It’s the first of November and MoFemmeBer is here! YES! But what is MoFemmeBer, you ask? It is a read-a-thon of zines to read money, an excuse to read a bunch of queer zines during the months of November and December, and to win fun prizes all while helping to support QZAP so that they can continue the amazing work that they do.
Want to participate? It’s really easy. Just follow the steps:
Third, ask your friends and family to make a pledge to sponsor you for each queer zine you read during the months of November and December.
Keep track of all the queer zines you read, again using the handy form, and also by entering them here. If you give us permission, we’ll be blogging about the zines folks are reading over on our Tumblr.
At the end of December, tally up all the numbers, and collect the donations from your sponsors, and send it all to us, along with your handy form.
We will send you your prize(s), depending on how many zines you read!
What is QZAP? QZAP is the Queer Zine Archive Project, started in 2003 in an effort to preserve queer zines and make them available to other queers, researchers, historians, punks, and anyone else who has an interest DIY publishing and underground queer communities. Their mission statement:
“The mission of the Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP) is to establish a “living history” archive of past and present queer zines and to encourage current and emerging zine publishers to continue to create. In curating such a unique aspect of culture, we value a collectivist approach that respects the diversity of experiences that fall under the heading “queer.”
The primary function of QZAP is to provide a free on-line searchable database of the collection with links allowing users to download electronic copies of zines. By providing access to the historical canon of queer zines we hope to make them more accessible to diverse communities and reach wider audiences.”