april 2014

survived the winter-  check. It’s been a while since I copied a buncha zines. After my zinefest-brain decompressed post-fest, I pretty much erased the concept of zines from my head for a while. At the moment I’m engaged in two zine projects of my own, one perhaps will be a book. There is lots of writing to be done. Anyone out there want to start a publishing house together? “Raumschiff Press”? Let’s talk… I have ideas, but I can’t do it alone. And I’ve been thinking how I could take this distro project “to the next level” and be a somewhat legitimate publisher/ editor/ printer, in all the extravagant ways that I want to be. Are you sick of you’re boring job? Let’s start our own business-collective together.

I’m doing a zine workshop at the Supermarkt on Saturday, 24 May 2014, 2-5pm. I’m really glad for the opportunity, and even more so because they asked me to do it and be part of their workshop program. It’s 10 euro participation fee, which will also cover the cost of making a zine together. Which we will! Details here: http://www.supermarkt-berlin.net/en/event/zine/ and here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1411724535755109/

I’ve taken down the “submit” page, because I don’t feel ready to take on new zines at the moment. I can’t really make the kinds of investments that I would like to. And though I have lots of zines here, it’s only a teeny amount that I’ve bought from other people in the traditional distro-wholesale way. There’s also pretty much zero orders, maybe one a month through the website. I’m okay with that because I much prefer human interactions and having a table at an event. If you want a sweet table-full of zines at your event, let me know.

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get your hässengier*

hello digital universe: I’m playing a show tonight! and bringing a small box of zines from the distro. It’s a holiday party for GRRROLL, a grrl skateboarding group in Berlin. badass!
j3X_V37r0WqPmLTcS-eHh_4zOXBRJ5eZaGWdwbcmUx6Onj-8zP4ypvga7V-tmsTkMrWpHczpSniDPGdOewarG7cXEpA0eqmqzQIlAuNwD9TxUYp4w1NSa4Qj6jntYSO4f8zOA-KImt0d5cNMU7ERNFK6B8ws1cenb0ocOvFS=s0-d-e1-ftFuture events:
18 January 2014: I’m playing a show at a soliparty for a friend’s band, Anti-Corpos. They’re a feminist band from Brazil and want to tour here next year. Also for Emancypunx Records and LaDIY fest Berlin. @ Erreichbar (Reichenberger Str. 63a HH)
21 January 2014: ZINE WORKSHOP at my favorite place on Mehringdamm, Other Nature (Mehringdamm 79.) 6:30-9pm, 8-10 euro. More details here.

ps- I now have a bandcamp site for my music.
*hässengier was my friend’s parents band way back in the day, and is said like “ass in gear”

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Behind the “zines”: life of an organizer

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A: list of table applications and diagram of venue
B: TO DO LISTS! with sub-categories: Zinefest, my distro/zines, personal life/applying for a visa 2 weeks after zinefest. With SUB-sub-categories: texts to write, emails to send, people to contact, physical tasks, things to make.
C: preparing notes for next Plenum (zinefest)
D: time line: 2.5 weeks left to get it all done
E: zine layouts and originals to be organized, folder of zinefest notes
F: finished zines! Finally something is complete in full.
G: zines to be photo-copied
H: zines to be edited or special assembly
I: zines to be folded, cut, and stapled.
J: inspiration to keep going

SEE YOU AT ZINE FEST BERLIN 26 – 27 OCTOBER 2013 AT THE S.F.E. IN KREUZBERG

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THE BIG HONKIN’ SUMMER UPDATE

NEW ZINES FOR THE DISTRO!

Infecticitis 13amazing mazePellucid Occlusionwitches, midwives, nursestrancending anatomy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Infecticitis #13: deconstructing internalized capitalism and how to draw a flower. My newest zine about my political beliefs in Do-It-Yourself philosophy, reflecting on being born in America, anti-war, traveling to La ZAD, talking to nature, living with trees, creators not consumers. Entirely written by hand, 48 pages, A6. 1 euro
Amazing Maze Zine by Martin Hollmer, a collection of eye-warping mazes hand drawn (just 1 mm wide!), which also folds out to reveal the greek history of the labyrinth and the minotaur, and an alternative ending! 2,50 euro
Pellucid Occlusion, newest zine by Martin. “a mess of pictorals, reflections on politics and mysticism; nonsense & all in weird english!” Texts on being in touch with your sixth sense/ the fifth element, the occult, where our food comes from, and many beautiful collages and drawings. 2,50 euro
Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers, by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English. A very thorough analysis of women’s role as healers throughout the ages: from the independent, highly respected healer, to the deamonized witch, to the current profession of nursing (which, did you know, was created by oppressed victorian upper-class ladies?) this zine goes through all the details of how women were squashed by men and had our power and knowledge taken away. if you want to know why you have to pay so much damn money for health insurance, read this zine. 1 euro
Transcending Anatomy: a guide to bodies and sexuality for partners of trans people. This zine explains what it means for a body to be trans (trans-gender or trans-sexual) with many quotes from trans people on their experiences of their bodies and with their partners. 1 euro

Yesterday I played an acoustic set at the opening party/ vegan BBQ for LaD.I.Y. Fest Berlin. Yeah LaDIYfest!!! I brought the zine distro and my own collection of zines set up on a blanket for a reading library. It was a really cozy atmosphere- thanks for the nice conversations! This was also my first really big public show, at Tempelhofer Feld. Thanks Julia for the photo:

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The first week of September is the Reclaim the Fields camp 2013, which I’m super excited about and will be doing a Zine Workshop and also playing music at the party on the last night.  This is a self-organized camp, it is what you bring to it: “You are artists, activists, peasants, urban gardeners, are living on a collective farm or are active in political campaigns or groups? You want to share you experiences, pass and broaden your knowledge? Then you are welcome to do this in the course of workshops, discussions, practical work or in other ways.      We look forward to alternative ideas on topics like collective and solidariy form of living and working beyond capitalism and structures of exploitation. Everything that strengthens our diverse daily and organized resistance is welcome.”

Another zine-y event: 21 September, there will be a brunch at the Vetomat (F-Hain, scharnweberstr.) organized by one of us from the zinefest group. there will be some zines available, and around 6pm will be a show. I’ll be playing an acoustic set, along with Hauke Henkel from Micro Sleep diy record lable & distro in Berlin. The whole evening will have zine readings before, during, and after the music, so come with your favorite zines and read out loud some of your favorite passages!
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zinefest berlin summer event: the DIY zine fair!

zinefest berlin summer event: the DIY zine fair!

Zine Fest Berlin presents a summer event: the DIY Zine Fair. Bring a blanket and set up your zines, distro, comics, and all self-published material. Don’t forget to bring some stones if it’s windy!
Read, buy, sell, trade… we say a time and a place, and you bring the rest. It’s Do-It-Yourself!
Come hang out with us at Tempelhofer Feld on a Saturday afternoon.
2-6pm by the entrance at Herrfurthstr.

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the doc is in

dr.zineDr. Zineatron! check it out in F-hain, they got tons of zines available for donation. The coziest nook for zines in berlin.

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snow in spring

Updates! The populace of Göteborg is now dispersed with zines. I sold out of almost all of the zines I brought. The show was great and the Crew Scumrask folks are very nice indeed! It was the first time I had the distro at a concert too. I talked with lots of folks about zines, and many thanks to Martin, a zine-fanatic partner-in-crime and author of Wide Myofacial Release and the Amazing Maze Zine (soon to be in the distro!)

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treeloveNext month Raumschiff will have a table at the Heavy Days in Doomtown fest in Copenhagen, Denmark 2-5 May. AND later in the month, I’ll be doing a zine workshop at the Action, Mond und Stern festival in the Black Forest of southern germany, 23-26 May.
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I also have a new zine that I finished last week: Diary of a Female Orgasm. size A7, € -,80 transparent cover over pink paper (a neat little trick I picked up from Lilla Feigenblatt’s zine By the time you read this I’ll be gone.) A tiny zine made of journal entries on what it feels like.

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