Zine Review: My Every Single Thought by Corinne Mucha

My_every_single_thoughtI can’t remember when or where I picked up this zine, but it was in a stack of things I haven’t read yet. I have piles of books and zines around my apartment, and (re)discovering an item is kind of like finding money in the couch or from the pocket of a coat I didn’t wear for a year. You ever have one of those moments when you want to hug your past-self for making a decision you kind of forgot about? Reading this zine was a lot like that for me.

Drawn in a style that made me think of Lynda Barry, Every Single Thought is a comic that “chronicles the author’s attempt to get over an old relationship and come to terms with a saucy new label—SINGLE” (from the back of the zine). Corinne Mucha humorously approaches the topic of singledom from multiple angles—what it means, what it doesn’t mean, the rhyming words conspiracy, the Hollywood movie conspiracy, and what would Single Barbie do?

One of my favorite comic strips in this zine is a chart with a “How OK is it to Be Single” barometer that goes from Baby aka “very ok to be single… unless you meet another really cute baby” to 23 and onward, for which Mucha writes,

If you’re thinking about getting married, you should date someone! Not thinking about marriage? It’s still ok to look for a special person to live with forever, or a series of special people to enjoy committed, semi committed or non-committed relationships with. You choose!

Single or not, you won’t regret checking out Corinne’s comics and zines at www.maidenhousefly.com.

New Year, New Look

It’s February, and I’m turning 28 on Sunday, so I guess that means I should officially join 2012. Or at the very least end the Website Winter Hiatus since we’re skipping that season this year.

We had our first meeting of the year this week and have a lot great ideas and enthusiasm. Thanks to everyone who continue to remind us why we love zines and holding a zine fest in Dirty Richmond!

New content you can look forward to on the blog: zine reviews and interviews, and maybe some other randomness in between the regular event announcements and photo uploads. I’ll try to be more consistent with the posting than I am on my personal blogs.

Happy Zining!

Richmond Zine Fest This Saturday, Oct. 8th

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With Richmond Zine Fest only 3 days away, we thought we’d remind tablers, workshoppers, and attendees of a few things.  This is a free event open to the public from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Because people are coming from different locations, the best way to find directions to the Gay Community Center of Richmond (GCCR) is through the following link: DIRECTIONS. Most Richmonders will recognize that it’s on the other side of Diversity Thrift. Please use the GCCR parking lot, which is much bigger than the thrift store parking lot.

There is an ATM available at the GCCR; however, if their machine is down, there’s a Wachovia at 3501 W. Broad St. and a Bank of America at 2601 W. Broad St.  The GCCR and this event is for all ages, so there is no alcohol allowed inside the event. We thank you in advance for respecting this observation.

If you plan to be there all day, it’s probably best to bring some snacks and beverages. Otherwise, we’ll have delicious offerings from Lamplighter.  You don’t want to miss out on their quality sandwiches, whoopie pies, and coffee.

Please look at the tabs on the top of the page for details about the tables and workshops. We’ve created event pages for the all of the workshops, but if you’d like to increase attendance and awareness about your workshop, feel free to help us get the word out about your workshop.

Thanks for supporting the Richmond Zine Fest! Come on out to learn about zines and discover more zines to read.

In the news: RVA Mag article about the Richmond Zine Fest and our recent dance party.

Reminders: In addition to the RVA Zine Fest on Saturday, we have pre and post events on our calendar. You can find out about our Pre-Zine Fest Reading & Potluck on Friday, Oct. 7th, and the Cyber Apocalypse show on Sunday, Oct. 9th, under the Upcoming Events tab.

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Thank you to everyone who came out to dance with us last night! The festivities went from fundraiser to celebration once we realized that we’d exceeded our goal–the cost of the zine fest’s venue $1500. Last night thanks to the attendees, DJs Michael and Shmalan for giving us something to dance to, and Balliceaux, we raised $125. That amount brought our total to $1616, giving us a bit of a head start for next year.  Thanks again for all the support. We hope to see you on October 8th at the Richmond Zine Fest, which is a free, all-ages event.

The Official Poster for Richmond Zine Fest 2011!

Zinecolor2A huge thank you to local artist and zinester Oura for creating this fabulous poster for us!

We’re incredibly excited about this year’s fest, and there are other opportunities for you to be a part of it!  If anyone is interested in volunteering on October 8th, we’d be happy to have the extra hands. Volunteer tasks may include: set-up, running the zine-making table, checking folks in, helping people carry in their stuff, clean-up, sitting at folks’ tables for them while they teach workshops or walk around, running the info table, etc. Please contact us at zine.fest [at] richmondzinefest.org if you’re interested in assisting and would like more details.

Picture time! Richmond Zine Fest 2011’s Benefit Show

Thanks to everyone who attended and helped us raise money for this year’s fest. We couldn’t have done it without you all, and the readers and the bands: Stacey Randolph, Elizabeth Albrecht, Danny Rathbun, Katerina Charalambidis, Lobo Marino, Black Girls, and Long Arms. And of course, thanks again to Strange Matter for providing the space and the hospitality.

Upcoming Richmond Zine Fest Events:

We’re gearing up to dance, dance, dance at Balliceaux, Sept. 29th starting at 10 p.m. Check out the Facebook event page for details.

The Wingnut (2005 Barton Ave.) will also host this year’s potluck and zine reading the night before the fest, Friday Oct. 7th at 7 p.m.

We’re still accepting applications for table registration and workshop proposals for the big day, Saturday Oct. 8th, so get a party together to make some zines to table and/or trade with at the fest.

I Just Want To Dance

MUCHAS GRACIAS to everyone who came out and supported Richmond Zine Fest last night! The performers Lobo Marino, Black Girls, Long Arms, and all of our readers who bravely read in front of a crowd unfamiliar with zines–Stacey of LIPS Richmond, Elizabeth, Katerina, and last but certainly not least, Danny, have our sincerest gratitude. Thanks to Strange Matter for being so awesome and accommodating, and we’re already looking forward to planning a bigger and better collaboration between the music and zine scenes in RVA. I’m currently rifling through all the pictures of last night to share with everyone, so expect a picture post pretty soon.

Last night’s event exceeded our expectations for attendance, and we raised $537 between entry cover and table donations (the screenprinted patches and canvas bags were a hit!), so THANK YOU in every language in existence. We’re closer to the amount needed for the venue space and optimistic about not holding this year’s Zine Fest curbside in possibly rainy, windy weather (the archnemesis of finite paper goods), which brings us to our next fundraising event….

You have until September 29th to polish your dancing shoes and practice your moves for Dancezine Queen at Balliceaux. DJs Mike and Allen will premiere the BEARD dance party with ALL VINYL punk, new wave, indie, dance, and queercore music. More details will be revealed… including a special event mini-zine flyer!

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Calling in-state and out-of-state zinesters: contact us at richmondzinefest[at]yahoo[dot]com if you’d like to read at our 2nd Annual Night Before Zine Fest Potluck & Reading at the Wingnut, October 7th at 7p.m.  This is a good event for first time zine readers, especially.

Richmond Zine Fest will be held Oct. 8, 2011 at the Gay Community Center of Richmond. Check back for more details about the Zine Fest and other related events this fall as we raise funds to keep tabling fees low.  We plan this event because we love zines and the people who make them and read them. <3

Earthquakes, Hurricanes … Please No More Things to Make Us Say, "Oh, my."

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks here in Richmond, VA, and many of our organizers may be without power or with limited internet access. However, we’re still on for the Richmond Zine Fest 2011 Benefit Show with Long Arms, Black Girls, and Lobo Marino performing! We’re also very excited to have zine readings by Danny Rathbun, Elizabeth Albrecht, Alan Webb, Stacey Randolph, and Katerina Charalambidis!

We’ll also have patches, canvas bags, and zines available. Join us this Wednesday at Strange Matter (929 W. Grace Street, Richmond, VA). Doors open at 8 p.m. $5; 18+.

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Speaking of events: Mark your calendars for our upcoming dance party and potluck/zine reading events

DanceZine Queen Dance Party for the RVA Zine Fest at Balliceaux. It’s the PREMIERE of DJs Mike and Allen’s BEARD dance party, which is ALL VINYL punk, new wave, indie, dance, and queercore music! Dance with us Thursday September 29th, 10:30 p.m. This event is 21 & up, but there is no cost. It is one of our fun-fundraisers, so we’ll be accepting donations for this year’s fest and selling screenprinted patches and canvas bags, and of course, zines!

We’ve also received a lot of inquiries about whether or not we’re having the Pre-Zine Fest Potluck and Reading this year, and it’s on! Friday, October 7th, the night before the Richmond Zine Fest, we will feast and read some zines at the Wingnut (2005 Barton Avenue, Richmond, VA). Please contact richmondzinefest[at]yahoo[dot]com, if you’re interested in participating in the reading. It’s a very casual event and free, but please bring a dish or non-alcoholic drink to share. The Wingnut is an all-ages, sober space. Check the Facebook event page for more details!

Last but not least: the listing of tablers for 2011 has been updated. We had a bit of a delay with this week’s update due to Irene. If you’re interested in tabling or hosting a workshop, please register soon! We have a few amazing workshops registered so far, but if anyone is interested and/or able to lead a zine-related workshop, specifically, please do so!

Jonny Z Fest Pictures and Yummy News for the Richmond Zine Fest

As promised we have pictures from Saturday’s Jonny Z Fest!

The wind and and rain didn’t prevent our having a good time (although we could’ve won a prize at inventiveness and fastest zine and flyer round up whenever the weather threatened our paper-based goods… see the proof in the pictures: Eros collected rocks for paperweights). The community and music kept our spirits up, and we made the most of the day with a lot of laughter and dancing. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of singer Alison Self, but the other music acts pictured are Josh Small, Photosynthesizers, and No BS! Brass Band. All of the acts had amazing sets that we couldn’t help but jam to at the zine fest table. Also pictured: RZF co-organizer Eros, Click Clack Distro, The Flying Brick Library volunteers, and an amazing dancer/performer who accompanied the Photosynthesizers’ performance. The Jonny Z Fest is an event that the organizers of Richmond Zine Fest look forward to every year. Thanks to everyone who contributed to an amazing local event!

And if that sampling of live music in Richmond wasn’t enough, don’t forget to come out to our benefit show August 31st at Strange Matter! On the last night of the summery months, Long Arms, Black Girls, and Lobo Marino of the local music scene will unite with local zine writers to raise money for our venue space. We love these bands and everyone involved, and we’re incredibly excited and happy that they’ve decided to give us a hand with this show. Who says you can’t party
on a Wednesday? We have the winter and many a school night to stay in. ;)

And now: News for Your Belly 

We can now announce that Lamplighter will be at the Richmond Zine Fest on Oct. 8th again!  We hope that those of you of who enjoyed their coffee, sandwiches, whoopie pies, and other fare last year are pleased. And for those of you who didn’t have the opportunity to do so at the previous zine fest, just you wait. Or don’t wait… Lamplighter is open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 116 S. Addison Street, Richmond, VA, 23220.

The Richmond Zine Fest will be held Oct. 8th at the GCCR.  Registration for tabling and workshops are still open. Register and pay to confirm your space as soon as possible. Be on the look out for more zine fest events and blog posts with tips for tablers and workshoppers soon.