We’re thrilled to announce that our mental health issue is out now!
We’re so proud of this one – not only is it our biggest issue yet, but our contributors from all over North America have created such heart-felt pieces. With writing and illustrations, we’ve got pieces on medication, herbal remedies, bi-polar disorder, traumas, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, overdoses, suicidal thoughts, drugs, OCD and more. It just goes to show how everyone has something that they’re dealing with in every day life. It’s an inspiring collection (if I do say so myself) that strives to be shared, to get the word out there on dealing with mental health.
We’re currently in the process of distro’ing around Toronto, but if you would like to order one to be mailed to you, we’ll get on it right away. A $2 cost is considered as donation towards printing issue 9.
Thank you to all of the contributors and everyone who helped out with this issue – including our amazing launch party at Encore Studios with Programm, Most People and Fresh Snow! It was a blast. <3
First, we had you suggest what you wanted to make a zine about. Then you got to vote from a selected list of Food, Alcohol, Mental Health, Best friends, Digital Identities and Confrontations. Mental Health won by one point! It was such a close race. Thank you so much to everyone who participated. So now’s the time to get those lovely brains a-thinkin for what you’d like to make a zine page on. And have no fear, all those theme suggestions were amazing, and we’ll likely tap into them in the future!
So, here’s the pitching information you need:
Theme: Mental Health
What we’re looking for: Right now, all you have to do is submit what you’d like to make a page about in our zine regarding mental health. It can be about your own experiences or if you want to express others you’ve observed. You can come at it through any kind of interpretation through words or art. Common uses in our zine include personal stories, fiction, illustration, photo collages, game designs, comics, doodles, etc. Feel free to combine! (Note: Please do not make fun of a condition in a hurtful way, and please do not throw around the word ‘crazy.’)
What to do right now: Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org explaining what you would like to make a page on and how you plan to do it. We pretty much accept everything, we just like to make sure how many pages we’ll need and that there are no significant overlaps.
Deadline: Tuesday, September 3rd. Submissions will then be due by Friday, September 27th *at the absolute latest*. We have a low tolerance for late submissions and this issue is on a strict deadline in order to be ready for Canzine on October 20, so please take this seriously.
Other important information:
“One zine page” = 5.5 x 8.5 inches.
Your page must be vertical.
If you would like to make it on your own:
*Send us a photoshop or jpeg file. Resolution 600.
*You can drop off a physical copy, but please make sure you keep your work a few centimetres from the borders of the paper, so nothing gets cut off.
We print in black and white.
If you are including photos, try not to keep them too contrasty, as they don’t photocopy as well.
Once again, we’ll be tabling at the awesome summer zine fest Zine Dream at the Tranzac on Sunday, August 4th!
Come say hi! We’ll be there with back issues #s 5&6, the latest issue #7 & pins. Editor Jessica will also have copies of her perzines pocket knife #2 and The Pressure to Be Happy as well as some other crafts.
We’ll also be talking about Issue #8 – so stop by the table to find out more and how you can get in on it!
Zine Dream is a really neat festival of Toronto zines, art and crafts. They also have other events such as opening parties and a panel discussion on how zines have changed through the years.
Check out the full list of Zine Dream exhibitors! We’re so excited to be at another zine fest with so many of our Toronto zine pals.