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Our current recommendations of creative folks online and making zines.

teenage bedroomTeenage Bedroom
There is something magical about a teenager’s bedroom, hidden among the beauty products strewn across the dresser, tucked between volumes on a cluttered bookshelf, hidden in the wall collage of posters, CD inserts, and pages from magazines. A teenager’s bedroom is so much more than where she sleeps—it can represent her entire personality. This Tumblr is a celebration of these spaces, featuring photos submitted by girls and boys all around the world. Welcome to the land of the teenager! —Hazel
 
Mend My Dress
Neely Bat Chestnut
This zine reminds me of everything I love about zines. It’s personal, printed, and mailed, and would definitely not reach me the same way if I read it on a computer screen. Newsletter style, composed on a typewriter, and adorned with stickers and markings, Mend My Dress is a personal account of Neely’s life events and how she feels about ’em. My favorite thing about it though is that its honesty isn’t the same as random people you don’t really know giving details of their relationships on Facebook—Neely is purposefully vague, which only makes the writing stronger and the emotion more raw. The point isn’t that we readers know all the details, it’s that we understand their collective effect when built up into a feeling, and maybe even relate. Man, I love tangibility and feelings and connecting with human beings. Quit looking at this website and order her zine. Mend My Dress is between $1 and $2, plus shipping, on Ms. Valerie Park Distro. —Tavi
 
Autostraddle
Maybe you’re a lesbian. Maybe you’re not. Maybe you’re too busy doing arts and crafts and reading books and writing to pin down your own sexuality (DEFINITELY NOT TALKING ABOUT MYSELF HERE). None of this matters—you should be reading Autostraddle, the best lesbian blog on the Internet. The site is more than just pictures of cute ladies and news about gay rights, though you’ll find these things in abundance. It also looks at fashion and pop culture with a perspective that’s a bit more inclusive and philosophical than your typical “website for women.” The writing manages to be at once lighthearted, thoughtful, and critical in addressing topics that range from economics to Pretty Little Liars to body image. If I had to come up with one criticism of Autostraddle, I’d be forced to complain that six updates a day isn’t enough. —Jamie
 
Animals Being Dicks
Finally, a website dedicated to answering the question on everybody’s minds: just how many different ways can an ostrich be hilarious? On this Tumblr, Georgia-based web designer John Williams curates the most hilarious gifs depicting pets and wildlife wreaking vengeance. My personal favorites tend to involve cutesy kittens with a violent side, but there are enough different species represented to appeal to nearly any dedicated procrastinator, no matter what her animal weakness may be. —Anna
 
Retrospace
Somebody once said that you can’t have a better tomorrow if you’re always busy thinking about yesterday, but I forget who. Retrospace’s amazing trove of vintage images is either a telling glimpse into our shared cultural past or just a really sweet collection of nostalgic old junk, depending on how you choose to look at these things. Go there, but be prepared to lose many precious hours of your fleeting youth exploring the confusing, hilarious worlds of vintage fashion and beauty ads (“Is your hairdo more important than your laxative?”), schlocky ’60s horror comics (“Doom Cats: No Grave Can Hold Them!!”), really obscure TV screenshots (Spock playing a space zither for Uhura!), and possibly every photo of a miniskirt ever taken. Who needs tomorrow when yesterday’s this good? —Leeann
 
@meganamram
I am a self-proclaimed humor expert. I’m also a self-proclaimed expert on pie. I’m an expert about bats! See, now I’m an expert on that also. And as a self-proclaimed expert about myriad subjects (see above), I … well … really have no authority to tell you that Megan Amram is an exquisitely funny comedian, tweeter and all-around lady. Would a pie expert lie to you? Well, yes. But not about this! —Shelby
 
Nicolette Mason
Nicolette Mason is an awesome girl with awesome style who leads a pretty awesome life and does an awesome job of documenting it. Did you see how many times I wrote “awesome”? Yeah, she’s just that rad. If you need any proof of this, please check out this sick pair of glitter oxfords (not to mention the actual kitty paw painted with pink glitter). I mean! —Laia
 
Chrissie White
Some of the most enchanting photographs being made today are the found on unsung personal photo blogs. For example: the work of 18-year-old photographer Chrissie White. Her simple yet perfect photo blog publishes a charming stream of daily snaps that will make you wish that you, too, could be part of her diary. —Eleanor
 
Angel Does Stuff
Are you, like me, still tormented by the cancelation of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff Angel? Or perhaps you simply miss the brooding visage of David Boreanaz? Well, your prayers have been answered. Behold: Angel Does Stuff, in which the vampire with a soul (or a somewhat more soulless, cardboard version of him) embarks on gritty new adventures, such as building a blanket fort, playing Call of Duty, and spending a little too much time lurking around the local high school. Dude, you’re like 200 years old; it is time to move on. —Sady

11 Comments

  • EveyMarrie September 15th, 2011 11:27 PM

    I’ve been stalking Autostraddle for a while XD And teenagebedrooms haha (inspiration of course)

    and I’m definitely checking out Animals Being Dicks. I love animal stuff, especially of the hilarious sort ;D

    Great listing :)

  • LoversSaintsSailors September 15th, 2011 11:56 PM

    Uh oh, Animals Being Dicks…there goes my afternoon…

  • stephanieie September 16th, 2011 2:28 AM

    Angel Does Stuff is the best thing that’s happened to me all week. (I may or may not be serious.)

  • Pashupati September 16th, 2011 5:43 AM

    Shelby, by bats, do you mean chiropteras or baseball bats? That’s an exclusive or.
    Nice discoveries, anyway!

  • erin September 16th, 2011 12:18 PM

    so I was just reading megan amram during class when my teacher was rambling, and I was shaking with laughter! so funny! I have yet to check out most of the other links yet, but I will! Thanks for the cool lists Rookie! You pretty much brighten my day!

  • darksideoftherainbow September 16th, 2011 8:31 PM

    thank you for the link to the animals. that cat being an asshole to the yoga lady gave me a good roll

  • neelybat September 18th, 2011 12:46 AM

    thank you so much for writing nice things about my zine. wanting to add, if people want to order them from me, they are welcome to-just email me at mendmydress@gmail.com
    lots of love, neely

  • bumblebee September 19th, 2011 7:18 PM

    Autostraddle’s tumblr is pretty amazing, too, people ask in questions to the different writers, and then the answers are published. They’re funny and touching and helpful, about life relationships et cetera.

  • stellar September 20th, 2011 4:08 PM

    “retrospace”–too much fun !!!

  • Meandmysara September 22nd, 2011 4:15 PM

    “would a pie expert lie to you?” me: (immediately thinks of Sweeney Todd)

  • Britney April 2nd, 2013 12:57 AM

    “Angel Does Stuff” takes up literally hours of my time.