“Charlie Birch makes zines about queer and trans identities, mental health, reproductive health, disability, and cute animals.”
Who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m an archivist, writer, and artist who focuses on queer/trans issues. I also love birding, geocaching, and searching for Bigfoot.
What do zines mean to you?
Zines amplify the voices of the unheard. They are radical in that anybody can make them, they are accessible, and you don’t have to be a capital-A authority to create them.
How did you first get started with zines?
I’ve been making zine-like things since childhood, but was properly introduced to zines and zinemaking when I started grad school in 2008.
How would you build the perfect snowman?
Probably start with a good base and end with a snowball fight.
Tell us about your zines.
I make zines about queer/trans identities, mental and reproductive health, disability, Bigfoot, and cute animals.
What resources do you use to create your zines? Tell us about your zine-making process.
I cut and paste text and images and add loads of washi tape and stickers. I’m slowly coming around to the idea of creating digitally but I still haven’t learned Photoshop.
Do you have any advice for newbie zine makers?
Always ask other zinesters to swap. You’ll get to know each other’s work and then you’ll have cool zine friends.
Can you tell us your favourite cracker joke?
What do you call a cookie that takes pictures? An insta-graham. I stole that from the internet because I am not good at jokes.
What is your favourite thing about zine culture?
The support and camaraderie among zinesters.
Do you have a favourite zine or zinester?
One of my fave zines, T&A: Transitioning & Attractiveness, was created by one of my favorite zinesters, Birch Rosen. Check it out–it’s really great!
Why do you make zines?
It’s a form of mental health and community care.
How are you celebrating the holiday season?
Socially distanced outside family time.
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