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The Zinester Manifesto: A Novel of the Underground


This novel is an origin story for a collective of zine activists. It is the first-ever novel to feature an entire zine community.


"...captivating...doing all the things a good book is supposed to do."
--Billy McCall, Behind the Zines

"...a page-turner...every zinester should have this book..."
--Bratty Bre Upton

"...admirable...a zine fest utopian society where misfits support each other unconditionally."


From the desert to the streets to the beach to the border: A novel of the Southern California underground.

These six artists together reveal the spirit of the zine community, and how it embodies the resilience within all human beings. They're trying to make a difference. They're trying to save themselves. And they're on a collision course with each other.

Ezekiel exposes police abuse with drones. His zine is called SlapDown. Clare decides to challenge her own privilege. Her zine is called Moon Bloom. Blossom refuses to let insults slide. Her zine: The Man Who Booed Littlefeather. Viola uses fairy tales to break down stereotypes with her zine O'Kindred. Rocky rewrites the boundaries of gender in Shake me the Boom Boom. And Stanley looks for ghosts in traffic jams until he makes his first zine: Untitled (Sad).

Once every two weeks over the course of a zinefest season the story drops into these characters' lives. You see what's happening to them on that day. Sometimes their separate scenes run sequentially; sometimes all of the characters are together in the same place; and sometimes their scenes are held together through motifs. Follow these six artists through a season of Southern California zinefests and get an insider's look into the folks trying to shape a 'New America.'

This is their manifesto: There is only dignity in revolt.

308 pages.


If you are more comfortable buying your books from well-known booksellers like Bookshop.org or Amazon, here are those urls. The book is printed by the same facility, no matter where you buy it. So the quality is identical. With a Big Cartel purchase you get a bookmark that I custom-made for the book, plus a free mini zine. :)




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