The author, A.E.H., has lived in New York City for 15 years! A.E.H. travels through the city telling stories about what different places/spaces evoke, and the stories unfold chronologically from the time they moved here in 2003 to the present day. The stories are funny, cringe-worthy, sad, triumphant– well, it’s been a full life. Lots of collages. Enjoy!
Maps in My Mind, 1/4 legal size. $3
True to its title, Taryn reflects on what her life is like now at six years sober (the short answer is, pretty great). On each page she lists one small example of how sobriety has changed her life, and the zine is intended to be “straight up honest, no bullshit, just me talking about what it’s like…”. The zine packs a punch, too, with her witty and poignant one-liners sprinkled throughout. I’d give you an example but I don’t want to give anything away. You’ve got to read the zine!
Life Without Booze: Reflections on Six Years Sober.1/4 size. $2
Issue 8 of Taryn’s zine starts with her decision to write zines rather than writing more books, and it’s an interesting mediation on form and style and audience. She also discovers a love of BMX biking, and narrates her journey from never riding to buying her own bike and challenging herself to finish a particular course. It’s an interesting journey, both in terms of learning about a biking subculture and her internal process of growing through a sport. The motif continues as she narrates her sobriety experience–she shares witty and thoughtful life advice that extends beyond sobriety. If you’re into these topics you’ll love this zine. But even if these topics are new to you, Taryn’s take on them will draw you in.
Lady Teeth, Issue 8. 1/2 size. $3
This issue is all about privacy and persona, told through the larger lens of gender identity, and how gender ID affects the author’s online representation (and vice versa). It’s a meditation on zine pen names, facebook, generation 2.0, online distro sales, and more. The final segment explores gender directly through a conversation with a friend, and how nuances in everyday conversation intersect with how the author sees h/erself.
ALEX, Issue 9. 1/4 size. $3
Returning to zines after a 7-year hiatus, Hannah shares her experiences with mental health issues through a positive lens of self-care and embracing imperfection. This issue explores depression and anxiety, alcoholism, disordered eating, PMS, and SAD. She also writes about queerness, nutrition, feminism, and her love of microbes. Over 32 pages, this text-heavy zine takes you from a floral loveseat in Texas to the NYC Dyke March, by way of the Wood Where Things Have No Name.
Small Magic, Issue 1. 1/2 size. $3