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

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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