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Zine Machine Preview

Posted by Josh Jubinsky on March 4, 2010

The Zine Machine class at the Children’s Department at the Main Library is going swimmingly.  Here are two samples of what the kids have been working on… Click on them to see the image larger.

Click here for more information about the Zine Machine program.

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MAAB Line-up

Posted by Andrew Coulon on February 26, 2010

Much Ado About Books

One last reminder to check out the Zine activities at this year’s Much Ado About Books! We will be located in the Zimmerman Overlook (first floor, near the DVDs and the Zine Collection).

10:45 – 11:30

Ian Koss (Ink 19), Joe LaChut (Seven Inches to Freedom), Tom Pennington (The Hum, Reax)  and Max Michaels (Movement Magazine) will be discussing their history with zines, the importance of independent publishing, and the role of the Internet in publishing.

12:00 – 12:45

Authors Duncan B. Barlow (Super Cell Anemia), Patrick Hughes (Diaries of Indignities), Shelton Hull (Folio Weekly, Section 8) and poet Alan Justiss (too many to list) will read from their own original work.

If you want more info on the events or bios on these authors, click here or on the logo at the top. Hope to see you there!

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Know Your Zine Writer – Max Michaels

Posted by Matthew Moyer on February 25, 2010

To help prepare you for our Much Ado About Books Zine Events, we’re kicking off a series of short interviews with several of the participating writers and creators. Next up is Max Michaels, publisher of local zine Movement. Enjoy!
 
Please introduce yourself and Movement Magazine.
 

I’ve been defined by my peers as a “prolific outsider artist whose influence on the local Jax scene is unmistakable.” True or not, I first independently published MOVEMENT in the summer of 1992 with my own creative outline in mind, focusing on the music and arts scene. Close to two decades later I am still publishing the magazine with correspondents across the county and around the world. Publishing the magazine has led me into dozens of other projects including gallery exhibitions of my Rock and multimedia photography, club & nightlife promotions, music and talent management, and film production.

When and how did you first become involved with zines?

When I was 11 or 12 my father was the treasurer of a local credit union and he would to take me to his office with him when he had to go back to work at night and I’d get parked in the break room which had a copier. I would cut up magazines or type up articles and paste them into a handmade layout and recopy them into my own little magazines to hand out to my friends at school the next day. Later on in high school I focused on photography and continued to make little zines and comics. After graduating I got much more serious about publishing, it was in my blood, so I taught myself all I could and had some pretty tragic first experiences with a couple minor upstart local zines, none of whom were willing to cover subjects that held my (or anyone else’s) interest, either that or they could not hold themselves together. So I set out to create a vehicle for my vision that could accommodate a broader scope of artists than anything I had worked with prior. I relocated to Gainesville, which was only an hour from home and at the time had a much better music and club scene than Jax, where I met a great group of writers and club kids and started MOVEMENT. The rest is history.

You do all of the design, layout, distribution and editing yourself. What work goes into producing an issue?

I do the design and layout myself, but its all the writers, artists and sales team that make it happen. It’s very much a group effort, and producing an issue is fairly mechanical as long as their departments are functioning smoothly. Obviously advertising is the life blood of the industry, and though unfortunately its been a bit anemic as of late, signs have been showing promise for stabilization.

What’s the strangest thing that’s happened to you because of Movement?

That I’ve been able to carry it on for close to two decades now! Who knew? Total shock to me, but a welcome one. I am completely and consistently humbled and overwhelmed by the vast talents that I have had the privilege to work with over the years. It’s made the lot of us a little family. I guess also becoming close with some of the artists I idolized in my youth is always a little strange to me, and embarrassing when they call my cell and their music is my call tone.

Though Movement does have a web presence, you’ve always been very adamant about giving the print edition priority. What’s your rationale?

There is no rationale involved at all. It is entirely foolish I’m sure, but I am a nostalgic artist and as we were one of the few pioneering publications to embrace the web early on, we will also champion the undeniable need for a quality street worthy underground zine that embraces and supports the independent artists who struggles every day to be heard in the shrinking print media pool or are left to drown in the information storm on the web.

What projects are you currently working on?

I will be expanding MOVEMENT Publishing projects this year beyond the magazine, aggressively publishing a few new series on our comic publishing imprint, as well as some biographic releases relating to our art and nightlife history in the city.

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Know Your Zine Writer – Joe LaChut

Posted by Matthew Moyer on February 22, 2010

To help prepare you for our Much Ado About Books Zine Events, we’re kicking off a series of short interviews with several of the participating writers and creators. Next up is Joe LaChut, publisher of hardcore punk zine Seven Inches To Freedom. Enjoy!

Please introduce yourself and Seven Inches to Freedom.

My name is Joe Lachut.  I’m 27 and live in Ft. Myers, Florida.  I started SITF a few years back and am now up to 7 issues.  I originally started the zine because not many zines were covering what I wanted to read about.  I wanted a music zine that had more that just interviews and reviews, it needed a more personal touch.  So I tried/try to incorporate all of those things into each issue.  Plus, up until recently with the addition of Give Me Back zine, (a great zine out of Washington DC http://www.givemeback.org) most of the bigger zines came out of California, so the east coast wasn’t getting talked about as much.  I figured that since I interact with different folks, see different bands, etc. I could offer up a different viewpoint.  As of now, print run have been from 300 to 500 copies of each issue and up until issue #7 have been free in person, $1 by mail (now they are $1 in person and $2 by mail).

When and how did you first become involved in zines?

Even before I got into punk I loved music magazines.  Metal Maniacs, AP (when it actually covered “alternative” bands) etc…  I also stayed up late to watch 120 minutes and Headbangers Ball on MTV and was always really intrigued with the lesser-known bands that they sometimes played…and when I finally found punk, which was in the mid to late 90’s, zines and punk went hand in hand.  So I would go to a show and someone would have a table set up with a crate or shoebox full of records, tapes and zines.  It took me some years to actually get up the nerve to publish my own zine.  I just never thought I had much that people would be interested in to write about…but I loved talking about records and figured that there are tons of music related things I can write about, so the well wouldn’t run dry, so why not try my hand at it?

Tell me about the work that you do in putting together each issue of the zine.

As much as I love doing SITF, starting a new issue is always really daunting.  First, I make a rough outline of what is going to be in the next issue, but it takes me actually forcing myself to get into “zine-mode” before I start work on an issue.  “Work” consists of  researching whatever I’m writing about, which means scouring the internet, old zines, records and emailing whoever I can get a hold of that was involved.  Then writing everything, and then the layout, which is usually the most time consuming.  I don’t really use a computer for much more than shrinking/enlarging or cleaning up images, all the rest is done by hand…and I’m pretty meticulous about the layout…a little too much sometimes.

Up until recently, I used to photocopy the zines myself, so that involved multiple, long and stressful trips to copy places.  (I used to scam lots of copies, so the threat of getting caught always weighed on me).  But now, I use a local print shop that does a great job, so I then wait to get a call from them, then I usually get some folks to help, put on a movie and collate and staple like crazy!

You did a Florida-only issue of Seven Inches awhile back – did you encounter any surprises as you gathered the material and content?

I didn’t encounter a ton of surprises, but talking to folks that were around before I got into hardcore/punk really filled in some holes.  I love the “behind the scenes” stuff that only get by talking to people who were involved.

What’s been your favorite moment working on Seven Inches to Freedom?

There’s been a ton of great moments.  The aspect that consistently makes me smile is the mail; writing letters, packing up zines/records/etc. and getting off work to find a full PO Box really can’t be beat.

Are you working on a new issue right now? Would you let us in on some of the things you’ll be covering?

Issue #8 will have all of the regular features plus the addition of two permanent columnist (besides myself).  I’m also working on a “Zines vs. Blogs” story where I ask a series of 5 questions of a handful of zine writers and folks who have regularly updated blogs.  The questions basically ask where zines stand in 2010 and if blogs are replacing or co-existing within the underground publication world.  They’ll will, of course, be more record talk and hardcore/punk madness!

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Know Your Zine Writer – Ian Koss

Posted by Matthew Moyer on February 19, 2010

To help prepare you for our Much Ado About Books Zine Events, we’re kicking off a series of short interviews with several of the participating writers and creators. Next up is Ian Koss, publisher of Ink 19. Enjoy!

Please introduce yourself and your webzine, Ink 19.

My name is Ian Koss; I’m the publisher and co-founder (with Francis P. Dreyer III) of Ink 19. We started Ink Nineteen in early 1991 as a printed complement to a public-access cable video show, to be called “Room Nineteen.” (We spelled out the numeral in those heady pre-text-message, pre-URL days.) The show never quite coalesced, but we proceeded with plans for publication, and were in print through the end of 2000. Ink 19 continues to publish online, at www.ink19.com.

When and how did you first become involved with zines?

I was originally involved with the campus paper as an undergraduate; I was also involved with the radio station and was an avid music fan. My computer science degree gave me early access to the internet — these were the pre-WWW days, when the medium had email and newsgroups and not much else. Publishing Ink Nineteen was the solution to the equation of what to do with those interests.

At its height, Ink 19 was distributed throughout the state and the Southeast – what kind of work went into planning, producing and distributing an issue?

An unbelievable amount of work from a large group of selfless, dedicated and vastly underpaid people went into each issue. We did almost everything in-house — editorial, layout, production, distribution, ad sales, billing. It was a full-time job for a handful of people, and a week’s worth of 20-hour days to publish each issue.

Without corporate backing, we always had to come up with creative solutions to problems, since we couldn’t “wash them away with the money hose,” as we liked to say. To this day I have no idea how we were able to get it done, month after month.

Tell me your favorite Ink 19 behind-the-scenes story.

Shortly after we first started distributing in the Tampa area, I got a call from a well-established quasi-religious organization in that area, wanting to purchase a full-page ad at our standard rate. We’d sold very few full-page ads at that time, and all at a steep discount, so the money was tempting. But it felt wrong, so I told them I’d call them back. I thought about it for five minutes, then decided it was a can of worms we didn’t want to open. When I called back to tell them we were turning down their ad, they became furious, citing their freedom of speech and threatening legal action. I couldn’t decide whether to be amused or insulted.

Another time, legendary underground producer Kim Fowley called me on the phone out of the blue and spoke to me for about 30 minutes. I was completely zonked on cold medicine at the time, lacking the sense to beg off and call him back at a more lucid time. I don’t recall much of the conversation, other than his promising that he would overnight some sample recordings. He didn’t — I never heard from him again.

You made the decision to take Ink 19 online several years ago, what prompted that?

Ink 19 has always had a foot in the digital realm — even from before the first issue, which featured writing that was solicited and collected over the internet. Production was always dependent on some form of electronic communication, whether it was transmitting layout files over balky 2400 modems or emailing PDFs of proofs. Our editorial department was fully online, meaning all articles were collected, proofed and prepared over the internet, by 1998. We were able to do so much with so little mostly because we leveraged technology as much as we could, but by the end of 2000 it was clear that the spiraling cost of dealing with print, coupled with sagging ad sales as the first dot-com bust loomed and the music industry found itself unable to deal with digital distribution, doomed Ink 19 as a paper publication.

At the same time, everything Ink 19 needed to “publish” online was mostly in place (we’d been updating our website since 1997), and publication costs there were nearly nil — literally a thousandth the monthly cost of putting out a printed edition. The decision to publish online seemed somewhat obvious to me, as it meant getting rid of the aspects of the magazine that were the most expensive and least fun.

What current projects are you working on?

There are several projects within Ink 19 itself that I’m working on, there’s always room for improvement. I’m also involved with community radio again, with a weekly show showcasing the WTF-ness of the music I like. When time allows, I’ll play with some local buskers for spare change. In between all of that, I’ll work on folding little bits of paper and other distractions-from-distractions.

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Know Your Zine Writer – Patrick Hughes

Posted by Matthew Moyer on February 12, 2010

To help prepare you for our Much Ado About Books Zine Events, we’re kicking off a series of short interviews with several of the participating writers and creators. First up is Patrick Hughes, contributor to scores of zines and magazines, as well as the author of the Diary of Indignities book and the Bad News Hughes blog. Enjoy!

Please introduce yourself.

Hello, my name is Patrick Hughes.

When and how did you first become involved in zines?

In the early 1980s I started reading zines. For fans of and participants in offbeat, independent or underground music, film, politics and culture, zines were crucial for disseminating information and networking. I probably wrote my first piece for a zine in the mid ’80s.

What’s your favorite piece you ever wrote for a zine?

Probably an interview with the Gainesville band Spoke, which ran in an issue of Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll in 1991 or 1992. It was apparently a bit controversial, because I didn’t ask stock questions and cracked wise at the band’s expense, but I thought it was funny and informative and provided an honest impression of the personalities involved. The zine itself has a lot of history in a particular slice of the music scene and had been very important to me at one time, so it was nice to be published in it, even if by that point it wasn’t as relevant to my lifestyle or interests.

You’ve gone on to contribute to an eclectic variety of magazines and other publications, and even had a book published – did zines at all serve as sort of an incubator for you where you could hone your writing voice?

No. But participating in zines did give me the confidence to bother trying to write anything in the first place.

Tell me about the blog that provided the raw material for Diary of Indignities, the infamous Bad News Hughes.

It started out as a quick and easy way to share articles and reviews I was writing for local or regional magazines, just to scattered friends and family. Eventually I started trying to make people laugh, documenting all the terrible things constantly happening to me. Somehow it got popular.

What are you currently working on?

Nothing.

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Zine Release Party at Art Walk!

Posted by Josh Jubinsky on February 4, 2010

The February zine release was great! About 120 people came to hang out, a great group of 40 or so stuck around for the whole event!  Travis Fristoe, Samantha Jones and Chelsea C all did an amazing job.   Thanks again for coming up from Gainesville!  A lot of new faces came to check out the collection and the new items.

Travis Fristoe

Samantha Jones

Chelsea C.

And here’s some video from a bit of Chelsea’s set.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyxijjomQTk

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Zine Release Party @ February Art Walk

Posted by Andrew Coulon on January 30, 2010

As promised, we will have a big batch of zines ready for check out at February Art Walk.  But there’s more….

We will have special guests!

Travis Fristoe (of ‘America?’ Zine, and bands such as Moonraker, Reactionary 3) discusses his America zine and the DIY publishing world at large.

And come hear the music of…

Samantha Jones (of the bands Cassette, Bitchin, Slang, Rumbleseat etc) and Chelsea C (1/2 of the duet know as Dirty Fist)

5:30-7:00at the Main Library right by the zine collection! You know, first floor by the DVDs!

Check out this older post for an interview with Travis Fristoe.

Here is the list of new goodies:

  1. Abort Vol. 20
  2. 904 Skate Magazine Photo Issue: Summer 2006
  3. Abort Vol. 21
  4. ABC No Rio: Enter the Nineties
  5. Adventures in Menstruation Vol. 1
  6. Adventures in Menstruation Vol. 2
  7. Adventures in Menstruation Vol. 3
  8. A’ La Maison w/ mix CD
  9. Anarchism: An Introduction
  10. The Black Cloud Vol. 2
  11. Blast Asteroid and the Space Patrol
  12. Blast Asteroid Returns
  13. Boy~Girl Vol. 2
  14. Carbusters: Nov. 2008 – Feb. 2009
  15. The CIA Makes Science Fiction Unexciting Vol. 5
  16. Dwelling Portably v. 3
  17. Dwelling Portably v. 4
  18. The F-Word Vol. 3
  19. Elephant Mess Vol. 21
  20. Emergency Vol. 5
  21. Even Noisy Sparrows Vol. 4
  22. Feedback Vol. 4
  23. Frost Vol. 0
  24. Greenwoman Vol. 2
  25. Griot Vol. 6
  26. Grooves: Experimental Electronic Music Magazine
  27. The Hum Vol. 1/ Alley-Oop! Vol. 9
  28. Human Waste Vol. 4
  29. Human Waste Vol. 6
  30. Jesse Reklaw’s Ten Thousand Things To Do
  31. The Juniper Vol. 5
  32. The Juniper Vol. 6
  33. The Juniper Vol. 9
  34. The Juniper Vol. 11
  35. Make Something
  36. Maximum Rock and Roll Vol. Vol. 242
  37. Maximum Rock and Roll Vol. Vol. 265
  38. Maximum Rock and Roll Vol. Vol. 267
  39. Maximum Rock and Roll Vol. Vol. 268
  40. Maximum Rock and Roll Vol. Vol. 272
  41. Maximum Rock and Roll Vol. Vol. 273
  42. Maximum Rock and Roll Vol. Vol. 274
  43. Maximum Rock and Roll Vol. Vol. 275
  44. Maximum Rock and Roll Vol. Vol. 278
  45. Maximum Rock and Roll Vol. Vol. 318
  46. Momentum Vol. 32
  47. New Orleans… My Love
  48. The New Wave of Cut and Paste Vol. 6
  49. The Night of Your Life
  50. Notes from the Underground: Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture
  51. Our Lives Vol. 1
  52. Our Lives Vol. 2
  53. Paper Bird: Styrofoam Flowers
  54. Paping v.10
  55. Privilege and Solidarity
  56. Razorcake Vol. 33
  57. Razorcake Vol. 43
  58. Razorcake Vol. 44
  59. Razorcake Vol. 45
  60. Reciprocity Vol. 2
  61. Regeneration Vol. 6
  62. Seven Inches to Freedom Vol. 5
  63. Sick: a compilation on physical illness
  64. The Silk Screen Zine
  65. Slug & Lettuce Vol. 78
  66. Slug & Lettuce Vol. 89
  67. The Strange Voyage of the Leona Joyce
  68. Telegram Ma’am Vol. 8
  69. Uncle Eno’s Magazine
  70. The Wave Project Vol. 5

So many… can’t… catalog… another…

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Zine Outreach

Posted by Josh Jubinsky on January 11, 2010

Saturday’s outreach was a blast! A lot of great people were at the show and we definetly gave out lots of flyers and library card applications.  It was in a very cold warehouse on a very cold night, but we had a lot of fun and got to talk about the zine collection to everyone.





The next place we’ll be doing outreach is a the 5 points theatre for Cinema Sounds.   It’s an event where bands produce lives scores to classic movies.  The event starts Saturday January 16th at 10:30pm.  Be sure to stop by our table, say hello, check out some zines and sign up for a library card! Read more about the Cinema Sounds event here.

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MAAB announcement

Posted by Andrew Coulon on January 8, 2010

Much Ado About Books

On Saturday, February 27th, the Zine Collection will have a place in the spotlight at the 15th annual Much Ado About Books.  Hosted by the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation, this two-day fundraising event will include presentations and panels with a variety of popular authors.   

For the zine portion of MAAB, we are planning a discussion panel about the importance of zines and independent publishing followed by a reading by independent authors.  These sessions will be free and open to the public.

In the mean time, be sure to check out the Zine Collection at the Main Library and support this new and vibrant collection.

Check back here for more information and author lists.

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