Our Dark Passenger zine

Our Dark Passenger: Anarchists talk about mental illness and community support is now out, published by Katipo Books. Weighing in at 34 pages, it is a collection of articles about living with mental illness by anarchists from around Aotearoa, and some writings from overseas. I’ve written a few of the pieces, and collated and designed the zine.

Our Dark Passenger can be purchased from Katipo Books (who will mail it anywhere in the world) for just NZ$2.00 + postage. You can also download the .pdf and print it yourself by clicking here (1.93MB).

The zine has no copyright, so feel free to print and distribute copies as you see fit (just don’t charge more than you need to cover costs). You can download a version imposed for printing by clicking here (for the inside, 1.83MB) and here (for the cover, 100KB). If you distribute it anywhere outside Aotearoa / New Zealand, I’d appreciate it if you emailed me at anarchiazine[at]gmail[dot]com and let me know, it’s always interesting to see how far things spread.


Page 1 – Front Cover
Page 2 – Contents
Page 3 – Introduction (Asher)
Page 4 – Bryden’s Story (Bryden)
Page 6 – Ending it all (Anonymous)
Page 7 – Cartoon (The Icarus Project)
Page 8 – Mental Illness: My Struggle (Asher)
Page 10 – Depression, police terrorism, and me (Anna-Claire)
Page 12 – Amy’s Poem, Drawing, Are we Falling? The war machine (Amy)
Page 14 – On Being Alone (Asher)
Page 16 – Places to look for help in Aotearoa / New Zealand
Page 17 – Activism and Depression (Bexxa)
Page 24 – Discussion Questions for Workshops and Groups (The Icarus Project)
Page 25 – How I Became a Thief (Jessica Max Stein)
Page 28 – Also from Katipo Books
Page 30 – Back cover, 5 things to NOT say to someone suffering from depression


Parts of this zine are likely to be triggering to those who have a history of self-harm or mental illness, so please use your own discretion when deciding to read.

If you think you are likely to be affected negatively by this zine, please DO NOT read it!


Unfortunately, we had to remove the article The Spoon Theory due to copyright issues. Oh well….

4 Responses to Our Dark Passenger zine

  1. Uri Gordon says:

    Well done for this publication!
    Are you familiar with the work of the activist trauma team in the UK? They are doing very good work in spreading awareness to issues of post-traumatic stress and burnout in activist circles. Very recommended for every activist who has experienced institutional violence and police repression: http://www.activist-trauma.net
    I’ve put your link in my blogroll, will be happy to see anarchyalive.com featured here.

  2. Asher says:

    Hi Uri,

    Have added Anarchy Alive to my blogroll, cheers for the link :)

    I have heard of the trauma team you mentioned, but only vaguely – will have a look at the website now.

  3. e2 says:

    hi. scene logo. that’s how i found ur blog a coupla times all ready. i’ma tipster (the icarus project) floater and am into geniune haka, besides māori liberation. identify as a mystical anarchist, whatever that is. interested in the muslim anarchist movement. taqwacore. less so, conventional western anarchy. inhale secondhand green smoke from heeb anarchists and activists, on occasion. looking forward to your insights, from a south-east asian lens. i’ve got some previously unpublished poems that i’d like to contribute to ur ‘zine, if possible. at the keyboard, mostly, these days.

    “Australians are not Pacific Islanders.”

  4. Two thumb up for you ^___^

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