Category: zines
zine cataloging backlog {slide}
chris. | 16 February 2013 | 6:40 pm | slide carousel, zines | Comments closed

zine cataloging backlog

So i may have fallen a little behind in cataloging my incoming zines.  What pushed me over the edge into organizing everything so that the cataloger (aka [personal profile] the_andy) can get to cataloging was finding my stack of zines from Portland Zine Symposium … 2011.  [facepalm]  OOPS.  Most of which i’d already read because i’ve usually read all my new zines by the time the train gets back into Seattle post-Symposium.  BUT STILL.  These things need to be cataloged so that (a) they can be neatly shelved instead of floating around the apartment, and (b) i don’t keep buying duplicates, which i tend to do if my zine database isn’t updated.

Also!  Once my zines are cataloged and duplicates (inevitably) pruned, then i can send a stack up to ZAPP and contribute to their cataloging backlog.  Maniacal laugh, maniacal laugh.


new zine!! or maybe … TWO new zines??
chris. | 11 August 2012 | 11:43 am | zines | Comments closed

Hooray!!  The big ol’ zine on gender that [personal profile] littlebutfierce and i have been working on for the past month is finally ready.  It’s debuting right dang now  at the Crabby Media table at the Portland Zine Symposium.  I am so proud of this zine — it really came together well, writing/thinking-wise and even layout/printing-wise.  Please buy a copy!  Yes, if you’re not in Portland this weekend it will be for sale at the Crabby Media website by the time i go to bed wednesday (8/15) night.  Just $2 for 38 pages!

'Null & Void' (new zine on gender)

Stylin' in the Crabby Media display (suit)case.

Um….  Also there may be a new Cipher?

Cipher (#3)

Cipher 3-pack!

I was home with a headache one afternoon, and waiting for edits on “Null & Void” to come back from j., so i decided to just write something else entirely.  Andy called it “the nostalgia issue”, but it’s probably more accurate to call it a memory box.  You’ll see why.  It, too, can be yours via the Crabby Media website (later this week), for a slim $1.50.

in which my paper-hoarding problem becomes apparent
chris. | 30 July 2012 | 6:32 pm | diary, zines | Comments closed

I like paper.  I’ve always liked paper and creating things with paper.  When i unpacked a moving box the other year, i found a little kid’s briefcase i had when i was, well, a little kid.  When i opened it, there was still some papercraft project inside.  It’s probably older than my spouse.

The other year, it became obvious that the disarray of my paper and rubber stamps was threatening to overwhelm the study, so we bought a nice 6-drawer rolling organizer from Ikea.  Everything fit!  Hooray, perfect organization achieved!!

Until i brought home a box of discarded paper from the office a few months later.  Stage failed.

That was about 2-&-a-1/2 years ago.  Today, however, i scored the perfect paper organizer at the local Goodwill.  Only $20!

paper drawers (closed)

paper drawers (closed)

Nice!!  Perfect organization achieved again!

paper drawers (open)

paper drawers (open)

Well, except for those 3 reams sitting on top.  Why on earth did i think i needed 3 reams of pastel legal-sized paper???

Y’know what Seattle(/i) need(s)?  A zine-maker & DIY crafter’s swap meet, that’s what.  Hmmm……

zine-related stuff in Paris, s’il vous plait?
chris. | 23 June 2012 | 2:48 pm | traveling, zines | Comments closed

Friends, i’m desperately seeking some zine-related stuff to do in Paris.  This … isn’t what i’m going for:

zine ... fashion store??

I’ve checked Zine World’s website under both libraries/infoshops and stores/distros, and there’s nothing listed.  Any suggestions?  I’m here thru’ the evening of monday, july 2nd.

some merely reminisce fondly about obsolete tech, some of us still actually use it
chris. | 11 August 2011 | 4:31 pm | news media, zines | Comments closed

A colleague sent out these links about student journalists at Florida Atlantic University putting together their final newspaper of the term using (almost) entirely pre-computer methods:

Naturally, my coworkers were mainly interested in scoffing at the kids who don’t know how to use any of the stuff that to (most of) my coworkers was second nature for awhile.  So i found it refreshing when the blogger noted:

Some pessimists predicted ALL ON PAPER would be an exercise in futility. It’s proven to be a lesson in humility — for both the student journalists struggling with the old tech for the first time, and for the veteran journalists trying to recall how it all worked a few decades ago.

One of my coworkers commented to one of the few people in the office younger than i am, “You’re too young to know how to use any of that stuff.”  I’m glad they didn’t try that line with me, because i might have cursed at them while pointing out that:

(a)  I did learn how to type on a manual typewriter.  And, godalmighty, i do not miss it for a minute.  I tried typing a single poem on my ’50s cub reporter typewriter for Cipher #2, and, damn, do those things take muscles i do not have anymore.

(b)  I did layout for my high school yearbook by hand.  And, again, bloody hell if i ever have to do math for a layout again.

Yet for all of the scoffing my (aged) colleagues engage in at how the kids today don’t know how to use this ancient tech, i bet none of my coworkers wants to come up to my apartment and play around with my electronic stenciler and Rex Rotary duplicator.  And while all my coworkers gathered around to bid fond farewell to the IBM Selectric when it was sent to surplus earlier this year, none of them exactly threw themselves on it to save it from its fate.  WHINERS.  Zinesters 4 eva!

Z! Zines! B! BBC!
chris. | 14 January 2008 | 6:55 pm | zines | 3 Comments

Thought this might be of interest to some on my friendslist. (Via the Zineplosion board.)

Zines on BBC4…

Zine Scene (1/2)
15 January 2008
Tuesday 15 January 2008 11:30-12:00 (Radio 4 FM)

Jarvis Cocker explores the history of fanzines, small publications designed and produced by devotees of popular phenomena.

With the help of fanzine makers, collectors and experts, including Roger Sabin, Teal Triggs, Jon Savage and John Robb, Jarvis discovers the origin of fanzines in science fiction, long before the explosion of home-made fanzines during the punk rock days of the late 1970s.

Zine Scene (2/2)
22 January 2008
Tuesday 22 January 2008 11:30-12:00 (Radio 4 FM)

Jarvis Cocker explores the history of fanzines, small publications designed and produced by devotees of popular phenomena.

He looks at contemporary DIY publications, including a comic strip diary from Brighton called Morgenmuffel and the regional-based zines Mercy and Go! Zinemakers and historians, including Dave Haslam, Liz Naylor, Roger Sabin and Teal Triggs, explain the survival of paper-based fanzines in the age of the internet.