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Happy International Zine Month!

Posted by Matthew Moyer on July 8, 2011

Thanks to everyone who showed up for our concert during Art Walk on Wednesday night. Paten Locke and Willie Evans Jr. put on an amazing show and we had a great time. But we’ve got more new projects and surprises to unveil this month. So keep checking back! First off is our new READ ZINES poster, featuring Paten Locke, Willie Evans Jr, and Tough Junkie! We’ve given away a bunch already but there’s more at the Main Library, so hurry on down!

Thanks to Max Michaels for designing this amazing poster!

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Paten Locke and Willie Evans Jr live at Jacksonville Public Library!

Posted by Andrew Coulon on July 6, 2011

Paten Locke and Willie Evans Jr live at Artwalk!

The Jacksonville Public Library Zine Collection presents Paten Locke and Willie Evans Jr live in the Main Library on July 6th! We’re kicking off International Zine Month right with a combination of independent publishing and independent music! Since before Asamov these two talented performers have been setting the standard for artists coming out of Jacksonville. Touring all over America and Europe, these two are some of the most intriguing live acts you will find. From video manipulation, to record scratching, to the art of MCing, to doing all that at the same time! You can’t find anything better than Paten Locke and Willie Evans Jr! My word on that! Plus it’s free! And we’ll have a bunch of brand new zines available for checkout as well!

We’ll be in what was formerly Shelby’s Café, right near the Laura Street entrance. The Main Library is at the corner of Laura and Duval, across from Hemming Plaza. Event starts promptly at 6:30p.m.

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Zine of the Week: Practice Apartment

Posted by Matthew Moyer on June 23, 2011

Practice Apartment

Interesting concept, this. Practice Apartment is either a “greatest hits” or a “Whitman’s Sampler”-esque compilation zine compiling some of the best stories from the now out-of-print zines “Laundry Basket: Tales of Washday Woe,” “10 Items Or Less: A Grocery Shopping Zine,” and “Potluck! A Cooking Compilation.” (Incidentally, all three of these are available separately as well from your Zine Collection here at the library!)

With a new introduction drawing all three threads together under a Home-Ec theme. The end result is a series of short, snappy vignettes and cartoons that capture the absurdity, humor, and even beauty that result from mundane tasks we’d often rather not be doing. The tone shifts from fond reverie to biting satire at the drop of a dryer sheet. On one page you’ll find out how NOT to wash a vintage Agent Orange concert shirt (hint: certainly not in a washer load with a bunch of cloth diapers and bleach) and on the next you’ll find fond reminiscences of gorging on comfort food with grandparents, then you’re off to a tale of a shopper looking for cheese that’s “particularly Christian.” (They went with Saint Andre because it sounded religious.) All this and cartoons by the likes of Shawn Granton and Carrie McNinch? Your weekend to-do list never looked this good.

Find it in JaxCat

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1000 Zines

Posted by Andrew Coulon on June 22, 2011

The Jacksonville Public Library just cataloged its 1000th zine!

In just under two years, we’ve built an impressive collection of zines and we literally couldn’t have done it without you.  We have received boxes and boxes of donations from generous people around Florida and around the country.  Keep it up!  Check out a zine and show your support!

To celebrate this milestone, we are planning a zine release party for the new materials at the July Artwalk.  More details to come.  We will have lots of new stuff to check out that day, so be sure to stop in at the Main Library.

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Zine Machine at Gregory Drive Elementary!

Posted by Josh Jubinsky on May 31, 2011

Thanks to art teacher Ed Saulk and media specialist Jack Betancourt, we got to spend nearly a full school day at Gregory Drive Elementary teaching six sessions of Zine Machine classes to 3rd – 5th graders.   The all day Arts Festival event they put on was amazing and we were very glad to be a part of it.


Some classes got inspired by Chris Van Dusen’s “If I Built a Car” before designing a car of their own, while other classes reviewed the elements of superheroes and villains before designing one of their own.  They even had our “Read Zines” poster up in the media center!

The material the kids created will be used for the next 5 issues of Zine Machine, available next month in the Main Library’s Children’s Department.   The library at Gregory Drive was also very excited about cataloging the new issues for it’s students to check out.   The kids were also very enthusiastic about coming to the public library and checking out the zine they contributed too.  Everyone wins!

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New Zines For May 2011

Posted by Matthew Moyer on May 28, 2011

If you happen to be downtown today, checking out the Jazz Festival, why not swing by the library and pick up some new zines? You’ll need something read in between sets!

America? Vol. 9
Bang! Thud: A World Spirit From a Texas School Book Depository.
Big Hands. Vol. 5
Cometbus. Vol. 50
The Darkness to the West.
Darlene Rock-n-Roll Fanzine. Vol. 4
4 More Years.
Geneva 13. Vol. 11
Go For Broke! Climbing Kilimanjaro Vol. 2
How to Grow an Avocado Plant.
I Gave a Song for You.
Ink Nineteen: September 1996.
Journal of Aesthetics and Protest. Vol. 7
Journalsong. Vol. 5
Mezcolanza. Vol. 16
Mopeyshadow. Vol. 1
Noburbs. Vol. 1
Motorbooty. Vol. 7
Poo.
Razorcake. Vol. 59
Shock Action Stories. Vol. 1
The Silhouette. Vol. 5
Submarine File: Misc.
Toenails. Vol. 5
What’s the big idea? Vol. 2

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April Zine Release

Posted by Andrew Coulon on April 29, 2011

Hey zine fans,
Here is a list of new items in the Jacksonville Public Library Zine Collection. Check a few out and enjoy a personal moment with good, old fashioned print on paper.

3.05 Metres: A Ten Foot Rule Primer3.05 Metres
Agriculture Biotechnology
Axis of Eviil Banquet
Chickeney Vol. 1
Chickeney Vol. 2
Dimanche Vol. 5
Dimanche Vol. 6
Dumpsterland Vol. 11
Edit Edit
Elephant Mess Vol. 26
Greasespot Vol. 4
Juniper Vol.13Chickeney Vol. 2
Lidspeculum Vil. 1
Practice Apartment
Readers Digress! Vol. 7
Readers Digress! Vol. 9
Readers Digress! Vol. 10
Readers Digress! Vol. 11
Saugus to the Sea
Sixth Minkey Vol. 1
So Nails Vol. 4
Sudden Death Semantics
Take It – It’s My BodySaugus to the Sea
This Ain’t No Anthology… Ten Foot Rule
Wormwood Press

Also, The Zine Collection is closing in on 1000 items, so if you haven’t been downtown to browse the collection in a while, you’ll probably be surprised at how the collection has grown.  We are constantly cataloging new items so be sure to check back regularly.

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Zine of the Week: Middle School by Monica Gallagher

Posted by Matthew Moyer on April 12, 2011

Middle School
by Monica Gallagher

Does middle school even still exist? It seems like a torment from a bygone age, like the Spanish Inquisition. No one with good sense looks back on middle school fondly, and Monica Gallagher captures the deep existential dread that would result from the most trivial matters so expertly in her brief Middle School minicomic. From the pop culture references on the cover (an MC Hammer CD, an industrial-size bottle of hairspray), I’m guessing that Gallagher and I are around the same age, which makes her tale hit close to home personally, but c’mon, adolescent trauma is universal.

The story is that Gallagher’s middle school, in an innovation that makes my stomach hurt just reading about it, sent sixth graders to an “outdoor education” camp at the beginning of the school year to… I don’t know, break their spirit fully right off the bat? It is there that this comic begins, a tangle of self-doubt, life-or-death decisions, all-consuming infatuations, and an ironclad social hierarchy. It’s hilarious and cringe-inducing in equal doses. The art is assured and captures the essential awkwardness of everyone involved. And whaddya know? Is that an almost happy ending? Can’t be….

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New Zines For March

Posted by Matthew Moyer on March 31, 2011

Here are the newest zines in the JPL Zine Collection.  Check a bunch out, get inspired and write your own!

American spectarian. :  zodiac v.3
Spontaneous lunchbox combustion
Josh Sullivan Comics! Vol. 10
Ink nineteen :  June 1996
Ink nineteen :  July 1996
Ink nineteen :  August 1996
Girls a go go : the ye ye issue
The East Village inky. Vol. 38
The frugal vegan’s spring and summer survival guide
Caboose. Vol. 1
What I did on my summer vacation
Milkyboots. Vol. 4
Somnambulist. Vol. 8
Bipedal, by pedal! Vol. 2 : confidential Mad Libs
Smile hon, you’re in Baltimore. Vol. 11
The book bindery
The East Village inky. Vol. 40
Middle school
Make/shift. Vol. 8
Functionally ill. Vol. 5 : adventures with mental health
Scam. Vol. 7
Cometbus. Vol. 36
Duplex planet. Vol. 181
Duplex planet. Vol. 186
The iconoclast. Vol. 85
Girls are not chicks coloring book
Mishap. Vol. 26
This is what concerns me presents : remainders
Ink nineteen : May 1996
Worn. Vol. 7 : fashion journal
Better looking than a blog. a collection. : ten foot rule journal comix
A day in Rennes-le-Chateau
Strap yourself in. Vol. 8
Samantha Dorsett tribute zine
Smile hon, you’re in Baltimore. Vol. 9
The black cloud. Vol. 3
Zine name
These yams Are delicious
D.F.W

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Mike Watt in Jacksonville

Posted by Andrew Coulon on March 24, 2011

Hey cool cats, you may have heard by now that punk legend Mike Watt will be playing at Jack Rabbits this Thursday.  In case you may have missed some of Watt’s back catalog, JPL has you covered with the below selections. We Jam Econo is a terrific documentary on the Minutemen.  Post-Mersh (3 Volumes) collects much of the Minutemen’s early work.  Double Nickels on the Dime has been heralded as one of the best albums from the 80s.  Ball Hog or Tugboat? is Watt’s first solo album with back up from members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth.  D.I.Y or Die is another documentary about zine and music culture and it features interview footage with Mike Watt.  Get busy!

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