I don’t know how many of you are familiar with zines, but I’m just starting to get into them. Zines are like mini, independently run magazines filled with anything from illustration and photography to political thought pieces and short stories. They’re actually really cool and it’s exciting to support them, especially the ones created by young women and people who identify as trans/non-binary/gender queer.
Many of these zines usually intersect interests like music and art with identity issues, like queerness and/or racial identity! It’s a fun and fascinating way to get an inside look into the way that other people–women, men, those who identify beyond the gender binary–live. Check out these 7 zines that you’ll probably fall in love with.
Update: It’s been brought to my attention that I definitely misgendered some of the artists and writers behind a few of these zines. It was absolutely not my intention to erase their identities, but intent isn’t magic so I absolutely apologize for that. The piece is being edited to reflect their identities properly.
Modern Girl Blitz
Modern Girl Blitz’s zines are full of female empowerment! Her Stigma series in particular explores all the different stigmas used against those with female bodies which are then, in turn, use against themselves. For example, menstruation! Who hasn’t felt weird and shamed about something as natural as their period? Check out her zines here.
This zine was featured in Autostraddle‘s “50 Zines by Queer People of Color” round up and it looks pretty awesome, not to mention important. I imagine it can be difficult enough to identify as mixed race in a world that loves to define us into neat little boxes, but to be queer on top of that is definitely an experience that everyone should read about. Find out how to grab a copy here.
Look, fandom isn’t just about geeking out over our favorite fictional characters making out. It is also a space where you can really find yourself, explore your passions and really be yourself. Not to mention the amazing friends you can make along the way who will seriously change your life. I can vouch for that, seriously. Check out all of Fangirl Publication’s zines here.
Telegram is pretty interesting because it is an exploration of the myriad of topics it explores: Queerness, mental illness, gender, recovery, etc. It just goes to show that our struggles and our identities collide in fascinating ways. Check out the series here.
Hard Femme Zine
Kirsty Winters describes her Hard Femme zine as a series about, “being queer, tough, poor, working class, fat and femme.” Look, whether you ID as any of the aforementioned or not, it’s great to check out the perspective of people who embrace and explore the hand their dealt even as our society tries to crap all over it. Check out Hard Femme and Winters’ other zines here.
Here’s what’s awesome about Hoax: It’s a combination of exploring queer identity, being non-white, the complexity of sexual relationships and a heaping helping of punk. Um, I don’t know about you but I’m all about reading this. Find out more here.
In essence, Lady Teeth is about love. Whether it’s friendships, romance or familial bonds, Lady Teeth offers an upfront and open approach to exploring it all. Especially when it comes to the drama of all of those relationships. How can you not relate? check out the latest issue here.
Are there any zines that you absolutely love? Which do you rec? Are you big into zine culture? Tell us in the comments!