Posted by Matthew Moyer on April 12, 2011
by Monica Gallagher
Does middle school even still exist? It seems like a torment from a bygone age, like the Spanish Inquisition. No one with good sense looks back on middle school fondly, and Monica Gallagher captures the deep existential dread that would result from the most trivial matters so expertly in her brief Middle School minicomic. From the pop culture references on the cover (an MC Hammer CD, an industrial-size bottle of hairspray), I’m guessing that Gallagher and I are around the same age, which makes her tale hit close to home personally, but c’mon, adolescent trauma is universal.
The story is that Gallagher’s middle school, in an innovation that makes my stomach hurt just reading about it, sent sixth graders to an “outdoor education” camp at the beginning of the school year to… I don’t know, break their spirit fully right off the bat? It is there that this comic begins, a tangle of self-doubt, life-or-death decisions, all-consuming infatuations, and an ironclad social hierarchy. It’s hilarious and cringe-inducing in equal doses. The art is assured and captures the essential awkwardness of everyone involved. And whaddya know? Is that an almost happy ending? Can’t be….
Find it in JaxCat
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Posted by Matthew Moyer on March 31, 2011
Here are the newest zines in the JPL Zine Collection. Check a bunch out, get inspired and write your own!
American spectarian. : zodiac v.3
Spontaneous lunchbox combustion
Josh Sullivan Comics! Vol. 10
Ink nineteen : June 1996
Ink nineteen : July 1996
Ink nineteen : August 1996
Girls a go go : the ye ye issue
The East Village inky. Vol. 38
The frugal vegan’s spring and summer survival guide
Caboose. Vol. 1
What I did on my summer vacation
Milkyboots. Vol. 4
Somnambulist. Vol. 8
Bipedal, by pedal! Vol. 2 : confidential Mad Libs
Smile hon, you’re in Baltimore. Vol. 11
The book bindery
The East Village inky. Vol. 40
Make/shift. Vol. 8
Functionally ill. Vol. 5 : adventures with mental health
Scam. Vol. 7
Cometbus. Vol. 36
Duplex planet. Vol. 181
Duplex planet. Vol. 186
The iconoclast. Vol. 85
Girls are not chicks coloring book
Mishap. Vol. 26
This is what concerns me presents : remainders
Ink nineteen : May 1996
Worn. Vol. 7 : fashion journal
Better looking than a blog. a collection. : ten foot rule journal comix
A day in Rennes-le-Chateau
Strap yourself in. Vol. 8
Samantha Dorsett tribute zine
Smile hon, you’re in Baltimore. Vol. 9
The black cloud. Vol. 3
These yams Are delicious
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Posted by Andrew Coulon on March 24, 2011
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Posted by Matthew Moyer on March 9, 2011
It would be an excellent idea if you take a few minutes out of your busy Saturday afternoon and head down to the Five Points Theatre to say goodbye to a titan of poetry, self-publishing, chapbooks, zines, and spoken word in our fair city. You’d better believe that the Zine Committee will be there.
Where and When:
Five Points Theatre
1028 Park Street
This event is free of charge.
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Posted by Matthew Moyer on February 28, 2011
Let’s try our best to shake off the winter blues with some new and inspiring reading material, courtesy of your Zine Collection. We’ve got a REALLY mixed bag of items this time around. Look closely, you might find some VERY pleasant surprises in there.
Al Burian Goes to Hell.
America Go Fly a Kite.
Bejeezus. Vol. 10
Blood Moon Rising. Vol. 18
Brainscan. Vol. 20: Irreconcilable Differences
Caboose. Vol. 5: The Improvement Issue
Caboose. Vol. 6: The Health and Recreation Issue
Croq. Vol. 5
Duplex Planet. Vol. 179
Funwater Awesome. Vol. 3
The Gay Utopia.
Gendrfailz. Vol. 1: The First Appointment
Greenblooded: An Introduction to Eco-Friendly Feminine Hygiene.
Helios Eye: Hey Hey Hey.
Humanbeing Lawnmower. Vol. 1
Ink Nineteen: December 1995
Ink Nineteen: January 1996
Ink Nineteen: February 1996
Ink Nineteen: March 1996
Ink Nineteen: April 1996
Inside Front. Vol. 12
Jaded Hipsters Dig Whiskey Sours: Short Stories by the Urban Hermitt.
Lissajou: Tsy Misy.
Maximum Rock n Roll. Vol. 204
Mishap. Vol. 28
Movement Magazine. Vol. 18.1
The National Science Fair of Amazing New Discoveries.
Papercutter. Vol. 11
Phase 7. Vol. 7
Rad Dad. Vol. 17
Razorcake. Vol. 57
Razorcake. Vol. 58
Skin deep: A Smile Hon, You’re in Baltimore! Production.
Smile Hon, You’re in Baltimore. Vol. 13
Syndicate Product. Vol. 12
Tenacious. Vol. 16: Art and Writings From Women in Prison
Tough Junkie: Grab What You Can.
You Know What They Say.
Zisk. Vol. 15
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Posted by Matthew Moyer on February 15, 2011
We’re sad to report that friend of the Zine Collection and Jacksonville writer par excellence Alan Justiss passed away over the weekend. Though he created a vast body of work, mixed it up with the likes of Alan Ginsberg and Charles Bukowski, and had a huge influence on at least two generations of young Jacksonville writers and creatives–and much will no doubt be written about that–we remember him fondly for his work above and beyond the call of duty in promoting the first Much Ado About Zines event last spring. Though obviously in ill health, Alan, acting as the grand old man of Jacksonville zines, undertook a hectic two-day schedule promoting and participating in the event. He appeared on WJCT’s First Coast Connect radio show (listen to that episode here) talking about the history of zines and chapbooks, gamely attended the gala fundraiser for the event, adding some much needed grit to the champagne bubbles, got up bright and early to do a reading on the day, signed books and chatted with fans, and finally attended a lunch with all of the other zine writers. His performance, shunning a microphone and relying on the gravitas of his voice for amplification, was just electrifying and incantatory. He easily held his own against savvy wordsmiths like Patrick Hughes and Duncan Barlow. It was a great thrill to be able to gather such a diverse and talented group of zine writers; but at the end of the day, it was Alan Justiss who sat at the head of the table. He will be missed.
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Posted by Josh Jubinsky on February 11, 2011
Thanks again to the students of Jacksonville’s Joe Berg Society for being so interested in the Zine Collection! Hopefully now we’ve got another 80 rad teens stoked on the collection and the library. They had really good questions and checked out some of my favorite zines.
For more information on our new favorite group of high school students, go here.
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Posted by Josh Jubinsky on February 10, 2011
Call me biased, but librarians are awesome – whether it’s a public library or university. I ran into my friend Mr. Ross Martin at a show in Deleon Springs last week. He works as a librarian at Seminole State College. Apparently he was jumping the gun on some spring cleaning, and low and behold he had a giant plastic tub of zines to donation to our collection. It was amazing.
His donation has a lot of older punk zines in it that will really help fill out our collection. A lot of them are specific to Florida as well. Thanks so much again Ross!
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Posted by Matthew Moyer on February 8, 2011
The Amish Elf
by Chris Kerr
You could be forgiven for taking a look at the cover and title of Chris Kerr’s minicomic and think it a one-note joke. C’mon an Amish Elf? There’s gotta be a bad standup routine in there somewhere about oversize buggies? And yet, to his eternal credit, artist Kerr takes this limited concept and weaves a touching and bewitching mythos around it.
The plot is oblique and impossible to sum up in a brief manner to anyone’s satisfaction. Let’s just say that it’s a travelogue the likes of which you’d never read in a Disney story or Piers novel. Surreal phantasmagoria contrasts nicely with the more Spartan reality of an Amish village in a very entertaining manner.
No dialogue, bereft of any text, the weight of the storytelling falls on Kerr’s simple pen-and-ink line drawings. His art style is very familiar (I’m thinking of Magnus Carisson’s Robin and Russian dolls for some reason) and very individual at the same time. Whereas the lead characters–the Elf, the Wizard, and the Amish–are drawn in a very naive, cartoonish style, suddenly he’ll throw you for a curve by drawing, say, an alligator or an opossum in stunning photo-realist detail. Yet it’s the cartoons that pack the emotional punch, a page where a squirrel triumphantly teaches the Amish Elf to throw nuts at targets blindfolded is uplifting, and a shot of stoic Amish parents fighting back tears over the supposed death of their son is wrenching. And that last page? Man…
Read it, give it to your friends to read, and then argue over the plot more than you did with Twin Peaks!
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Posted by Matthew Moyer on January 21, 2011
It’s happened to all of us, you finish reading a zine, and wonder what exactly the band that gave that great interview sounds like? Sure, you could trawl around iTunes, but where’s the fun in that? The Zine Collection has teamed up with the Popular Media department at the Main Library to offer you a selection of albums from bands featured in the pages of some of our finest, cutting-edge music zines. They’re displayed with the new zines on the first floor of the Main Library, and we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by some of the selections. As always, maximum volume yields maximum results.
Maximum Rock N’ Roll Vol. 288
Clockcleaner – “Babylon Rules”
Maximum Rock N’ Roll Vol. 278
The Fall – “Hex Induction Hour”
Maximum Rock N’ Roll Vol. 278
Thee Headcoats – “Knights of the Baskervilles”
Maximum Rock N’ Roll Vol. 308
The Cramps – “Live at Napa State Mental Hospital” (DVD)
Maximum Rock N’ Roll Vol. 283
Jay Reatard – “Singles 06-07″
Maximum Rock N’ Roll Vol. 191 AND Razorcake Vol. 4
Minor Threat – “Complete Discography”
Razorcake Vol. 48
Otis Redding – “The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul”
Maximum Rock N’ Roll Vol. 179
Boysetsfire – “After the Eulogy”
Maximum Rock N’ Roll Vol. 289
Southern Death Cult – “Southern Death Cult”
Tail Spins. Vol. 33
Melt Banana – “Cactuses Come in Flocks”
Tail Spins. Vol. 19
Sebadoah – “III”
Many more to come…
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