Zine of the Month

Zine of the Month: Shimotsuma

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April’s zine of the month is Shimotsuma produced by Stray Gang with various artists like Jane Mai, Punimelt, Jean Liang, Koyamori, and more. It’s a 40 paged limited edition illustration zine that is based of the story Shimotsuma Monogatari (Kamikaze Girls). I’ve never read the book or seen the movie but I fell in love with the zine the moment I saw it a Expozine last year. The colors and great combination of various types of illustrations work really well. There is comics sections, typography, and silk screening to name a few. Not to mention Shimotsuma is really well editted and put together beautifully. You can pick up the zine through Fan Grrlz and have a look below.

Shimotsuma by Various Artists






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Zine of the Month: Simon Fortin

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This month’s zine pick is Burbles by Montreal artist Simon Fortin. Burbles is a 30 paged illustrative zine containing the character Burbles in a variety of cute and adorable costumes. I love this zine so much and Fortin’s work is always very colorful and playful and this is face meltingly cute. One of my favourite zines I picked up in the last year. If you want to pick up the zine for yourself check out Fortin’s store here  and for more artwork check out  Tumblr. Below I’ve included a look at the zine and one of the stickers packs (Sailor Moon!).

Burbles by Simon Fortin






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Zine of the Month: Love Spells

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What better zine of the month for February than Love Spells by Lillian Cuda. Love Spells is a 20 paged zine about spells and rituals from lost love to self-love. I love how there is a form of love in there for anyone, no matter what your situation currently. I mainly bought it because I loved the drawings; they are bright and colorful and make me happy. Not to mention it’s very well put together and great attention to detail with the hand writing,  makes the zine stand out. She also makes a variety of zines all of which I’ve enjoyed so if spells aren’t your thing…
If you want to pick up the zine you can, here and here or check out her blog for more of her work.

Love Spells by Lillian Cuda






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Zine of the Month: Fur, Hide and Bone

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This month’s zine is Fur, Hide and Bone by Erika Harada with featured contributors from the Tumblr community of the same name.  I’m intrigued by taxidermy and bones as much as I am the collectors of it, although I myself do not collect. This zine was a great way to learn about each contributor’s treasured piece and about why they collect or what they enjoy most about it. The personal stories behind how they obtained or found the pieces was very interesting. I find skulls particularly fascinating and this zine did not disappoint. The artwork throughout was really nice and it was all put together nicely. It’s really a zine about collecting and I really enjoyed that aspect. Sadly this zine sold out this summer but you can check out the posting for it, here in case it gets reprint in the future and below I have a sampe of it. I also thought I’d show my singular skull that I found two summers ago on a road trip to Ontario. The bird skull was just lying on the beach already down to the bone, a lonely beautiful object in a pretty desperate polluted beach. I picked it up and took it home and cleaned it up carefully, without really knowing why.

fur hide and bone

Fur, Hide and Bone






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Zine of the Month: Soup

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October’s zine of the month is Soup by Ally Burke which showcases some of her sketchbooks between 2012-2014. It’s a 28 paged zine that features black and white sketches as well as some colored ones on 5×8 glossy paper. The reason I choose it over all the others she’s done in the past is partially because it’s still available, and I feel like lately I’ve featured a lot of zines that aren’t in production anymore. It also happens to be a great zine with a high production value and Ally’s sketches are just as ghoulishly delightful as her other work. Her tumblr is filled with snippets of her sketchbooks and every time she shares a bit it makes me want to just flip through them all. So it’s a great way to have a part of that. Soup is available to purchase here, along with a ton of stickers, originals and other goodies (the shop is closing temporarily in a few days so best to look now). She also has a coloring book zine of monster girls that is pretty awesome too, here and you can also check out her Instagram where she’s doing Inktober this month!

Soup






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Zine of the Month: They Come At Night

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They Come at Night is an illustration zine by artist Deth P. Sun of his frequently used cat character whose name remains a mystery.  The 20 paged zine is a pure illustrative story of the adventurer and the things that come out at night. I love this zine and have a few others of Deth’s and enjoy them all equally.  He always has a high quality to his work and it shows in this beautiful zine. The larger format works well with the illustrations and story is cohesive and flows nicely along. His minimal style of illustrations looks great in zine format and it is worth checking any one of his current zines.  Below is a closer look at They Come at Night which you can buy hereand if you’re curious about other things he offered I’ve done a review, here as well.

They Come At Night






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Zine of the Month: Uncommon Spaces & Everyday Places Vol 2

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The zine I picked for August’s Zine of the Month is Uncommon Spaces & Everyday Places Vol 2 by Erin Dorbin which takes you on journey down her 2013 travels down the Lincoln Highway in United States. Her 52 paged zine includes instant photographs taken with her Polaroid 195 Land Camera using Fuji FP-100C and expired Polaroid film as well some writing about the journey. She also includes along with the zine, 5 reproductions shots nicely printed out in the style and size of the originals. I personally loved it and thought it’s the perfect read for the summer when you are going on road trips and the prints are super nice.  Sadly this was a limited edition zine and she currently sold out just last month I believe. However in the future she may chose to reprint and Vol. 3  is coming out this Fall!  For now you can check out her website for more information about her photography.

Uncommon Spaces & Everyday Places Vol. 2






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Zine of the Month: Starchild Stela

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Starchild Stela is a local Montreal artist who does illustrations, paintings, and street art amongst other things. She also happens to make a huge amount of zines including one of my all-time favourites in my collection called Destroy Rape Culture. I decided to feature it today because the zine as you can imagine is all about bringing power back and positive messages. She showcases the message of empowerment with the use of Sailor Moon (one of my favourite animes) and catchy slogans. It’s a great collaboration between the two as Sailor Moon has always been about female empowerment and I am sure a lot of us 90s kids found the manga and animation an inspiration. The zine features illustrations of all the Sailor Scouts and a few of the villains from the series within its 20 black and white pages. I love her twist on Takeushi’s style and can’t recommend this zine enough. If you wish to pick it up or check out any of her other zines you can find it at her distro or her main store. Fair warning, it sells out pretty quickly but she has been keeping it restocked at the moment (and also in sticker form). Sneak peak below if you are interested.

Destroy Rape Culture






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Zine of the Month: Girl Glue

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This month’s zine pick is Girl Glue, a collection of work by various female artists put together by Mel Stringer. There is two issues out of Girl Glue to date and some of the artists include have been Wishcandy, Rudy Fig, Lilly Piri, Bec Winnel, Buttons,  Lindsay Campbell, Mab Graves, Natali Koromoto Martinez, Gemma Flack, Hungry Designs and others. Both have 30 pages of content to enjoy, and the production quality and size of both zines is superb. One of the main differences between the two zines is that issue one featured the work of over 50 artists and issue two takes a different format and does 1 or occasionally 2 page profiles on 27 artists.  While I like the larger size of the work featured in the second issue, most of the profiled artists are already respectively well known in their communities and it honestly didn’t contain any artist I wasn’t aware of before which is what I loved about the first issue. I love collective zines for discovering new artists and the second issue came across more as the top artisans of Etsy (which isn’t a bad thing but felt a shift away from the first issue). I do love the colored cover and back page however of the second issue over the colored paper cover of the first. Both recommend to pick up although I don’t know if it’s possible to get the first issue anymore. The newest issue #2 is currently available to purchase through Mel Stringer’s store here.

Girl Glue #1 & #2 by Various Artists






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Spring / Summer Zine Guide

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I did one of these zine guides back in September and wanted to share all the new zines I’ve found since then so here is my Spring/Summer zine guide. Like before I have them broken into categories so if you are only interesting in certain types it’s easy to find. All of the places to buy the zines are linked just click on the photo or the name of any you are interested in to go there.

Photography Zines


Near Final


We Live on an Island


The Ritual of Nothingness

Artist Zines


Puuurge


Aliens Vs. Space Cowgirl

Packaged Zines

The Last Best Place


Parcel Ghost Super


Petpocalypse & Bertha

Collective Zines


Girl Glue Issue #2


Cute Club Volume 4


Bad Zine 9


Sticker Zine

Mini Zines


Grumpy Grl


Girl Groups from the Sixties


Marie Antoinette






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