Category Archives: zine

Stuff and news and things to click about zines.

Zines in the news! Latest two titles  got a mention on the BBC news website today in a Sheffield/Rotherham fanzine feature, which was kinda amazing given all the other stuff that’s going on. Also, here’s the bit I did on  Radio Sheffield, which is online for a week. (Listen from about 2.20.) And now back to your regularly scheduled Fringe.

Adventures in Menstruating at the Fringe, and Space!

Hello! I’ve had a very cool day -had a chat about zines on BBC Radio Sheffield including my new zine about the secret lives of planets. Then packed up and got ready to head up to Edinburgh Ladyfest at the Fringe! Come check us out – Sarah and I will be each be doing stuff from our own individual shows and then concluding with the best of Adventures in Menstruating.  Really looking forward to dipping a toe into Fringey waters, seeing some of our friends’ shows, and discovering new stuff! Hope to see you there!

Leith Circle 115 Leith Walk (near the foot)
Edinburgh EH6 8NP.
Fringe Venue 186
Come and experience the pick of the Fringe with this exciting and eclectic line up of the best of the fest’s female performers!
* JEANNE D’ARK – costumed apocalyptic electropunk!
* CAROLINE KEMP – riot folk!
* SHARON (WITCHES REVENGE) – a musical smorgasbord!
*ELEANOR MORTON – comedy on the ukelele
*GUDRUN HIRT – appalachian dulcimer player and singer
*YAZ DUNCAN – singing heart felt acoustic street folk from Edinburgh’s dank alleys and dive bars!
* BARBARA SCOTT – singing Scottish songs
* CHELLA QUINT & SARAH THOMASIN – subversive poetry and comedy including Adventures in Menstruating!
*THE MULLIN PROJECT – smokey jazz classics!Tix £5 in advance from venue or on door, everyone welcome!

Zine fairs agogo!

If you’re in the mood for a zine fair, you’ve come to the right place.

For those near Nottingham, check out the Nottingham Zine Fair, where you can get Adventures in Menstruating #6 and The Venns: A Quest for the Perfect Pub Quiz Team from the always awesome Marching Stars Distro.

If you’re nearer London, you should definitely check out the International Alternative Press Fair, where you can grab The Venns from Active Distribution.

There are loads of activities and stalls for zine, comic and craft fans, and stalls from our favourite distros and artists. Please show them some support.

If you can’t make it, the zines are available online from the distros linked above, in limited quantities.


Adventures in Menstruating #6

The new issue launches at the London Zine Symposium this Sunday, and then is available from all the usual places after that. It’s been fun and frantic putting it all together!

Call for contributors

Hello! It’s time I started putting together issue #6. If you’d like to contribute a funny period article, get in touch.

I’m also still looking for one or two more comics for the comic book special issue.  A5 portrait size, period positive and funny – full page panel or multi-panel. Email something over or make contact to discuss it further.  All contributors receive a copy of the zine.



Leeds Part 1

I’m very excited to be doing a zine workshop in Leeds with Sarah later today (or tomorrow, in my head, once I’ve gone to bed and woken up again). After that we’ll be putting in a little open mic action at the Chemic for Riot Grrl.  If you’re in the area, you’d be very welcome.  

I’ve just stayed up far too late to watch Day of the Dead, so I may be speaking in zombie metaphors tomorrow. It’s pretty much par for the course at this time of year though. Before I get into a one-woman menstrual zombie representation debate, I’ll just say Annual Halloween party breakdown will go up Sunday, followed by a veritable opus of overdue posts.

Props to Leeds Uni Femsoc for hosting us again. We love those guys.


Back in stock.

I’m getting ready to do another print run of Adventures in Menstruating #5 because I’ve just realised they’re nearly gone! The first run is currently available at Rare and Racy in Sheffield, and will be restocked at Marching Stars (who are now starting wholesaling to shops, which is a big leap and I wish Lizzy lots of luck!) by Monday. For US readers, I’ve just packed up some zines to restock at Things You Say and Sweet Candy. And then that’s pretty much it for Issue 5, which may be a record for us.

Thanks for all your support and interest, everybody – a genuine, massive thanks to our readers and to Bluestockings for always hosting our readings in New York, the distros that carry the zine, and all of the amazing people who contributed to this issue.

If you think you’d like a copy of this issue, let me know by email or on facebook. I’m contemplating another biggish run and want to guestimate (ok, really I just wanted to have a giggle saying ‘guestimate’, but send me an email anyway).


Chella’s new zine: The Venns

So people often ask me if I only do comedy about periods, and I always say no. When the mood strikes me, I do Stand Up Columnist pieces at gigs around Sheffield, I perform my green room and sound check signature tune, “The Lesbian Song” to the fear and panic of many, and I also have this other thing I’ve been working on for quite a while. The second part of the project, a new zine, is finally finished, and I’m launching it in Sheffield tonight. It’s a comedy zine all about the British cultural phenomenon known as the pub quiz.  Pub quizzes are awesome, and over the years that I’ve lived here, I’ve developed my own (ridiculous) theories about what (possibly) makes them tick. My love of charting things (anything – periods, the number of times my mom’s neighbour says, ‘ya know’ in any given sentence,  and, now, pub quizzes) has led to this whole other endeavour that’s been chugging along nicely in the background. The zine heavily features Venn diagrams, which are my favourite kind of diagram, as seen on our Honeymoon Period tour logo two summers ago, actually.  They’re hot off the press and I’m quite excited!

I’ve got some plans to mix this up with performance, just like with Adventures in Menstruating, that’ll draws heavily on a combination of mockumentary, improvisation and infographics. If you live further afield, stay tuned or ‘like’ The Venns on Facebook for more details on availability as we confirm them. Here are the vital stats:

The Venns is a spoof research paper on the workings of the average pub quiz team. Anonymous ‘Informants’ are quoted, terms are defined and serious-sounding theories are bandied about, but it’s all in good fun. Articles include player archetypes, an interview with an unusual quiz-master, foreign perspectives, a word from the guy who said ‘Munted’ on Countdown, a sample quiz, reviews of some of the pub quizzes in Sheffield, and, of course, there are very important diagrams, charts and graphs throughout. It’s an A5 zine with 20 litho-printed black-and-white pages plus full colour front and back covers.

Get in touch if you want more info, or if you’re in Sheffield and want to get in on the quiz action.

Chart Your Cycle is 5!

Five years ago, on a bit of a whim, I wrote a zine called Chart Your Cycle. Everything I’ve done since to do with Adventures in Menstruating has been a direct result of that whim. Thanks to everyone who’s supported or contributed to the zines, the blog and the show over the past five years.

This was the third printing – the first run had black and white covers, the second run had solid colour covers in bright shades, and the fourth printing had solid colour covers in pastel shades. It’s currently out of print, but if you happened to get your hands on a copy during the summer of 2005, you’re halfway through your cycle-chart right now.

Last Saturday I had an excellent time at the London Zine Symposium, and they were celebrating their own fifth birthday. It felt pretty coincidental, but all of us who read – Isy Morgenmuffel, Josie Long, Patrick Staff, Charlotte Cooper and I – seemed to be onto a retrospective theme with the stuff we chose. There was a really nice atmosphere and it was cool to see how we’d all changed over the years. The free zine I’d put together for the symposium was made up of my friends’ and fans’ recollections of what they’d been doing five years ago this week. If you’d like to contribute, get in touch.

More on the zine symposium later. Just wanted to say a quick thanks for now.



And we’re back.

Had a month-long hiatus to sort out all the messing about with Volcano-stranding and other travel-related hold-ups, and are now back to a lifestyle that requires far fewer hyphenated words to describe it. One of the highlights of our US trip was our proximity to what I called the Slurpee Store when I was little and my dad bought me my first one.  We’re back in the UK now, but I seem to have re-whetted the Quint family appetites, because my mom sent me this email today:

“I wanted to let you know I poured my first Slurpee the other day.  It was an experience. I knew it was toward the back of the store, but I had to pass the coffee machines, and the soda machines before I finally found –SLURPEE!  Then–which cup?  So I poured, but I knew it didn’t look like the slurpees you always come out with–too flat on top.  Then–the lid. Different characters were lined up–but help was on the way.  The clerk came running back before I mischose, and picked out the right transparent top for me.  Now he asks which straw–long or short?  Well, long enough to fit into the big cup I guess.  So I felt pretty good about the whole experience, until your sister came home and said, ‘You’re supposed to put the lid on first–to get that nice dome effect.’  Oh well…”

Anyone else who is hankering after a new and refreshing experience with a nice dome effect should head to London this Saturday to join Chella and a zillion (official estimate) others at The London Zine Symposium.

Edited to add that I’ll be reading from issue 5 with some other lovely people between 2 and 3 pm.

Adventures in Menstruating #5 will be available for the first time in London on the individual zine table and for trading, and Chella will also have some treats to celebrate completing Chart Your Cycle for the 24 Hour zine thing (now only held during July, sadly) five years ago this week.

If you can’t get to London but you’d like to join in with the written portion of the treat, email or facebook us with a response to the following in the next 24 hours: What were you doing five years ago this week? Would you do it again? How did you find out (memory, diary, blog, email archive, etc.)?

And if you can make it, bring a zine to trade!