TONIGHT IN NEW ORLEANS you can head to the Big Top for a benefit show for the Person of Color Zine Project and their upcoming Race Riot! tour. The POC Zine Project facilitates the spread of handmade multicultural, multilingual, and multisexual zines across the country. Their Race Riot! tour is hitting up 7 southern cities (8 if you count St. Louis....) and partnering with many academic institutions along the way to bring people together to learn and share. The stated goals of the group are to "further our mission of making zines (and all independent publications) by people of color easy to find, distribute and share, [...] discover and acquire more zines by people of color for the POCZP print and digital archive, [and] function as a bridge between communities, for the purpose of helping communities thrive and access a wide range of resources." As part of our issue this week, we decided to highlight some zine-related projects throughout the South.
Osa Atoe is the creator of Shotgun Seamstress, a black, punk fanzine that not only interviews musical heroes but explores the limited acceptance African-Americans have within the punk community. Atoe started the zine in Portland, OR, but moved to New Orleans after Katrina, where she also founded No More Fiction, a DIY organization that produces $5 shows as well as NOT ENOUGH FEST, a showcase of newly minted female-fronted and queer bands from NOLA. The zine has been collected into one volume for sale by Mend My Dress Press. She'll be reading from her zine at the Big Top tonight.
ZINE FEST HOUSTON
This one day festival pops up in Houston in the fall, "offering a diverse new crop of zines and other projects every year (including many never before seen anywhere else) and other unique sights such as a live chicken manning one of the exhibitor tables during our first festival." Creators are on hand with current and back issues at tables around Houston's Museum of Printing.
THE ZINE EXPLORER'S INDEX
When I was in elementary school, I supplemented my usual reading with any periodicals I could get my hands on, no matter what the subject. This included church bulletins copy-edited by the church secretary, an auxiliary newsletter undertaken, photocopied, and stapled by the Boyles, and my small private school's "newspaper" reduced into pointillist abstraction by a Regan-era copier on leftover Pepto-Bismol colored paper. It comes as some comfort to find that some people still communicate this way not out of necessity but by choice. Virginia's Zine Explorer Index will provide all the reviews and commentary you could want from a publication that operates on the other side of the dot-matrix printer era for only $3 a year. For the uninitiated, a PO Box is like Gmail, but without the filters.
This glossary compiled by Ryan Sparks.