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Zine Machine program for kids!

Posted by Josh Jubinsky on January 5, 2010

The Children’s Department at the Main Library has a new program focused on writing and zine publication for kids.  Here’s the scoop.

Zine Machine : Creative Writing and Publication for Kids!

Meet with us weekly for awesome creative writing and cartooning projects!

Your participation is a MUST as we create fun text and images for our quarterly zine publication of your best work.  Every child receives a copy of the group-published zine and the library catalogs the zine for it’s collection!

This program is for children ages 8-13 and starts January 19th at 4pm in the Children’s Department at the Main Library Downtown.   It will meet on a weekly basis.

For more information call 630-2417. 

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More Coverage From Zine Opening!

Posted by Josh Jubinsky on October 9, 2009

In case you missed the event and are wondering if your best friend showed up without you, here are some pictures from the Zine Collection opening during October’s Artwalk.  All taken from JaxScene’s flickr account.  Thanks to Tom and Jenny for documenting the event.

Click the link at the bottom to view all the pictures.

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Patrons checking out the new collection before the band plays.

Tuffy, setting up for the show.

Tuffy, setting up for the show.

Tuffy performing.

Tuffy performing.

Patrons watching the band.

Patrons watching the band.

Click here for the rest of the JaxScene photoset from this event. http://www.flickr.com/photos/reaxmagazine/sets/72157622550790292/

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Relaxation?

Posted by Jessica Whittington on October 9, 2009

I am so relieved that everything went as planned. We had so many people come and check out the collection and Tuffy.  I’ll admit I was a little nervous waiting around while people trickled in. Tuffy did an amazing job, this was the first time I have seen them play with more than two people so I was eager to hear them and I smiled each time I heard a whistle or a hand clap. Those little things make bands stand out.

Okay, so now onto the zine part. People loved it! I heard tons of people talking about being in the process of making their own zine (I’m also in the process of getting things together for mine) and I’m glad people are still inspired to do things that express themselves.  This will give us all a chance to let people know there is a way to get your thoughts heard and your words seen without having to go through a publisher, you merely just do it yourself.

I tried to post a blog earlier this month about my new favorite zines but alas I wasn’t able to BUT now I am and I have more favorites then before. It’s been interesting to sit down at my desk and pull these zines out to catalog them because once I open them I get totally caught up in these authors’  lives. I’m more into the perzines so they usually all hit hard to the gut. Being the only female in this committee I really tried hard to pick out certain zines that I thought would benefit other women in our community and speak truth, which is what we all need to hear sometimes. Lots of zines on sexual assault and being a survivor, feminism, metal health, woman’s rights and situations involving women in other countries- and yes, some fun zines also in knitting, bike information, gardening and the like.

One zine that particularly caught my eye and my attention (which is usually hard to do), was “Walking the Insanity-clamor communique #28 by Sascha Scatter, I don’t know if it was the lyrics to “Animal” by the Subhumans on the cover that did it for me or what, but as soon as I started reading it I couldn’t put it down. It dives deep and takes you on a journey through the mind of someone who is dealing with a mental illness. The author goes into detail about his numerous stays at psych wards after being found wandering the streets and also after attempting suicide. He brings you into the situation. He lets you sit there with him while the doctors are issuing him his meds. If you’re dealing with a mental illness this zine will really make you feel that “thank goodness I’m not the only one” feeling. If you’re not dealing with these problems then it will give you insight and facts about coping with the madness.

Also check out-

List  (tons and tons of things that were found)

Re:production (climb into the minds of females)

Pound the Pavement  (awesome street art)

Can’t wait to see where this collection takes us!

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Up and Running

Posted by Josh Jubinsky on October 8, 2009

first zine patron

Bruce, an aspiring young zinester.

Last nights event was fantastic! Over 200 people came in to listen to Tuffy and check out the zine collection.    Thank you to everyone who came to the opening.

If you missed the big event last night, please be sure to stop by soon.  A good deal of zines have been checked out, but we promise to help you find something great to take home with you!  If not, you can also put items on hold through the library website.

Visit http://jpl.coj.net.  And search for “zines.”  After logging in with your library card number and password you can put items on hold and have them sent to whichever library you frequent.  Although coming down to the Main Library and seeing the collection in person is well worth the trip!

We’ll be linking up local blog coverage of the event soon.  Until then, here are some more photos from the evening. Thanks again for everyone hat came out, and of course Tuffy who played an amazing set.

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Straightening the shelves before the opening.

Enjoying the band...

Enjoying the band...

Tuffy performing.

Tuffy performing.

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Grand Opening and Collection Developments

Posted by Josh Jubinsky on September 21, 2009

Opening
The Event.

So this is it – and we’re very excited.  Over 150 zines are added and ready for the opening, with more added daily.  So by the time this happens, who knows how many we’ll have ready.   This event is in the Main Library’s Popular department.  Tuffy plays music, you get to watch them and browse the zines.  Pick out some you already love or something new to you, and check it on your library card.

Collection Developments.

I just got back from a few out of town shows with my band.  While away, I was able to pick up some more zines for the collection.   Shopping for your local library while on tour? What a sense of purpose!  Thank you Wayward Council in Gainesville for having a great selection to choose from, and whomever put out the ‘free zines’ box at the Tampa show.

mrr313Also, thank you very much to Maximum Rock n Roll.  They are donating to us nearly every back issue they have.   Have a look at the Maximum Rock n Roll website’s listing of available back issues here and start planning which one’s you’ll read first – http://maximumrocknroll.com/back-issues/. The issue with MDC or Vitamin X tour diary?  Interviews with Florida’s Cult Ritual or Fiya? Interviews with Los Crudos or Soophie Nun Squad?  Information about Romanian D-beat or a Mexico punk scene report?

In the next week I’ll be posting a few more words on some of my more favorite titles.

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Collection Update / Staff Picks

Posted by Josh Jubinsky on August 18, 2009

The anticipation is worth it.  Almost 100 items now cataloged – it’s not the easiest thing to do, and everyone on the zine committee has regular duties pertaining to our respective departments to do.  This whole project is something we’ve added to our jobs.  And we love it, but that other fun and sometimes not-so-fun job stuff sure get’s active at times.

We got our comic-style bags and boards in hand and our special zine boxes have been ordered.  “Soft opening” is sometime in September, with the grand opening October 7th at the Main Library.  This will be during the October Art Walk.

Now on to some more anticipation.  Here’s a few of the titles we’ve gotten in that I’m very excited about having people check out. 

longlivepaperSeven Inches to Freedom #7

Seven Inches to Freedom is a hardcore / punk fanzine by Joe Lachut and based out of Ft. Myers Florida.   It continually offers a healthy dose of columns, ‘my first record’ stories, and highly informative highlights of the author’s favorite bands - these are generally older musical groups.  This issues title is “(are we) Destroying Hardcore From Within(?)”. This issue is the first that Joe has had to charge for, the previous issues being free due to copy scams. It’s worth the $1 in person or $2 postage paid for this newest 34 page, ‘professionally printed’ publication. Joe’s column is about his woes of printing the zines. Another column, by John Fahy, focuses on his disdain for hardcore band’s that don’t include lyrics with their releases.  The in-depth band reviews for this issue feature Australia’s Rupture and New York’s Born Against.  Both are extremely well done in terms of highlighting each bands discography and importance to the larger DIY punk rock canon. Other features include a partially comprehensive Florida scene report, a piece on separate but communal living, an article entitled “Is Hardcore Broken” and a quick two pages of record and zine reviews.  In general, the writing is good and simple.  Sometimes it seems a little too simple and short.  I thoroughly enjoyed the “Is Hardcore Broken” article, although a small part of me wished they tied it into the greater economic picture at large. Maybe more numbers, stats, etc.   But maybe that’s the point, that’s the focus. And in the end I really like it.

trueloves2True Loves and True Loves 2

Sometimes, I just can’t put comics down. I get tired really quickly of actual comics that come out monthly – I get to read 10 or 12 pages, and then wait another month… it get’s old.   I found myself reading these and thinking it moved to slowly.  Then I realized it was because I just wanted to know what happened so badly.  Husband and wife team Jason Turner and Manien Botma create a comic about a modern romance where the main character, True, finds herself starting a fresh relationship while struggling to break it off with her previous one.  It may sound ordinary or bland, but the simplicity of the story and drawings is very calming.  An entertaining and relaxed read. Filling your possible need for water cooler gossip while you maintain a safe distance with coffee instead.

Give Me Back gmb3

A thoroughly punk music zine printed in magazine format on newspaper.  Give Me Back continues where Ebullition’s zine Heartattack left off – quite literally, as I heard in the beginning they were going to use the same name. Issues contain columns, articles, band interviews and music reviews.  The music reviews follow a no-barcode policy, ensuring that the music covered is my independent artists and not larger label interests – they lovingly refer to this as “irrelevant, glossy, radio-friendly crap that gets sent to us.”  Each issue is about 56 or so pages, and is gently littered throughout with photos and culturally relevant advertisements.

The first issue (which is actually called #51, picking up where Heartattack left off at #50) has interviews with bands such as Holland’s Seein’ Red, Providence’s Tiny Hawks, Japan’s Envy. Great interviews with organizations dealing with sexual assault such as Philly’s Pissed and Philly Stands Up are also included. Jeb Brannon on the zine Crass Menagerie, and Donna Manion, organizer of RVA’s CLIT fest are also interviewed. The interviews are very well done. I especially liked the one with Seein’ Red. Despite being a band for over 20 years, I had never seen them until rather recently in Holland when my band was on tour over there. It was a special treat to read an interview with them.

Issue #2 features interviews with Des Ark, the New York punk cabaret band World/Inferno Friendship Society, the all-girl bay-area punk band Hey Girl!, French hardcore band Daitro, and Bob from Deep Six Records and the powerviolence band Lack on Interest. It also features some great columns from Hope Amico, Keith Rosson, Katy Otto, The Down There Health Collective, Kent McClard (who did the original Heartattack zine), Julia Booze, Travis Magoo (ahem Fristoe), and a new comic column by Erin Tobey! There’s also a rotating teacher’s column (this month featuring Leigh Schlatter) and a guest column about veggie fuel.

Issue 3 features interviews with Margaret Thrasher, Ultra Dolphins, Seasick, No Age and a collective interview with five punk sound engineers. There are also some great columns from Hope Amico, Keith Rosson, Katy Otto, Julia Booze, Travis Magoo and the rotating Teacher’s column which, in this issue, was written by Sabrina Gallagher. Also, The Down There Health Collective discuss the HPV vaccine and we have two great guest columns about how to legally play DIY shows in Canada and an argument for why punks and MySpace shouldn’t mix. And there’s a DIY page on “keeping your van alive.”

Honorable mentions…

Radical South Vol. 1
This zine is a window to the “radical south,” made in the hopes that it would help unite politically minded, radical communities in the southern states that may feel isolated. Perfect for those living in or traveling around the region, the zine gives detailed descriptions and locations or radical projects, organizations and resource centers from Texas to Florida.

Pyromania Vol. 3 and Vol. 4
John Issacson, author of DIY Screenprinting, and Feedback also puts out Pyromania! This guy is so busy! This issue of Pyromania has a slew of comics covering such topics as: crazy alien monster things, an out of control hot air balloon, a brain aneurysm, bear hunting in the 1950′s, and a robbery/missed connection.

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Things are going amazingly!

Posted by Josh Jubinsky on August 11, 2009

The Collection

We’ve received our Microcosm order – over 45 pounds of zines!  It differs a little from our last post, as some items were out of stock, etc – but has plenty of other goodies to make up for it.

See what zines we’ve already cataloged
1. Go to http://jpl.coj.net
2. On the top of the page under ‘search the catalog’ type “zines” and hit go!

As of this post, sixty zines are already cataloged.

How You May Have Heard of Us

Recently the Jaxscene blog caught me on tape talking about the zine library.  You can check that out here. http://jaxscene.blogspot.com/2009/08/josh-talks-about-jacksonville-public.html

Upcoming Events

The Zine Collection celebrates it’s grand opening October 7th at the Main Library.  This will be during the October Art Walk.  More information on this event soon.

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