The Big Zine Takeover
Posted by Matthew Moyer on March 12, 2010
Thanks to everyone who participated in and attended our events (a Zine Symposium?) at this year’s Much Ado About Books festival. We had a great response and from what I’ve heard, our events were the best attended of the day. See you next year? Hmmmmm.
The panel went very well with Max Michaels (Movement), Tom Pennington (The Hum), Joe LaChut (Seven Inches To Freedom), and Ian Koss (Ink 19) sumbitting to questions from the moderator and the audience on all manner of topics relating to zines, the realities of independent publishing, online vs. print, and their own work. There was some spirited discussion amongst the authors about online vs. print and how big a zine could be and still be considered a “zine,” but overall it was so great to have a multigenerational meeting of writers who’ve given over such a large part of their lives to zines and recognize the importance of independent publishing.
The reading had a completely different vibe, swinging from irreverant to bawdy to downright biblical at the drop of a hat. John Fahy (of punk zine Maximum Rock and Roll) was kind enough to substitute for the sadly-absent Shelton Hull at the last moment, and had the audience in stitches with a tale of the humiliations and joys of touring Europe on a shoestring in a punk band. Duncan Barlow (Super Cell Anemia, Astrophil Press) read a reflective excerpt from a novel/memoir he is finishing. Patrick Hughes (Diary of Indignities) had the audience alternately roaring with laughter and gasping in surprise as he read a chapter from his Tom Sawyer-meets-small town boredom-meets-junk culture overload collection Diary of Indignities. Alan Justiss finished the event with a performance full of gravitas and rebel cool. He eschewed a microphone, stood to his feet, and read a selection of incredible poetry that reaffirms his status as a mentor to many of Jacksonville’s young wordsmiths.
Afterwards everyone posed for photos (wouldn’t you?), exchanged contacts, and breathed a huge sigh of relief.