I’m e.war I have a distro called “Look Mum!” and I distro stuff about sex work, sex, queer sex, perzines, art zines. I also have a zine called Fag Punk, it’s a queer erotica zine with a lot of man on man action with major punk and radical themes.
How did you start making zines? Who/what influenced you?
In my first year of high school some kids in their last year of high school made a one sheet called ‘QWERTY’ for their media studies class, they also handed it out to their friends. Some how I got a copy and I was entranced. ‘QWERTY’ was clever, cool, and so neat. I was turned on by the idea that I could make something and share it with my friends.
So I the next year I made a one sheet called ‘The Voice’. I asked pals to contribute and I cut and paste it all together and hand it out maybe once a month for the last two years of high school. I couldn’t have made ‘The Voice’ happen with out my dad sneaking in my paste up sheets to his work to copy for me. He would only copy about twenty or so and after a few issues, he asked if I could tone the language and drug references down which I don’t remember complying to. I also recall for one of the last issues the distribution had gotten so big that i had to secretly asked another person to take my one sheet to his work and copy it, so I could have double the amount. My father was in the Canadian Air Force at that time and I remember joking about ‘The Voice’ having government funding! That’s how I started making zines, and I have had an off and on again relationship with the photocopied word over the past seventeen years. Currently I run the Arrow Archive Zine Library in Guelph and have a small distro called “Look Mum!”
What does it mean to make feminist zines/do feminist DIY publishing?
In the past I’d never really thought about the things I do as feminist, but now I see as most DIY publishing projects I do are inherently feminist because I am a feminist.
What excites you about Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair?
Zine fairs always excite me! I love things happening in Hamilton, I think it’s a city that needs to be radicalized and its radical citizens need to speak up, make space for conversations and ideas to develop.
Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair celebrates and creates spaces for marginalized groups to have discussions about feminism through do-it-yourself publishing.
When: Saturday, November 15th from 10am to 5pm
Where: YWCA Hamilton – 75 MacNab Street South, Hamilton ON
Accessibility: The space is physically accessible, including washrooms. Here’s some more information about safe(r) spaces at HFZF.