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

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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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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.

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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JIMMY is a beautifully designed and lovingly edited zine from Los Angeles, with the aim to “preserve and promote that special brand of gayness we do here in LA” – which means that fans of muscles and sun tanned bodies will be rather discappointed by this. Instead, the zine cultivates a certain indie chique I really like and focusses on the less highlighted sides of the gay live in the city. I only have the first issue entitled “Male Intimacy” so far, but find it really promising with stuff like an interview with indie band The Soft Pack‘s drummer Brian Hill, a gorgeous photo series of a cute guy called Jimbo (who does educational music for children), a couple of essays and short stories, and much more. The second issue entitled “The Greenwood” is out now, you should check out the zine’s website or its tumblr for a little preview. To buy JIMMY you have to invest 7$, a subscription with four issues is 24¢. You can order it online or get it in a whole bunch of book shops all around the world (you find a list on the website).

www.jimmythezine.com

In a Western world where ‘gay culture’ seemingly melds into the candy floss of everyday pop music and is repackaged as a commodity of camp and fierceness, Chicago IRL is a refreshing take on the creativity of young queers. And it is a freshness that shouldn’t be geographically bound to the Windy City.

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The new issue of Mary: A Literary Quarterly is out today!  The New York-based publication curates new work from queer writers and aims to “lay bare the lives of the seemingly disparate communities of queers, sissies, activists, “straight-acting”/appearing men who have sex with men, daddies, punks, tops, cubs, pigs, bangee queens, twinks, romantics and head cases.”   Though honestly it’s worth getting for the cover alone.  You can buy it online from the Mary website, and at selected bookstores (check the “buy the magazine” section for details.)