Queer!Content is my independent zine publication. It began in 2013 as a collaborative project, but quickly fell on my shoulders when everyone else moved to Melbourne (the traitors).
Rather than pressing political views, I wanted Q!C to explore how queer folk developed their own identities through interactions with media. It tries to emphasise the need for our community to move away from ‘tribes’ and towards ‘queerness’.
But Q!C’s provided opportunities for me to develop my writing, publishing, and networking skills. In 2018 I tested what I’d learnt by publishing ‘Sadvertising’: my short-form perzine on growing up gay in foster care, which garnered an overwhelming reception when it was launched at Festival of the Photocopier.
I’ve used Q!C to deliver workshops on storytelling and zine publishing, and I’ve connected with hundreds of brilliant, queer storytellers from around the world. It’s brought me so much joy.
Q!C’s purpose won’t change, but its format might. It’ll soon expand to include podcast content produced through That’s Not Canon, so watch this space for updates!
Q!C#6: The Gay™
Published December 2018
This issue was published in partnership with Southport Library and QSpace.
A call for contributors was posted, and eventually the issue was born! With their help, we successfully ran a workshop introducing young queer people to storytelling and design.
This was an absolute privilege to deliver, and I continue to be humbled by what these young people achieve through their zines.
Published July 2018
CW: Sexual themes and alcohol abuse.
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. Like their mothers before them, they’re left to wonder whether there really is such a thing as ‘gay time’ when it comes to getting your life together.
Published February 2018
CW: Text heavy. This is a personal account of growing up in foster care, plus experiences of 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.
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 throughout 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.
Published July 2017
CW: Sexual themes and alcohol abuse.
Their relationship in decline, their affair gone sour, and their best friend ready to give read them for filth 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 and hungry 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 sixteen-page Dadaist nightmare directed at the lack of queer education in Australian schools.
This was adapted into a ten-minute play, performed later the same year.
Published Apr 2017
This zine was a collaboration between several queer creatives from across the globe. Original contributors include:
Zeraph Dylan Moore
and Cal Ridley
It consists of poems, collages, comics, stories, and illustrations exploring queer sexual experiences.
Q!C#1: We Think We’re Funny
Published July 2015
CW: coarse language, homophobic slurs, drug use, sexual references.
Beginning as a 24hr Zine Challenge, this issue is about five of the greatest queers you’ll never meet.
My housemates curated quotes and 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 text.