i got a ton of rad zines at DCZF, and this is the first round of what i’ve read!!
bright eyed crowd #1 - an awesome zine from james that’s mostly about his experiences in DC punk and living in a punk house. the writing is excellent; sometimes punk zines can be like “and then this show happened, and then this show, and these bands stayed” which is cool sometimes but lacks the kind of interesting narrative reflection and deeper threads that can be found in james’ zine. also there’s an awesome guide to eating at everlasting life by joey p!
R U INTO BEING LOVED? - musings on first dates, dating while fat and re-entering the world of dating after a long term relationship. shara is witty, sharp and wonderful and it comes across in her writing. i only wish it was longer so i hope she writes another zine soon!
singing with dogs - meg’s awesome first zine is about her journey in realizing that she was meant to spend her life with/work with dogs. it chronicles how she figured this out through various dog jobs all the way to running her own co-op dog company. it’s really well written and will probably make you want to go hang out with some dogs immediately!
deafula #1/#2/#3 - heather was raving to me about how awesome these zines are, and after i met kerri at dczf i had a chance to buy them for myself! she writes about her own personal experience with hearing loss and how she has handled it in her life, how fucked up it is that insurance companies cover basically nothing related to deafness/hearing loss, and how important it is that she isn’t pidgeonholed as a spokesperson for any deaf community. informative and witty, i read all three of these zines at once because i couldn’t get enough! you can get #1 through stranger danger, and probably #2 & #3 at some point.
explorers are we / monster hands - these zines are by my bad zine, everyone’s fault tourmate xavier. i got to hear them read different poems from these zines aloud every night for a week, and now as i read them back i can only hear them in their great reading voice. xavi has a really beautiful way with words and constructing phrases that makes their poems flow musically. the ones in monster hands are related to their mom who is a bigfoot hunter, and the ones in explorers are about all sorts of topics ranging from queer identity to family to body image. my favorite is “jubilee”, about finding a home in bloomington.