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Zine Release Party at Art Walk!

Posted by Josh Jubinsky on February 4, 2010

The February zine release was great! About 120 people came to hang out, a great group of 40 or so stuck around for the whole event!  Travis Fristoe, Samantha Jones and Chelsea C all did an amazing job.   Thanks again for coming up from Gainesville!  A lot of new faces came to check out the collection and the new items.

Travis Fristoe

Samantha Jones

Chelsea C.

And here’s some video from a bit of Chelsea’s set.

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Folio Loves Zines!

Posted by Josh Jubinsky on January 28, 2010

Folio Weekly has been super awesome to us zine librarians lately.  They caught us doing outreach at Jacksonville’s Cinema Sounds event, and laid down a pretty sweet blurb about our Zine Machine program for kids. Thanks Folio!

Speaking of Zine Machine, here is the new flyer!  Tell us what you think.

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Zine Outreach

Posted by Josh Jubinsky on January 11, 2010

Saturday’s outreach was a blast! A lot of great people were at the show and we definetly gave out lots of flyers and library card applications.  It was in a very cold warehouse on a very cold night, but we had a lot of fun and got to talk about the zine collection to everyone.

The next place we’ll be doing outreach is a the 5 points theatre for Cinema Sounds.   It’s an event where bands produce lives scores to classic movies.  The event starts Saturday January 16th at 10:30pm.  Be sure to stop by our table, say hello, check out some zines and sign up for a library card! Read more about the Cinema Sounds event here.

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Zine Machine program for kids!

Posted by Josh Jubinsky on January 5, 2010

The Children’s Department at the Main Library has a new program focused on writing and zine publication for kids.  Here’s the scoop.

Zine Machine : Creative Writing and Publication for Kids!

Meet with us weekly for awesome creative writing and cartooning projects!

Your participation is a MUST as we create fun text and images for our quarterly zine publication of your best work.  Every child receives a copy of the group-published zine and the library catalogs the zine for it’s collection!

This program is for children ages 8-13 and starts January 19th at 4pm in the Children’s Department at the Main Library Downtown.   It will meet on a weekly basis.

For more information call 630-2417. 

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Zine Yearbook #9

Posted by Josh Jubinsky on December 7, 2009

Zine Yearbook #9
Edited by Microcosm Publishing.

With anyone looking for a new zine – this general concept is paramount; the more you know, the more you know you don’t know. From the start of pulling together elements of the zine collection, I knew my familiarity with zines and their distribution aspects from running my own distro and record store would be helpful – much more helpful than my reluctant and half hearted enthusiasm over cataloging minutia. “Oh yeah, we should definitely get this title and that title and so and so is donating back issues of this and that.”   I obviously never thought zines ended with what I knew of them, but I wasn’t quite prepared for how much I didn’t know outside of standard distribution channels. And the humbling power of hundreds of new titles came crashing like modern first-world economic plight.

Enter Zine Yearbook #9, where a culmination of historical torch passing compilers, from Jen Angel to Softskull Press to Tree of Knowledge, finally lands a new publishing partnership with Microcosm Publishing.   Microcosm’s treatment of the Zine Yearbook project is nothing short of inspiring – both in terms of process and product.  The thousands of zines read and mulled over at meetings lead to 230 pages of over 120 selections from various zines.  The final product is a tasty sampler containing thoughtful, engaging, personal, independent writing and artistry from around the globe.  Accompanying each printed submission is the contact information for your follow up – write them and tell them what you think, order the zine for yourself, or tell us local librarians how much you loved a certain entry and wish we had it available for checkout here. …the whimsical art and text of “My Friends and Their Tall Bikes,” the great storytelling in Pensacola’s “Mylxine” zine, the illustrations from “Bowling Stars of 1989,” the funny and interesting responses from the ad posting’s of the author of “Three Minute Girlfriend.”  All a must-see!

Zine Yearbook 9 is an anthology of independent writing and artistry that should not go missed.   Check it out at the library this winter and find a warm place to discover all kinds of new and neat zines.

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More Coverage From Zine Opening!

Posted by Josh Jubinsky on October 9, 2009

In case you missed the event and are wondering if your best friend showed up without you, here are some pictures from the Zine Collection opening during October’s Artwalk.  All taken from JaxScene’s flickr account.  Thanks to Tom and Jenny for documenting the event.

Click the link at the bottom to view all the pictures.


Patrons checking out the new collection before the band plays.

Tuffy, setting up for the show.

Tuffy, setting up for the show.

Tuffy performing.

Tuffy performing.

Patrons watching the band.

Patrons watching the band.

Click here for the rest of the JaxScene photoset from this event.

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Maximum Rock AND Roll!

Posted by Josh Jubinsky on October 9, 2009

So the zine collection is officially open, you checked it out. You thought Burn Collector was neat, and liked that cute zine with drawings about coffee. You think “and that’s that” – right? No way!

mrrIn the past two days we added over 20 more issues of Maximum Rock N Roll, and the new issue of Give Me Back!  Let me tell you about them a little bit.

Maximum Rock N Roll is a monthly not-for-profit fanzine based in San Francisco, USA. Each issue features interviews, columns, and reviews from international contributors. As far as punk music, the publication has wide ranging coverage and is a stable of ideological influence within the punk community for over two decades.

With over 20 issues on our shelves, I’m not going over each one. Some highlights though, indeed. They are really loaded with great stuff to say the least.  Lots of great reviews of records, zines, books, movies.  They have a news section that typically focuses on leftist topics and activism news.  Most of them have scene reports such as; #284 Syracuse, NY and San Diego, California, #314 Toronto, #315 London, #292 Poland, #289 Timisoara, Romania and Copenhagen, Denmark, #225 Belarus and the Philippines.  Some have special topics – such as #310 is mostly about health, as well as a listing of the year end top tens.  Issue #308 is mostly about punks and film.

On the whole, Felix Havoc has an excellent column. Our shared background of record label and music distribution may be one reason I like it so much, especially since he discuses that often – how it changes through styles, economics and whatnot.

As far as some awesome band interviews go… No Hope for the Kids and Dropdead get interviewed well in #254.  Dropdead is fast thrash punk has been around since 1991. The lyrics typically have a hardline vegan and animal rights stance.  I’ve been a longtime fan, but when my band played with them at Richmond, Virginia’s Best Friends Day Festival it really sealed the deal!  Issue #225 has a good interview with Martin from Los Crudos about his label Lengua Armada.

Issue #284 has a really nice piece on the twenty year history of 254 Gilman Street Project.  It’s a community space and show space owned and operated by punks.  Issue #314 has a thorough history of Italian squats.

givemebackThe new issue of Give Me Back is full to the brim with goodies!  First of all, Florida is represented TWICE on the cover – an interview with Gainesville’s band Dead Friends and an interview with local Jacksonville artist Sean Mahan. It also features great columns and some interviews with Pygmy Lush, Kimya Dawson and Next Victim. And over 20 pages of record, zine and book reviews!

Something for everyone is these zines! Don’t be intimidated or feel weird about how you may not know the bands. If you like punk music / community / culture – this is your free ticket to more if it!

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Up and Running

Posted by Josh Jubinsky on October 8, 2009

first zine patron

Bruce, an aspiring young zinester.

Last nights event was fantastic! Over 200 people came in to listen to Tuffy and check out the zine collection.    Thank you to everyone who came to the opening.

If you missed the big event last night, please be sure to stop by soon.  A good deal of zines have been checked out, but we promise to help you find something great to take home with you!  If not, you can also put items on hold through the library website.

Visit  And search for “zines.”  After logging in with your library card number and password you can put items on hold and have them sent to whichever library you frequent.  Although coming down to the Main Library and seeing the collection in person is well worth the trip!

We’ll be linking up local blog coverage of the event soon.  Until then, here are some more photos from the evening. Thanks again for everyone hat came out, and of course Tuffy who played an amazing set.


Straightening the shelves before the opening.

Enjoying the band...

Enjoying the band...

Tuffy performing.

Tuffy performing.

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Grand Opening and Collection Developments

Posted by Josh Jubinsky on September 21, 2009

The Event.

So this is it – and we’re very excited.  Over 150 zines are added and ready for the opening, with more added daily.  So by the time this happens, who knows how many we’ll have ready.   This event is in the Main Library’s Popular department.  Tuffy plays music, you get to watch them and browse the zines.  Pick out some you already love or something new to you, and check it on your library card.

Collection Developments.

I just got back from a few out of town shows with my band.  While away, I was able to pick up some more zines for the collection.   Shopping for your local library while on tour? What a sense of purpose!  Thank you Wayward Council in Gainesville for having a great selection to choose from, and whomever put out the ‘free zines’ box at the Tampa show.

mrr313Also, thank you very much to Maximum Rock n Roll.  They are donating to us nearly every back issue they have.   Have a look at the Maximum Rock n Roll website’s listing of available back issues here and start planning which one’s you’ll read first – The issue with MDC or Vitamin X tour diary?  Interviews with Florida’s Cult Ritual or Fiya? Interviews with Los Crudos or Soophie Nun Squad?  Information about Romanian D-beat or a Mexico punk scene report?

In the next week I’ll be posting a few more words on some of my more favorite titles.

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Collection Update / Staff Picks

Posted by Josh Jubinsky on August 18, 2009

The anticipation is worth it.  Almost 100 items now cataloged – it’s not the easiest thing to do, and everyone on the zine committee has regular duties pertaining to our respective departments to do.  This whole project is something we’ve added to our jobs.  And we love it, but that other fun and sometimes not-so-fun job stuff sure get’s active at times.

We got our comic-style bags and boards in hand and our special zine boxes have been ordered.  “Soft opening” is sometime in September, with the grand opening October 7th at the Main Library.  This will be during the October Art Walk.

Now on to some more anticipation.  Here’s a few of the titles we’ve gotten in that I’m very excited about having people check out. 

longlivepaperSeven Inches to Freedom #7

Seven Inches to Freedom is a hardcore / punk fanzine by Joe Lachut and based out of Ft. Myers Florida.   It continually offers a healthy dose of columns, ‘my first record’ stories, and highly informative highlights of the author’s favorite bands – these are generally older musical groups.  This issues title is “(are we) Destroying Hardcore From Within(?)”. This issue is the first that Joe has had to charge for, the previous issues being free due to copy scams. It’s worth the $1 in person or $2 postage paid for this newest 34 page, ‘professionally printed’ publication. Joe’s column is about his woes of printing the zines. Another column, by John Fahy, focuses on his disdain for hardcore band’s that don’t include lyrics with their releases.  The in-depth band reviews for this issue feature Australia’s Rupture and New York’s Born Against.  Both are extremely well done in terms of highlighting each bands discography and importance to the larger DIY punk rock canon. Other features include a partially comprehensive Florida scene report, a piece on separate but communal living, an article entitled “Is Hardcore Broken” and a quick two pages of record and zine reviews.  In general, the writing is good and simple.  Sometimes it seems a little too simple and short.  I thoroughly enjoyed the “Is Hardcore Broken” article, although a small part of me wished they tied it into the greater economic picture at large. Maybe more numbers, stats, etc.   But maybe that’s the point, that’s the focus. And in the end I really like it.

trueloves2True Loves and True Loves 2

Sometimes, I just can’t put comics down. I get tired really quickly of actual comics that come out monthly – I get to read 10 or 12 pages, and then wait another month… it get’s old.   I found myself reading these and thinking it moved to slowly.  Then I realized it was because I just wanted to know what happened so badly.  Husband and wife team Jason Turner and Manien Botma create a comic about a modern romance where the main character, True, finds herself starting a fresh relationship while struggling to break it off with her previous one.  It may sound ordinary or bland, but the simplicity of the story and drawings is very calming.  An entertaining and relaxed read. Filling your possible need for water cooler gossip while you maintain a safe distance with coffee instead.

Give Me Back gmb3

A thoroughly punk music zine printed in magazine format on newspaper.  Give Me Back continues where Ebullition’s zine Heartattack left off – quite literally, as I heard in the beginning they were going to use the same name. Issues contain columns, articles, band interviews and music reviews.  The music reviews follow a no-barcode policy, ensuring that the music covered is my independent artists and not larger label interests – they lovingly refer to this as “irrelevant, glossy, radio-friendly crap that gets sent to us.”  Each issue is about 56 or so pages, and is gently littered throughout with photos and culturally relevant advertisements.

The first issue (which is actually called #51, picking up where Heartattack left off at #50) has interviews with bands such as Holland’s Seein’ Red, Providence’s Tiny Hawks, Japan’s Envy. Great interviews with organizations dealing with sexual assault such as Philly’s Pissed and Philly Stands Up are also included. Jeb Brannon on the zine Crass Menagerie, and Donna Manion, organizer of RVA’s CLIT fest are also interviewed. The interviews are very well done. I especially liked the one with Seein’ Red. Despite being a band for over 20 years, I had never seen them until rather recently in Holland when my band was on tour over there. It was a special treat to read an interview with them.

Issue #2 features interviews with Des Ark, the New York punk cabaret band World/Inferno Friendship Society, the all-girl bay-area punk band Hey Girl!, French hardcore band Daitro, and Bob from Deep Six Records and the powerviolence band Lack on Interest. It also features some great columns from Hope Amico, Keith Rosson, Katy Otto, The Down There Health Collective, Kent McClard (who did the original Heartattack zine), Julia Booze, Travis Magoo (ahem Fristoe), and a new comic column by Erin Tobey! There’s also a rotating teacher’s column (this month featuring Leigh Schlatter) and a guest column about veggie fuel.

Issue 3 features interviews with Margaret Thrasher, Ultra Dolphins, Seasick, No Age and a collective interview with five punk sound engineers. There are also some great columns from Hope Amico, Keith Rosson, Katy Otto, Julia Booze, Travis Magoo and the rotating Teacher’s column which, in this issue, was written by Sabrina Gallagher. Also, The Down There Health Collective discuss the HPV vaccine and we have two great guest columns about how to legally play DIY shows in Canada and an argument for why punks and MySpace shouldn’t mix. And there’s a DIY page on “keeping your van alive.”

Honorable mentions…

Radical South Vol. 1
This zine is a window to the “radical south,” made in the hopes that it would help unite politically minded, radical communities in the southern states that may feel isolated. Perfect for those living in or traveling around the region, the zine gives detailed descriptions and locations or radical projects, organizations and resource centers from Texas to Florida.

Pyromania Vol. 3 and Vol. 4
John Issacson, author of DIY Screenprinting, and Feedback also puts out Pyromania! This guy is so busy! This issue of Pyromania has a slew of comics covering such topics as: crazy alien monster things, an out of control hot air balloon, a brain aneurysm, bear hunting in the 1950’s, and a robbery/missed connection.

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