My friend Nickey Robo just decided she wants to put this zine comp together by the end of the month!! I am definitly going to make the time to create something for it, and you should too, because it is a great idea that would be even better the more perspectives/input is put into it. more info:
I’m working on a zine for the upcoming Portland Zine Symposium (Aug 5-6), and I’m looking for submissions. The zine is (tentatively) titled Dear Teenage Girl. The idea came to me after working at Reel Grrls and realizing that (somewhat unfortunately) the ’90s really were a golden age of teen girl media. It’s all Twilight and Glee right now, and most of the teens I talk to have never heard of, say, My So Called Life or the Weetzie Bat books or Bikini Kill.
I want to write a zine that includes lists of all the awesome books, records, movies, tv shows, and whatnot that changed our lives as teenagers, in addition to all things you might wish you could say to your teenage self now. In a nutshell: if you could write a letter to your teenage self, as an adult, what would you say? What would you want her to know? Maybe where to get sexual health information, or how to fight low self esteem, or a list of your favorite books as a teen, or to take more science classes, or not to date terrible dudes… Whatever you want! It can be in written or comic form. If you can just send me a text document, that would be great, as I will be laying it out myself.
What I’m not looking for here is paternalizing or adultist writing. I come from a place of utmost respect for teens- I think they’re pretty darn cool and smart. So, please, write from a place of wisdom but not condescension.
The Zine Symposium is really soon, so if you can write something, please submit it as soon as possible. The absolute final deadline is July 29th.
Please feel free to pass this on! You absolutely do not need to be female identified to write anything, you just have to interesting things to say to the teen girls of the world.”
anne p, usa bethany k, bn9 alessandro, italy alison r, le10 ruth j, e17 jenny h, ng23
if you wanna order anything, you should do it now, before saturday! we’re going on holiday to finland for 2 weeks next week, and obviously the distro will be closed. i’ll do the last post run saturday afternoon. though if there’s any orders between that and me taking the website, i’ll see if i can get carl to pop down the post office, or maybe even mail them from finland!