Morgenmuffel was a comic perzine created by Isy Morgenmuffel from the early 2000s until the last issue in 2014. Our collection holds numbers 6, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16 and 20 of it, as well as several copies of the issue that collects numbers 2-11: Library Catalogue.
Thanks to The Sparrows’ Nest digital library you can read nos. 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 of Morgenmuffel and the 2-10 Collection issue.
In this great interview in Grassroots Feminism from 2009, Isy describes the zine as follows:
Morgenmuffel is an autobiographical comic zine. I’ve always liked drawing and at some point realised how comics were a great medium for telling the stories that I wanted to share. I first drew them for my friends who encouraged me to distribute them more widely. I was familiar with self publishing already through anarchist activities. The name Morgenmuffel was a suggestion from a friend, he thought it was a funny German word that suited me well – it means someone who is crap at getting up in the morning!
I’ve been self publishing it for over 10 years now so I’ve literally documented a third of my life. Its topics are what I do/am into – direct action, travel, grassroots organising, punkrock, ecology, feminism, friendship and enjoying life. This zine is entirely mine, which is very satisfying, although I also solicit contributions from friends, mostly in the form of lists of things they hate! I print about 400-500 copies by myself on duplicating machines at our local resource centre, which is cheap and fun, and distribute them through the wonderful zine network that I have grown to know and love over the years. I send em out all over the world. I also send copies free to prisoners, and review magazines.