Ultra Violet Q-Tips

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Ultra Violet Q-Tips was a zine, edited and solely created by Mitsuko Brooks as an amalgam of adolescent angst and feminist ideologies. It ran for 7 issues (the mid to late 1990s).

Mitsuko started creating her zine in her bedroom in Aviano, Italy using her father's 1970s typewriter. As she moved to Gaithersburg, Maryland, Philadelphia, PA and New York City, she continued this project under other titles.

Issue 5 of UVQT was reviewed in R. Seth Friedman's Factsheet Five (#61, May 1997).

Mitsuko Brooks continued to create zines under various other titles:

  • Granny's Attic, Aviano, Italy, 1996 [1]
  • I Wish You Believe in Yourself More, Aviano, Italy, 1999 [2]
  • Why Am I So Scared, New York, NY, 2000 [3]
  • Ripe Tomato, Brooklyn, NY, 2000
  • Cut Up Diary, Brooklyn, NY, 2000 [4]
  • Taijin Kyoufu, New York, NY, 2001

Mitsuko Brooks collaborated with zinesters Sarah Gion, Theresa E. Molter, Marissa Falco, Ocean Capewell (It's Not the End of the World), Ceci Moss and Judy Panke in Fat Free collab zine [5] [6].

A number of Brooks' zines are cataloged at Barnard College Library (New York) and Artexte Information Centre of Canada. She was a tour-guide and had zines selected by the jury in Mobilivre-Bookmovile.

Her artwork has been in online zines more recently with Shabby Dollhouse Summer Edition-June 2013 & Fall Edition-Sept. 2013 & Winter Edition December 2013 [7], Drunken Boat Issue #17, Summer 2013 [8].