It's pretty difficult to rank zines against each other, because by their very nature they're all completely different, finished to different standards and talk about different things. In any case, I've selected three of my personal favourites and if you haven't read them you should find yourself a copy and get readin'!
How I Lost My Queer Street Cred: A Personal Rant Zine about Trying to be Good with a Bad Brain
TW: Sexual abuse
I only got this zine last week, and only started reading it yesterday but it is so good. I love this zine's design, overall aesthetic and homemadeness, but more than that I love its contents.
There are no bells and/or whistles to this zine, it's not pretending to be anything more than it is, and it's perfect. It speaks so honestly about the experience of struggling to fit in in queer circles when all that you are and all that you've been through fights against that. I've tried before to write about how challenging it is to be sex-positive when you've gone through sexual abuse and controlling relationships, but the words never came right. This zine puts it all perfectly.
The key points this zine covers are:
- Too traumatised to be sex positive;
- Too anxious for the night clubs
- Too depressed to be vegan
- Too insecure to be polyamorous
- Too male to be a good person
I really think this is a zine everyone should read, it explains so many things so well.
Hatchette is a lovely little series of zines, and I love them because they're homemade and because their contents are fab and because the gal who puts them together is just the best.
Their creator, Mot Collins, sent me them along with a few bee-illustrations when I put out a submission call for Bombinate Issue #1, and it was such a lovely gesture. What a fab person, I can't even begin to explain.
Unpredictapple was put together by my lil brother Fionn, and is the first zine I ever read/owned/submitted to/got published in. It is about apples, and there's so much great stuff in it of so many different genres. It also has two little comics that are sort of separate because they're printed separately but they came all tucked in and are also about apples.
I really love this zine. It gave me the courage to do zine stuff.
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