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The Pool

TEXT BY: Anna Favero // Italy/Germany || ILLUSTRATION BY: Verena Spilker // Germany

It was like diving in pools of liquid past. Suddenly I’m eighteen, an awful glass of amaro and a cigarette in my hands, listening shyly to my brother’s…
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Some Girls & Pissing Annie

text by: by Desi Valentinova / Ulpia // Bulgaria || illustration by: Verena Spilker // Germany

Pissing Annie sat along – Asking me if I was wrong – Is my stamen* all too long – Did I ever ding and dong
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The Jobs I’ve Found on Craigslist

text by: Anna Geary-Meyer // Germany || photo by: Verena Spilker // Germany

The second job I find on Craigslist is wiping the butt of a three-year-old whose favorite food is salami. No one tells me three-year-olds need help on the toilet, so this comes as a surprise. We get in a fight over the last bread roll one afternoon and I quit.
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Girls Rock Japan – a transcontinental zine cooperation

questions by: Verena Spilker // Germany || answers + photo by: Girls Rock Camp // Japan

Girls Rock Japan was founded in Matsumoto, Nagano in 2013. Two of our founding members volunteered at the Rock ’n’ Roll Camp for girls in Portland that summer to learn how to organize Girls Rock Camp.
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Perfume Genius on pigs, kids and fame

questions by: Mareike Lütge & Verena Spilker // Germany || photo by: Jason Harrell // Germany

It’s changed. I mean, you know, the first album was a very manic feeling. It needed to come out and I was just doing it for myself. The second album was still personal, but I knew that there were going to be listeners. I kept them in mind while I was writing.
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Roseus Lupus

text by: Janielle Love Williams // USA || illustration by: Verena Spilker // Germany

I’m the descendent of a lineage of lycanthropes. As far back as we can trace, the Martins have shed their human coats at midnight of the full moon and roamed the night in packs. Shape shifting is an ability granted only after puberty. Needless to say I spent my childhood in anticipation.
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Jay Brannan on Gummy Bears and new languages

questions by: Verena Spilker // Germany || answers + photo by: Jay Brannan // USA

I’m actually using the same guitar that I recorded that soda shop video with, and when I record, I do it in someone else’s studio, or rent studio time and an engineer. So honestly, I haven’t upgraded any equipment since starting.
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Jef Barbara – authentic and outrageous!

questions by: Verena Spilker // Germany || photo by: Jason Harrell // Germany

I first learned about Jef Barbara a few years back, when Jef contacted me asking to get listed on Transnational Queer Underground. I really liked their music and so I took this chance of them playing a show here in Berlin to finally meet and interview Jef. I enjoy the honesty you can feel coming from their music
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Girls To The Front – The true Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution

text by: Verena Spilker // Germany || photo by: Verena Spilker // Germany

Girls to the Front – The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution by Sara Marcus caught my interest from the first page on. Starting off with her personal story of feeling alienated and isolated by the people around her and experiencing threats from boys, she found out about Riot Grrrl in 1992 through a Newsweek article that marked an important point in the history of Riot Grrrl.
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Introducing… Kumbia Queers

text by: Verena Spilker // Germany || photo by: Verena Spilker // Germany

This July Berlin had the pleasure of welcoming Kumbia Queers, a band from Mexico & Argentina in Berlin for no less than three concerts, in which they introduced us to their version of cumbia, aka tropipunk.

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