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Doris #21 Cover

 Doris #21

Cindy's perzine encyclopedia keeps on going, with this issue covering letters G, H and I. G is for Girl Gangs, girls that would beat up boys that were guilty of rape, according to a wide definition. Cindy talks about the empowerment that the Girl Gangs period gave her, how the Girl Gangs rang a wake-up call for recognition of sexual abuse. This topic permeates the other entries in this issue as well. "Hell" is a discussion about what constitutes sexual abuse, not just rape but the lesser acts too, how they permeate one's being and disembody people. "How to numb yourself" is a self-explanatory comic. "Guatemala" is the story os the country, intertwined with Cindy's own journey there, gone there on a whim when a cheap flight presented itself. Other entries include Gender, Hate, and I Wanna, all written in Cindy's deeply personal voice, in that typewriter and cut 'n' paste layout she is so good at creating. A popular zine that keeps on getting better...

Size: half-letter, 32 pages, $2

Future Generation #11 Cover

 Future Generation #11

After a three-year absence, this great zine is back... This issue's main feature is about the pregnant synchronized swimmers of the Cirque de L'Amour. Pregnant moms don tutus and bare their bellies to play water ballet! Kinda crazy cool, yeah. Then Anne Ness goes on a bathroom tour from Brooklyn to Birmingham, China has a nice photo-essay about Sara and Lucy taking a stroll in the woods, Lauren Eichberger tells about her tale of rebellious parenting and the high expectations she had for herself and her baby, and finally China chronicles her struggle now that her child had become a teenager, and the challenges are different. Is it worth being a parent after all?

Out of stock! Although it isn't listed, issue #15 has arrived for $3! Write to enquire and/or order it.

Ghost Pine #9 Cover

 Ghost Pine #9 Canadian Flag

This is the Buzzing "Bee" Sides issue, various unpublished stories that Jeff collected together. First is Jeff's multiple post-September 11 stories, from scoffing at a hippie power circle, fears of war, crossing the border, too early to laugh at it yet, to crashing in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Now 4 years after the events, there is enough detachment to look back and ponder: Did the world really go crazy? Other stories include smoking to follow in the steps of his grandfather, mixtape for J, in the shed with Henry Rollins, and dishwashing, the sisyphean task. Show reviews include Fugazi at Fort Reno, Lucky Ron at Chateau Lafayette and the last of Union of Uranus show, but these aren't regular show reviews, more like an excuse to tell another story. This issue is a lot more... Choppy? than previous ones, most stories being 2 or 3 pages rather than the longer stuff that Jeff usually puts out. The shortness of the stories means that there are a lot more of them, and thus a wide variety of vignettes into Jeff's nomadic life.

Size: quarter-letter, 48 pages, $2

Ghost Pine #8 Cover

 Ghost Pine #8 - Wolf Canadian Flag

While waiting for the next issue of I'm Johnny and I Don't Give a Fuck, new writing from another of Canada's best punk bohemians comes under the shape of this zine. Jeff has been based in Montréal for a few years now and that's where his journey starts, listening to country-fried Velvet Underground in the, err, Underground City, and writes about what happens when you try to pick a fight with a stranger on the street, but both of you desire the same thing that you don't have. Then Jeff moves off to Chicago, where various spoken word artists discuss the wonders of the E1 train, before ending in New York City, listening to commentary on the political and economic forces behind gentrification from bus drivers getting though Harlem. Jeff ponders about cracking a skull open to "discover the casino" of his friend Brendan's mind. Finally there is some reminiscing about digging though stacks of comic books and hip hop LPs in the public library of his childhood.

Size: quarter-letter, 44 pages, $2

Ghost Pine Fanzine #7 Cover

 Ghost Pine Fanzine #7 - Blood Canadian Flag

The blood issue. There isn't much blood spilled in this issue, and judging by the cover, "blood" is more a reference to family than anything else. Jeff starts housesitting his parents' home, and recounts his time working as a night-watchman over a summer theatre, inviting friends over to give him some company in the solitary night. Then he visits his grandmother, retelling how "life in the north" was lived, in wooden shacks close to mining settlements, where death was not far away. Then we hear of how his father got out of being stuck in James Bay by doing some unconventional hitch-hiking. Jeff ends up in his grand-father's cottage/noah's ark, putting a pre-apocalyptic vessel to good use (i.e., hosting a party.) This is just a quick brush-up, there are more stories in there. Jeff writes in a rather contemplative manner, looking at every person he meets and tries to put himself in their mind. Is this really all that there is to life? Meeting folks and taking it easy? Sometimes I feel I'm trying too hard...

Size: quarter-letter, 48 pages, $2

Lack of Decorum #2 Cover

 Lack of Decorum #2 Canadian Flag

Melonie is probably my favourite new zinester to come on the Canadian zine scene recently... I'm saying "new" but she isn't green: her Rough Lines zine is currently up to issue #8 (issue #7 is right down here, and #8 should follow soon). This issue of Lack of Decorum is a political perzine where Melonie is firing shots tous azimuts. She keeps her readers up with her life, and with that comes the rest of issues in the world that she comments on. First comes some nuanced commentary on the Iraq war, followed by a guide deciphering doublespeak as uttered by the main players of the game, reclothed in new gear. (Sadly, her Emperor does wear clothes...) She has a descriptive list of some important websites that offer critical commentary about current political issues. With that she adds her own comments on her ambivalence towards staying on top of all the news, versus her need to shut it all off and live a blissful life. Other articles dwelve on her personal adventures and tribulations, for example her tale of being busted at the A-town Silvercity. The most interesting though, from my perspective, is her analysis of the awkward relationship between Broken Pencil and the zine scene, making some quite astute observations on the pages of the magazine itself.

Out of stock! Will be available again in the future, feel free to write to accelerate the process.

Lack of Decorum #1 Cover

 Lack of Decorum #1 Canadian Flag

In this first issue of Lack of Decorum, Melonie starts by discussing what it means to be an adult, and how she is coming to terms (and not) with this weird status, dealing with surprising expectations and realizations. In another article, she discusses how her doctor tried to push an anti-depressant on her, and what are the implications of doctors being so willing to do this. Then she discusses her move away from Montréal to Hamilton, which was preceded by a move from Halifax before, and how these displacements have had an impact on her. As usual, Melonie wrote some damn good zine reviews, and she drew a comic, and the whole package is well-designed with some nifty cut 'n paste work where she betrays her art school past. Melonie's cool!

Out of stock! Will be available again in the future, feel free to write to accelerate the process.

Miranda #9 Cover

 Miranda #9

Miranda is back, and Kate recounts many of her stories about motherhood and other events. In this issue: a Moroccan tattoo tale, being a true reading mother, countdown to a second baby, the Motel of Companions, book reviews, and a recipe for pasta with spinach and ricotta. For those who have been Miranda for a while, Kate also wrote a Miranda FAQ that gives some background on her zine and herself.

Size: half-letter, 28 pages, $3
Special deal! $2 for issue #9, or $3 for issue #9 and #12! (not listed here)

Sisu #4 Cover

 Sisu #4

Johanna is continuing her introspective journey about uncovering her identities and behaviours, and where they have come from. In Conversation is a Battlefield, she discusses her conversational style, which could be described as domineering, and its possible origins in the example set by her verbally abusive father. A friend has taught Johanna not to interrupt her and her mother recognizes her father's behaviour, but then she still forbids herself cutting into other peoples' conversations. Her family saying "that's just how Daddy is..." So then how do we confront ourselves and others? Is confrontation an effective strategy at all?

In the next article, Johanna discusses the love/hate relationship with identifying as a "girl": past reclamation of the term (riot grrrl) which starts to feed inadequate as one approaches 30, reluctance to use the term "woman", and living up to one's label on the butch-femme fatale scale.

Johanna has been trying to learn more Tagalog and Finnish, her father and mother's languages, respectively. She describes the contrast in the two experiences, one of quality teaching for a European language which all but inexistant in NYC, and another of poor teaching for a language that already has a large base of speakers in city, but also enjoys less respect. The usual class/ethnic/economics explanations easily come to mind, but after looking more into it, Johanna found out that these usual suspects could not so asily be trotted out. But what accounts for this experience, and her own ambivalence towards one of the languages?

Joanna also talks about the lack of hardship of the Bush family, reviews other zines, and intriguingly, Brooklyn trying to swing Florida to the Democrats in the last election...

Size: half-letter, 20 pages, $2.50

Sisu #3 Cover

 Sisu #3

Johanna writes from New York City. In this issue, she observes her parents, and how their historical background clashes with her and themselves today. In her first essay, she wonders about how her father, a Filipino child seeing his country invaded by the Japanese, can now today be supportive of the war in Afghanistan? She also comments on books of first-person accounts of Philippines history. Johanna then explores her family background and connections. Did she really have relatives supporting the Marcos regime? Another essay probes the radical roots behind the term "Asian American", and how the term has been flipped on its head, from an anti-racist label to today's use as racial/ethnic differentiation. Finally, Johanna discusses the implications of advocating for revolution, and reviews some zines. Johanna's exploration of her history is thoughtful and makes one question their own as well.

Size: quarter-letter, 32 pages, $1.25

Stupid Journey #5 Cover

 Stupid Journey #5 Canadian Flag

Facing rejection of his collage film from the Niagara Independent Film Festival due to "copyright" concerns, Jonathan sent a call out to artists and activists, asking them to support him in his film-making endeavours. What followed was a deluge of mail. The letters ranged from support to recommendations, along with ideas on how to strategize around facing censorship, examples of other festivals that have screened collage films (including the TIFF) and various discussions related the philosophy and ethics behind collage, coming from many high-profile film-makers and others.

Any money above the 2$ minimum on the sliding scale goes towards the creation of a punk rock/activist video archive by Siue Moffat.

Size: half-letter, 48 pages, $2-$20 sliding scale

Supermarket Supermodel Cover

 Supermarket Supermodel

At six feet and three inches, China Doll has the physique to be the eponymous Supermarket Supermodel, and she does cheekily pose almost every other page in her jaguar print top and checkerboard skirt, picking up her groceries in style. The author of The Future Generation is not out for self-aggrandizement (or is she?), but is instead the acting supermarket anthropologist, making the social expectations exacerbated by the magazine rack meet the reality that no dye job will make one into a new woman, not even the one on the hair dye packaging. This environment is the one outing for a lot of mothers, accompanied by their children, getting socialized in what not to say to strangers, even when they are very tall. China recounts how having trouble making ends meet can come to a head at the cashier, and found herself pondering going out in a blaze of glory, the single mother turning to crime to feed her child...

Size: half-letter, 36 pages, $2.50