The Denver Zine Library has a pretty awesome Indie-gogo campaign

The Denver Zine Library (DZL) first opened its doors on December 5, 2003 thanks to the hard work of some dedicated volunteers. Since then, the DZL has moved locations a few times and is now housed in the incredible 27 Social Centre. We are an all-volunteer run, 501(c)(3) nonprofit lending library with over 10,000 donated and cataloged zines on our shelves! We’ve been grateful for the amazing support over the years from zinesters, community members and rad touring folks who have come through and really promoted the power and importance of zines. Read more about the DZL’s history!..

The DZL is asking for your financial support to maintain and expand what we can offer our community, both in the Denver area as well as the zine community at large. Sponsor a zine workshop (at community centers, libraries and classrooms) for $50. Cover the cost of one month’s rent for $100. Help us raise at least $500 towards the planning of the next Denver Zine Fest! Spread the word to your friends and pen pals!

They’ve already exceeded their financial goal, but we know that those Zine Fest expenses can really rack up. Still not convinced about donating? Let Tomas Moniz of Rad Dad, Anna Anti-Palindrome, and Kristy Fenton (Drippy Bone Books; former DZL Librarian) change your mind.

Chicago Zine Fest and ZINE LOVE

Two of our organizers, Meredith and Eryca, are lucky enough to be attending the Chicago Zine Fest at this very moment. The remaining organizers are pretty jealous, but we’re looking forward to living vicariously through pictures and “borrowing” the zines they bring back!

Thankfully, you don’t have to be where the action is to stay informed about what’s going on in the zine sphere. Daniela Capistrano’s ZINE LOVE feed on Facebook has certainly made it a lot easy to keep up on what’s new. Updates from the POC Zine Project, Portland Zine Symposium, and a new favorite, Original Plumbing Magazine–all on one page! Don’t miss Original Plumbing’s great interview with The Miracle Bookmobile about creating a transgender archive, the way books can bring us together, and the role of technology in the life and growth of the Bookmobile.

The Fly Away Zine Mobile

On the topic of zine libraries, look at this beauteous vehicle. Behold, the Fly Away Zine Mobile!

The Fly Away Zine Mobile is a free lending library, self-publishing skill-sharer, and mini reading room in a van that travels around the country. Focused on zines (pronounced “zeens” and meaning self-made, self-published, small circulation magazines) and other forms of DIY publishing, the zine mobile is part of Connecting the Dots, an emerging mobile caravan that seeks to center values like cooperationlovesharinggenerosity, and community-building through freefun, and active schooling and unschooling. The Zine Mobile is also a sister project to the Zine Apothecary, a garage-based zine library in Minneapolis, Minnesota; a significant part of the library’s founding collection was donated by ZA!

We organize/support events around literacy and self-publishing (like zine readings and skill-shares) and have regular open van/library hours. We also visit people unable to leave where they are. Please get in touch if you’re interested in a visit and/or co-organizing something!

Among the core zine librarians are Jenna Freedman, of the Barnard Library Zine Collection, and Debbie Rasmussen, former publisher of Bitch Magazine.  There are, however, many more active participants in the zine mobile and it is obvious from reading the blog that this undertaking depends on the collaboration of many different people in a variety of places (though none from California).

The Fly Away Zine Mobile‘s last posted appearance (via Twitter) was in Oakland back in December, but hopefully they’ll jump back into activity soon!

L.A.’s zine libraries

rhea sprucing up the zine library @ the smell

The Smell‘s got one. Home Room‘s building one.  UCLA has one, too.  But why limit ourselves to just those libraries that are fixed in one place?  Mobile zine libraries like the aptly-named, Miracle Bookmobile, which travels between Los Angeles and Oakland, “redistributing” books and zines for free, are popping up across the country.

Say the founding ladies of The Miracle Bookmobile on Original Plumbing:

We were inspired by the first bookmobile librarian Mary Titcomb’s promise, “The book goes to the man, not waiting for the man to come to the book!” Titcomb uttered these words in 1905 in rural western Maryland, yet they still resonate with us as we travel up and down the West Coast from Los Angeles to Oakland and back again. Along our journey, in most places, there are no bookstores… Our hope for The Miracle is to create new reading spaces altogether. Books are donated to us; we take them on the road, pull up in neighborhoods and then give them to folks for FREE. We are redistributing books and ideas up and down the Golden Coast. This idea of redistribution extends TitComb’s strategy around the Book while providing access to hidden histories which may otherwise be forgotten, rewritten, or destroyed. We actively collect queer materials, science fiction, radical political publications, zines, pulp, smut, local West Coast history, memoirs, books en español and anything you love reading and wanna share.  People are able to walk up to the bookmobile in its various incarnations and know that they are entering another kind of physical space…We both have our share of meaningful bookmobile conversations around a myriad of subjects with amazing people who we may never see again.

MB makes use of Library Thing to let you know what they have and they Tweet where they’ll be appearing next.  They were last spotted near USC; hopefully they’ll have a few more L.A. stops before returning to the Bay Area!


Zineage Kicks wants your teen zines

High School Photographs

Maybe you’ve been saving them under your bed, secretly believing that one day they’ll be worth money; maybe they’re already priceless to you and you show them off proudly at any opportunity because they are awesome. Whatever you’ve been doing with the zines you made in your youth, Zineage Kicks wants to immortalize them and the stories of how they were made.  This is such a great idea, we’re sorry we didn’t think of it ourselves!

From their site:

We want your teenage zines!

No matter how embarrassing, it doesn’t matter: at some stage, everyone’s called a band the bastard lovechild of X and Y on acid, lovingly photocopied a 50-page volume all about the object of their affection, musical or otherwise, or started their own newspaper to make their small, rural village feel livelier. Or y’know, maybe you ran a really cool, influential ahead of its time zine. In which case, we kind of hate you, but would love to see it all the same.

Inspired by My Band T-ShirtLetters Of Note, and The Guardian’s My Favourite Albumseries, this blog will collect your zines and the stories behind them. If you want to take part, send jpegs or PDFs of your zine, and a few paragraphs about its conception and raison d’etre to laurasnapes at gmail dot com.

Thanks to Peter Robinson for the name.

Getting To Know Your Local Zinester: Jon Vermilyea

Jon Vermilyea
Pizza Time, The Breakfast Crew, The Princes of Time

What was your first zine about and when was it made?
The first zine I made was called Barnacle Bill Saves the World. I made it in 2004 during my sophomore year at SVA. It was about a barnacle named Bill who travels through Hell to stop the Devil from destroying earth.

Describe your most recent zine.
I recently made two zines. One is called Progress Quest 2, which is a compilation of recent illustration work I’ve done. The other is called Problem Solved, a comic con exclusive zine for the cartoon The Problem Solverz.

Of all the things you’ve ever made, zine-related or otherwise, what’s your one favorite?
The favorite things I’ve ever made are probably my He-Man and Mars Attacks influenced silk screen books. I love print making and both were really challenging projects.

Name three of your influences and how they affected your work.
I’m often inspired by movies and television. Buffy and Twin Peaks have a lot of good ideas.

What do you do when you’re not creating and how does it help or harm what you do artistically?
I try to get out of my apartment and ride my bike a lot. I think its easy to get overwhelmed with things or lazy when you’re not active.

Feb. 17: Sonic Allegory at Home Room!

Home Room says…..

L.A. Zine Fest will be releasing their Guide to L.A. zine, which even the most knowledgeable Angeleno will appreciate. Who knows what secrets await you between the covers!? FREE with admission, while supplies last!

Ezra Buchla
Ezra Buchla  Wielding his viola, he creates layers of sound through improvised “acoustic-controlled synthesis”
Van Exel
Van Exel  Including former members of Bad Dudes and Howl, and members of Corima, Van Exel is a 6 piece band heavily influenced by Devo, the Velvet Underground and Black Flag.
Infinite Body
Infinite Body  “Yearning, thoughtful drone music” which “[evokes] the melodic dreamscapes of Fennesz or even M83” (Tom Breihan, Pitchfork)

$5, All Ages”

RSVP here! 

The 2012 L.A. Zine Fest Comix & Zine Reading!!!

The 2012 L.A. Zine Fest Comix & Zine Reading:

Saturday Feb. 18th

show starts at 9pm

A curated collection of artists involved in the L.A. Zine Fest perform or display their works for a live audience!
A mad blast of Comix, Zines, Video, and Performance brought to you by the creators themselves!!!!!
We’ve got a talking Zebra w/a Battleaxe for a tail, Bed Bug infestations, a breakdown of the classic piece of shit/E.T. rip-off movie Mac & Me, excepts from the neu-classic Henry & Glen Forever, a day-glo story of a steroids dealer shot into space, Garfield psychedelia, awkward conversations overheard, and so much more!!
Kick off the beginning of the L.A. Zine Fest w/us and see some of the best in comix and zines blow your mind!

Champoy – Discoral USA
Mari Naomi – Sleep Deprived
Jed McGowan – Work and Play
Shalo P – Cosmic Bummer Funnies
Malachi Ward – Sweet Dreams & Top Ten
I Love Bad Movies (Presented by Matt Carman, Co-Editor) –
“A Pseudo-Scholarly Analysis of the E.T. rip-off Mac and Me”
Chris Graybill (ZFA Works)– Zebratron’s Popular Operators (video)
Yumi Sakugawa – Mundane Fortunes For The Next Ten Billion Years
Keenan Marshall Keller – Galactic Breakdown #1 + Minimum Rage
Bianca Barragan – It’s Because Of My Penis, Isn’t It?
Gabrielle Gamboa – Miss Lonelyhearts
Igloo Tornado – Henry & Glen Forever
Levon Jihanian – Danger Country
Robin Enrico – Life of Vice
Jen Tong – rainbow & I
Tom Neely – Garfield

Saturday Feb. 18th
8pm (show starts at 9pm)
3121 Beverly Blvd

L.A. Zine Fest
Sunday Feb 19th
upstairs from THE LAST BOOKSTORE
453 S. Spring St., 90013