A Small Collection of Zine PDFs

For those of you who aren’t familiar, a zine is a self-published magazine. Zines have a rich history, especially prior to the internet age, and topics can range from Anarchist Politics to Fanzines about David Hasselhoff. This is a list of some of the best zines I’ve come across digitally.

  1. Activity Book by Kelly Schirmann
  2. Library Zine! Voices from Across the New York Public Library
  3. Ask A Doula Zine
  4. Archiving Your Group’s Records
  5. The Beat (Issue 9)
  6. The Heroine Showcase No.17 (Spring 1979)
  7. The Free Zine (From Ex-Members of The Family International/Children of God Cult)
  8. Loaded Ladle Recipe Zine (2014)
  9. The Sin Zine #1: Lust [Other issues available]
  10. Zine World
  11. Metazine: It’s a Zine about Zines
  12. Men Against Sexism
  13. Can It! A Collection of Stories, Recipes & D.I.Y. Food Politics
  14. DIY DOULA: Self Care for Before, During and After Your Abortion
  15. Out of the Closets and Into the Libraries (Second Collection)
  16. You Should Make a Comic: Here’s How
  17. So, You Wanna Start a Zine?
  18. Radical Mycology (2009)
  19. Poly Oly Oxen Free: A Zine about Polyamory
  20. The Story of Attica: A Quick Primer on the Attica Prison Rebellion of 1971 (September 2011)
  21. Security Culture: A Handbook for Activists
  22. Ranting and Raving: Reviews of Zines and Books about Zines
  23. On Being Hard Femme
  24. MIKLAT MIKLAT a transformative justice zine
  25. Mapping Your Madness
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Weird Children’s Coloring Books I found PDFs of Online

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A D.A.R.E. Coloring book from 2017 that seems to have nothing to do with the organization

Made for King County, North Carolina with the help of sponsors from around town, this coloring book offers terrible art AND puns.

 

 

Billy and the Basketball: A Coloring Book about Savings

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Dear everyone: please pay your artists fair wages.

The art in this one is even worse than before, making it obvious that someone was not paid enough to care about this project. The text from the images runs off into the text of the story, making it illegible, but I imagine there were very few outraged children complaining about it. Also, the text is all in Comic Sans, as if that were at all acceptable in the design of ANYTHING.

Side note, though: these pictures don’t even look like they would be fun to color.

 

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Hush, child. Obey the bug. 

Buckle Up Bug’s Activity Book

Haven’t your children always wanted to learn about car safety from a child-sized anthropomorphic bug? It’s just like that beloved children’s icon, Gregor Samsa!

 

 

 

Exty and Hydro’s Fire Safety Activity Book

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Your name is bad and you should feel bad. 

 

This one is pretty much only noteworthy because of the AWFUL name they gave the fire extinguisher. Three seconds after I showed it to my friend, Tam, she came up with “Flamer” and “Red,” both of which are better names than EXTY.

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Good Health is in Your Hands Coloring Book

The cover image is of our main character, Soapy, getting sucked into a bubbly abyss. In black and white the character proves to be even more frightening as the S around his eyeballs leads to some unnerving crazy-eyes.

Also, Soapy’s mom is Bubble Bath for some reason? Also, this anthropomorphic soap lives with his mother and gets tucked in nightly.

 

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Internet Folklore

Whoops. I didn’t blog for almost a year and a half. Thanks, to the person who commented on an old post and reminded me that this blog even existed. Gonna have to fix all those dead youtube links too. 

As anyone who knows me personally can tell you, I am a woman of many lists and spreadsheets. The majority of these are recreational. I have one for podcasts I’ve listened to and want to listen to, more than a dozen for PDFs of cool stuff I’ve found online, one that meticulously keeps track of the titles and popularity of my artwork and one for bad movies I still need to watch, among others.

I think it’s one of those things that scares people a little bit when they see it, and it definitely looks more than a little neurotic–which, in case it’s not clear by now, I am. But over time, I’ve realized it allows me to feel much more in-control of my life than I have before, plus I have easy to find references for the things I read about when they inevitably come up in conversation.

One of the lists I’ve been carefully tending to this week is one I call Internet Folklore. I haven’t totally decided what the term means exactly, other than fascinating stories and mysteries that have largely taken place online.

Here’s a short list of my highlights, and please, if you think of anything else that applies let me know! I’ll add it to the list :3

The Goddamn Denko Saga (A.K.A. (´・ω・`)) 

Oh god. This one hurts in the weirdest way. I was only shown this one about a year ago by some friends, and it was impossible for me to stop reading. It has one of my favorite elements of online stories–the unreliable narrator. And boy, this one is extreme.

It started on 2chan with this text from OP:

There’s this girl I’ve had feelings for since high school, and now we’re in college together. We’ll call her Denko.
Once we hit second year, we went out drinking, and I worked up the courage to exchange numbers.
We started out talking often, but she hasn’t answered me in three days now.
I’m getting depressed just thinking that Denko might be sick, or that something happened to her… (´・ω・`)
Please, somebody give me some advice.

This results in comments with some genuinely horrible advice, but OP takes it seriously and ends up tormenting poor Denko with his bizarre behavior and skewed logic. It’s a journey, that’s pretty much all I can say.  It does get NSFW with language at times, so probably don’t read it at work. That kind of goes for all of these…and the internet in general.

Is it Normal for my Husband to only have Sex with me Through a Hole in the Sheet? 

This one is a new addition to the list, as I only found it yesterday, but I was laughing so damn hard it moved up to my top five. OP starts a thread on the Baby Center forums asking if other women have sex with their husband through a hole in the sheet. Everyone initially responds with a resounding “Um. No,” but then another poster comes in and shares her own experiences–and love for–sheet sex.

On page 8, OP posts a picture of the sheet her and her husband use–and admits that they still use it as a normal sheet and sleep under it. On page 63, the other Sheet-Sexer says:

Yes, my children were conceived using the sheet. I have a special wreath drawn around each hole that was used in the conception of our children, and we only make love using those holes on our children’s birthdays.

So, yeah, this one gets a bit weird.

Kevin, the dumbest teenager ever 

If you haven’t read this one, you need to stop what you’re doing right now and do so. It’s been referenced all over reddit, and even led to a spin off subreddit. The details of Kevin’s stupidity are stranger than fiction, and made me laugh out loud. This is one I definitely come back to on rainy days when I need a good laugh.

A Hilarious Argument Between Bodybuilders

This thread starts off simply–OP asks if it’s reasonable to work out every other day. Then the conversation derails and results in a very intense argument about how many days there are in a week. Both sides are wrong on their math, and their sheer frustration over the conflict makes it even better.

A classy quote from the first page:

I have a feeling you are so mentally retarded that we need to take the “week” lingo out of this and go to numbers.

Do what I said above, tell me how many times you train in 4 SEVEN day weeks, aka one month.

Use the calendar for your retarded eyes to see the truth.

Charming.

The PeenaKolada Story – A Tale with a Happy Ending

Let me first point out that on BabyCenter, all of the OP’s comments can be read together by clicking on “all comments from Original Poster” underneath the first post. I strongly recommend that because this thread is looooong. 

It starts with OP on a vacation with her fiancé and her soon to be Mother-In-Law, who OP didn’t want on the trip in the first place. Her codependent fiancé, it turns out, invited MIL on the trip when she volunteered to pay for it herself. They end up staying in the SAME suite, MIL wakes the couple at 5AM to go to every available activity and refuses to let them have any time to themselves. After bringing her issues to DWIL (Dealing with In-Laws on Baby Center), OP makes an ambitious escape, making for an incredibly fun and satisfying read.

Have a fun and safe trip down the Rabbit Hole, everyone!

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