the zine that is hopelessly devoted to 80's movies

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Girls, on Film is a quarterly fanzine about 80’s movies. For each issue, we select a theme and discuss a handful of 80’s movies related to that theme. We cover all kinds of topics, and all kinds of films.

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behind the zines

Cindy Mancini Wears White After Labor Day



Stephanie’s one big disappointment in life is that she wasn’t old enough to fully appreciate popular clothing styles in the 80s, as she was mostly attired in paisley sweatsuits. A full-time editor and occasional freelancer, Stephanie looks nostalgically back on 80s films such as Ernest Goes to Camp, Adventures in Babysitting, and Can’t Buy Me Love and wishes she could pull off the hairdos of Cindy Mancini and her friends.

Desperately Eating Susan



Janene has created many zines over the years and introduced Stephanie  to the craft. Janene spent much of her teen years combing musty local video stores for all the 80s movies her hometown had to offer. There were lists… She’s got plenty of favorites from the decade, but its stylish indie films like Desperately Seeking Susan, Repo Man, and Terminator that she loves best.

Wendy O's Gonna Need You to Repeat That



Rhonda, a teacher and freelance writer, raised adolescent hell in the 80’s and the horror films of that era were her BFFs! She loves all of 80’s pop culture, but nothing spoke to her quite like Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama, Nightmare Sisters, and Reform School Girls. She had her own pink laminated Video Time Video rental card at 9 years old and she never looked back. Or forward, really; she still loves her VHS and sweet, sweet VCR. And let it be known, the scrunchie never died for Rhonda: she STILL wears one proudly!

gIRLS, on "tour"

Festival of the Photocopier

Launches Feb 20, 2021 (ongoing thru 2021)

We will be participating in this year’s Festival of the Photocopier, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest annual zine fair. Hosted by the Sticky Institute zine shop in Victoria, Australia, this virtual event will launch February 20, 2021, and materials are expected to be available online for at least one year. In addition to virtual exhibitors, SI will also be having its first (contact-free) community zine swap open to folks in Australia. Participation in this event is free.

Street Cat Zine Fest

August 21 – 22, 2021 (Virtual)

We will be virtual tablers at the 5th Annual Street Cat Zine Fest. This year’s event includes a a snail mail zine exchange, virtual exhibitors, and pre-recorded readings. SCZF is always a non-profit event that is free and open to the public. SCZF showcases zines and DIY art for free, trade, donation, education, and enjoyment.  Check out the New Cult website for more information about #SCZF5!

San Francisco Zine Fest

August 28 – September 5

The annual San Francisco Zine Fest and its accompanying panels and workshops celebrate and support independent writers, artists and creators, allowing them to share their work with an ever-growing audience in exhibitions and public events. SFZF2021: Cyber Fest Rebooted will be virtual. The festival will run from August 28 through September 5. Additionally, accepted artists’ works will be sold in participating Bay Area bookstores. Scavenger Hunt

September 4 – 6

We are proud to co-sponsor the San Francisco Music Scavenger Hunt, an event that celebrates San Francisco’s vibrant music scene. There will be more than 100 challenges that will appeal to music lovers of all ages, and of course there’s chances to win fun prizes. Grab your team and get your tickets!

ABQ Zine Fest

October 2, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

We’re going to be virtual exhibitors at the ABQ Zine Fest. This year’s fest will be virtual PLUS a pop-up shop in downtown Albuquerque for locals to buy zines and zine fest merch. Check out all the lovely makers.

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