Church Times

Broken Pencil - - Zine Reviews -

Zine, Set of 4, 6pgs each, Mazek, artkaz@ya­hoo.ca

A zine series that is as fre­netic as it is il­leg­i­ble (lit­er­ally, not fig­u­ra­tively), Mazek’s zine series Church Times is a charis­matic, if hard-to-de­ci­pher set that fo­cuses on queer, trans, non-bi­nary, and in­ter­sex dis­course. Com­prised al­most wholly of quotes from LGBTQ pi­o­neers — Kate Born­stein, Aiki Wilchins, Les­lie Fein­berg, Cris­tine Jor­gensen, Sadie Switch­blade, Tom of Fin­land, Venus Xtrav­a­ganza, I could go on — Church Times has an en­ergy be­hind it that is pal­pa­ble and charged, along­side a style that is much the same.

Each in­di­vid­ual zine is folded us­ing a sin­gle page, with a quar­tet of word and im­age on ei­ther side. The il­lus­tra­tions are em­phatic and bare bones, us­ing its icons as muses and pro­duc­ing a series of por­traits and tonally ap­pro­pri­ate draw­ings with LGBTQIA+ phrases to ac­com­pany them (“ASS PI­RATE” with an ass be­low it be­ing my per­sonal favourite). While the rough-and-tum­ble style of the zine is an aes­thetic choice that I think speaks to the po­lit­i­cal frame of its con­tent — the writ­ing and draw­ing here is an­gry and hec­tic, and ap­pro­pri­ately so — it does, at times, make for a zine that is not par­tic­u­larly ac­ces­si­ble in its use of type.

Church Times knows its au­di­ence for sure. Scrappy, scratchy queer rad­i­cals. But I won­der, will this au­di­ence ac­tu­ally be able to read it? (Sarah-tai Black)

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