I KNOW WHAT I AM by Gina Siciliano is out TODAY! Come celebrate the release at Left Bank in Seattle on Wednesday, September 24, when the author will be giving a talk about the importance of history comics, the relevance of the Baroque and Renaissance, the impact of Caravaggio, the era of the Catholic Counter-Reformation, the history of women’s resistance to sexual violence, and more!
Congratulations to joshuajamesamberson (writer of Basic Paper Airplane) and Alexis Wolf (writer of Ilse Content) on successfully funding their Kickstarter! If you will be in the Pacific Northwest next week, go see them at any (or all!) of these dates as part of THE VOICE-BOX, a presentation of their split zine and a unique, experimental public reading:
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Thanks for reading and thanks for your support!
We are so into this.
I want to have an excessively rural zine fest
I want to book out a VFW hall in some town/village/municipality with a population <2000 and get some tables and bring a bunch of zine kids out there
and everybody will get lost getting there but it’ll be a…
we where just talking about this last night…..
Those of you who know me personally know that this year has been hard for many reasons, and that some of my very favorite days are zine fest days. Traveling for zine events, visiting zine friends and sharing my work, the work of our press, and the works included in our distro has become a lifeline.
In 2014, Mend My Dress Press has tabled at L.A. Zine Fest, Portland Zine Symposium, and the Anarchist Book Fair day of Shout Back Fest on unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver BC Canada). Those days have been full of catching up with old friends, meeting new people and feelings of mutual respect and support. Some of my closest friends live hours, states away. A zine fest can often be an escape, a much needed vacation.
This spring, I was at a zine event when my former partner, an emotionally and sexually abusive man, showed up. The organizer of the event had him removed at my request. I was talking to my sister about it afterwards, and she said, “Well, he has just as much a right as you to be there. If you were upset, you could have just left.” And while that may be true at base, and while that is how most of the people in this country tend to think, I know that she was wrong. I like to think that I operate in a small slice of the world where survivors are given more space, where someone’s comfort and mental health outweigh someone’s “right” to be there. Sharing art can be a very vulnerable thing to do, and feeling safe emotionally and physically is paramount to this act. My sister came around and agreed with me, stating that she was proud of us for “giving a shit.”
I’ve been meaning to publicly thank all of you zine fest organizers for all of your hard work, and today seemed like just as good as any. I would like to send my special thanks to the people of Portland Zine Sympoisum (thank you for the best PZS ever) and to Shout Back Fest for having such thoughtful and meaningful Safer Spaces policies.
Mend My Dress Press will be tabling at Fierce Fest this October and the organizers are putting together a zine about issues around creating safer spaces. You can send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
love and support,
my life is not lived here. it is in my mailbox and on the internet. my friends are at least a city away. i do have a few people that are friends near by, but we hardly see each other.
Neelybat Chestnut, from Mend My Dress #11
I relate to this way too much.
Joshua and Alexis are two of our favorite people. Please support them, and their project anyway you can.
Our promo video is finally up! THANK YOU SO MUCH TO SAMUEL AND ALL OUR FRIENDS THAT PUT IT TOGETHER!
<3 <3 see you at the festival!
SHOUT BACK FEST BEGINS TOMORROWsee you saturday!!!
Mend My Dress Press will be tabling the book fair on saturday, we hope to see you there! xoxoxox
Help fund an anti-capitalist, d.i.y, feminist punk festival + anarchist book fair by and for gay, trans*, queer, p.o.c, indigenous people, and women.
Lots more perks just added to the Shout Back Fest Indie gogo campain such as:
Queeraoke Tickets Women of the 90s: QUEERAOKE: ADVANCED TICKETS Thurs, July 31st 7pm —Heartwood community CAFE Shoutback is just ‘round the corner!!!! Its gonna be tops! but capitalism sucks and we still need money so let’s hang out and sing some songs and raise some funds! Alanis, Britney, Hole, The Spice Girls, TLC, Ani, Bikini Kill, Salt N Pepa, Portishead, and more!!!!!!!!
Radical Bookstore Gift A 30$ gift certificate for Spartacus Books! Spartacus (non profit/ all volunteer community bookshop) carries a diverse and up-to-date range of material including books and zines and more, in Gender, Queer studies, Feminism, Anarchy, Race and Society, First Nations, Prisons, DIY, Ecology and Radical History! Spartacus is the go-to resource for anti-capitalist, political books not found in big-box bookstores. Also included! Shout back! Full weekend Festival Pass! www.spartacusbooks.net
Tattoo This is the real thing. BRing sketch or idea for consultation and your idea will get turned into a tattoo! SIZE LIMIT: 3x3 inches. (this is not a stick’n’poke). PLUS A super official full weekend pass! Plus shoutback shirt, mixed tape, sticker and a patch! wow!
Music Lessons Three 60 minute sessions at the Mt. Pleasant Music Teacher Co op. The Co op offers lessons for guitar, bass, piano,saxophone and drums for students of all ages and all levels. Also comes with a Shout back! Festival pass and T-shirt. (approx value 130$) http://mtpleasantmusicteacherscoop.wordpress.com/
and if you dont live in or around Vancouver theres still lots of perks that can be sent to you, such as : mixed bag of tapes, tshirts, posters etc.
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/3rd-annual-shout-back-festival-anarchist-book-fairI am so excited to be tabling this event! friends in Canada, come see me/us!