Pro Wrestling Feelings #6 & back issues
Imported from Antiquated Future, a brilliant American zine distro based in Portland, Oregon.
Pro Wrestling Feelings is the zine where people who don't fit the typical image of professional wrestling fans voice their love. Women, queers, outsiders, and academics all get heard in PWF and it's always a fascinating ride, regardless of your interest in wrestling. Created by Ed Blair.
Issue #6: In its continuing effort to "untangle the emotional resonance of pro wrestling," Pro Wrestling Feelings #6 examines homophobia and transphobia at wrestling matches, the power imbalances between wrestlers and fans, and event promoter Tom Green discusses accessibility and creating welcoming environments. It also features a wrestling LARP and a queer wrestling RPG. A zine that oddball mega fans will love and where the uninitiated can get a peek into a fascinating world. 40 pages, half US letter size. Cover art by Jon Mastantuono.
Issue #5: This issue of Pro Wrestling Feelings goes deep. There's an epic and fascinating interview with transgender poet Colette Arrand about wrestling as literary muse and her stints as a wrestler and commentator. Willow Maclay has an excellent essay on wrestling as cinema, and the sport's roots in both carnival shows and theater. There's also an interview with Dr. Jess Krenek about female pro-wrestling fandom and academia, as well as comics, poems, the dream match, and much more. 60 pages, half US letter size. Cover art by Sage Coffey.
Issue #4: The challenges facing female pro-wrestlers, All Japan Pro Wrestling, wrestling and fathers, meeting Japanese professional wrestler Jushin Liger on a beach in Los Angeles, and much more. 48 pages, half US letter size.