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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
10:56 am - Queerios: A Radical Queer Coloring and Activity Book

This will be the kind of activity book I never got (but always wanted) in my early teens. I'd like to put together a coloring and activity book highlighting people who were groundbreaking to you, personally. Harvey Milk and Oscar Wilde will always have a place carved out for them. This is about exploring people who did more than admit their same-sex attraction to the rest of the world. How about what Leslie Feinberg and Kate Borenstein did for trans visability and challenging gender norms? Or how James baldwin and Audre Lorde made queer people challenge racism within the GLBT community. And, just so we're clear? You don't have to identify as queer/trans to have a hero who does. 
Priority will be given to activities like dot-to-dots, paper dolls, and word searches, but coloring pages with biographies are great as well. The deadline for this is March 1st so I can have it put together by mid-to-late march, and out in the world by April. And of course, if you know someone who is interested, please feel free to pass this on to them, or repost widely.
Please send pdfs of high resolution jpegs to piratesarah@gmail.com

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Monday, March 14th, 2011
7:57 pm - Sale at Black Light Diner distro!


I'm trying to downsize Black Light Diner distro in preparation for a move to a smaller apartment, so I am having a sale! For every four zines or other items ordered, get an additional zine (priced at $3.00 or less) free! Just put the name of the zine you want in the comments section of the checkout form. Don't worry about shipping. Sale runs until the end of March or until I remember to take this down.

I also noticed that Canadian readers were sometimes overpaying for postage, so there is now a cheaper Canada/Mexico shipping tier. Yay for finally figuring out Paypal shopping carts three years into running the distro. :)

Thanks for reading,

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Thursday, February 24th, 2011
10:25 pm - black light diner distro, february 2011 update

Hey, just a friendly notice about the new zines available at Black Light Diner distro!!

ROOTS OF HOPE #3 (Portland, OR)
Korinna's second Latin America travel zine starts off with a visually stunning cover. Seriously, my jaw dropped when I saw it: every issue comes with a different glossy photograph with hand-written titles. This fat, text-heavy zine chronicles Korinna's travels through Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. A stop in Bogota finds her searching for a Colombian boyfriend, and ending up discussing plastic surgery with Australians (I didn't know this, but Cali, Colombia is the plastic surgery capital of the world). In Ecuador, she has a life-changing experience on a commune and befriends a Finnish girl who will become her traveling partner for much of the rest of the zine. Korinna also discusses the widespread use of cocaine in South America, and the ways in which imperialism fuel the drug culture there as much as here. Pictures of street art and cityscapes accompany and enhance the stories, giving them depth. An epic zine for anyone who is interested in Latin American politics, travel, or mature analyses of anarchism. $3.50, quarter sized, 82 pages.

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Also, I will be closing the distro to online orders after this summer. I don't really like the day to day work of coding a website, dealing with Paypal shopping carts, or any of the various other fiddly things that go into running a zine distro with an online store. I will continue to run the distro as a table-only venture. So if you don't live in the eastern US and want some zines from me, make sure to order!

Thanks for reading,

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Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
8:44 pm - a very, very long time coming ... (crossposted a little.)

but better late than never, right?


SUBURBAN GOTHIC #7 is finally, finally done!!

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i also still have copies of recinerated #1 and a one-shot called letters from the bottom of the world. perhaps you'd be interested in those as well?

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Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
8:10 am - a new endeavor or two. (crossposted a little.)

hello, zine-friends. i am here today to mention this new zine thing i've got going on ... it's called recinerated.

recinerated #1

issue #1 (subtitled "written in reverse") is 48 black & white photocopied quarter legal-sized pages - or it will be, as soon as it's actually copied. i'm currently taking preorders, see.

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and if anyone wants to trade zine fliers, that'd be cool too.

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Wednesday, October 27th, 2010
8:12 pm - black light diner distro, october 2010 update

Hey everyone, just want to give you a heads-up about the new comics and zines available at Black Light Diner distro!

BOOTY #24 (Holyoke, MA)

The newest issue of Anne's personal comic is about her experiences as a roller derby referee. The stress of constant practice and bouts wears on her, but a real enthusiasm for the sport shines through. There are also one-page stories relating to stress reduction and Halloween costumes, and a diagram of what to put in your roller derby gear bag. Charming hand-drawn illustrations throughout, in Anne's usual doodley style. $2.00, half-legal, 16 pages.

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Thanks for reading,

P.S. All US orders over $20, and all international orders over $30, will receive free shipping until the end of October!

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Sunday, July 4th, 2010
3:48 pm - black light diner distro, july 2010 update

Hey everyone! After my recent move, Black Light Diner Comics and Zines is back in business, with new zines in stock! Check them out:


The fifth issue of Rachel Lee-Carman's personal/comics zine includes even more funny, short pieces, on such diverse topics as the insanity of Costco, serving Stephen Baldwin (and saving his receipt!), and the death of a childhood cat. There are also how-to articles on how to make a one-page mini-zine using both sides of the paper, and how to make prints using modge podge, magazines, and tape! This is such a fun, spontaneous zine, which can make you laugh one minute and cry the next. Half-size, 36 pages.

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Also, in honor of International Zine Month, all orders $20 or over in the month of July will receive a free zine! Just write your preferred free zine in the comments section on Paypal, or on paper, if postal mail is the way you roll.

Thanks for reading!

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Sunday, March 14th, 2010
10:58 pm - black light diner distro, march 2010 update

Hey everyone! Just a little heads-up about the new zines available at Black Light Diner Distro!

HIGH ON BURNING PHOTOGRAPHS #5/ASYLUM #1 (Pittsburgh, PA/Santa Clarita, CA)

This split between Ocean and her penpal Matt, who is incarcerated. Meeting through a prisoner book program, they compiled this zine without ever having met, and the result is a zine on a diverse number of topics. In her articles, Ocean relates an attempt by her boss to create a Jackson Pollock painting, revisits 1997, and provides haiku book reviews. Matt's contributions tend toward the philosophical, as he questions what it means for something to be counterfeit, opines on philosophical zombies, and writes a "love letter" to Folsom Prison. I haven't read very many zines by prisoners, and this one was an eye-opener, providing just a glimmer of insight about what it is actually like to be incarcerated, and the many trials Matt will have to face even when "released."

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Thanks for reading!

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Sunday, November 22nd, 2009
9:10 pm - hello alabama: a one shot disaster


hello alabama zine
Originally uploaded by shine_so_cold
new zine, 34 pages with map inserts, hand colored covers. $2.44 (includes postage).

this zine is about my recent move to alabama for library school. includes writings on race, library school, recycling/waste, free speech and reproductive rights, and some other stuff.

paypal me at talknrrrdy2me@gmail.com or send well concealed cash to courtney/307 cedar crest/apt c/tuscaloosa, al 35401

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Thursday, April 30th, 2009
12:52 pm - Fanzine database

Hey! :) Fan History Wiki recently added over 1,600 new articles about fanzines, adding to the over 400 articles we already had. We would really love to see this collection of information about fanzines expanded more, with existing articles improved to give a better idea of who published them and when, the impact that a zine had in the culture it was produced in, where you can buy it now, etc. We would also love to see additional articles added so that a more comprehensive resource is available to the fan community. If you produced a fanzine or have some laying about where you have information available, please add them! Thanks!

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Monday, April 20th, 2009
4:38 pm - Check out my new zines

Hey folks! I've been a busy zinester over the last year, and I've been a slacker to post them up on the net. Behind the cut are pictures for the zines. Here's what they are and their descriptions:

10 Dirty Little Secrets - This was my 24 hour zine for 2007. Inside are 10 of my own personal dirty secrets. It's fairly image heavy and a quick read, but I've gotten really good feedback on it. It's a 24 page quarter size, and $1 or trade of course!

Pandora's Box #18 - This is the latest issue of my perzine. Inside I look at the realization that I'm not happy with who I am right now in life, little things that rebirth me, and 100 things I believe. It's a 16 page half size, and $1 or trade.

26 Things - This was my first art zine. It's in full colour. I challenged myself to the 26 Things photo challenge and took my images and made them into a zine. I only have 3 copies left of this 28 page quarter size zine, and it's $3.

Hello, That's Not a Bump - This zine takes a look at the fat perspective. What is it to love your body? Why can't you? And who says skinny is it? It's a mini zine (one sheet of paper folded into 8 pages) and it's 50 cents because that's an even number close to postage. I'll trade it, or give it for free with a purchase of any of the larger zines.

Mixtape - a mini zine - This takes a look at the mixtape culture that still survives these days. What is the art of mix, who still makes cassette mixes, and why? This one is also a mini zine, and is also free with the purchase of any of the larger zines, or 50 cents.

Little White Pill - This one takes a look at my recent battle with depression. I tell my story about resisting going on anti-depressants, and the outcome of that. I also offer suggestions on fighting depression drug free, and give some alternatives if you're a cutter. This one is a 28 page half size for $2.

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current mood: accomplished

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Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
10:15 am - paper trail distro news february 2009


learning to leave a paper trail distro

january was a bit of a slow month in terms of zines being added to the catalogue, but the one new zine that did come in is especially awesome: "fire hazard" #2, from providence RI, self-described as being all about "punk rock, anarchy, food, kombucha, gardens, rage <3 <3 <3 <3, friends, mental health, healing, books, bikes, trees, crushes, avocados, pizza, accordions, tea..."

& there are some great new zines on their way to my doorstep for february, but in the meantime, i put my button maker to work & made some nifty 1" pins so you can tell the whole world about the awesome creative stuff you do in your spare time! choose from "i sew" (with a drawing of a sewing machine), "i silkscreen" (with an inky squeegee on a screen), "i write" (a notebook & a pen), or "i bake" (sugar, eggs, butter, measuring cups & spoons). each pin is hand-colored, so they are all unique & different. fifty cents each!

there are also two new interviews in my long-running (three years & more at this point!) zinester interview series. visit http://www.papertraildistro.com/interviews to see what chris kiss from "kiss off" zine & nicole georges from "invincible summer" zine have to say about the creative process, the role of distros, the scourge of the internet, & more.

as always, i am accepting zines for distro consideration. you can mail them to me at:
12 lincoln ave. #3
somerville ma 02145
or comment/e-mail to recommend a zine you think i might enjoy. it is definitely worthwhile to scan through the distro catalogue a bit to get a sense of what kinds of zines i tend to carry, & give my submissions guidelines a thorough reading before breaking out the stamps. a quick reminder: i am very unlikely to accept poetry zines, music zines, lit zines, comics, or low-budget magazines (or high-budget magazines, obviously), & i have to see hard copies. i won't make a judgment about something based on a website or PDF. but there is a lot of stuff i love & want to carry, so don't be discouraged!

& as always, i offer distro subscriptions for big-time zine readers, & placing orders can get you a free zines, & i offer flat-rate collections made up of various awesome zines in the catalogue. there's a lot to investigate, so once again: learning to leave a paper trail distro awaits your perusal!

xo, ciara

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Wednesday, December 24th, 2008
1:43 am - Know any queer rural zines? x-post (if this doesn't belong/breaks rules, sorry; tell me&I'll delete)

Sorry if this doesn't belong here, but my friend Jenna (a.k.a. trashcan_chica) needs some help:

"does anyone know of any queer zines about living in rural areas or going to rural areas?

any help/pointing in the right direction would be amazing. i went through the whole Queer Zine Archive and couldn't really find anything.

jenna b

p.s. i just got a wordpress site, sassyfrasscircus.com!"

Her (AIM) away message also says: "is looking for zines about/by members of radical queer ANTI-URBAN communities, so if you know of any..."

So please comment if you can help at all; thanks. :]


current mood: hopeful

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Monday, December 8th, 2008
11:51 pm - Babelicious



THE BABELICIOUS COMPILATION-i used to do a personal zine called "Babelicious". the first issue came out March 1998 & the last issue came out in January 2002. i decided to do a compilation a few years ago ...but i originally compiled this late 2003/early 2004.so i updated a few things & finally printed it. it's HUGE!!!!!! it is 76 pages.



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Sunday, November 23rd, 2008
12:32 pm - paper trail distro news november 2008


time again for paper trail distro news, even though november is on its last legs & december is knocking on the door. blame my intolerance of cold weather & seasonal affective malaise, even though i have voluntarily resided in new england for over seven years. some new zines were added to the distro catalogue last month, including:

* "skinned heart" #2--an e-mail exchange between radical anarcha-feminist nyky & a local flagstaff punk, hashing out the political implications of language & intent
* "skills"--sabrina's skill-sharing zine, which teaches readers how to crochet their own dishrags, start seedlings, reduce stress, make cheese, & more
* "root" #5/"stab" #7--sarah & sonia's new split zine about the roberts street social center, an amazing community space they started in halifax, which has space for a zine archive, silkscreening studio, artist residency, meeting space, & more
* "messy dog"/"messy baby"--a split between sarah & her sister, about preparing fresh healthy food for your baby &/or your dog
* the "invincible summer" 2009 calendar--nicole's new calendar! it's an ode to the queer animal kingdom; each month is decorated with an illustration of an animal that has demonstrated homosexual activity in the wild, a hearty eff-you to haters who insist that homosexuality in "unnatural"

lengthier descriptions, cover scans, et al are on the website: www.papertraildistro.com. quantities of the calendar are especially limited. i bought enough to hopefully see me through calendar-buying season, but once they're gone, i'm not re-ordering. they make a great gift!

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x-posted everywhere! sorry.

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Saturday, November 1st, 2008
8:00 am - 2 new zines

Mrs Noggle 15
The "nostalgia and riot grrrl scrapbook" issue

another zine about Riot Grrrl! in this issue i continue to reminisce about my "riot grrrl days"! i dug up old RG flyers to print in this zine and write about discovering & REdiscovering riot grrrl and how it changed my life when i was 17 and how it continues to affect me and my life!!!!

Mrs Noggle 16
The Halloween & Paranormal issue!
storie,comics,poems, & drawings about ghosts & paranormal experiences! a compilation zine made up mostly of contributions & writings by other people.

buy it on Etsy

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2008
1:40 pm - paper trail distro news october 2008


learning to leave a paper trail distro

paper trail distro turns five years old this month! to celebrate, i started making seasonal newsletters to accompany every order. the fall newsletter contains in-depth descriptions of the zines added to the catalogue over the summer, two interviews with zinesters, & some helpful hints & tricks on keeping prices down when making zines. you can give the newsletters to friends when they ask where you get the awesome zines you are reading, you can leave them in coffeeshops, or you can save them forever. i can also send a stack if you want a bunch for your infoshop, library, whatever.

september kept me busy, adding lots of new items to the catalogue, writing descriptions & scanning covers. here's what's new:

* basic paper airplane #2--stories about getting a car again, ghosts of snohomish county, learning about a great-great-grandfather, & more, text-heavy & introspective
* brainscan #23--"travel stories that never went as far as the travel written about," about polish waiters, angry wives of ex-boyfriends, & salt lake city, with a high-contrast cut & paste layout
* "dirty love" #1--very personal & text-heavy zine about learning to love your body, embracing fatness, queerness, & different-ness, with some great drawings & exercises in communication & self-acceptance
* "doctrinal expletives" #3--awesomely sarcastic & political zine addressing intersectionality in feminism & anarchism, critiquing facile sex-positivity, loving rob halford, & a lot more
* "jesus christ superzine" #1--about growing up a fundamentalist christian & eventually leaving the church, but maintaining compassion & respect (& humor) along the way
* "toothworm" #3--what causes an alcohol black-out? will the world end in 2012? does emmalee write erotic poetry? these questions & more are addressed in this zine, accompanied by some crazy drawings
* "truckface" #12--more incredibly funny & touching stories about teaching in the chicago public high schools, & also traveling in new york city & eastern europe; very text-heavy with LB's famous portraits & drawings
* "up the logic punks!" #2--another twenty-five logic puzzles about punks, anarchists, & zinesters, with a five-part whodunit & an answer key
* "your pretty face is going straight to hell" #3--getting ready to live with a long-term boyfriend, a photo essay on body image, trying to get excited about photography again, keeping house & being bored at work, with an exciting cut & paste layout
* "your pretty face is going straight to hell"#4--the "love" theme issue, all about crushes, make-out, loves, "loves," & all the dumb shit we do when we think we like someone

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x-posted a lot. thanks for reading!

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Monday, October 6th, 2008
1:21 pm - Tazewell's Favorite Eccentric zines

Tazewell's Favorite Eccentric 8 addresses issues of friendship and trying to maintain hostile feelings about other women while still being a strong feminist. Queer rage, daddy issues, lesbian desire, and the untimely death of a friend.

Excerpt: I just wish it were clear. I wish that I knew what happened. I wish that he didn't die alone and sad. I wish that he'd asked for help. Or that one of us had tried harder because there's nothing for it now.

I cannot imagine being so devastated, so lonely that death was the only solution. I can't imagine thinking that your problems are so bad that there is nothing better to do than go gentle into that long goodnight. I think there's a normal degree of sadness, but mostly suicide just seems so stupid and so selfish and weak. Rather than change the things that cause whatever misery you're in, ask for help. Rather than cause your whole family inconsolable grief, and your friends irrevocable guilt, ask for help. Suck up your pride and say: Hey, I'm not okay right now. This is what I need.

Tazewell’s Favorite Eccentric 7 is sort of loosely themed around sex and sexuality. As always, writing about relationships sort of snuck in. There’s a letter to this boy I had a crush on and why it could never be, what I want from my next relationship, a piece about sex work/domination (and my experienced therein), teenage promiscuity (again, personal experiences and reflections), homo/bisexuality and queerness, and a few other short random pieces.

Excerpt: What we DID learn was how not to get pregnant and how not to catch an STD. Which, if you think about it, is a pretty scary message to pass on to a kid. If you have sex, you could get pregnant or contract syphilis. Period, end of story. To be fair, I don’t fault the educators. The curriculum is set by the people who fund it. But at the same time, answering our questions a little more honestly could only have helped, and I can’t imagine how things would have been changed if someone had taken me aside and talked to me frankly and honestly, no matter how uncomfortable or embarrassed we both might have been. I don’t regret any of my past sexual encounters. I learned a lot – about sex and about myself. If this path I’ve traveled makes the lessons I’ve learned easier for anyone else, I will be glad to have lived it.

Tazewell's Favorite Eccentric #5 is about the breakup of a long, important relationship, body issues, and how you don't always fall immediately out of love with your partner once the relationship is over.

Excerpt: I am in love with you. I love you. And I like you. You make me laugh and cry and cry and feel. And if everything in you wasn't completely right it would hopelessly overwhelm me. Sometimes it terrifies me, how vulnerable I feel to you sometimes. How hard I've worked to be sort of invulnerable, and how you topple that down with our crooked little smile or that funny hiccup laugh of yours."

Review: http://www.brokenpencil.com/reviews/reviews.php?reviewid=3380

Tazewell's Favorite Eccentric #4 is about living in a small town, body issues, sexual abuse, the death of my brother, a letter to an ex-friend, and a crush I had on someone outside of my relationship.

Podcast of an excerpt: http://www.fallofautumn.com/podcasts/2006-05-Sarah-Tazewell.mp3


These are $2.50 each via paypal (to piratesarah at gmail dot com) or $2 each via mail or fair perzine trade (please specify issue). Alternately, if you buy all 4 for $10, you get a copy of crushpuppy (my 24 hour zine of short love letters) and TFE 6 (which is a short collection of stuff I wrote in zines for high school.

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Friday, September 19th, 2008
9:37 am - up the logic punks! #2


after a great response to the first issue, i sat down & wrote twenty-five brand-new logic puzzles about zines, punks, & anarchists, & put together "up the logic punks!" #2. for the uninitiated, this link should give you an idea of what the heck a logic puzzle is. the puzzles i wrote for the zine are of the grid variety.

the zine features an introduction for new puzzle enthusiasts, explaining how to solve a puzzle & offering some useful hints & tricks, complete with a sample puzzle & detailed explanation of the solution. there is also an answer key for all the puzzles, so you can check & see if you were right. puzzle topics include punks shoplifting from the liquor store, zine designs that bear a suspicious resemblence to one another, dietary restrictions wreaking havoc on a collective house dinner schedule, 24-hour zine parties, the habits of obnoxious jerks at protest marches, people charging way too much to wholesale their zines, & more! there is even a five-part mystery puzzle (solve the first four puzzles in order to have the necessary information to solve the final puzzle!).

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this zine is $2 anywhere in the world. you can paypal me at learningtoleaveapapertrail@hotmail.com or mail your order to me at:
12 lincoln ave. #3
somerville ma 02145 usa

send $3 & i'll also include a copy of "up the logic punks!" #1! you'll have enough logic puzzles to last for the next few years.

e-mail if you would rather do trade. i might be into that. also get in touch for distro rates & all that good stuff.

i also run learning to leave a paper trail zine distro. you can order this zine from the distro along with all the other awesome stuff i carry (over 130 zines to choose from!). & i will be tabling the distro at the boston zine fair this weekend, if you want to come by & pick up a copy in person!

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Saturday, September 6th, 2008
10:13 pm - paper trail distro news september 2008



this summer has been an amazing time for zines! i've added so many new items to the catalogue in the last month or two! most recently, we've got:
* "we all have bones"--kelsey's beautifully designed zine about being a former aspiring ballerina & struggling with anorexia
* "glossolalia" #11--sarah's stunning letterpressed farewell to portland, oregon
* "skinned heart" #1--nyky's blisteringly old-school personal zine about racism, sexism, mental health, sexual abuse, & punk rock
* "mute as bottles"--lou's thoughtful zine about the importance of direct action protest, her partner's arrest, & government repression
* "doris" #26--the R/S/T installment of cindy's encyclopedia, about social ecology, being a shy punk girl, & faith in humanity
* "keep loving keep fighting" #8--hope's occasionally heartwrenching farewell love letter to new orleans

more thorough descriptions & cover scans can be found on the website: http://www.papertraildistro.com. & more new items are on their way!

& forgive me for a moment for a brief into on paper trail zine distro, for those who may be uninitiated: paper trail zine distro has been existence for almost five years now & offers a catalogue of nearly 200 zines themed around issues such as feminism, anti-racism, mental health, reproductive health, parenting, bicycles, sex work, recipes, d.i.y. crafts, anarchism, punk rock, education, alternative histories, & more. zines run the gamut from deeply personal handwritten/typewritten stories to limited edition hand-crafted art zines to well-researched & informative d.i.y./how-to zines, & everything in between. okay, on with the news...

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