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Edited by AA Bronson and Philip Aarons. Available via Printed Matter.

ExecutionWe’ve already introduced you to the agenda and the history of BAD GRAMMAR aka BDGRMMR in early 2013 in conjunction with a showcase of the zine at the queer pop-up book shop BGSQD. If you missed it check out the full story told by BDGRMMR editor Justin Allen here. The fourth BDGRMMR issue entitled “Execution” is now out and features an interview with MC Jay Boogie and an interview-based portrait of house artist Tigga Calore. The combination is especially interesting since both artists are based in New York City and grew up there, and both of them were influenced by the ballroom scene and share their perspective on it.

You can check out the “Execution” issue right here, for issues 1-3 please visit the BDGRMMR ISSUU page. I also highly recommend their tumblr.

 

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Tonight is the launch of berlin-based Übergang magazine, a print and online polysexual publication that covers contemporary culture through facts and fiction. The first issue has ‘Kotti’ as a theme and will include essays, poetry, short stories, interviews and art in German and English; some raunchier than others.

The event is free and takes place at Südblock from 9pm!

Facebook event

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In the summer of 2012, undergraduate student at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City, Yulan Grant, had the idea to make a zine. Her theme: a visual history of baby hairs, a technique of gel-sculpting the wispy hairs at one’s hairline, popular in Black and Latino culture. Given her studies in graphic design, she had no issue with the visuals, but needed writing. For this, she contacted her close friends and schoolmates at the affiliated Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, Brandon Owens and Justin Allen. Brandon wrote two haiku on the topic, and Justin, a piece of prose poetry. Before the end of the summer the zine was finished, copies printed. By fall, it had been included into traveling zine archive the POCZine Project.

Soon their zine, simply titled Baby Hair, would be traveling the country with the works of numerous other people of color that decided to bypass the publishing industry in favor of complete artistic freedom. But not before they were offered a gig by aspiring curator Johnny Sagan.

Early meetings with Sagan, under the curatorial name Snowy Wilderness, left both Grant and Allen in bewilderment. Tasks were listed off at a rapid pace and seemed both promising and abstract. The gig: Sagan, curating a series of art shows in collaboration with Brooklyn-based gallery Superchief at Lower East Side bar and gallery space Culturefix, had gotten a hold of a copy of Baby Hair and wanted Grant and Allen to produce in house zines to accompany the gallery shows. Their first project, a zine for House of Ladosha’s show THE WHOLE HOUSE EATS.

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Amos Mac and Rocco Katastrophe, the founders and editors of the Brooklyn based trans male culture magazine Original Plumbing, have big plans for 2013 – and I’m not talking about the flashy 2.0 edition of their “Original” snapback that they’re selling online right now (see picture to the left by Amos with model Neon Ladosha). The duo has just launched a crowd-funding campaign to revive and extend the magazine’s website, which they’ve turned into a regularly updated web zine and online community platform for trans male culture over the past two years. With the growing amount of blogs posts and articles by great contributors or video projects such as the “Talk About It” campaign the site has now reached a point where according to its makers it not only needs a new coat of paint, but has to be rebuild and restructured from scratch + needs new editors to maintain it. Furthermore, Amos and Rocco are planning to extend the website into a platform that is able to represent the trans* community in its entirety, which would make it even more important than it already is. The relaunch is scheduled for April.

If you want to support this ambitious make-over project please donate generously via Indiegogo and you will be rewarded with great thank you gifts such as one-month free access to queer/trans* related video portals, collectable stickers of pop icons, the sold-out 1st edition of OP, handmade shirts & bags, a personal dance lesson by Jessica 6 choreographer Georgia Maxine Sanford or a private dinner with the OP makers. And if all of this doesn’t convince you, I’m pretty sure this official campaign video will:

-> Donate here!

Zine culture has been a little underrepresented on this blog in the last few months, but this doesn’t mean we haven’t kept our eyes and ears open for exciting publications from around the world. Here’s what we’ve found. To keep us updated about new online and print magazines and interesting zine projects feel free to contact us via contact@catch-fire.com!

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Artist Felipe Bracelis has many talents, whether he designs digital origami out of porn pictures, models for kinky fanzines or curates exhibitions under his YESSR label in his hometown Santiago de Chile and in other places. Just recently he exported his curator skills to Canada, where he hosted YESSR4 “Flesh Garden” in collaboration with La Petite Mort Gallery in Ottawa. He’s currently working on pieces for a new solo show at the Acuadrado Gallery in Santiago, which will open in November 2012. For Catch Fire, Felipe has written a little introduction to his YESSR photo magazine, of which he has already published four issues and is dedicated to the motive of nude male amateur models in nature. Alongside with the text, you’ll also have the chance to take a look at some pictures of the fifth issue, which will be released in August.

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I missed to do a proper write-up about the first issue of the San Francisco based Das Einhorn when I got it, but I hope I can make it up to editor Paul Bookstaber (former The Sword blogger) and his team by announcing that the second issue of the local slut culture guide for the indie type of gay guys and their friends is now officially available through http://daseinhorn.com. I haven’t ordered #2 yet, but the preview on the website reads as kinky and entertaining as the “The Pity Sex Issue”, and with a modest prize of 6 bucks you just can’t really go wrong – especially after the printed version of BUTT has shut down.
Amongst the contributors of the “Second Issue issue” of Das Einhorn are local Bay Area heroes such as Alexis Blair Penney and street artist Jeremy Novy, and I’m also really looking forward to another piece of writing by L.A. based blogger and Slick It Up designer David Mason (“House of Vader”), whose refreshly non-pc essay about the multiple facets of steroids in the first issue I really enjoyed. For more info check out the zine’s website or Facebook page.

Artist Zackary Drucker is currently finishing an experimental short movie project in collaboration with film maker Rhys Ernst and has now brought it to Kickstarter got raise money for the remaining production and post-production expenses. “She Gone Rogue” will premiere at the first Los Angeles biennial at the Hammer Museum and was shot at locations in Berlin, New York City, Los Angeles, the Mojave Desert and Crystal Lake, Pennsylvania, featuring appearances by legendary queer performers such as Holly Woodlawn, Vaginal Davis (who will also both be part of the Camp/Anti-Camp event in Berlin later this month) and Flawless Sabrina. Here comes the very entertaining trailer to this very promising looking project. You can donate here.

For even more Drucker you should get yourself the first issue of Translady Fanzine, a collaboration with photographer, performer and and co-founder of Original Plumbing magazine Amos Mac, which was published in an edition of 1.000 copies last year and is still available on the zine’s website and in a couple of bookshops in Europe and the US.

You find more pictures from the zine under this article about it in the Huffington Post. The picture on top is from the series “Home is Where the Heart is; Home is Where You Hang Your Heart,” from 2011, (c) Luis de Jesus Gallery, L.A.

www.transladyfanzine.com

We Who Feel Differently is a beautifully designed internet project by Bogota born/ New York City based artist Carlos Motta, who has interviewed fifty queer thinkers, activists and artists from Colombia, Norway, South Korea and the United States about the history and current status of queer politics in their countries. All interviews can be streamed on the site in their original language and were also transcribed and translated into English. While they all reflect different views and approaches on topics such as sexual equality, social assimilation, gender politics, HIV/AIDS and queer arts, the project’s aim is to return to the idea of a “queer subjects” in a political sense, as Motta points out: “We Who Feel Differently attempts to reclaim a queer ‘We’ that values difference over sameness, a ‘We’ that resists assimilation, and a ‘We’ that embraces difference as a critical opportunity to construct a socially just world”.
As a second step, Motta brings together the main questions and topics of the interviews in five thematic reflections, which were also released as a book with the same title last year and can be fully downloaded on the artist’s website. He also has edited the online magazine We Who Feel Differently Journal, which further investigates queer topics. The first one focusing on marriage was published in spring 2011 and can be downloaded on the website as well, I hope it wasn’t the last one.
You find more background information on WWFD by Motta himself this little video portrait of the artist by Brooklyn based filmmaker and visual artist Anna Barsan, who portrayed him for the queer online documentary project Signified (which gets its own post here very soon).

http://wewhofeeldifferently.info

http://carlosmotta.com

Released in September 2011, pictures by David Benjamin Sherry. Order magazine here. Via Spex.

Headmaster, a biannual art magazine, was born last year out of a successful Kickstarter project and is based in Providence, Rhode Island. The zine’s nice concept is to give queer artists “homework assignments” to work on, the results are published in the latest issue. The projects of the 10 very different artists involved in the second issue released this July range from gorgeous paintings of Genet characters by artist Steve Locke to cute black-and-white under-the-shower pictures by German photographer Thomas Weidenhaupt, as well as pictures of a three-dimensional (and very fancy) “biography” of leather pioneer Jim Kane by fiber artist Steven Frost, a beautiful shooting of a hunky guy in a knit rugby uniform designed by artist Joseph Segal and the second episode of an ongoing story by my blogging colleaque and erotic writer Johnny Murdoc. Check it out, the 20$ are a good investment.

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