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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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Things are going amazingly!

Posted by Josh Jubinsky on August 11, 2009

The Collection

We’ve received our Microcosm order – over 45 pounds of zines!  It differs a little from our last post, as some items were out of stock, etc – but has plenty of other goodies to make up for it.

See what zines we’ve already cataloged
1. Go to
2. On the top of the page under ‘search the catalog’ type “zines” and hit go!

As of this post, sixty zines are already cataloged.

How You May Have Heard of Us

Recently the Jaxscene blog caught me on tape talking about the zine library.  You can check that out here.

Upcoming Events

The Zine Collection celebrates it’s grand opening October 7th at the Main Library.  This will be during the October Art Walk.  More information on this event soon.

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New Zine Order

Posted by Josh Jubinsky on July 7, 2009

So we’ve been hitting up donations pretty hard  – and a complete catalog will be posted online soon.   But for those of you for whom excitement hits like so much late night coffee, here’s a list of our most recent order.   Soon to be available for checkout at your favorite Jacksonville  downtown library.

13 Years of Good Luck
ABC NO RIO: Artifice
Adventures in Menstruating #1
Adventures in Menstruating #2
Adventures in Menstruating #3
Am I Mad, Or Has the Whole World Gone Crazy????: achieving mind
freedom in the age of empire
Archvision #1
As Soon As You’re Born You’re Made to Feel Small
Ask First!
The Assassin and The Whiner #8
Avow #18
Big Hands #3
Big Hands #4
Big Hands #5.5 + Tape!!!
Big Hands #7
biodieselSMARTER #9
Black Cloud #2
Blurt #2: Picking Scabs
Blurt! #4 / Gullible #27
Blurt #6
Broken Hipster #1
Broken Hipster #2
Broken Hipster #3
Broken Pencil #43
Carbusters #36
CARtoons Book
Chainbreaker book
Che: A Graphic Biography
Commune in Chiapas: Mexico and the Zapatista Revolution
Constant Rider Omnibus: Stories From the Public Transportation Front
Cracks in the Concrete #9
Cracks in the Concrete #10
Cracks in the Concrete #11
Cramhole #2
Cramhole #3
Dames on Frames #1
Dames on Frames #2
Dames on Frames #3
Doris Book: an anthology 1991-2001
Duplex Planet #173
Duplex Planet #175
Duplex Planet #180
Duplex Planet #182
Duplex Planet #184
Dwelling Portably Collection #3
Dwelling Portably Collection #4
Dwelling Portably 2000-2008
Ecodefense Zine: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching
Educational Tourist
Email is Meaner: User Dynamics on Email Lists: Problems and Solutions
Emergency #3
Emergency #5
Feedback #1
Feedback #2
Feedback #3
Feedback #4
Firewood #1
The Flow Chronicles
Galatea’s Pants #20
Galatea’s Pants #21
Gentrification Reader
Ghostpine #6
Giant Steps #3
Girl / Boy #2
Girl / Boy #4
Green Zine #14
Greenwoman #1
Greenwoman #2
Greenwoman #3
Griot #6/Pudd’nhead #5
Gutterslug #1
Hack This Zine #5
Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs
The Heart Star
Herbal First Aid Zine
Home Composting Made Easy
Identity Crisis: Punk Subculture and Community
Jan’s Atomic Heart
Journalsong #6
Keep Loving, Keep Fighting #7/I Hate This Part of Texas #7
King Cat #62
King Cat #63
King Cat #64
King Cat #65
King Cat #68
King Cat #69
Kissoff #9
Ladders and Hips: An Open Letter to the Boys in My Life
Let It Be Known #3: Experiences of Institutionalized Women
List #11
Looking & Other Stories
Mad Love
Make Something Book
Making Stuff and Doing Things Book
Mayorga #44: Lamont Stories
Milkyboots #6
Molly the Popsicle zine
Mostly True: The Story of Bozo Texino
The Ms. Films DIY Guide to Film and Video
My Big Black Book of Ghosts
My Brain Hurts #2
My Brain Hurts #3
My Brain Hurts #4
My Heart Beats Only For You…and a few dozen other people
My Mother Wears Combat Boots
Mylxine #17
Natural Disasters #1
Navigating the Space Between Brilliance & Madness #1
New Orleans… my love
The New Wave of Cut and Paste #5
Nightly Zine #1: The House Warming Issue
9 1/2 Left #9
Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf: A Sex Education Comic Book
Off the Map Book
On Subbing: The First Four Years
Paper Birds: Styrofoam Flowers
Papercutter #7
Papercutter #8
Papercutter #9
Papercutter #10
Paping #10
Phase 7 #13
Phase 7 #14
Profane Existence #50/51
Pound The Pavement #9
Punk Zine
Pyromania #3
Pyromania #4
Rad Dad #11
Rad Dad #13
Radical Pet #4
Radical South Zine
Ration #5
Re:Productive #1
Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women
Revolutionaries zine
Rigor Mortis #1
Scam #5 1/2: Epicenter of Crime: The Hunt’s Donuts Story
Scam #6
Scrabble Freaks
The Secret Files of Captain Sissy #4
Shelter: A Squatumentary
Show Me The Money #09
Show Me The Money #10
Show Me The Money #11
Show Me the Money #26
Show Me the Money #27
Sick: A Compilation Zine on Physical Illness
Sidewalk Bump Zine
Sing for Your Supper: A DIY Guide to Playing Music, Writing Songs, and
Booking your own gigs
Smiling Disease: A Guide to Public Stickering
Snakepit 2007
Snakepit 2008
Strange Voyage of the Leona Joyce Zine
Sugar Needle #33: Imaginary Candy
Survival Without Rent zine
Tales of a Punk Rock Nothing
Temp Slave Book, Best of
Ten Thousand Things To Do #2
Ten Thousand Things To Do #3
The F-Word #3: A Feminist Handbook for Revolution
The Night of Your Life
Things are Meaning Less
Trailer Trash #19
Transition: Phase 7 #10 and #11
True Loves #1
True Loves #2
Uncle Enos Magazine #2
Urban Hermitt #22
Valet of the Dolls
Wave Project #5: Signals
What a Whopper: The True Story of Slavery in North America’s Fast Food Industry
What God Has Revealed to Man
What the Ladies Have to Say
Whoosh!: The Zine for Whale Lovers
Worn #5
Worn #6
Xtra Tuf #5.5: Stories and Songs by Moe Bowstern
You Ain’t No Dancer Vol. 1
You Ain’t No Dancer Vol. 3
You. book
Zine Libs #2

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An Interview with Travis Fristoe

Posted by Josh Jubinsky on April 28, 2009

A slightly dated interview for sure – being conducted in April of 2003.  But what’s true then is (mostly) true now.    I’ve known Travis for 5 or 6 years now, having co-released records with him and kept up with both his zine and musical output during that time.  It’s fitting that the first interview we post – though simply reposted,  if from not only a fellow Floridian, but a Alachua County librarian as well.   It’s also perhaps a good first glimpse into ‘ zine culture.’  Thank you Joe Biel of Microcosm Publishing for allowing me to repost this. 

Anyway, enjoy. -Josh


Travis is the editor of America?, a critique of punk culture and touring as well as a travelogue of his adventures as a roadie for various bands and also stories of a (zine and children’s) librarian in Gainesville, FL.  Joe Biel interviewed Travis in April, 2003.


Joe: Who are you? What do you do?

Travis: Hello. My name is Travis Fristoe. I’m guessing Microcosm interview-worthy because I do zines (america? & drinking sweat in the ash age), organize a zine library (at the Civic Media Center), volunteer at a zine-friendly store (Wayward Council) & am usually willing to make it to the big zine gatherings (Portland Zine Symposium & Bowling Green’s Allied Media Conference).

Joe: Are you happy with that role and the way that you just described yourself?

Travis:  I wouldn’t spend so much time around photocopied bits of paper if I didn’t think it worthwhile. But, I don’t consider it a ‘role’ in the same way that I spend most Sunday nights role-playing a dwarvish beserker named M.I.T.B. Zines are a familiar methodology, one link in a larger chain of communication, resistance, support and community.

Am I happy with that? Usually. But it’s just one-side of the d20. I work 5 days a week at the downtown Gainesville public library in the children’s department.  I try to make decent vegan meals everyday.  I practice once a week with people I respect, occasionally playing shows out as reactionary 3. I write letters to friends that donít live in Gainesville. I flea-comb Ivan and let him sit in my lap as I read good books & poems until my eyes hurt. I play city-league soccer for No Idea F.C.  I hang out with Joe & Pablo & talk comics & watch pirated Asian films.  I try to keep Blue Baby, my í76 Ford Econoline, running. Etc.  Some combination of those makes for an okay night’s sleep. How pretentious does all that sound? Better to be pretentious than suicidal.  I admit to being a lot of clich’s.  That’s fine. I refuse to stop being involved in something I involve because it’s occasionally frustrating and/or overrun with squares.  Am I happy with said roles?  More happy than unhappy. If it was just about ‘happiness’, I’d slip over to the dark side with some cable tv, fast food & alcohol.

Cover of 'America?' #9

Joe: What motivates you to make zines and produce things in general?

Travis: Anti-depression. A not-too-embarrassing way to interact with the world?  Music is awesome, but when I was 15 I didn’t have a guitar.  Or a microphone.  Or the courage to play music even if I had some sort of an instrument.  When I found out about zines, it was glorious.  Even a dork like me could take part in punk culture through zines.  There can be no undervaluing the process of finding your own voice and the confidence to speak it to others.

In a larger sense, I try to look at production in a healthy D.I.Y. sense and not as part of the gruesome, dehumanizing machinations of capitalism.  Yeah, I produce cultural artifacts (zines & records) that I occasionally get money for. But we’re also creating work that speaks for itself rather than having an academic come in years later to validate & interpret.  Or waiting on museums to catalog and sell our sweat.

With zines I try to give my version of history.  My interpretations.  With records, I put out local records that would otherwise go undocumented. And with Mikeís comic of Richís thesis about house shows in Gainesville, I simply wanted to have a copy of it. I think itís brilliant and I wanted others to read it and respond. Things happen because you work to make them happen.

Joe:  Do you feel that it is wrong to profit from making zines?  What about if no compromise of ethics is necessary?  How about in terms of sustainability?

Travis:  I’ve never seriously considered making a living from my art.  Zines & records make my life better and worth fighting for, but it’s way easier for me to work a morally-okay job elsewhere rather than focusing on marketing my art.  I like those distinctions – I operate better with those separate roles. I’m in it for the long haul (whatever that means), but not in a careerist-sense. Some people don’t mind self-promotion, but it’s not my style and I’m not very comfortable about doing it.  Even writing a description of my zine for a distro can be excruciating.

And to be honest, even if I wanted to write some sort of bestseller (or play some kind of hit song or market cleverly-sloganed coffee mugs), then it wouldn’t work. I have a terrible voice.  I use too much awkward grammar & high-falutin’ words.  No one gets my jokes.  I don’t really understand what is popular and why. Etc.

I haven’t developed that sort of business sense, nor do I want to. If I get a few bucks for zines at a show, I’ll probably spend it on food later that night. If I get a dollar in the mail for a zine, Iíll probably buy a bagel or some coffee or spraypaint with that dollar. That’s sustainability for me-being able to make it through the day with these small rewards.


The closest I came to such a syncronous life was when I worked at No Idea mailorder.  They make a living without compromising their ethics too much (i.e., giving most of their workers healthcare & vacation; keeping things reasonably priced, etc.). But working around music & punk stuff all day made me a bit neurotic.  I don’t want to see that 30 people order Get-Up Kids cds in a day and no one orders Yard Wide Yarns or Clamor.   It’s not that I don’t know these things,  I just don’t particularly care to be reminded of marketplace realities constantly.  Ideally, zines exist outside of the mainstream of business.  And yes, there are punk distros that I respect and gratefully use– Hello Mary Tree of Knowledge! Joe & Alex Microcosm! Gavin Stickfigure! Troy in Vancouver! And bookstrores across an underground America.

Joe: How do you feel about the zine community being comprised primarily of white kids in their twenties? (if you believe that it is). What about predominant bike culture, leftist sentiment, dumpstering, hitch hiking, train hopping, etc.

Travis:  If zines are an offshoot of the punks and if the punks are overwhelmingly white & in their 20s, then the math makes sense.  Which is a small consolation when you think you have all the goddamn answers.  Why does a certain demographic embrace punk over underground hip-hop or Limp Bizkit?  Or prefer Steven Seagal action films over Wong Kar-Wai?

The trends you listed (bikes, leftist politics, dumpstering, alternative modes of travel) are all positive things. Even if someone is riding a thousand-dollar fixed gear (instead of driving) and baking vegan treats (instead of going to McDonalds) just to earn scene points or impress someone, aren’t they still doing good things?  Motivations are tricky things that I don’t relish examining all the time.  How foolish is it to cut off allies during wartime?  I’m off on a tangent again, sorry.

These homogenized topics can be interesting insofar as maybe everyone will have a different slant.  Even within similar themes, there should be huge and revelatory differences in how people write about them, why they write about them and what sort of conclusions they draw.  I don’t mind the similarity of topics.  The problem(s) lie in treating such things as dogma.

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