Hello, Bindle!

Bindle logo We’re excited to announce the new name of our zine: Bindle! A bindle is a collection of personal items carried by a traveler, let’s say a hobo, in a tied off cloth bag. We thought this would fit with our zine, which is a collection of personal artistic creations that can be carried by you, our readers.

Our first issue of Bindle is coming out this June, and we’re so excited to put it together. Want to be a part of it? Send submissions to [email protected]. Want to get an issue mailed to you for free? Send an email with your mailing address to [email protected].

Monkeyshines issues will remain here at monkeyshines.media and Bindle will have its issues at bindlezine.com. We hope you join us in this next chapter of our fun, little zine. Thanks for reading!

Winter 2023 issue of Monkeyshines

Thumbnail of our Autumn 2022 issue Our last issue of Monkeyshines is a real beauty. We still have copies available to send out if you’d like one delivered to you. Just send an email to [email protected]. A digital edition is also available to download, and our web version lives right here.

Support our cause

Monkeyshines and Bindle are delivered free to our readers, and your support helps keep it that way! We are published by a New York state non-profit and your donations go towards printing and shipping our zine. You can support us by donating through our Ko-fi page. Ko-fi gives us 100% of money donated, and your donation is tax deductible! The next version of the zine will still be free for our readers, and our corporate masters stay the same, so any donation you give to Monkeyshines will be used for the new zine.

It’s printed. On paper.

Remember paper? Remember holding something made of paper in one hand and reading while drinking a hot beverage in the other? Remember how paper feels and smells? Inks that could smear and pages that could dog-ear? Read it once, and it looks like you’ve read it. You could leave it on a seat in a public place and be assured that someone would take a look at it, too, before eventually going in the trash. It’s okay. It’s ephemeral but lasts forever in your head. Break the spine, mark it up with highlighters, make rude pencil drawings in the margins. It’s okay. It’s paper, and it’ll still convey the stories we write in it.

Crease it. Smear the ink. Or keep it perfect. Let someone “borrow it” when you know you’ll never see it again. It’s paper. And we want to share it with you.

Limited run

The issues are available in digital and web formats, but printed copies are very limited. Issues are first distributed to our contributors, to our patrons, then to subscribers, and finally to a few distributors. There is no cover charge, no fees, just a free zine.

Want to get your own paper copy of our Winter 2023 issue? All you have to do to get one is ask! (And send us a mailing address.)