Zine Review: Sober Queers Do Exist


Sober Queers Do Exist

Zine, Clementine Morrigan and geoff (eds.), out of print

Note: This zine is from 2016 and the project is no longer underway.

“It’s kind of like playing Minesweeper with my life.” That’s how one contributor describes sober dating in the queer scene, where it can seem like everyone, at the very least, casually drinks, making navigation as complex as that glitchy puzzle game of yore. In the nearly two dozen contributions to Sober Queers Do Exist, we find proof that here are many, many sober queer folk. The majority of contributors are queer, but also trans, mad, immigrant, asexual, and Indigenous, giving this zine an inclusive and full picture feeling.

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Zine Review: Write Or Die, Vol. II

Write Or Die: Poetry, Prose & Condz Vol. II

Compilation zine, various authors, Issue 2, 52 pgs,, free to prisoners

After a decade of being bombarded by self-published materials, it’s nice to be reminded of just how vital and subversive this tradition can be. Write or Die is a mostly handwritten publication coming out of death row at the world-famous San Quentin prison in California. The work of a creative writing group within death row, the contents here reflect a diversity of approaches, experiences, and talents that are the hallmarks of this type of compilation.

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She’s Got Moxie: A YA novel where feminist zines take front and centre

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Young adult fiction has picked up on social justice issues in the past couple years. Yet even though teenagers are again being introduced to zines as an outlet of rebellion, there has yet to be a rad YA book that includes the genre. Until now.

Enter Moxie by high school teacher and former zinester Jennifer Mathieu. Moxie is the fictional story of Vivian Carter, a 16-year-old who starts a zine that sparks a feminist revolution in her conservative southern high school. This is the book that crafty feminists (of any age) have been waiting for.

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Comic: Edge Desert by Sophie Yanow

Announcing the Broken Pencil Zine Awards Short List!

We’re so pumped to announce the finalists for the first ever Broken Pencil Zine Awards!

We received over 175 entries from all over the world, and we were totally blown away by the talent, the passion, and the variety in each category. Every zine brought something unique to the table, and it was incredibly difficult picking even this handful of finalists for each category. You’ll notice that there are twice as many finalists in the political zine and comic/art zine categories! That’s because we got way more entries in those categories, and we thought it would only be fair to move a few more on to the next round. 

Over the next few weeks our judging team will be deliberating deeply over each of these awesome zines to pick a winner! But it must be said — every zine you see here, and every zine entered in the competition is a meaningful part of the landscape of self-publishing. We’re honoured to have the opportunity to celebrate zinesters and their creations everywhere.

The winners in each category will be announced publicly at Canzine Toronto at the Art Gallery of Ontario on October 21st. The zine fair runs all day from 1pm-7pm, and the awards ceremony begins at 5pm in Jackman Hall. See you there! 

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DIY Cosplay: Make your own fantastical armour

It can be intimidating for newbie costume makers and props builders to get in the game. But Drew Eckhardt, an Ontario member of the Mandalorian Mercs costume club, has broken down a handy step-by-step list on making your first fantastical armour.

Step 1: Choose what you want to make. Have the right tools, or help, on stand by.

Step 2: Select your material such as Sintra, or ABS plastic. You can use other materials like aluminum or metal, but these two plastics are the best for weight to work ratio.

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