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Blue Blood Founder Amelia G is doing a Reddit AMA right now!
July 28, 2015, 02:45:pm
Amelia G – zinester publisher Blue Blood (naked gothic people) and BLT (punk humor) AMA!
https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/3exg48/amelia_g_zinester_publisher_blue_blood_naked/

Hi Reddit! Happy International Zine Month.

Now I'm the founder of OG alt erotica and entertainment sites, but I started off laying out zines, in a group house basement, with a hand waxer.
During the zine revolution, I began publishing Black Leather Times (BLT for short), an antisocial humor zine with cool funny artwork and appalling but witty prose. My unsavory pals and I would give away thousands of copies of each issue for free at goth-industrial nightclubs, science fiction conventions, and local punk, sex, and music boutiques.

I graduated to putting out the full color, glossy, internationally distributed, critically-acclaimed Blue Blood magazine of counterculture erotica.
Then the internet came along and made this sort of behavior into a viable business and Blue Blood evolved into some of the first alt sites on the net.
Kickstarter Staff Pick BLT punk humor book 25 year Black Leather Times zine omnibus: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ameliag/blt
Blue Blood web site: http://www.blueblood.net/

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Journalists Call BLT Infamous, Seminal, Super Anti-Social and Very Fun
July 27, 2015, 04:22:pm
Here is some of what people are saying about the BLT Kickstarter. I heart journalists <3

"infamous punk humour zine Black Leather Times" --Broken Pencil, http://www.brokenpencil.com/news/fun-with-crowdfunding-black-leather-times-25th-anniversary

"seminal punk zine BLT" --Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing http://boingboing.net/2015/07/25/kickstarting-an-omnibus-of-sem.html

Love, Amelia

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BlueBlood
University Students Studying BLT, Radical Politics, and Social Class
July 27, 2015, 04:12:pm
Students at University of Arizona are reading about BLT for class. This is definitely one of the more amusing things I found while doing research on Black Leather Times for the BLT Kickstarter (less than 48 hours left, eep!) For one of his courses, Professor Malcolm Alan Compitello at University of Arizona assigns Chapter 8 of Notes from Underground: Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture. Notes from Underground is an academic study of the world of zines and its political impact (or lack thereof), written by NYU professor Stephen Duncombe and published by the deeply awesome Microcosm Publishing (who I should totally write for.)

Professor Duncombe's general thesis is that zines often have charismatic convincing voices, but they tend not to effect enough social change because zinesters other themselves and seek intimacy with their audience in a way which requires a small size. Speaking about BLT, in his chapter on "The Politics of Alternative Culture," he wrote:
Bohemians have worked long and hard, shedding the values and appearances of their upbringing and creating new ones in replacement, why should they turn around and embrace the very things and people they've left? Think again of the pride of Black Leather Times's Amelia G in "loud, joyous proclamations of our freakdom, our otherness, our willingness to be different"; and her glee in mass rejection: "So what if we horrified the neighbors; we exulted in one another." The problem is this: in order to effect political change when you have no power, you need your neighbors.

I'm going to resist my own pedantic impulse to take a professor to school on what it means to be punk or at least my own personal micro social psychology. I'm just going to take a moment to stop and smell the roses and be stoked that my sweet antisocial baby BLT is in university textbooks. BLT is being taught in school. Now please go back the BLT Kickstarter and own a piece of zinester history.
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BlueBlood
*New* Jumbo BLT T-Shirt Designs
July 27, 2015, 04:10:pm
Yay! We've got a whole bunch of potential T-shirt designs ready to go. BLT's wonderful kind backers will be the ones to decide which ones we actually produce. The plan is to make a minimum of 3 of these designs, although I kind of want them all, now that I am looking at them. Old skool folks will recognize Forrest Black's reworking of the classic BLT knight tee. Slash's genius artwork features throughout. These will be printed with very current screenprinting techniques, so they will be super soft and comfy, not plastic-y at all. We can get these in up to 3X size. I'll be requesting backer preferences in designs and size, after the Kickstarter project is (hopefully) successful. Backers won't be charged at all, unless the project meets its funding goal.

Drugs

CONventions

Summer Fun

Summertime

Punkrock Success

science fiction

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*New* Jumbo BLT T-Shirt Designs
July 27, 2015, 04:34:pm
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Nice variety of artwork :-)

BlueBlood

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*New* Jumbo BLT T-Shirt Designs
July 27, 2015, 04:37:pm
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Thank you :-) I'm thinking of doing the last one in more of a latte/coffee-ice-cream tan instead of the red, but otherwise, I'm pretty happy with them. The process I have planned for the printing is going to be nice too.

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BlueBlood
400 Page BLT Book (and Tshirts) is a Kickstarter Staff Pick
July 27, 2015, 04:09:pm
Whoo-hoo! I'm excited that the BLT book and T-shirts project is a Kickstarter Staff Pick. I'm feeling all validated and stuff :-)

kickstarter staff pick

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BlueBlood
Blue Blood's punkrock BLT Zine T-shirt Designs
July 27, 2015, 04:07:pm
I've just added some new BLT t-shirt designs to the BLT Zine Omnibus Kickstarter page. We're probably going to need to get supporter feedback on which ones people want most. I have a bunch more designs to complete, but I really like these. BLT zine artwork by our cool collaborator Slash. Some of you old school folks might recognize the F-Thee design, which is a bit of an update on the original BLT t-shirt printed by Tony Tribby, some 20ish years ago.

BLT Suicide

BLT F Thee

BLT DC Punk

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BlueBlood
Blue Blood's BLT in The Miami Herald and Librarians are Awesome
July 27, 2015, 04:05:pm
As I've been working on the BLT Kickstarter, I've been doing some deep searching in Google and Bing/Yahoo. For those just tuning in, BLT was the zine I started before Blue Blood and it is very funny, if you have ever lived in a punk rock group house, gone to goth-industrial clubs, gotten drunk at science fiction cons, or at least known people who engaged in related activities. So I want to do a giant 400 page collection of all the issues of Black Leather Times (BLT for short), along with some reminiscences and technical production info for fellow zinesters. Okay, now that everyone is on the same page, back to searching BLT and Black Leather Times.

I saw that a journalist named Rene Rodriguez at the gigantic circulation Miami Herald did a huge feature on the zine revolution and selected BLT as one of the zines she covered. The article was not online, but a wonderful librarian I know helped me find the original. In the age of the internet, it would be impossible to get press from a newspaper as huge as The Miami Herald and not know about it.

The tiny (and misleadingly titled) Black Leather Times has only 12 pages per issue, boasting impressively intricate (and twisted) pen-and-ink illustrations along with its grab bag of essays, stories and advice columns, all centering around a different theme (employment, travel, holidays, Valentine's Day).


Nice shoutout to the awesome artwork, the lion's share of which was done by Slash. I like that they got the concept that each issue of BLT had a theme. In all fairness, although we thought it was obvious at the time that Black Leather Times was a reference to our crowd all wearing leather jackets, a lot of people did think it was a kinky sex thing. Which helped encourage me to start Blue Blood, so that misunderstanding worked out pretty well in the long run.

Other zines mentioned in-depth in the Miami Herald article "Magazines Like You've Never Seen" include Gnosis, Gray Areas, Answer Me, Cross-Talk, Smart Drug News, Diseased Pariah News, Girljock, Twilight of the Idols, Science Fiction Eye, and Boing Boing. There are also brief mentions of Wonderful Lifestyle, Prison Life, Mercury Rising, Whorezine, Satan Wears a Bra, Jack Ruby Slippers, Presence, Short Circuit, The Skeptical Inquirer, Frostbite Falls Far Flung Flier, Whole Earth Review, American Window Cleaner, and Asian Trash Cinema. Out of all of those publications, plus more from Richard Kadrey's Covert Culture Sourcebook, the author found Boing Boing and BLT the hardest to classify.

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Magazine Central: BLT, Blue Blood, Boing Boing & High Times in SPI
July 27, 2015, 04:04:pm
As I've been working on pulling everything for the BLT Punk Humor Book 25 Year Black Leather Times Zine Omnibus, I've been finding all sorts of odd surprisingly non-ephemeral ephemera from the past. Below you will see an advert which ran in SPIN magazine approximately a zillion years ago. The ad is for both BLT and Blue Blood and a bunch of other titles. Looking through this advert, I think the only other folks left standing from this piece of the zine revolution are Boing-Boing (who are crushing it online) and High Times (who pre-dated desktop publishing.)

There was this project called Magazine Central and it shared large, high ceilinged, nicely sunlit, SF offices with these two zines called Future Sex and The Nose. Magazine Central had the clever business model of buying full page ads in high circulation magazines and dividing those pages up into lots of little ads they sold at a profit, mostly to other zinesters, keeping just a few slots for themselves. Magazine Central also did the order processing, at a time when getting credit card processing was actually rare and challenging. I actually kind of wish someone would do something like Magazine Central now. Only maybe with more careful accounting.

In the end, Magazine Central wound up screwing everybody. Kind of unnecessarily; I would have considered us square if they'd given me some punk rock barter, in place of the funds they owed. I don't recall either of their names, but I remember having a conversation with the wife of the dude from Magazine Central, where she told me that things were so bad that her husband had taken a day job. At the time, I was publishing Black Leather Times and Blue Blood from spare rooms in a Maryland punk rock group house called Hollowpoint (a nice punk rock group house, but still) and had never quit my day job. So I was nonplussed by her presenting a day job as the worst thing in the universe. Just a really insensitive thing to say to a zinester because most zines are at least partly a labor of love. Heck, I've heard the Newhouse family (of Condé Nast) loses money on magazines but loves publishing. Anyway, the Magazine Central mode of outreach was pretty cool while it lasted and I think we connected with a lot of readers we might not have gotten to reach otherwise. I only wish it had been able to continue longer (by say not blowing so much of their budget on San Francisco VC parties and expensive offices.)

The best ad ever was in Esquire for one issue before the mag decided stuff like Blue Blood was too racy for their readership. Their readership, who purchased in great quantity, clearly did not agree with their editorial management. Fortunately, others like SPIN were more progressive and open-minded.

Anyway, I've been thinking about those times a lot. I'd love it if you guys would check out the BLT Kickstarter and consider backing it. You know you need 400 pages of bite-sized anti-social humor.

(this scan is from the 1990's so don't call the 1-800 number :-)
magazine central

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BlueBlood
Comic Con Makes Me Miss East Coast Fandom
July 27, 2015, 04:01:pm
The first time I went to a science fiction convention was with the Wesleyan Science Fiction Club when I was around 17. It was Boskone in Boston. My friend Sue and I ran around the convention in crazy outfits we hoped were sexy, meeting all kinds of people, discussing books we had previously read in a more solitary way, and checking out lots and lots of hot pasty-faced D&D boys. It is funny that the boys seemed very important at the time, but what I remember most vividly now is Sue and the fandom community. I met people like a bearded gent named Jailbait because he had been going to conventions since he was a young tyke. I heard about the whole concept of Fandom As A Way of Life with the folks whose whole social lives revolved around going to cons all up and down the Eastern seaboard. While cons were never my only social outlet, I have surely attended a lot of them. As an attendee, as a guest, as an exhibitor, and as a crashing miscreant. Before I moved to the West Coast, my roaming range stretched from Boston to New Orleans.

Once I graduated from Wesleyan and ended up at Cambodia (the storied DC punk group house, not the country), I started publishing Black Leather Times with the help of my unsavory pals. At every convention we would go to, we would have a new issue and we'd give out thousands of copies of BLT for free. Each issue had a theme and some of the fandom themes were the apt D&D/B&D issue, the traditional Science Fiction and Fantasy issue (Spock ears versus elf ears!), and the conventions issue a.k.a. How Amelia's Unsavory Pals Feel About Cons -- Mostly About the Sex Part. (You can visit Kickstarter for what BLT has planned for its 25 year anniversary.)

I went to Comic Con for the first time not that long after Forrest Black and I arrived in Southern California. Angelenos suck at estimating how long a drive is, or at least they did before Wayze and Google Maps, so everyone told us that it would only take like 2 hours to get to San Diego from Hollywood. It actually took all day because, even then, Comic Con was so huge that it had an extreme impact on traffic patterns. I don't recall what magazine we were covering the event for. Maybe Marquis. At any rate, we were there both for our own interests and a publication was depending on us to come back with press coverage. I believe in giving my all to deliver as promised, so this made us doubly hellbent on getting to the convention. We finished with press registration at the very end of the day and the exhibits were closing up.

We had planned to go for only one day, but we hadn't seen anything yet, so we needed to find a hotel. During Comic Con. In San Diego. We literally walked the whole Gaslamp district, asking, at every place from corporate hotels to flophouses, whether they had rooms available. Finally, around midnight, the beautiful Horton Grand had availability from someone who had missed their connecting flight from Paris. So we ended up in a lovely boutique hotel, in a historic location that used to be a brothel. But it took a lot of wear and tear and extra bother and then there were no groups of people wearing costumes and/or black in the hallways, getting into mischief and LARPing and deconstructing Bladerunner and William Gibson.

When we got to the convention, I was surprising to see so little costuming, after people had raved about the outfits. There were tons of people there and we ran into a lot of folks we know, including various comic book fan rockstars wandering around. That was cool, but, on the overall, it seemed like just a really big store.

I've been back to Comic Con a number of times since, both as press and as an exhibitor. The show itself will allow a corporate movie like SAW to have hundred foot banners with severed body parts flying in public. But they will be bitchy about SFW flyers for indie NSFW products on the flyer table. There are literally lines for any panel you'd want to attend. The convention center A/C is not up to the task at hand. Cosplay is on an uptick, which is visually nice and I give kudos for that. One of the last times I exhibited at Comic Con, this armorer guy forced one of the girls in our booth to take one of his pieces and put it in our luggage, when I was not there. Months later, he contacted me all pissed off that we hadn't photographed his stuff, when I had to go bust open the Comic Con boxes to even find out that we had it on hand. Basically, the show has its merits, and I should probably do more with it, but, on the overall, that last anecdote is illustrative: the show is more about business than culture, but it is so overwhelming that the business tends not to go terribly smoothly.

Most of the cons out here feel more like clocking in to work than visiting with members of my community. I really need to spend some more time going to the East Coast shows. Everyone, please hit me up with what conventions you are planning on attending in the coming year or two, 'cause I clearly need to make some plans. If all goes well, maybe I will have some new issue of BLT to give out.

blt dnd bnd

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BlueBlood
Summer Fun BLT
July 27, 2015, 03:59:pm
Forrest Black and I have had to hit Blue Blood's storage facility as part of working on the BLT Punk Humor Book 25 Year Black Leather Times Zine Omnibus project. We were able to find quite a few vintage issues of BLT where we had enough to be able to give some to our friends and compatriots in Los Angeles. So we made flyers to explain what BLT is to new folks and brought some collectible zines to the 4th of July shindig at Death Knight's house. BlueBlood.net forums readers will remember Death Knight for his insightful and reasonable deconstructions of all topics. BlueBlood.com readers will remember his beautifully well-appointed house from some hot pirate and steampunk shoots and related goodness.

I was excited to run into Damon Knight, pictured here in Death Knight's pirate cove hot tub with a substantial percentage of the ladyfolk at the party, who I believe he is directing in some sort of patriotic star-spangled water ballet. Damon was one of the first people I met and photographed in Los Angeles, back in town now, after stints in Las Vegas and Chicago. Sometimes it seems like all the people I enjoyed the most in Hollywood have been pulled into some huge diaspora and so few are left in and around the city of Los Angeles.

California flight aside, the Summer Fun issue includes Sarah McKinley Oakes' suggestions for horrifying tourists on the DC Metro, Michael Clay's advice for meeting rebellious teenage girls, Vladomir Dracovitch's thoughts on interfacing with the Moral Majority and NASA, Deborah Ellington's Romantic true or false, and Will Judy's breakdown of why Kurt Vonnegut once wrote, "unusual travel invitations are dancing lessons from G-d." And I wrote the masthead, a checklist of appalling things to do over the summer, a nostalgic reminiscence of making scenes in public places with friends, and a summer beauty and fashion quiz. Here is a sample quiz question:

2. When invited to a pool party, you wear:
a) A micro-thing bathing suit recent imported from Rio
b) The typical attire of the sky-clad
c) A latex catsuit, a gas mask, and a poodle

If I didn't see you on Independence Day, you can still get the answer key at Kickstarter. Please check out the nifty video of me over there. Thanks!

blt summer fun

the death knight hot tub july4

the death knight damon july4

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BlueBlood
Punk Zine Black Leather Times Led to Blue Blood
July 27, 2015, 03:57:pm
BLT was my first publishing project as an adult. My friends and I did it from various different punk rock group houses. It is hilarious as fuck, especially if you've ever spent time in dark smokey clubs or science fiction conventions and related haunts. It was distributed primarily at sex shops, punk boutiques, SF&F and RPG conventions, and in the aforementioned dark smokey clubs. (I managed an adult boutique called Night Dreams, so the sex shop distro just seemed logical.)


I used to get a lot of letters from people who assumed a zine called Black Leather Times was a porn or fetish mag of some sort because it had leather in the title. Especially after it got written up in The Washington Post and such, so a lot of people from very far afield heard about it. So I thought about what sort of adult mag I'd like to be producing, as there seemed to be a demand, and I started publishing Blue Blood magazine in print. Which, of course, eventually led to BlueBlood.com and its suite of spooky naughty membership sites and this SFW entertainment site and a bunch of other cool stuff.


In all fairness to those titillated by the Black Leather Times moniker, BLT has had a lot of funny and insightful writing about sex and fetish and dating. Ever wanted to know how to use stage blood for birth control? Wondering whether to share your crack cocaine on the first date? Considering the finer etiquette points of threesomes? Want to be a goth-industrial strength heartbreaker? Want to pick up punk rock babes? Considering jobs where you have to read things (translated from a Japanese scientific study) like "sperm was harvested from male rabbits using an artificial vagina"? BLT has you covered. Back the BLT Kickstarter and you can get 400 pages of appallingly humorous advice like this :-)


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BlueBlood
Introducing BLT Kickstarter
July 27, 2015, 03:54:pm
This weekend saw the launch of my Kickstarter project BLT Punk Humor Book 25 Year Black Leather Times Zine Omnibus. BLT was the first zine I did as an . . . well, I hesitate to say it, but as an adult. It is one of the creative projects I am the proudest of working on. A lot of great people have contributed to it over the years. Here is a quick behind-the-scenes snapshot Forrest Black took of me on the set of the Kickstarter video for this project. Doing video still makes me jumpy sometimes, but BLT just makes me happy. I hope it can make some of you all laugh and smile with its punk rock humor. If you've spent any portion of your life at science fiction conventions or in dark smokey clubs with unusual music, then you will definitely get the jokes. Please pop over to Kickstarter and check out the details on this (hopefully) forthcoming 400 page book!

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July 27, 2015, 03:55:pm
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Introducing BLT Kickstarter
July 27, 2015, 04:18:pm
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BLT stands for Black Leather Times, but each themed issue came up with a different alternate title, like Babies Love Thorazine, or Blanket Licence for Tetracycline, or Blood Laved Truncheons, or Boyfriends, Lesbians & Truth, etc.

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Hexonxonx
Thoughts?
July 21, 2015, 04:05:pm
I need to come up with a good pinup name. I want something that suits me and my interests, but still fits the pinup style. I have some ideas in mind, but would love a few more. Thoughts?

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Thoughts?
July 21, 2015, 04:06:pm
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Sexy Hexy doesn't work I guess, huh? :-p What did you already have in mind?

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Thoughts?
July 21, 2015, 07:09:pm
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Lady Hex

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Lunatik Hair Dye!
July 20, 2015, 04:30:pm


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