Spring is here!!!! Well, almost. It’s still in the 40s here at QZAP HQ, but the daffodils have come up, the lilacs are starting to bud, and us pansies have started to ride our bykes on the regular. Speaking of bykes, we’ve got a number of zines in the archive that are about queers and their bicycles. Here are some to get started…
Finally, our newest addition to the archive is Raw Vulva #2. It’s a fantastic snapshot of queer lady bike culture in San Francisco from 1993.
It’s been a hot minute since we’ve been able to catch our breath and post a Queer Zine of The Day. Lots has been going on with us. Chris went to the Lexington Zine Fest in September to do a presentation. Milo is getting geared up for the Olympia Zine Fest next week where ze is participating on a panel. We’ve also been busy with the planning of the Milwaukee Zine Fest, of which we’re part of the organizng committee. That weekend, November 14, we’ll also be hosting our last zinester-in-residence for the season. Last year’s Z-i-R program created the awesome “From the Punked Out Files of the Queer Zine Archive Project,” and we’re super excited to publish the work from this year’s residents. Expect that to come out sometime at the beginning of 2016.
Moving on to the QZOTD, we are happy to present Sina Sparrow’s Boy Crazy Boy #1. Sina has been a long-time QZAP pal and is an amazing and active comic artist. In BCB #1 we can see the beginnings of his sweet style, and are treated to some delicious early 1990s pop humor.
SO, it’s not totally fair to say that Busy Bea’s Bush #3 is all teen angst. There’s a little bit of that, but really it’s just a great zine of it’s time. Nicole captures 1993 perfectly with rainbow taped backpacks and freedom rings acting as a hanky code for another queer girl in her school. She writes about getting to meet G.B. Jones, has a current play list of stuff she’s listening to, participaing in Pittsburgh’s Riot Grrrl chapter, and getting a painful tattoo.