Q!C launched a decade ago as a blog promoting queer visibility and expression in popular culture. Ten years later, it’s an independent zine and comic publication that invites queer folk to share their stories, respond to media, and become producers of media themselves. Rather than pressing political views, Q!C explores how queer folk develop their own identities through interactions with media. It emphasises a need for our community to move away from ‘tribes’ and towards ‘queerness’.
As for its future, I plan to use Q!C to explore other mediums through a reoccurring art exhibition called Camp Creatures, a DnD play podcast called Broken Chains, and as a potential editorial section in larger magazines.
Q!C#6: The Gay™
Published December 2018
In partnership with Southport Library and QSpace, I ran a workshop that showed young queer folk how to begin telling stories through zines. This collaborative issue was put together in order to support that workshop, and did a fantastic job of demonstrating the various degrees of zine making. A call was posted for contributions that showed how much or how little work could be put into a zine, which workshop participants received well. With any luck, we inspired a new wave of zine makers and storytellers.
Published July 2018
Slothy and Token aren’t bringing their best selves to the party. Our badbirbs reflect on each other’s flaws and failures (though never their own) while on their way to a boozy birthday in Brisbane’s New Farm Park, and question whether there really is such a thing as ‘gay time’ when it comes to getting your life together.
Published for ComicStreet 2018.
Published February 2018
CW: Text heavy. This is a personal account of growing up in foster care, plus experiences with sexual violence, self harm, and mental illness.
It’s hard to keep chugging along when you’re working yourself into exhaustion and shitty people keep telling you you’re not good enough. After a while you start to wonder what you’re doing wrong. This perzine was a long-awaited ‘fuck you’ to these people, and a reclamation of my communal identity.
You can read a review by Jamie Nyx at Sea Green Zines by [clicking here].
Q!C #4: Auden Zine
Published November 2016
CW: this zine is text-heavy.
This semi-academic essay was an attempt to correct my university lecturer who failed to give Auden’s sexuality a positive identity within his own work. Frustrated with the coverage of Auden and Gertrude Stein during the course, I wrote her an informative essay emphasising the importance of granting queer writers their identity – which I’ve now adapted for zine lovers.
Read a review by Jamie Nyx at Sea Green Zines by [clicking here].
Published July 2017
CW: Sexual themes and
Their relationship in decline, their affair gone sour, and their best friend ready to give them sass at every turn: how much is one trashbirb expected to take!? This comic is twelve fabulous pages of traditionally-illustrated awkwardness guaranteed to leave you both queasy AND… aroused?
Q!C#3.5: Primary Children
Published April 2017
I was stuck at home for five days because of a long weekend. No money meant no food, no food meant more coffee, and getting the coffee jitters while bored meant cleaning the entire house. Day two took me to ‘that one drawer that can get fucked’: the place I shove all the art projects I’ll ‘do later’. What resulted was a 16-page Dadaist nightmare of anger and confusion, directed at both the Australian education system and Brisbane’s boujie queer activists, about the importance of queer education in schools.
Published April 2017
This zine was a collaboration between several queer creatives from across the globe. Contributors include Daryl Toh, Zeraph Dylan, Metranisome, and Cal Ridley. It consists of poems, collages, comics, stories, and illustrations all exploring sex.
Q!C#1: We Think We’re Funny
Published July 2015
CW: coarse language, homophobic slurs, drug use, sexual references.
Started as a 24hr Zine Challenge, this zine is about five of the greatest queers you’ll never meet. My housemates curated our inside jokes on a Facebook page called ‘We Think We’re Funny’, which I’ve paid homage to through this collection of photos and cut’n’paste quotes.
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