Queer Zines

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In two volumes, Queer Zines collects the variegated practices of zine makers past and present, from North America and Europe, and lists them alphabetically, starting with Toronto’s 88 Chins and ending with the Dean Sameshima zine Young Men at Play.

In a riotous assemblage of more than 400 pages, we find comprehensive bibliographies and sinful synopses for more than 120 zines, excerpted illustrations and writings by zine makers, reprints of important articles in and about queer zines, a directory of important zine archives, and a list of zine outlets around the world. It also includes a 1980 interview with Boyd McDonald by Vince Aletti, Bimbox’s pop-up genitalia (alas, not popping up here), Adam Block’s early writings on zines from the Advocate, and excerpted interviews with GB Jones, Vaginal Davis, and Bruce LaBruce. The first volume updates and corrects the original edition of Queer Zines, published in 2008. The second volume adds more than 30 recent titles as well as fourteen new essays, including writing by Bruce LaBruce, Edie Fake, K8 Hardy, and Scott Treleaven.

The second revised and expanded edition of Queer Zines is published on the occasion of the exhibition The Temptation of AA Bronson (6 September 2013 – 5 January 2014) at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.


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This publication first accompanied the exhibition QUEER ZINES at the New York Art Book Fair (23-26 October 2008). The exhibition was assembled from the personal collection of Philip Aarons and Shelley Fox Aarons.

Edited by
AA Bronson and Philip Aarons

Managing Editor
Raymond Cha

Zine descriptions by
Alex Gartenfeld

Designed by
Garrick Gott, assisted by Yoshie Hozumi

Typeset in
Baskerville, Bembo and Didot

Printed by
Shapco Printing, Minneapolis
Printed on
Lynx Opaque Cover and Wilcox Newsprint
Printed and bound in the United States

First edition of 2000 copies (2008)
Second edition of 2500 copies (2013)
Volume 1(Release: 2013)
Volume 2 (Release: 2014)


The publication of this book was made possible by generous support from Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip Aarons.
Printed Matter’s Publishing Program is made possible, in part, through funds from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, Furthermore Foundation, Gesso Foundation, Harpo Foundation, Jerome Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art is supported by the city of Rotterdam (DKC) and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW). This publication is distributed on behalf of Witte de With by Idea Books, Amsterdam.