something's begun
art by megan gendell
Zines
and other mail projects

 

Trabant #5

trabant zine #5

 

The story of nine months attending a professional circus training program about 30 hours a week. Why I went and what my days and months were like there, majoring in handstands and minoring in aerial rectangle, training hard and becoming elated and discouraged by turns. Health challenges, self-care, the creation process.

88 pages of text and 20 self-portrait handstand photos. Quarter size, handsewn binding, color cover in first printing, October 2012.

$3; send cash to me at PO box 1065, brattleboro vt 05302, or use paypal.

Trabant #4

trabant zine #4

 

Drawings and memories of the small art objects friends and strangers made for me or gave me over the years, shared as a way to try to understand priorities around art-making and art objects in my life.

12 pages of text and drawings. Quarter size, handsewn binding, screenprinted cover in first printing, 2009.

$2 cash (PO box 1065, brattleboro vt 05302), or paypal.

Trabant #3

trabant zine #3

 

Personal stories about tender moments, trust, trapeze, and improvisation from six months of acrobatics training and rehearsals -- written as metaphors for tides, waves, marine birds, and other aspects of the ocean.

48 pages of text and drawings. Quarter size, handsewn binding, screenprinted cover in first printing, April 2007.

$2 cash (PO box 1065, brattleboro vt 05302), $3 international


Trabant #2

trabant zine #2

 

A perzine about the aftermath of training to be a flying trapeze instructor and how a handstands class changed my ideas about my body and my gender.

52 pages of text and drawings. Quarter size, handsewn binding, screenprinted cover accents in 2006 printings.
First printing September 2006.

$2 cash (PO box 1065, brattleboro vt 05302), $3 international


Revelling in
New York


Revelling in New York

 

Written with my girlfriend Heather (of Glory-of-the-Snow zine), Revelling in New York is a guidebook and a storybook about the cheap or free events, places, food, and more that we love in the city (though at this point, it's a bit outdated as a guidebook). There are so many versions of New York; this is a zine about our dorky, gleeful, exuberant version. It's:

* a window to parts of New York you never knew about
* a guidebook of quirky, non-touristy things to do in NYC
* the story of two girls in love with a city

32 pages, text-heavy, with hand-drawn illustrations. Half size, handsewn binding. Screenprinted cover in first printing, March 2006.

$2 cash (PO box 1065, brattleboro vt 05302), $3 international


Trabant #1

trabant zine #1

 

A perzine written during the first month of 2005; vignettes taken from life in New York, love, and learning new things on flying trapeze.

64 pages of text and drawings. Quarter size, handsewn binding.
First printing March 2005.

$2 cash (PO box 1065, brattleboro vt 05302), $3 international


Full Tilt #2:
dancing away from home


full tilt #2 zine
Memories of my high school years living away from home at a residential high school, Virginia School of the Arts (VSA), training to be a professional ballet dancer. What it was like there, what I loved and hated, why I left, and how I navigate my life now that I'm hardly dancing at all.

39 pages of text and old photos, with soft pink cover. Short half size.
Written during 48 hours as part of a zine challenge.
First printing June 2004.
$2 cash (PO box 1065, brattleboro vt 05302), $3 international


 

Clark 8:
a week in the psychiatric treatment unit


clark 8 zine

 

Musings on my first (and only) time in the hospital for depression and suicidal ideation -- what I hated there and what was good. Thoughts on depression and cures and how to help a friend with depression.

32 pages of thoughts, journal entries, drawings, and photos. Half size, handsewn binding.
First printing May 2003. Includes a 2006 update.

$2 cash (PO box 1065, brattleboro vt 05302), $3 international


Full Tilt #1:
fetched up out of darkness


Out of print.
Written in 24 hours as part of a zine challenge, during the NYC blackout. Musings, a recipe, and quick collages.
First printing August 2003. Currently out of print.
 
Alter/Copy/Pass
A mail art project. Visit it at its own web page.
 
Sublet

sublet zine

 

A tiny origami art book about the things left behind by the owner of the apartment I was subletting.
First printing summer 2002. Approx 1/42 size, origami (folded) binding.

$2 cash (PO box 1065, brattleboro vt 05302), $3 international

 

More zines and projects will be added as they're created.


Available at:
Barnard College Zine Collection, New York, NY
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Main Zine Collection (Trabant #3)
Papercut Zine Library, Cambridge, MA
Multnomah County Library, OR
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Salt Lake City Public Library (Trabant 1, 2, & 3; Clark 8; and Sublet)

Part of:
The Art in Zines reading at ABC No Rio in NYC (2007)
"Dark Matter" Zines Show at the Baltimore Museum of Art (2004)
Zine Display at the National Women's Studies Association Conference at the University of Wisconsin (2004).

Reviews:

Clark 8

"In an excellent excerpt from Clark 8, Megan Gendell gracefully chronicles her descent into suicidal thoughts, describing an 'almost manic' evening during which she cleaned her room and folded her clothes: 'I wanted to leave things in a state of order.'" --Danielle Maestretti, The Utne Reader, reviewing The New Confessionals

"reading 'clark 8' is an intimate experience; you feel as if you are sitting face-to-face listening to her account ... i highly recommend it as a springboard into zines- it is a wonderful example of a well-written, in-depth zine." --pixeldoll.org

"Megan's zine was well-written, clear, talked frankly of the ... medical system from a non-paranoid viewpoint, and this I appreciated, as a well as very straightforward 'reasons to die' and 'reasons to live' list and 'things that help'. Informative, compelling information, but not in a condescending or self-help-book way. Megan comes through very clearly through her account." --Ilya Zaychik, stationaery.com

Revelling in New York
Revelling in New York by Karla at Kitschen Table
Revelling in New York by Ayun Halliday in East Village Inky #32
Revelling in New York by Anastacia at Granny Square Woman

Trabant
Revelling in New York and Trabant #2 by Jenna Freedman and Celia Perez in Best Zine Ever #5
Trabant #1 at metrokitty.com

Full Tilt #2 by AJ Michels, Jenna Freedman, and Joe Biel in Best Zine Ever #4
Full Tilt #2 by AJ Michels in her blog and a mediageek radio show
Full Tilt #2 at pixeldoll.org

Last updated March 11, 2013
email: megan@somethingsbegun.com