The Zine Collection

…at Jacksonville’s Main Library


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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