Pre-Order Our Summer Zine

Ahh, it’s crazy y’all. We tried a new printer this time and we are so pleased with the bright colors and glossy pics.

Only did a short run of 30 copies for now but we’ll probably print more for live events as the season kicks off. Keeping our prices under $10 for the youth so head over to Etsy to see the deets on this fun and fresh #blkgrlswurld zine 😘

NYC Feminist Zine Fest @ Barnard 3/7/18

Catch us tabling at the next NYC Feminist Zine Fest this March 😀
We’ll have new merch, zines, coloring books and stickers. (Gonna hide our own wallet to keep us from buying all the other cool things women have been making this season, lol.) I’m gonna go broke for sure!
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Saturday, March 7, 2015
12 – 6 PM
James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall
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“The Feminist Zine Fest showcases the work of artists and zine makers of all genders who identify on the feminist spectrum, and whose politics are reflected in their work. For the second consecutive year, Barnard proudly hosts the zine fest, welcoming approximately 40 zine-makers eager to share their work. Home of the renowned Barnard Zine Library, the College is the ideal site to feature some of the boldest, most original and creative examples of micropublishing. The event is coordinated by Barnard’s zine librarian Jenna Freedman, Jordan Alam ’13, and other zine makers, including Feminist Zine Fest cofounder Elvis Bakaitis, author and artist of the Homos in Herstory minicomics series. Free tables are available to zine-makers interested in exhibiting their work” https://feministzinefestnyc.wordpress.com/

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#blkgrlswurld, Risograph prints, 2017

BlkGrl Book Tour Recap

I’ve been a zinester since 2014, toting my lil hand made books around to DIY events. We table and vend with fellow artists, often feeling like Lucy with her Psychiatric Help Stand, sharing with any who will listen the content of our books with passion and understanding. Some folks really don’t understand it, while some really do. It’s a great space to share what you truly love, because somebody out there, even if its only 2-3 people, cares just as much about talking avocados as you do.

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Events on the tour:
Paper Jazz Fest, Brooklyn NYC
Betty Zine Fest, Newark NJ
Boston Art Book Fair, Boston MA
Not Just A Boys Club Fest, Teaneck NJ
Punx of Color 4, Brooklyn NYC

The BlkGrl book tour was my first attempt at following a dedicated schedule of events in locations outside of Manhattan, to help spread the #Blkgrlswurld message as far outside of NYC as possible. Black girls love metal and punk rock too! It challenged me to create a traveling system to affordably leave the city and arrive at any venue with a pop up shop out of a single bag I could carry on my own. (This is NYC, I don’t have a car ok?) Traveling on buses, trains and taxis to these other places tested my dedication to the project. Was I willing to get up at 6am for my zines? Here are some things I learned about being on the road with our lil books.

Punx of Color are everywhere.

Here at #Blkgrlswurld we aren’t always a certain an event or venue we attend is appropriate for our project. When tabling events like the Boston Art Book Fair, this became a critical question. Our $3 coloring books standing next to $75 high quality art catalogs? Likely a sign that our intended audience wont be strolling through this event. But they did anyway. There was not much diversity at that fair, but when a few Black youth did stop by we had great conversations about music and a few sales. Never underestimate who will take interest in your work.

Some people will never understand us, and that’s ok.

We stepped into new spaces and venues – that means local audiences are new to our work and what we’re about. Metal is not a widely understood musical form, so that alone was confusing to some along with the layer of being femme and Black. *Shrugs* All of these adventures help me determine what events to do next year.

Taking a stand empowers those around you.

Our focus has always been on young folks between ages 17-25 with little pocket money, that are curious about new music. Especially if they identify as outsiders, geeks or weirdos. That will always be the community we represent and sharing with these kids a safe space to express themselves can save lives.

I encourage everyone to start a zine, a blog, a fan club. Every time an awkward Black girl who doesn’t feel like she belongs any damn where stumbles across an artwork or photograph of women who look just like her, I feel a little better. Let’s all strive to create content that represents who we are and make sure its accessible. As I sat at these events with my little table, I met a number of fans this way. Women who had been searching for something to relate to, and see themselves in. Some that found us had already collected our items at previous events or online – they continue to comeback because of community. We are out here, together at shows, festivals and record fairs.

I fucking love Metal.

From Boston to New Jersey we did our best to keep our schedule loose, giving us a chance to meet more people and explore the visited cities. But the true connection to all these stops became the metal music blasting out of my headphones. At one point I wondered, is this really what I’m about? Hells yeah! Leaping off a megabus in platform towering boots, chewing bubble gum in band tees and dark glasses while the music blasts on in my ears. My favorite albums energized me to keep going, to keep traveling and to keep celebrating this scene and the women who support it. We know we don blend it with the people around us and that’s ok. I know where to go to spend time with my peeps, hopefully our books help that happen too.

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#Blkgrlswurld @ Brown Paper Zine Fair Jan. 28-29, 2017

#Blkgrlswurld ZINE will be selling our latest editions and coloring books Jan, 28-29th, 2017 at the Brown Paper Zine and Small Press Fair for Black and PoC Artists. The free event takes place at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA). Details below.

MoCADA (80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY) – 1st and 4th Floors Free RSVP

We are also thrilled to participate in a panel discussion on Sunday during the zine fair, moderated by Kimberly Drew. Social Sunday: Black Ink Zine Panel Sunday, January 29, 2:30-4pm Free RSVP

3 Dot Zine presents its first installment of the Brown Paper Zine and Small Press Fair for Black and PoC Artists as a part of programming for Diagram of the Heart, by Glenna Gordon, currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA).

3 Dot Zine is a collaborative submission based zine founded by artist Devin N Morris in 2014 as a way to extend the reach of important dialogues Morris was having with his peers.Throughout his time participating in zine fairs and festivals in New York, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, he noticed a lack of Black and People of Color (PoC) representation within these environments, which stood in stark contrast to the diverse independent publishing communities Morris found himself apart of.

As such, the Brown Paper Zine and Small Press Fair was created to provide a space where the creative efforts of Black and PoC artists working in print mediums could be exposed and proliferated. Bringing together established zine makers, small presses, and artists working in print mediums to MoCADA, the fair asks each participant to seek out new and young artists to showcase their zines, or facilitate the production of their print-based work. In addition to encouraging young artists to use zines as a viable, independent avenue for sharing their work, this effort also acquaints young makers with the communities that fairs create.

The Brown Paper Zine and Small Press Fair will occupy multiple locations within the MoCADA building as the weekend boasts inclusive programming in the way of; the Women’s Healing Space, a writing workshop and a space for women to check in, be seen, heard and affirmed while in community with each other; a screening of #BlackGirlLit: Between Literature, Performance & Memory, a documentary exploring “black woman-ness” and the literary traditions that inform it, featuring artists Ayana Evans, Kal Gezahegn, Dell M. Hamilton, Tsedaye Makonnen, Helina Metaferia and Marceline Mandeng; Social Sunday: Black Ink, a panel discussion interrogating the world of self-publishing and the instance where inspiration leads to action; and more to be announced.


PARTICIPANTS:

3 Dot Zine
Blk Grls Wurld Zine
Brown & Proud Press
Brown Recluse Zine Distro
Codify Art
Collectiva Cosmica
DATE NIGHT
Endless Editions
La Chamba Press
La Liga Zine
Lambey Press
L’ENCHANTEUR
Maroon World
MoCADA Shop
Mohammed Fayez
No Shame Distro
Nontsikelelo Mutiti
Oxford Plain
PJ Gubatina Policarpio
RAFiA SANTANA
Red Hook Editions
True Laurels Magazine
Yellow Jackets Collective

Blkgrlswurld Autumn Edition 4.3 Now Online

She’s finally arrived, the latest edition can be found at the link below. This season’s book features artwork by Trifecta Studios and a short story we crafted during November’s National Novel Writing Month.

Later this week on Dec. 15th, we’ll be reading from the book & performing a bit of music in Brooklyn at Pioneer Works Book Shop. Details in the poster below.

See you in the pit! \m/

Edition 4.3 | December 2016 | View PDF Here


 

Making Simple Hardcover Books At Home

Making handmade books is a great way to present your work and we’ve found it a calming craft to keep our hands busy.

There are many traditional bookmaking styles out there to ensure your book or journal remains archival and well bound – standing the test of time. This tutorial will be a faster version, for folks who just need a quick journal. The pages won’t be stitched with some elaborate thread binding, this will be a single book signature with 1 knot tying the pages together at the seam.

Materials needed:

  1. Bone folder
  2. 10-15 sheets of your preferred paper (we just used some old French Paper Co. Samples)
  3. pH Neutral PVA Glue (reduces chances of the glue eating away at the paper over time)
  4. Paintbrush or Stippling Brush for gluing (remember to keep wet in a jar while working)
  5. Exacto Knife & Cutting Board
  6. Chip Board (Comes in various widths but the backs of old sketchbooks are usually fine)
  7. Pencil and Ruler for marking where to cut

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First, fold some sheets of 8.5 x11in paper in half, later on we’ll sew a bit of string in the folded seam to keep the pages together


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Cut down 2 pieces of chip board for the hardcover, this board is from the back of an old sketchbook- it should be at least a centimeter larger than the paper to protect the pages


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We’ll connect the two hardcovers together before adding the book-cloth, measure how wide the cloth should be by how it fits with the pages. We want about .5inches of the paper to touch the book-cloth the way an old Composition notebook might.


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Use the Bone folder to burnish out any air pockets from the PVA glue to make sure the cloth dries smoothly


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The sheets we use for the cover should be 1 inch or more longer than the board on all sides to fold around it (just about any paper works for bookmaking, it doesn’t have to be book-cloth)


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Glue down the outer cover first, then flip over to glue down each tab- slightly trimming the corner will help to make folding the tabs cleaner


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Example of the 2nd book having the tabs glued down


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When gluing, be sure to use the bone folder to remove any creases or air bubbles


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For a quick book like this we’re leaving out these tabs to glue onto the inner page seam-its a quick way to make sure the page signature is securely fitted into the hardcover


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There a few ways to secure the pages: putting down the inner pages first like this ensures the edges are even, but it may look uneven on the first page..


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The best way is to attach tabs on each side of the booklet.


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The seam with 2 tabs and a sewn knot in the signature.


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When gluing down the booklet we added glue to the tabs and the book-cloth all along the seam.


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After the booklet is glued down it is further secured by this additional layer of the inner cover sheets. it would take alot for these ages to fall out of this bind now.

Final step: Once the last bit of glue is secure, immediately stack your book in a safe, dry place and pile as many heavy flat items you can find to press the book down with weight. Leave the book pressed for at least 12hours. This will make sure the book cover and pages don’t buckle from the glue and everything dries flat.

I usually secure my books between sheets of chipboard and stack my macbook pro, along with big textbooks books and such on top for added weight. 😉

Annnnd you made it! Be sure to tag us on Instagram and share with us your progress-happy printing! @blkgrlswurld_zine

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Printie Printy ^^*

This summer we’ve set up a home studio to edition relief prints and screen prints at home. You can imagine the expense of renting studio time at a local NYC shop so it’s been fun trying to set up everything we need in our living room. Check out some of the surprises on Instagram 😂

DIY Quick tips: 

  1. Always have a bowl of water & sponge handy for spills of changing inks.
  2. Power washers for screens are overrated, proper screen are can be accomplished with a good soak in degreaser, sponges and a Magic Eraser. (For emulsion many things like bleach or simple green work but I’m shooting for toxic free printing and using only water soluble materials)
  3. Never let ink dry in the screen or on your relief block/linocut
  4. Pick a spot to dry your prints and don’t let anyone touch!

Spring Zine Edition 4.2 Is Here!

#Blkgrlswurld Zine Spring Edition 4.2 is here and popping! The Zine is free to view, download or print 😀

On March 15, 2016 custom printed copies will be available for under $5.00 at the Primal Screams punk rock show and Zine fair in Times Square. 3 female led bands will play Tuesday, March 15th @ AMC Empire 25 theater, 7pm.

A pdf version can be viewed here

Thanks so much to all of our friends, artists and supporters. Couldn’t do it without you!

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Black Like Dat : Femme Zine Fest

The Feminist Zine Fest at Barnard College was so much fun this year. Hoping to get a table for Blkgrlswurld next year 😀 We got so many cool books from these amazing ladies!

 

Paper Cuts Book Tour @ ABC No Rio

#‎BLKGRLSWULRD‬ Zine  read and performed a bit of fiddle 🎻🎼 at the Paper Cuts Book Tour earlier this week.
On the panel we discussed NYC Zines and the DIY communities that support them.
Featuring:

– Anthony Tino from Endless Editions
– Giancarlo Corbacho, Panayiotis Terzis, and Nina Carelli from Creeps Annual
– Christina Long from #BLKGRLSWURLD
– Jeannette Stacy from Belladonna

– Jack Bratich from ABC No Rio

Hosted by the ABC No Rio Zine Library 😈
Managed by Christopher Kardambikis and Eno Edet