Zine Reviews by Samantha Lapierre

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The Reverse Cougar Years: Issue 5
By Maxx Critical
24 pages, digest size, perzine
arevolutionofwords@gmail.com

Issue 5 of Maxx Critical’s The Reverse Cougar Years series is a compilation of three of Critical’s personal OkCupid online dating adventures. Beautifully written and very touching, while reading I found that Critical’s experiences with OkC were not unlike my own. Juxtaposing three dates (the good, the very bad, and the okay), Critical examines what it is like to be a queer punk on a queer-friendly dating site, and how complicated and difficult politics and identities can sometimes be. I thoroughly enjoyed this zine.

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Butch nor Femme: Stuff I Love (Issue 9)
By Lynne Monsoon

20 pages, digest size, perzine
butchnorfemme.com / butchnorfemme@gmail.com

From a beloved children’s book, to knitting to Vivian Maier, Stuff I Love by Monsoon writes about just that: stuff Monsoon loves the most. This zine gave me all of the warm and fuzzy feelings one would expect to get while reading about the things that gives another person joy. Through this zine, I found out that I love reading about what strangers hold nearest and dearest to them.

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Assume Nothing: Issue 1
By Esse Elle
46 pages, half size, perzine, available through Look Mum! Zine Distro

Assume Nothing is a zine about the “realities and possibilities” of living with herpes and other STIs. It includes multiple stories and art by a collection of authors and artists, all created with intense truth and bravery. Beautifully written, the stories told are sharp, honest and real. The zine, in part, encourages a de-stigmatization of STIs, as well as a shift in how we tend to view STIs. Ending with a deconstruction of the language used while discussing STIs, it quickly becomes clear that Esse Elle has a passion to challenge everything we thought we knew about STIs.

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Working Class Queers: The Working Class Zine Project (Issue 1)
By Charlotte Richardson Andrews
22 pages, half size
charlotte.richardson.andrews@gmail.com

Charlotte Richardson Andrews compiles stories from working class queers around the UK, incorporating both prose and poetry in the debut issue. Witty and poignant, all works included in this zine are extremely heartfelt as well as hard hitting. Working Class Queers includes writing from a broad and inclusive range of identities. Pieces in the zine examine topics ranging from exclusion of intersectional identities within feminism and DIY culture, fatphobia and the use of slanguage. This zine is phenomenal.

Samantha is a writer and feminist heartthrob from Ottawa, ON. You can check out her own zine series here and tweet her @samanthamarg

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