The Zine Collection

…at Jacksonville’s Main Library

End of the blog, but not of the Zine Collection.

Posted by ryan fix on December 14, 2016

It’s with a bit of sadness that I write this post. This will be the final post on The Zine Collection at Jacksonville’s Main Library blog.  We are hoping that by focusing our energies on other zine related duties we can improve the collection.  We will still be represented on Facebook on the JPL page.  We will work closely with them, providing them with posts on a more frequent basis. Please make the jump with us to the JPL Facebook page at the following link.

Thank you for following us over the years.


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More Jax by Jax info.

Posted by ryan fix on November 12, 2016


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JPL Zine collection at Jax by Jax

Posted by ryan fix on November 10, 2016

Come Join Sara and Ryan from JPL’s Zine collection at the Jax x Jax Literary Festival. The festival will be held this Saturday at 2:00 pm at Park and King Streets in the Riverside Avondale area.  We will have a table set up from 3:00 – 6:00 in front of Il Desco restaurant with examples of some of the zines from the collection including several from Jacksonville.  Also we will be able to tell you all about the exciting new Jax Maker Space at the Main library.


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Sharpen your zine making skills at Graphic Attack!

Posted by ryan fix on September 27, 2016

Join JPL Teen department employee  Brentley Stead for Graphic Attack In JPL’s new Makerspace.  Each session will present an exciting new topic.

Come and explore a range of image making processes including drawing. Resources from our collection will be used. Art supplies will be provided.
Upcoming sessions include:
9/28— Celebrate banned book week with censor poetry. Take a page and create a new story.
10/12— Can you describe your favorite book in 144 characters or less? Take the challenge and create your own Twitter worthy book reviews. Can you convince us to read your book?
4:00pm – 5:00 pm in the Jax. Makerspace on the Ground floor.
Check our calendar here to find out more about this and other events.

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Beginning Bookbinding: Create your own journal (or zine)

Posted by ryan fix on August 11, 2016

Come check out our new Makerspace at JPL’s Main branch by attending our Beginning Bookbinding event.

Thursday, August 18, 2016 –

11:30am to 1:00pm

Join us in the Jax Makerspace to make a personalized, hand-made journal. Explore collage with a variety of mixed media, including drawing, colored pencils and markers, while learning a basic bookbinding technique. Further inspire your creativity and self-expression through journal writing prompts. Supplies are provided and all are welcome. (ArtsCrafts1)

Bookbinding event

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Zine collection spotlighted in the Resident Community News

Posted by ryan fix on July 18, 2016

Check out the current edition of the Resident Community News for a great article about the Zine Collection.  Here is the link,-Inc/61964-Resident-News-ROAM-July-2016/index.html#42

Photos courtesy of the Resident Community News.



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Girls Rock Jacksonville at Power Hour at Brew

Posted by ryan fix on June 23, 2016

Girls Rock Jacksonville Outreach 06/15 and 6/22

On June 15th and 22nd Sara Radovic and Ryan Fix from the Popular/Fiction department, along with Erin Tuzuner from Adult Programming partnered with local organization Girls Rock Jacksonville to promote JPL’s Zine collection.  Girls Rock Jacksonville is an organization who’s “mission is to cultivate self-empowerment and positive identity development in girls, and gender non-conforming youth through music experimentation, DIY media and peer collaboration”. The event, a pre camp get together for employees, donors, and volunteers was held at Brew Coffee House in 5pts.  During the event Sara and Ryan staffed an information table set up with an assortment of zines, and promotional materials for JPL summer programs.  Attendees were surprised and impressed to hear that the library has a zine collection.  It was a great time partnering with the crew from Girls Rock Jacksonville, and we will do it again soon.


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Girls Rock Power Hour

Posted by Josh Jubinsky on June 11, 2016

We’ll be hanging out with a bunch of zines at the Girls Rock Jacksonville Power Hour! So come see us at Brew, June 15th and 22nd.  Click here for more information about Girls Rock Jacksonville.

girls rock

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Scam Zine

Posted by Josh Jubinsky on April 13, 2016


Since the early ’90s Erick Lyle (formerly know as Iggy Scam) has published Scam zine and played in tons of great bands, including The Horrible Odds, Onion Flavored Rings, and Black Rainbow. In recent years he has parlayed Scam and his many other DIY zine projects into a bona fide writing career of sorts – including the book On The Lower Frequencies, and his newest, Streetopia: Using Art to Build Community, Fight Displacement and Reclaim Public Space.  He recently talked at the University of West Florida.  We’re beyond thrilled to have some of his early zines in our collection at the JPL Zine Library.

Here’s a small excerpt from Erick Lyle’s interview with Arwen Curry of Maximum Rock and Roll, from 2009’s print media themed issue.

Do you remember the first time you saw something that was like a zine or a pamphlet, a noncommercial, underground piece of writing? What did it look like to you at the time?

I thought from a pretty young age that I would become a writer. I enjoyed writing in school even really early on. Like when I was seven or eight, I was always writing stories, but there was a period in my early teens when I was running away from home a lot, having a lot of trouble with parents, and randomly living on the streets here and there. I started to fail out of school, which hadn’t been a problem before, and I started to think that I’d messed up my life in some way where I wasn’t going to be able to become a writer anymore—because I wasn’t going to finish school, and, that I would need to go to college to “become a writer.” But then somehow I happened upon a Hunter S. Thompson book that I cheerfully shoplifted from the mall, and I was reading this lunatic tale of crime and drugs and stuff, and realized, “Oh, OK, I actually already am a writer. This is awesome.”

That was before I was a punk rocker. It wasn’t until a couple of years later that I was into punk rock and seeing zines. There weren’t a lot of zines coming out of South Florida, but finding a Maximum Rocknroll actually was a pretty big deal, and we found it in a chain store, so that’s something to consider—that sometimes in a small town you gotta find the punk rock in a chain store. This was probably 1988, and me and my best friend Buddha thought that we were among the last remaining punks on earth because there were no other punks in South Florida, and all the bands that we liked, like Black Flag, the Descendents, Hüsker Dü, the Minutemen, they had just broken up right before we got into punk.

We had seen the 7 Seconds, but somehow something was missing, so when we found this Maximum Rocknroll, we were like, “Whoa! This magazine is full of demo tapes; there’s a whole world out there,” so that was a pretty big deal. But the first zine I saw that really influenced me was a couple years later, probably in 1990, when I left my parents’ house for good and ended up at the Ft. Lauderdale Punk House. My roommate Chuck Loose was making a zine called Get Loose, and it was all about scamming, dumpster diving, bumming around town, graffiti, and stuff, and I was like, “Hmm, OK, this is cool. I can do this.”

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New Zines for April

Posted by Andrew Coulon on April 25, 2014

Brilliant mistake. Vol. 2

Cheer the eff up. Vol. 1

Cutlass. Vol. 4

Endless escalators. Vol. 2

Endless escalators. Vol. 4

Fight boredom with feminism! Vol. 3

Grey fetish. Vol. 9

Judas goat quarterly. Vol. 58 : fly over country


The Madison review. Vol. 33.2

My aim is true. Vol. 1

Realia. Vol. 2 : childhood

Rollerderby. Vol. 4

The shortest day

Telegram ma’am. Vol. 18 : your pretty face is going straight

Toronto zine library resource issue

With an E. Vol. 2 : vegan dining in Walt Disney World

Your pretty face is going straight to hell. Vol. 10

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