In time for the Milwaukee Zine Fest we just got From the Punked Out Files of the Queer Zine Archive Project #2 back from the printers. From the intro:
"Issue #2 is showcasing some of the research that was done in the summer of 2015, and as this is the autumn of 2016, its di rigueur to apologize for the lateness of this publication. We were getting things in order back in the spring, and then our current summer residencies started and, well, there it is. Suffice to say that we're getting this out now, and are very excited to be doing so.
For those who are new to this zine, it is the product of the research done during our summer residencies at QZAP HQ.
For the past three summers we have invited scholars and artists to come an make use of the physical archive of queer zines. We ask them to make work for themselves, and also to contribute to "From the Punked Out Files..." as a way of further sharing the collection and enhancing all of our knowlege of the thousands of documents that have been housed at QZAP."
This issue features work from Amanda Stevens, Amber Forrester, Kelly Wooten, Jenna Bee, and QZAP co-fournder Chris Wilde. Please conside picking up a copy and supporting QZAP and all the awesome research that comes out of our residency project.
What can queer be? Too often, society depicts queerness in only one or two ways. The pressure to conform to the Gay Image can be just as crushing as the closet. How to dress, how to talk, how to act- when you only see one way to be gay, how can you feel free to be yourself? Zines like Anonymous Boy have an answer.
AB depicts x-rated scenes (ok, porn drawings) of non-normative, non-conforming punk bois in all manner of erotic situations: some funny, some poignant, all sexy. Cocks and asses abound, but the underlying sweetness in the character’s expressions makes this zine truly compelling and fun to read, even if man-on-man action isn’t your thing. Issue #3 is dedicated to Bruce LaBruce, which should clue you in on what to expect inside. And if you were wondering, a helpful guide on how to become the ultimate punk-rock dreamboat is included. AB opens the door to new forms of expression, and shows us that there’s more than one way to be queer. And once you know that, there’s no end to what you can be.
We’ve previously featured Anonymous Boy #2 here.
Dac Cederberg is a summer intern here at QZAP. He’ll be reading and reviewing zines on the blog through August.
Dac recently graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. He’s a cisgender gay man, he/him pronouns, from Missoula Montana. His alter ego is drag-queen bombshell Lady Dee. He doesn’t quite know what he wants to do with his life yet, but he loves reading, writing, TV, pop culture, and all things queer. He’s a Gemini and his favorite color is purple. Feel free to contact Dac through QZAP with any questions or comments.