DISTRO

▶ MAILORDER POLICY:  Distro items are available only when we table an event. FOR THE BIRDS does not distribute to other distributors (labels, distros, et cetera). We apologize for the inconvenience, but we are a small operation with not enough Bird-power to supply anyone but ourselves.  The only exception to this is that we do make our own zine, “So You Want to Start a Feminist Collective” available by mail in our BigCartel Store.

▶ FOR THE BIRDS’ PRINT DISTRO:

bikinikillzine

Bikini Kill: A Color and Activity Book is a thirty-page, self-proclaimed “ANGRY GRRRL ZINE” put out by the members of the one of the founding riot grrrl bands. The essays, poems, song lyrics, and interviews found in this zine discuss a variety of topics, with radical feminism, women’s empowerment, and exposing privilege as central themes. This zine will wake up the jaded punk rocker in you.

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Brainscan #21 by alex wrekk: ”Brainscan 21 explores my recognition of being in an emotionally abusive relationship, the attempts on both parts to right wrongs, the failure to do so, and gathering the strength to take the next step.What if your private life in your relationship is vastly different than what other people see? When do you know you are in an emotionally abusive relationship? How to you gain the strength to get out of it? What do you do when you know you can’t handle the burden alone? What do you do when you feel so alone and terrified of the consequences of leaving, when if it means losing friends, a home, a job and a way life that you love?” These are just some of the ideas explored in this zine through a three year personal narrative that also challenges you to examine your relationships with power, to identify how you express the power you have, and also how you relate to the power that of others possess. But most of all this, zine is about revelation, rebirth, and growth.” [from Alex Wrekk]

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Deafula Issues 1, 2, and 3: Deafula is a personal zine written by a girl named Kerri. The zine is a humorous, straight-forward look at one person’s experience being deaf. It’s introspective and relateable for anyone who has ever felt like an outcast, while also being an informative resource for hearing allies.  You can mailorder copies of each issue here.

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Evolution of a Race Riot “Mimi Thi Nguyen’s huge compilation zine features writers of color who are affiliated with the punk and riot grrrl scenes. The pieces analyze racism, and privilege in the largely white populations of activist, feminist, punk and zine communities, and discuss isolation and homogeneity. There are articles and comics by American Indians, Asian Americans, African Americans, Filipinos, and Latinos.” [-Barnard Zine Library / available in their collection!]

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Race Riot 2 Mimi Thi Nguyen’s follow up to Evolution of a Race Riot, another huge compilation chock-full of personal writing, interviews, and even a Race Riot directory. We are thrilled that we have this available, as it is hard to find.

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Get it Together Issues 1-3: Illustrated zine of mantras and motivational phrases by Lauren Denitzio
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HABITS OF BEING Zine and Audio Zine is a combination of oral history interviews and creative nonfiction writing that have a common theme threaded throughout. The idea is to blend the personal with the historical, to explore the past, and to compare our habits of being. This first issue includes interviews with three women from SuBAMUH (Ohio women’s intentional community) and three related personal stories by Cynthia Ann Schemmer.

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Hot Pantz: “This crucial guide to women’s health gets older but not less useful. It features a well organized resource with a clear index of health problems along with remedies. Also contains a glossary of herbs and their properties. A very handy resource to share with a friend in need.” [from Microcosm Publishing]

 

 

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The International Girl Gang Underground (IGGU) zine is a collection of stories, artwork and critical work on the subject of what effect the riot grrrl legacy has had on DIY feminist cultural production, twenty years on. Put together by Kate Wadkins (of For the Birds Collective, Brain Waves) and Stacy Konkiel (of Soul Ponies), the zine is available both online (with additional content) and in printed form.
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Jane: Documents from Chicago’s Clandestine Abortion Service 1968-1973: ”Jane was an effective clandestine abortion counseling service which provided safe, humane services to thousands of women prior to the legalization of abortion in 1973. Jane is an inspiration — a beautiful example of the battles that can be won without begging, of women taking their lives into their own hands and taking responsibility for their actions. Originally published by Firestarter Press, we reprinted an edition of this important text to help make it more widely available.” [from Eberhardt Press]

 

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Learning Good Consent: A compilation zine about positive consent experiences, from the author of Doris zine and the Support zine. This zine will hopefully empower all of us who’ve had our boundaries crossed and help in opening new ways of thinking for all of us who’ve crossed others’ boundaries. Examining ourselves closely, many of us have crossed someone’s boundaries at one time or another. We live in a culture and a time where “normal” sex is non-communicative, where violation is eroticized, where others’ emotional responses are routinely trivialized or invalidated or ignored. How do we challenge this culture? How do we unlearn habits and patterns of behavior that silence others and desensitize ourselves? How can we learn to engage with each other in a way that cherishes and centers consent?

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jodibiocover

Jodi Tilton Biography Zine: A collective biography of Long Island Womyn’s Collective member and dear friend Jodi Tilton, who passed away in July of 2007.  Friends and family share stories, memories, and the history of her life as a way to explore and document what she meant to her community, and to keep her memory alive.  From her love of vegan sweets to balancing her first ”grown up job” with her devotion to feminist organizing, the zine represents a space where the reader can visit and celebrate what made Jodi so special.
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notyourmothersmeatloaf

Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf Issues 1 through 6: “The first collection of comics that will later expand into a larger body of work. The direction of this project is shaped by honest, reflective, and conscious submissions our group receives. The submissions represent the authors’ experiences, thought processes, and individual views. This project is an attempt to challenge hetero and gender normative practices in sexuality education. We’re holding another open call for illustrators and writers to submit short comics on sex ed. topics (like safer sex, consent, etc.) LGBTQ friendly positions.”

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paniczine

Panic: “A guide to recovering from panic attacks with resources for managing long term anxiety.” [from the Doris Zine Distro]

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phillydudescollective

Philly Dudes Collective“A zine that documents ways that this collective found to discuss and analyze masculinity and stuff around it. It includes discussion topics – such as becoming better allies to survivors and what is an egalitarian relationship. I think it is so important for guys to be figuring out how to talk about these types of things amongst themselves in critical and positive ways, and this zine is a good resource for figuring out how to do that.” [from the Doris Zine Distro]

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Reclaiming Our Ancient Wisdom is a guide for practiced herbalists and midwives to better serve the women of their communities. Beautifully illustrated with botanical drawings from Gerard’s Herbal and other early texts. [from Eberhardt Press]
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nyresourcezine

Resource NYC: A comprehensive and thoughtful guide for New Yorkers who are dealing with sexual assault. Contains suggestions on how to call someone out for abusive behavior, anti-sexism resources for people of color, personal accountability and alcohol use, a book list for survivor support, self-defense, and gender analysis. In the back, you will find resources for male survivors, places to get free STD testing and condoms, community health center contacts, and information on involving the police and seeking medical attention. A helpful starting place for those seeking information, resources, and community support around the issue of sexual assault.

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Shotgun Seamstress Issues 1-6: “Shotgun Seamstress is a rad zine by and for Black punks, queers, feminists, artists & musicians. And it doesn’t disappoint! This issue focuses on money and its hold on individual lives, music, activism and the art world. There is an interview with Mick Collins of the Gories (!) and the Dirtbombs (!!), a biographical piece on photographer alvin Balthrop, a dissection of punk rock’s rampant classism, some traveling stories, and much much more! This issue also includes a column by Brontez of Gravy Train and an interview with TuffNStuff of NastyFacts.” [from Stranger Danger Distro]

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Sick: A Compilation Zine on Physical Illness - Sick collects peoples’ experiences with illness to help establish a collective voice of those impacted within radical/left/DIY communities. The zine is meant to be a resource for those who are living with illness as well as those who have not directly experienced it themselves. Contributors discuss personal experiences as well as topics such as receiving support, providing support, and being an informed patient. These writings are meant to increase understandings of illness and further discussion as well as action towards building communities of care.

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So You Want To Start A Feminist Collective…: A Flight Plan For Newly-Hatched Flocks - For the Birds’ first zine! Encouraging other people to start their own collectives and projects, For the Birds answers questions about how we started and how we continue to operate as a group.  We address problems we’ve faced, how we’ve negotiated those issues, the vital importance of communication, and more.  The zine is both about our own collective process and a guide to starting similar projects in your own community.  It’s our way of sharing the knowledge we’ve gained together.

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supportzine

Support: “In a time when sexual assault and abuse are an increasing problem; even in so-called radical and punk communities, and when most women have been sexually abused in one way or another, Cindy Crabb (Doris Zine) brings us a document showing ways to prevent sexual violence and support survivors of sexual abuse. The zine helps to define consent, some letters that Cindy has received, listening, talking about sex, power dynamics, comics by Fly, and much more! A crucial resource that reads much like a regular issue of Doris.” [from Microcosm Publishing]

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The Worst Issues 1 and 2: “This awesome compilation about the not so awesome stuff in life–grief and loss— gives an honest take on the death of loved ones in a world that attempts to capitalize on our sorrow. Each writer discusses his/her own personal loss and the idea that they must get over it, and quickly. The stories help to open a dialogue about death, recovery, and the need for community support. Definitely a good read for folks who have lost close friends, family members, pets, or even those who want to be allies to friends who have lost someone.  It even comes with a resource list, DIY grief groups, activities and art projects! [from Stranger Danger Distro]

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When Language Runs Dry Issues 1-4: Finding good information and meaningful dialog about chronic pain can be challenging. Many of the resources out there are very clinical, too general, or are written from outside the pain experience. There are few voices by folks with chronic pain about their struggles and how they keep living as full a life as possible. This zine attempts to begin to fill the empty space with a diversity of voices telling their stories. We hope that by publishing these essays people will feel a greater sense of permission to speak out. Further, we hope to create more community for those with chronic pain and their allies. Also available for sale here.

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Womanimalistic #1 is a comic zine drawn and printed in Brooklyn, New York by Caroline Paquita. This first issue covers everything from heartbreak and sex to D.I.Y. health-care and beekeeping. The zine was printed using a risograph duplicator in the artist’s home and features a pull out poster.  Also available for sale here.

 

 

 

 

POSTERS:

jodiposter

Jodi Poster: Illustrated by Cristy Road, this poster honors the memory of Jodi Tilton.

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Assorted posters from Past Big She-Bang and Birds of Summer Events.