The International Zine Month prompts are finally posted. Thank you, Alex Wrekk, you rock!
As I do with every zine-related month (for now there are only two I know of – IZM in July and ZineWriMo in November), I’ll list the prompts and try to edit them or switch their dates to fit my schedule and my priorities a bit better.
This year will be different because it’s not just my schedule and priorities that I need to consider, but also my level of energy which is down to the fucking ground right now.
There is also the fact that the entire world is boycotting Israel so it will be wise to keep in mind that not many international people will want to trade with me or be in contact with me or collaborate with me on anything. I am Israeli after all, and a Jew, and it’s like so rocking cool and totally bitchin to be hating on Jews nowadays.
Anyway, I already have my zine idea for this month (and if you’ve been following up on my blog, you also already know what it is). I’m still waiting on the answers to an interview I want to include in my zine, but it’s cool. If I get it by July 15, it’s perfectly on schedule and I’ll have enough time to work on the layout by then.
So here is my edited list for International Zine Month 2021!
July 1: I work the afternoon shift on that day so I have the whole morning to formulate an answer to the question “what is a zine?” But I think the morning will be better spent on brainstorming a bit more ideas for my zine. Maybe I’ll just write my answer for that question as a status update on Facebook or something once I get to the office. I’ll also add a list of why I love zines and thus cover the July 16 prompt as well.
July 2: Usually, I have Friday mornings off too, but that’s because my kid is in gan. Not happening in July though because she’s in camp and that doesn’t include Fridays. Maybe I can use the zine rewind to show her some of my zine collection. I miss the zine Welcome to Bend. I remember how much I enjoyed reading those. Maybe she will too.
July 3: Shabbats are basically impossible for me. But maybe if the group Witch & Bitch will be hosting some kind of virtual zine event on that day, I can try to make a brief appearance. No promises because honestly, I rather be sleeping on the Sabbath.
July 4: Sunday morning at work could be the perfect time for me to do some zine shopping. I can cover all my bases and do the activities for July 4 (AmeriZine Day), July 6 (Zine Pride Day), July 19 (Zine Distro Appreciation Day), and July 23 (Zine Distro I never ordered from before) which all involve buying zines. I can go to the IZM 2021 list on Stolen Sharpie Revolution to get ideas for zine distros to order from.
July 5: I’m not a huge fan of reviewing zines unless the zine in question really blew my mind. I’ll make this a Work-in-Progress day and work on my zine.
July 6: Zine Pride Day will hopefully be covered on July 4.
July 7: I’m pretty sure I have a good idea about what a zine distro is, and if not, with all the distros I hope to visit on July 4, I’ll definitely find out then. Work-in-Progress day.
July 8: Another Thursday I hope to be working the afternoon shift. I’ll see if I can score a decent recipe from a zine to try. If not, maybe I’ll just make my own or just go on with the work-in-progress.
July 9: Friday. Goddess forbid my kid catches me on the computer, LOL! So updating my Etsy shop will likely not happen on that day or the next. See July 11.
July 10: I’ll likely be writing messages to zinesters all month long so I don’t know how relevant this is. Especially since this is Shabbat and I rather be sleeping.
July 11: International Zine Day does not apply to me because ALL zines I order are international, so that day is not really special. Instead, I will go to the post office and check updates on prices for shipping internationally. There might have been some changes since Corona and all, and also since the peace agreement with the UAE, I might be able to send zines to that region too. I’ll check the prices and update my Etsy shop accordingly.
July 12: ZineWiki Day! I LOVE ZineWiki, and I was so happy to be able to update my listings once they fixed up the website. I’ll go check it again to see if my listings are still up and running and then I’ll go on with my work-in-progress.
July 13: Zine superstition? LOL! I’m superstitious only about nail clippings (should never be thrown in the garbage and never stepped on, and should always be buried or flushed down the toilet) A zine? Maybe never use it as a placemat for clipping nails on? Hahaha! Work-in-progress.
July 14: ValenZine’s Day. Giving myself some love sounds like a good idea. Shopping at a local office supplies store is always a pleasure for me. I think I’ll drop by Hanan on Yafo street before heading home.
July 15: Oh blessed Thursday mornings! I’ll work on a zine flyer in the morning (thus covering July 17 and free my Sabbath) and post a status for a free zine giveaway on Facebook once I get to work. I’ll also post a scan of my new flyer! If I get my interview answers on that day, I’ll start with my zine layout. My favorite part of zine production!
July 16: See July 1.
July 17: See July 15. I’m thinking of making this Sabbath a Zine Sleep Day. I’ll read a zine before going to bed.
July 18: Zine Trade Day… ok, this will be a nice test to see which of my zinester friends have NOT become stinky anti-Semite goyims. If any of them are reading this, y’all interested in a trade? If not, I was thinking of covering July 24 but instead of learning a new zine skill, I’ll teach my daughter about some zine skills for herself. This day is Tisha Be’Av so anyway, we’ll be both stuck at home with nothing to do. It will be nice to take the time to make some zines with my kid.
July 19: See July 4.
July 20: Complete the sentence “I once read in a zine that…” What an interesting prompt! I’ll have to think about that one. Also, this day is my 15th Aliyahversary! I wonder if I can incorporate IZM with this very special day. Maybe make a mini zine about it?
July 21: Zine Library Day. I wonder if there are any other ones in Israel since the one I found in Tel Aviv a few years ago. I can get in touch with the Bush Collective on Facebook to see if they know of anything. And since July 11 is International Zine Day and doesn’t apply to me, maybe for this day I can switch the “international” with “national” and maybe find out a bit about the seemingly nonexistent zine culture within Israel. Make this Israeli Zine Day!
July 22: Zine YouTube Channels. Thursday morning work-in-progress. Office afternoon shift check out some of the channels they list on Stolen Sharpie Revolution.
July 23: See July 4.
July 24: See July 18. Shabbat va-yinafash.
July 25: I don’t want to send my zine for review. Instead I’ll make this day a general post office day in case I do get some trades and orders. Otherwise, work-in-progress.
July 26: Organize my zine collection. Ever since that same activity on July 25 during IZM 2019, I’ve been pretty consistent about keeping my zine shelf tidy. Maybe I’ll just take a quick “shelfie” and go on with my work-in-progress.
July 27: Request a collab zine. While trying my best to avoid the haters, how about making a zine with someone who definitely loves me and has not yet been infected by hate culture? It so happens that I love this person back even more than I love myself. You guessed it, I’ll make a split-zine with my kid! A double-sided mini could work wonderfully.
July 28: Posting online about my favorite zines is closely related to my feelings about zine reviews (see July 5). So yeah, I think working on my zine will be a better use of my time on that day.
July 29: Take a photo with my zine? Don’t mind if I do! Takes a grand total of 0.26 minutes and leaves me with plenty of time to use my Thursday morning for hauling ass with my zine and hopefully finish it up and send it to print.
July 30: Writing a post on this blog about my IZM 2021 experience. Friday is a low-energy day and a looking-after-my-kid-when-she’s-not-in-camp day. You know I’ll be writing weekly roundup posts about IZM as I’ve been doing in previous years. A final post to see what I managed to accomplish will also be posted, as usual. But I rather write it when I’m in the office and a hell of a lot more focused. So I’ll leave that for August 1.
July 31: HallowZine day. Writing about a zine that was discontinued is the only thing that applies to me as I don’t know any zinesters who passed away. However, this activity is still related to the July 5 prompt and I don’t want to write about that. And anyway, it’s Shabbat. Let me sleep.
I won’t be doing any of the bonuses mostly because of my lack of energy. If I manage to accomplish everything I listed above, I’ll consider that a bonus in itself. I’m very excited for IZM!
Come on, zinesters! What are your plans for IZM 2021?
Peace, love and back to zine production FINALLY!