G.B. Jones is an influential artist, filmmaker, musician and zine editor from Toronto.
In the 1980s, G.B. Jones started working with editors Caroline Azar and Candy in helping to put out Hide, a combination music cassette compilation and photocopied fanzine. A number of issues had already been published by the time she joined, with several of the cassette tapes including songs by the band Fifth Column, of which she and Caroline Azar were both members. The fanzine documented the punk, experiemental, and industrial music scene of the period, and included articles, photos and interviews in the fanzine on music, movies and art. Five issues were published.
J.D.s, her next zine, was co-published with Bruce LaBruce and ran for eight issues. The first issue of this publication appeared in 1985, the intitials 'J.D.s' standing for 'Juvenile Delinquents'. The two editors wrote a manifesto which appeared in Maximum Rock N Roll in February 1989. The effect of the manifesto, and J.D.s itself, was widespread, setting off an explosion of like-minded zines. The editors also released a cassette compilation tape, called the J.D.s Top Ten Tape, featuring bands from the U.S.A., Canada, New Zealand, and the UK, and held J.D.s film nights in London, Toronto, Montreal and San Francisco in 1990.
After the demise of J.D.s in 1991, G.B., along with Jena von Brucker, Caroline Azar, Johnny Noxzema and Rex released the often contentious zine Double Bill, referred to as an 'anti-zine' or, more frequently, a 'hate zine' (as opposed to 'fanzine'), a new category in the self publishing world. Five issues were produced between 1991 and 2001. The editors contributed to the zine Girl Germs. As well, G.B. and Jena were interviewed by Alarm Clock, and the zine was written about in The Village Voice, and SF Weekly, among other publications.
G.B. has directed, and appeared, in a number of films and videos, and was a contributor to the film zine created by Miranda July called Joanie4Jackie. Her movies have all been made on Super 8 and analog video. The Troublemakers premiered in 1990 and proved influential. Her next film was The Yo-Yo Gang, released in 1992, a 30 minute 'exploitation' movie about girl gangs that has gained cult film status. The film features a number of zine editors, such as Donna Dresch, Deke Nihilson, Caroline Azar, and the other members of G.B.'s band Fifth Column. Her first feature is "The Lollipop Generation" that, like her previous movies, stars many zine editors including Jena von Brucker, Vaginal Davis, Joel Gibb, Jen Smith, Johnny Noxzema, Scott Treleaven, Anonymous Boy, Gary Fembot and Stevec Bones.
G.B. is well-known for her drawings. In 1996, a gallery in New York released the book G.B. Jones, containing drawings and other artwork from J.D.s, Double Bill, and other zines, with commentary by Dodie Bellamy, Kevin Killian, Dennis Cooper, Jeffery Kennedy, Vaginal Davis, and others. Although readily available in the U.S. and Europe, copies were seized at the Canadian border and it was pronounced "Banned In Canada".
Her work has been printed in a wide variety of mediums including books, comic anthologies, magazines, posters, t-shirts, record, cassette and CD covers and most especially in zines, and has been shown in galleries and museums in Europe, Canada and the U.S. She was interviewed and featured in the book DIY: The Rise Of Lo-Fi Culture, released in 2005.
Her work can be seen in the pages of the dozens of zines she has contributed to, including Every Reason, F.O.D.! Maggotzine, Girl Germs, The Kingsboro Press, Sugar Needle and This Is The Salivation Army, or been featured in, such as Femme Flicke, Making Waves, Urban Legends, and Colouring Outside The Lines, from throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia.
On April 26, 2013, Caroline Azar and G.B. Jones gave the keynote talk at She Said Boom: Feminist Zine Making Symposium in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, a three day event resulting in the publishing of a feminist zine by the participants.
- Folk Horror Revival: Field Studies, edited by Andy Paciorek and Katherine Beem, Wyrd Harvest Press, 2015, ISBN 978-1-326-37637-6
- In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955, edited by Philip E. Aaron, Andrew Roth, Printed Matter, 2010 ISBN|978-3-03764-085-2
- Cinematic folds: the furling and unfurling of images, edited by Firoza Elavia, Pleasure Dome, 2008, ISBN 9780968211540
- The Book of Boy Trouble Vol 2, edited by Robert Kirby and David Kelly, Green Candy Press, 2008
- Juicy Mother 2: How They Met, edited by Jennifer Camper, Manic D Press, 2007 ISBN 978-1-933149-10-2
- The Salivation Army Black Book by Scott Treleaven, Printed Matter/Art Metropole; 2006
- Juicy Mother, edited by Jennifer Camper, Soft Skull Press; 2005 ISBN 19-932366-70-0
- Boy Trouble, edited by Robert Kirby and David Kelly, Boy Trouble Books; 2004 ISBN 0-9748855-0-9
- What's Wrong? Explicit Graphic Interpretations Against Censorship, edited by R. Fisher, Arsenal Pulp Press; 2002 ISBN 1-55152-136-9
- Dangerous Drawings, edited by Andrea Juno, Juno Books; 1997 ISBN 0-9651042-8-1
- G.B. Jones, edited by Steve LaFreniere, Feature Publications; 1996
- Discontents, edited by Dennis Cooper, Amethyst Press; 1992
- Double Bill, editors Caroline Azar, Jena von Brucker, G.B. Jones, Johnny Noxzema, Rex; 1 - 5, 1991 - 2001
- J.D.s, editors G.B. Jones and Bruce LaBruce; 1 - 8. 1985 - 1991
- Hide, edited by Caroline Azar, Candy Pauker, G. B. Jones, Issues 1-5, 1981 to 1985
- Queercore: How To Punk A Revolution, directed by Yony Leyser (2017)
- Dark End of the Street, video for The Hidden Cameras, directed by G.B. Jones (2016)
- Hot Dogs, directed by G.B. Jones (2013)
- She Said Boom: The Story of Fifth Column, directed by Kevin Hegge (2012)
- The Lollipop Generation, directed by G.B. Jones (2008)
- I Believe In The Good Of Life, video for The Hidden Cameras, directed by Joel Gibb (2005)
- Winning, directed by Ross McLaren (2005)
- She's Real, directed by Lucy Thane (1997)
- Airplane On The Highway, video for Bob Wiseman, directed by Caroline Azar (1994)
- Donna, video for Fifth Column, directed by Friday Myers (1994)
- The Yo-Yo Gang, directed by G.B. Jones (1992)
- No Skin Off My Ass, directed by Bruce LaBruce (1991)
- Like This, video for Fifth Column, directed by Bruce LaBruce and Fifth Column (1990)
- The Troublemakers, directed by G.B. Jones (1990)
- Cross Your Heart, directed by Suzy Richter (1989)
- Bruce and Pepper Wayne Gacy's Home Movies, directed by Bruce LaBruce and Candy Parker (1988)
- Boy, Girl, directed by Bruce LaBruce (1987)
- No Guff, Egri, directed by Bruce LaBruce and Anne McLean (1985)
- Fifth Column at the Funnel, directed by John Porter (1982)