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Root v.3

Posted by Andrew Coulon on June 9, 2010

In Root v.3, Sarah Evans shares what she has learned after 9 months of travel and exploration throughout Canada and the US. Her observances are mostly short and sweet, accompanied by personal photos and charming cut and paste collages that are so poignant, you begin to feel like a fellow traveler. You can’t help but imagine your own cross-country explorations and reflect on what makes a place feel like home. For Evans, home is in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Everyone else needs to find that place for themselves and sometimes, reading a good old fashioned perzine is a great way to reflect on your own roots and where life has taken you.

Prolific zinester Sarah Evans has been publishing zines for over a decade and has worked as a collaborator at the Anchor Archive Zine Library. If you want to read more by Sarah Evans, we also have Root v.1, Try, Try Again and Salt and Slush: Nova Scotia Winter Cooking.


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New Zines for May

Posted by Andrew Coulon on May 17, 2010

Okay, we’ve been saying it for weeks now but finally, here is a list of the new zines for May.  Read em and weep….

  • 12 items or less : a grocery shopping zine
  • 9 and a half left. Vol. 9
  • Absolutely Zippo ! Anthology
  • Adjective Stories
  • Are You Really Reading the Sun?
  • Beer powered bicycle. Vol. 7
  • Blurt! Vol. 4 / Gullible Vol. 27 split
  • Brains. Vol. 1
  • Burn collector. Vol. 12
  • Chickenhed zine and roll. Vol. 5
  • Cometbus Vol. 39
  • Cometbus Vol. 45
  • Cometbus Vol. 46
  • Cometbus Vol. 47
  • Cometbus Vol. 48
  • Cometbus Vol. 49
  • Con queso. Vol. 3
  • DIY: A how to guide for publishing a high school zine
  • Engineering and mass marketing of an individual identity
  • Environmental imp pack. Vol. 1
  • Environmental imp pack. Vol. 2
  • E.C.F.U. Vol. 7
  • Exile Osaka Vol. 2
  • Factsheet 5. Vol. 64
  • Feel happiness. Vol. 1
  • Feel happiness. Vol. 2
  • Fifth Estate Vol. 379
  • Forty Four Presidents
  • Ghetto Garden : d.i.y. country trash livin’
  • Greenwoman Vol. 4
  • Greenwoman Vol. 5
  • Haggard and Halloo. Vol. 26
  • Herbal first aid
  • Human waste. Vol. 1
  • Human waste. Vol. 2
  • Human waste. Vol. 3
  • Human waste. Vol. 5
  • Irrartional Fears
  • Junket. Vol. 1 : taxi stories part one
  • King-Cat Vol. 70
  • Laundry basket : a tales of washday woe
  • Living proof. Vol. 2
  • Loserdom. Vol. 17
  • Mathew Courtney’s Wide Open Caberet : ABC no rio, 1985 – 1990
  • Maximum rock n roll. Vol. 195
  • Maximum rock n roll. Vol. 197
  • Maximum rock n roll. Vol. 206
  • Maximum rock n roll. Vol. 271
  • Maximum rock n roll. Vol. 281
  • Maximum rock n roll. Vol. 282
  • Mixed Reviews
  • Movement magazine. Vol. 9.3
  • Movement magazine. Vol. 10.2
  • Movement magazine. Vol. 11.6
  • Movement magazine. Vol. 12.4
  • Movement magazine. Vol. 17.1
  • Moving Forward: Program for a Participatory Economy
  • Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness
  • Not Necessarily the News Vol. 2
  • Not Necessarily the News Vol. 2.5
  • Outpunk Vol. 7
  • Painted Gash Mythos
  • Punk Zine
  • Quest Among the Bewildered
  • Razorcake. Vol. 55
  • Reggae Chicken
  • Rise and fall of the harbor area. Vol. 14
  • Rocks and blows. Vol. 1
  • Rocks and blows. Vol. 2
  • Rocks and blows. Vol. 3
  • Running 21. Vol. 1
  • salt and slush : winter recipes nova scotia
  • Scenery. Vol. 13
  • Separatorium
  • Seven Inches To Freedom Vol. 1
  • Seven Inches To Freedom Vol. 2
  • Seven Inches To Freedom Vol. 3
  • Seven Inches To Freedom Vol. 4
  • Shotgun seamstress. Vol. 1
  • Shotgun seamstress. Vol. 2
  • Shotgun seamstress. Vol. 3
  • Shotgun seamstress. Vol. 4
  • Solid gould. Vol. 1
  • Songs Unsung Vol. 4
  • Sounds of your name
  • Spin-spin : a beginners guide to spinning yarn
  • Spokes of Hazard. Vol. 2
  • Truckstop magazine. Vol. 2
  • Truckstop magazine. Vol. 6
  • Truckstop magazine. Vol. 7
  • Truckstop magazine. Vol. 8
  • True grit. Vol. 2
  • Worn Fashion Journal Vol. 5
  • Xeens and things Vol. 21
  • You. Anthology
  • Your Day Will Come Vol.  4 / Mix-Tapers Do It Better spit
  • Zendik Vol. 63
  • Zine Machine Vol. 1

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King-Cat #70

Posted by Andrew Coulon on May 9, 2010

King-Cat Comics celebrated two major milestones in the last year: twenty years in print and 70 issues.  Our congratulations go out to author and artist John Porcellino.  As you might remember, I am a big fan of John’s work so when he visited Gainesville back in March, I was glad to have a chance to meet him.  I showed John several of JPL’s cataloged issues of King-Cat Comics and he was so impressed, he donated issue 70, our current Zine of the Week.  Thanks John!  So without further ado, I offer this month’s Zine of the Week for your reading pleasure.

King-Cat Comics is all about the little things in life, the moments that slip by and would be forgotten without a keen observer like John Porcellino to document them.  He manages to stay present in the moment long enough to find the polished stone and make a comic out of it, resulting in an autobiography of moments, one long string of personal observations that somehow add up to life in modern times.  In issue 70, John goes to the dentist, fills a prescription, mails a letter and embarks on several other thrilling adventures, each with their own eureka moment.  And if that isn’t enough, Diogenes washes vegetables in the stream.  It’s all there in one zine, everything you need for a relaxing, enlightening afternoon.  Check it out today.

If you would like to read more about John Porcellino, check out our recent interview with him.

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Know Your Zine Author – John Porcellino

Posted by Andrew Coulon on April 27, 2010

John Porcellino recently celebrated publishing 70 issues of King-Cat Comics in 20 years.  That’s a great accomplishment, especially considering that most zines never make it past the fifth issue.  His autobiographical comics focus on single moments, scrapping away all of the clutter to expose simple, real experiences in his life.  It goes without saying that we here in the Zine Collection are very excited to offer up an email interview with John.  Read on….

How did you first get into zines?

I’d been making little handmade booklets since I was a kid, and in High School I began making photocopies of them, to give to my friends. In 1987 I started making an art and poetry magazine called Cehsoikoe, which I sold at a local record shop. One day I got a letter in the mail from a girl named Lainie the Oyster, who lived a few towns over from me, and also published a little magazine, called “Lime Green Bulldozers.” I went to her house one day and she showed me Factsheet Five. Before that time I was unaware that there was a “Zine World.” Finding out about that network changed my life, and I’ve been involved in it ever since.

How long have you been writing King-Cat Comics?

I started King-Cat in May of 1989.

What made you decide to create a print zine and what keeps you going?

Well, at the time there was no other option. There was no web, I didn’t even have a computer. What keeps me going? In print? I guess I’m old-fashioned, but I love paper, I love books, I love holding something in my hand and being able to put it on a shelf.

Do you have a large web presence right now? Would you ever publish exclusively online?

I have a website, and a Facebook page, and a few blogs. I have an ongoing archive of my comics going up online at The internet is great for so many things– getting the word out and communicating, discovering things, and tracking down information. I suppose it’s inevitable that some amount of my comics publishing efforts will eventually be online, but I would hope that I’d be able to maintain the print version of King-Cat as well.

What kind of work goes into creating an issue? How much time do you put into your publishing?

I keep notebooks around me where I jot down ideas, phrases, titles, and memories etc as they come to me. I also always have little scraps of paper, receipts for instance, with notes jotted on the back. I kind of keep that stuff around, refining my ideas until they begin to take shape. When they do, and I can start to see the next issue of King-Cat in my head, I begin the actual drawing. Once I start drawing it goes pretty fast. The bulk of the work is in the writing, and editing the writing. I’d say the whole process can take six months to a year or so. Then I get the new issue out, and it all starts over again.

Where do you get your ideas from?

Well, I’m mostly an autobiographical cartoonist, so I get my ideas from life, from things that happen to me or people I know. I’m always looking at other people’s work too, comics, movies, books. They all kind of inspire me, or take my thoughts in a new direction. My inspiration comes from life, and, to me, life includes everything, so I draw inspiration from all over.

Several of your zines reference Zen masters and koans. Do you draw a lot of influence from Zen Buddhism?

I discovered Zen in the mid-nineties, and I always say it was like finding a pair of shoes in your closet that you’d forgotten you had. You put them on and it’s just such a comfortable, natural fit. Zen is concerned with the reality of everyday life, and that’s something I was already trying to work with in my artwork, and my life. So, I had those impulses before I discovered Zen, but Zen kind of put a form to these amorphous ideas and feelings I’d had floating around for many years.

You also have a few comics about Greek philosopher Diogenes of Sinope. What draws you to him?

Same thing that drew me to the old Zen masters: these wild-and-free old men out there prowling around the fringes of society trying to get us to open up our eyes. They may seem gruff and unconventional, but they’re acting out of compassion, they’re trying to help us get our heads out of the sand and really experience what it means to be alive, to be a real live human being.

You recently went on a long tour to promote your work. How did that go?

The tour was fantasic. It’s so rewarding to get out there and meet people who read my comics, and see new things, meet new people, connect directly like that. It’s the best feeling in the world. I hadn’t been down south since I was five years old, so it was all very exciting and new to me.

What zines do you enjoy?

I have such broad interests, so I like all kinds of things, but I especially like personal, auto-biographical things. I’m interested in real life, and what that means for other people. Specifically some of my favorite zines are Roctober, Laterborn, Strange Growths, but there are too many to name them all.

Do you have any non-zine reading recommendations?

Well, for me, Kerouac and the other Beats were big inspirations. I think they’re an important part of our culture that are often overlooked… I just read an “autobiography” of Federico Fellini, called I, Fellini, that I think any creative person would find interesting. I read a lot of non-fiction, stuff in The New Yorker or Harper’s…

Can you give us a preview of what you are working on next?

I’m always at work on the next King-Cat. And I’m putting together a new book about an illness I had in the 90’s, called The Hospital Suite. I’ve got so many little projects and big projects going on all the time… I keep busy!

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FLA 2010 Presentation

Posted by Andrew Coulon on April 11, 2010

FLA 2010 Thinking Outside the Book

We had the pleasure of presenting at the Florida Library Association’s Annual Conference this last weekend and we were smashing if I do say so myself.  We presented about how to start a zine collection and about all the programs and outreach we have done.  Hopefully some other libraries in Florida will start zine collections.   Here is a link to our presentation.

Stay tuned for more info as it develops.

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We’re old school

Posted by Andrew Coulon on April 2, 2010

What can we say?  We like paper zines, old music and one of us even collects stamps.  But we’re getting with it.  Notice the links to our new Twitter and Facebook pages on the right.  Yeah, I knew you’d be impressed.

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April Art Walk

Posted by Andrew Coulon on March 30, 2010

Tough Junkie flyer

You know you want to be there…..

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MAAB Line-up

Posted by Andrew Coulon on February 26, 2010

Much Ado About Books

One last reminder to check out the Zine activities at this year’s Much Ado About Books! We will be located in the Zimmerman Overlook (first floor, near the DVDs and the Zine Collection).

10:45 – 11:30

Ian Koss (Ink 19), Joe LaChut (Seven Inches to Freedom), Tom Pennington (The Hum, Reax)  and Max Michaels (Movement Magazine) will be discussing their history with zines, the importance of independent publishing, and the role of the Internet in publishing.

12:00 – 12:45

Authors Duncan B. Barlow (Super Cell Anemia), Patrick Hughes (Diaries of Indignities), Shelton Hull (Folio Weekly, Section 8) and poet Alan Justiss (too many to list) will read from their own original work.

If you want more info on the events or bios on these authors, click here or on the logo at the top. Hope to see you there!

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Zine Release Party @ February Art Walk

Posted by Andrew Coulon on January 30, 2010

As promised, we will have a big batch of zines ready for check out at February Art Walk.  But there’s more….

We will have special guests!

Travis Fristoe (of ‘America?’ Zine, and bands such as Moonraker, Reactionary 3) discusses his America zine and the DIY publishing world at large.

And come hear the music of…

Samantha Jones (of the bands Cassette, Bitchin, Slang, Rumbleseat etc) and Chelsea C (1/2 of the duet know as Dirty Fist)

5:30-7:00at the Main Library right by the zine collection! You know, first floor by the DVDs!

Check out this older post for an interview with Travis Fristoe.

Here is the list of new goodies:

  1. Abort Vol. 20
  2. 904 Skate Magazine Photo Issue: Summer 2006
  3. Abort Vol. 21
  4. ABC No Rio: Enter the Nineties
  5. Adventures in Menstruation Vol. 1
  6. Adventures in Menstruation Vol. 2
  7. Adventures in Menstruation Vol. 3
  8. A’ La Maison w/ mix CD
  9. Anarchism: An Introduction
  10. The Black Cloud Vol. 2
  11. Blast Asteroid and the Space Patrol
  12. Blast Asteroid Returns
  13. Boy~Girl Vol. 2
  14. Carbusters: Nov. 2008 – Feb. 2009
  15. The CIA Makes Science Fiction Unexciting Vol. 5
  16. Dwelling Portably v. 3
  17. Dwelling Portably v. 4
  18. The F-Word Vol. 3
  19. Elephant Mess Vol. 21
  20. Emergency Vol. 5
  21. Even Noisy Sparrows Vol. 4
  22. Feedback Vol. 4
  23. Frost Vol. 0
  24. Greenwoman Vol. 2
  25. Griot Vol. 6
  26. Grooves: Experimental Electronic Music Magazine
  27. The Hum Vol. 1/ Alley-Oop! Vol. 9
  28. Human Waste Vol. 4
  29. Human Waste Vol. 6
  30. Jesse Reklaw’s Ten Thousand Things To Do
  31. The Juniper Vol. 5
  32. The Juniper Vol. 6
  33. The Juniper Vol. 9
  34. The Juniper Vol. 11
  35. Make Something
  36. Maximum Rock and Roll Vol. Vol. 242
  37. Maximum Rock and Roll Vol. Vol. 265
  38. Maximum Rock and Roll Vol. Vol. 267
  39. Maximum Rock and Roll Vol. Vol. 268
  40. Maximum Rock and Roll Vol. Vol. 272
  41. Maximum Rock and Roll Vol. Vol. 273
  42. Maximum Rock and Roll Vol. Vol. 274
  43. Maximum Rock and Roll Vol. Vol. 275
  44. Maximum Rock and Roll Vol. Vol. 278
  45. Maximum Rock and Roll Vol. Vol. 318
  46. Momentum Vol. 32
  47. New Orleans… My Love
  48. The New Wave of Cut and Paste Vol. 6
  49. The Night of Your Life
  50. Notes from the Underground: Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture
  51. Our Lives Vol. 1
  52. Our Lives Vol. 2
  53. Paper Bird: Styrofoam Flowers
  54. Paping v.10
  55. Privilege and Solidarity
  56. Razorcake Vol. 33
  57. Razorcake Vol. 43
  58. Razorcake Vol. 44
  59. Razorcake Vol. 45
  60. Reciprocity Vol. 2
  61. Regeneration Vol. 6
  62. Seven Inches to Freedom Vol. 5
  63. Sick: a compilation on physical illness
  64. The Silk Screen Zine
  65. Slug & Lettuce Vol. 78
  66. Slug & Lettuce Vol. 89
  67. The Strange Voyage of the Leona Joyce
  68. Telegram Ma’am Vol. 8
  69. Uncle Eno’s Magazine
  70. The Wave Project Vol. 5

So many… can’t… catalog… another…

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Going Postal v.1

Posted by Andrew Coulon on January 17, 2010

For a zine, Going Postal v.1 is surprisingly dense and informative. I know how that sounds, and I’m really not trying to discount content levels in others zines but seriously; GP jumps from Kris Mininger’s personal remembrances of DIY godfather Irving Stettner to a brief history of zines from early table top presses through the Internet age of Big Brother and on to a second piece by Mininger about English anarchist, artist and bus driver Arthur Moyse… and that’s just the first half. GP even dips a toe into the academic realm with an excerpt from Steve Bailey’s and Anita Michel’s published paper on perzines and personal identity. Heck, much of GP’s content includes full citations for the discerning reading. But don’t think the editors of Going Postal are just a bunch of stamp collecting eggheads. They want you to share their love of print zines and mail and they don’t seem too concerned that their entire premise for GP may be judged as anachronistic. So if you’ve got some spare time and you have been ruminating whether or not to actually produce that zine you have been thinking about (come on, we know you have ideas…), check out Going Postal for a good kick in the pants.

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