Y’all! DIY PHL finally has a new website! Much simpler, easy to use, and works well on your phone. http://www.diyphl.com/ Now you can submit your shows with your show flyer, and adding shows on our end is easier than ever which means it will get updated much faster and stay updated. It also will feature the monthly artwork each month.
Submit to your hearts content. Thanks soooo much to Sharp Hall for designing the new site.
Spread the word and submit your shows!
FYI Amazon now sells Plan B emergency contraceptive
This is half or even less the price you’d probably find it in a pharmacy! It’s a really good idea to have it on hand, so you can take it right away if you need to. If your sexual activities put you at risk…
Spreading the word
Hey y’all! Looking for submissions for the second issue of the nanny zine we put out last year. Please re-post/spread the word however you’d like!
"CALLING ALL NANNIES
Collecting submissions for The Hand That Rocks The Cradle #2,
a zine about nannying, made by nannies!
Do you have a horror story? A highlight? A list of things you’ve learned? Reflections on whether or not you want to be a parent now that you’ve been a nanny? An experience specific to being a POC/LGBTQ caretaker?
Being a nanny is a tough, but rewarding job. It’s heartwrenching, aggravating, awkward, hilarious, sweet, and very personal - it’s a job unlike many others. We all have a lot to say when we get together. Let’s put it all into a zine.
Any and all contributions are appreciated. We’d like to get as many perspectives as possible. Feel free to compose your submissions vaguely or submit anonymously for yours or your nanny family’s protection. We’re looking for variety - writing, comics, art, etc. All are fair game.
This will be a half-sized zine, so please submit all contributions at 300dpi, 5.5x8.5 or leave the formatting up to us.
Deadline: June 16th - to debut the zine at the Philly Feminist Zine Fest (June 28)
Submit all contributions to: firstname.lastname@example.org”
I drew this for another purpose (a submissions flyer for issue #2 of the nanny zine - to be posted tomorrow!) but it seems fitting for this day:
We are not mother’s but we pour a lot of love, energy, thought, care and compassion into the work we do. So aside from mothers, I’m often thinking of fellow caretakers on this day. We work hard for a lot of children and exist in a weird grey area where we sometimes are overlooked in the importance in young people’s lives. Teachers are well respected. Parents are irreplaceable. Yet somehow nannies are often considered unskilled laborers who are wasting their potential. I know that what we do is not the same as being an actual mother, but it’s something important and something I think about on days like today. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Anonymous asked: hey lovely! your book has *so so* inspired me (in terms of zines and college which i start in august)! it has also introduced me to a pretty rad world of arty graphic novels... i was wondering if you had any tips or anything for a budding zinester? i've been collecting them and making small, short zines since October, but I started a series of longer zines to document my freshman year of college... any thoughts/tips would be so rad! thanks! emma xxx
Hey! This is a really nice message. I’m stoked for you to get into the world of zines. Some of my most rewarding friendships and some of the most important things I’ve learned have come from the zine community. I don’t really have many tips because the fun part about making zines is doing it your own way! Here are a few I can think of:
-Just keep going. The longer you make zines the more you connect with people, both other zine makers and zine readers.
-Table zine fests. There are tons around the country and table fees are usually only $10-20. Split a table with a friend. Even if you don’t sell a lot (or if you do!) it will be worth it to talk face to face with lots of people and get to know other zine makers in your community. It’s also one of the few chances you have to meet some of the people who will read your zines in person. It’s also a great way to find collaborators, distros to work with, and a fun excuse to visit other cities. Tabling fests can be really awkward because people are walking by and picking up and putting down your stuff right in front of you, and you’re never sure how much small talk to make, and maybe they’re reading all about your personal life and real feelings and commenting to you about them right there in that moment. But! It’s still fun and rewarding and a really good way at getting good at talking to strangers (which I used to be terrified of).
-send your zines to different book stores and distros for consideration. They might help you get your zines out and in turn you’re supporting people who do a lot to keep the zine world going. I really like Quimbys in Chicago, Atomic Books in Baltimore, Portland Button Works in Portland, OR and Boxcar Books in Bloomington, IN.
-do a little research about people and places you might work with. The zine community has a long history and as a newcomer it can be easy to miss some stuff that had gone on that might make you feel uneasy. It’s easy to assume that we’re all on the same page in this but all communities have people who you don’t want to align yourself with, despite the fact that you have an overarching thing in common.
Sorry if any of this is stuff you already know/do. It’s hard to know how to answer anonymous questions because I’m not sure exactly where you’re coming from. Best of luck!