Do you remember BookIt! or the GMHC AIDS Dance-a-thon? Projects where you’d get sponsored to read books or dance your ass off for a good cause? Well, that’s what couple of the 2014 QZAP Residents, Kelly and Jude, came up with as a fundraiser for us. #MoFemmeBer is a chance to read lots of queer zines and win some cool prizes while helping to keep QZAP’s servers and archive running. Here’s how it’s going to work:
Sign up here: http://tiny.cc/mofemmeber14 so we can send you emails throughout MoFemmeBer, and add you to the list of participants.
Fill out the top of this handy form.
Ask your friends and family to sponsor you as you read. Folks can pledge an amount per zine, or a flat donation.
Read queer zines! They don’t have to be from the QZAP Archive. Check in with your friendly distros and/or local zine libraries, too. Keep track of each one you read on the back of the handy form.
- At the end of December, calculate how many zines you’ve read, and follow up with your sponsors. Collect the money* and send it to QZAP along with the handy form:
2935 N. Fratney St.
Depending on how many zines you read, we will send you back some wonderful prizes, which are listed on the handy form. We will also send a thank you email or postcard to everyone who sponsored you.
Questions? Check out the FAQ: http://mofemmeber.tumblr.com/FAQ
Can’t get enough MoFemmeBer? Check out our Tumblr: http://mofemmeber.tumblr.com/ where you can post your thoughts on the zines you read, see our highlighted zines, and read reviews from other queer zine fans. We’ll be checking anything tagged #mofemmeber on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and elsewhere.
* money raised can be sent by PayPal using the button below, or well-concealed cash in U.S. currency
Where do the funds go?
Archiving! This summer we launched our new digital archive at archive.qzap.org, The new site has much improved search, faceted browsing, and allows us to create digital exhibits, so we’ll be able to highlight and present queer zines in totally different ways. As a result, our web hosting fees have trippled in the past year.
Operating expenses for QZAP HQ. The physical collection has moved into its own space and we need a bit every month to cover utilities and maintenance. We estimate those expenses to be about $100/mo. With this move we are able to host researchers and visitors, put on small workshops, and expand our collection.
Office supplies. We’ve grown from our initial collection of about 300 queer zines to upwards of 1200, with more coming in all the time. We need to get more hanging files to house them all, and also need the various and sundry tools of the craft (staples, pencils, and glue sticks)
Propaganda. We want to put out more issues of QZAP:meta and print more regularly new batches of postcards, t-shirts, and buttons. Over the years we’ve seen great pictures of our “Zinesters Do It On The Photocopier” stickers at zine libraries around the world. We want to make more like that.
If MoFemmeBer isn’t your thing but you still want to help, also re-doing our Frickstarter campaign. Instead of using a third-party system like Kickstarter or IndieGoGo, we have decided to DIY the shit out of this fundraiser. To encourage your support, you can make a donation in different ways and we will offer premiums to give away. If we meet our goals we win, but if we miss we’re still going to be able to get stuff done and you’ll be supporting QZAP no matter what.
|$5-10||3 of our cool buttons|
|$10-25||All of our buttons and copies of zines made by collective members|
|$25-35||One of our “Circle-A Archivist” t-shirts|
|$35-45||One of our t-shirts, the buttons, and a zine|
|$50-75||2 t-shirts (one for a friend, yo!), the buttons, and zines|
|$100||Same as above, plus something special (a numbered print, maybe?)|
We’ll travel to you (within the US and Canada) and put on an event,
lead a workshop, make you dinner, and cat-sit if necessary.
Want to make a donation? Here’s how:
- Well-concealed cash.
- How about a gift card? If you want to help us with specific endeavors, you might send us a prepaid card for Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, Utrecht, or Digicopy. For general purchases, a “non-reloadable prepaid” credit card (such as a Visa Gift Card) allows us to make on-line or in person purchases of needed supplies and materials.
- PayPal – PP takes a little bite out of every transaction, but it works well and is secure. Use the link below.
- In-Kind Donation: In lieu of cash, do you have anything you’d like to give or donate outright to QZAP? Ask us if it’s on our list of needs.
2935 N. Fratney St.
Milwaukee, WI 53212