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I got a new zine submission for the distro! It’s on my Etsy page! Submitted by Neo of Washington, this awesome 30-pager is full of short stories, self-described by the author as “short stories from a long wild life that I am excited to have lived and surprised to have survived.” It’s called I Know You Know My Heart #1, and it’s SO WORTH the $3.50. Plus, each cover is hand designed by the maker! And don’t forget to check out Neo’s blog at iknowyouknowmyheart!

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If you know anyone else who makes zines and is looking for a distro to host their work, tell them to contact me at paperdollcircusdistro[at]gmail.com

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On a less enthusiastic note, I’ve decided enough is enough, and I’m heading back to school. In the past, my record has been far from exemplary. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t have a problem with learning. I love learning. I love reading, writing, participating, even math! (I will admit I hate doing group projects, though. This is COLLEGE, not a middle school book discussion. I don’t want to meet up with three strangers at a Starbucks and make a PowerPoint). What I DO have a problem with is anxiety. The….well, “episodes” I have are completely crippling. I finally went on medication this year that seems to be helping, at least in the short term, and I feel it’s now or never to return to class.

But how am I gonna pay for it? I don’t have a real job and of all the places I’ve applied, not a one has called or returned my call. I guess it’s just not a good market. I felt like I was pretty hire-able. I’m not a drug addict, a drinker, a no-show or an irresponsible worker. But people just aren’t hiring me. What else can I do?

Yeah, I know, loans. The thing is, even at 21 years of age, I’ve never gotten a credit card. Every time I apply, I am refused because, and I quote, “You don’t have enough credit.” Well no shit! I have also applied to FAFSA before but didn’t get anything. I’m trying again but I’m not optimistic.

I guess I never realized how expensive real life is. I feel sick recalling the day I spent $100 on new clothes at Forever 21. I wish I had been more money-conscious. Now I’m paying for it. Does anyone know where money can be made? And no, jokes about selling my body will not be laughed at or tolerated.

Luckily the candle business is steady enough that I have a couple hundred dollars saved up for the first month of my payment plan. But if I can’t come up with something more substantial by June….I just don’t know.

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Browsing the posts on an Etsy group I belong to called Team Zine, I stumbled across  Brandy, the creator of the zine Pixelated. She is starting a collaborative effort to fuel a new zine! It sounds awesome! Join her if you’re interested in her neat idea. I’m already working on a submission of my own.

Check it out here. And check out her shop, here. Pixelated is a cool zine.

In other news, I’m still working on finding people to help me with zine submissions of my own. If you don’t know what I mean, see the post below. In the meantime, I’m striking out on my own. I think I’ll do a prose zine about the weird conversations my boyfriend and I get into, and maybe also pepper it with little facts and things I’ve learned this week. Whatever! That’s the great thing about zines, I think. You can make them about anything and they are still fun to read. People’s conversations, ideas, recipes….it all makes sense even when it’s modge-podged together in a quarter-page size booklet with an outlandish title. That’s the power of self-publishing! NOW GO FORTH AND ZINE!

 

It sounded better in my head, but I will muscle up and not erase it. :P

Today on my Etsy I premiered my next candle, since the Lon Lon Milk ended up as such a success. It’s Chateau Romani! It’s a champagne-scented soy wax candle that looks like the real thing from the Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask! Check it out:

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I’m actually fairly proud of it, and I hope it gets some publicity! If you know anyone who likes Zelda, pass the word on for me! :]

DISTRO NEWS

I’m looking for more contributions to our little zine distro! If anyone reads this who loves zines, makes zines, or knows of someone who makes them, please contact me at paperdollcircusdistro[AT]gmail.com! I’d love to work with you! I’m especially looking for any poets interested in collaborating on a poetry/prose mini zine with me. It’s something I’ve had on my mind for a long time and I want to put it into action! I have two ideas.

1. A general collaboration zine. You send me poems, I’ll compile them, and we put it to print! Yeah, there’s some legalese about you releasing your work for print, but it’s all in the name of getting it out there! I have some poems I want to print but it’s just not enough to make a zine’s worth on my own :[

2. A stream of consciousness-type zine. People send me in WORDS. Not poems, just phrases, like a line or two of prose. I compile it into one long flowing zine that will span 8-16 pages. I think this has the potential to be really really neat.

So there you have it. Anyone interested, contact me!

milk1People are generally warned against the “Ides of March” but so far, it’s been holding a lot of luck for me! Today on  my Etsy I premiered the first zines in the Paper Doll Circus zine distro! I’m so excited. Plus, I started a new project that’s already gotten me some publicity in the Internet world! Come on, Spring! I am ready for you. //FIGHTING\\

 

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PEOPLE WITH CAMERAS

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 The first zine I’ve had for a while, called “People With Cameras.” It’s a color photo book of…..you guessed it, people with cameras! Charles, the creator, found these old pictures at a resale store. Something about that just seems awesome to me. Although it does make me wonder who gives away their old photos to resale shops…?

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The zine costs $6 and is available on Etsy here. Or, if you’d prefer, I can send you an invoice via PayPal. Email me at paperdollcircusdistro[at]gmail.com for details on that.

THIS IS THE SLOW CENTER OF THE SPINNING WORLD

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The second zine is a fantastic poetry zine submitted to me by Carrie of California. Her sister wrote a poem that she then illustrated and turned into this little beauty! Her description of the zine is simple, but true: “it makes you feel like you’re sitting the CA sun.”

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This zine is also going for $6, and is available via Etsy here, or again, can be bought via a PayPal invoice. Your call!

Moving along to the new project: I’ve recently started making candles. It was really just a hobby, something new I wanted to learn. But when I was shopping for soy wax at Hobby Lobby the other day, I came across some cute little milk bottles and of course, the first thing I thought of was Lon Lon Milk. And behold! A couple days of planning and work, and the finished product is available to the general public!

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Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks it was a good idea, as the bottle has gotten some publicity on Reddit, Instagram, and Twitter. Nice!  I’m doing a test run of 6 bottles right now, available on Etsy here. I’m now looking into washable, empty Lon Lon Milk bottles and making candles of Chateau Romani!

I’m happy to announce the beginning of the Paper Doll Circus Zine Distro!

OPENING SOON!

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You might be asking: what’s a distro?

di·stro [dee-stroh]: noun.

a distribution source for independent publishing

(zines, comics, etc.), indie music labels, and other

do-it-yourself crafts.

I am a huge supporter of independently published artwork. I believe real change can be achieved through a small group of active individuals, and I will strive diligently to that end….so I decided to start my own artistic distro. There are many zine distros in the Northwest (Seattle, Portland) and on the East Coast (New York, Pittsburgh), but I have yet to find a true fan base in the Midwest. That really bothers me, because I love zines (I have only made one myself, but I enjoy reading and learning from them as well)! I figured the least I could do was encourage others who write and create art to keep at it. Individuals selling within the same market creates more of a buzz than each person trying to create a following on their own. I want to help artists reach out in a collaborative sense. To make an arts collective. I’m not interested in making a profit for myself; I just love the idea of self-published work getting out to more people, especially in my area. There aren’t enough people who think for themselves, who aren’t afraid to write or draw or otherwise create what they’re thinking and want to express their opinions.

Please check back often for more news on the upcoming opening of our distro! We’ll be posting new zines, comics, musical ventures and more from Chicago and beyond!

 

Do you write zines? Draw comics? Make music or other crafts? We are always looking for new artists and would love to host your work!
Contact us with a sample at paperdollcircusdistro@gmail.com