Well, it’s here. After a year of scanning, editing, sourcing, tracking down cut and paste zine flats packed away in boxes and old purple or teal Samsonite valet cases littered throughout Neely’s house, many business meeting over a shared bottle(s) of wine, sewing cover artwork, debating, pricing out printing options, filing a business license application, wading through the library of congress website, and hours of listening to Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf, and of course, Corin Tucker and Kathleen Hanna, our first title has officially been released.
Mend My Dress Collected Zines: 2005-2007
By Neely Bat Chestnut
Neely Bat Chestnut has compiled her zines put out between 2005-2007, which include the first six issues of Mend My Dress, as well as Dear Step dad and Grit and Glitter, in a comprehensive anthology of early work. Chestnut’s Zines are well respected in the zine community and her zines cover issues ranging from incest, self-harm, the riot grrrl movement, feminism, friendship, fairytale, and healing as she reflects on her childhood and coming-of-age.
Now comes the fun part: promoting! So, if you have a friend that might like Neely’s book, please tell them about it. ‘Like’ us on Facebook, follow our tumblr blog, and of course, check back here for upcoming events and upcoming titles.
We’re Colleen and Neely, two ladies who have traded letters, clothes, records and cameras since we were 14 and discovered a shared love of riot girl. Since that fated day in 1995 when our paths first crossed, we’ve both moved around, had adventures, sent many letters, and made art, all while sticking to our DIY and feminist ideologies.
We started working together to self-publish an anthology of Neely’s early issues of her zine, Mend My Dress, and we struck by the obvious need for more women positive small-press publishers on the west coast. So, while deep in the throes of putting together the anthology, we looked at each other and said “Hell, let’s just start a small publishing house!”
Our hope is to open the possibilities for zine writers who are looking to put out their work in anthology format, making it an easier path to navigate, and to work with writers and artists who are looking to publish their work.