writer can do in general, is the precise descriptions of small, poignant objects or moments. In this zine, we get grand sweeps of family narrative, but without neglecting “the free clementines, the pancakes at dusk… the ball jars of cold maple sap that we drink like water”.
Larson is a hell of a writer, as many who saw her reading at Chicago Zine Fest 2013 have attested. When as bold and candid a writer as Cindy Crabb writes of you, “I’m not sure how she gets the courage to tell these stories”, you know you’re one tough cookie. It’s hard to write about this kind of stuff, and it’s even harder to do so without lapsing into cliché— we have so few words for these things, and the ones we have are so often lacking. Larson brings her descriptive powers to bear on moments of frailty, haircuts, and natural disasters. Oh, and there’s beautiful drawings in here too, for goodness’ sakes.
Issue #9 is now out, and it continues the story of Larson’s health crisis: “through a sudden hospitalization followed by lots of panic, adjustments, questions, doctor appointments, a diagnosis, and friends keeping me together”. On the strength of #8, I’m sure #9 is amazing. Go git’er!
- Lily Pepper
All domestic orders placed from now until Friday night (December 6th) will receive FREE SHIPPING (within the USA only! Sorry, international folks — it’s too expensive to mail things to you! But if you place an order this week, I’ll send you some surprises!). This offer is good for any zines in the Stranger Danger catalog (books not included! Too heavy!). Check out the catalog here!
Why am I doing this? Not because of any Cyber Monday junk, that’s for sure. I’m doing it because: A) I realized yesterday that 2013 marks 10 years of Stranger Danger! & B) You all fucking rule. For real, I am eternally grateful for everyone who supports this distro, whether it’s through letting me spread the word about your zine or through buying up all of the awesome titles in the catalog. Running this distro is one of my life’s real joys. Thanks for being a part of it.
tributaries #3 & #4, as well as issue #1 of collide are now available through stranger danger zine distro!
run by heather c., awesome human/librarian out of the great city of chicago, stranger danger is your home for some of the most amazing personal zines being published right now. i’ve found so many treasures through this distro and am excited to be a part of the catalog. heather is so rad, zines are rad, etc, etc, etc.
kind words from jc, straight out of sweetheart city.Source: jennyandthelibrarians