Oscar G. Brockett Theatre
"...I was late to explore the Central Library that opened last fall, hoping for the buzz around the new space to die down (it hasn't). When I did finally visit with two writer friends of mine, we discovered something we hadn't expected: zines..."
"...It's Staple! time again. That is, it's Austin's eighth annual celebration of independent media. You know what that means, right? Comic books, zines, posters, gaming gear; all the handmade, limited-edition, geek-o-centric goodness that emulates or sometimes drives so much of what's happening in pop culture. Not so much with the Hollywooded megasuperblockbuster movie trailers or the Z-list gods & goddesses slumming among the fannish supplicants, though, no. This ain't no ComicCon, in other words. Even though it boasts exhibitors from all over the country, it's more of a downhome kind of thing. Tim Doyle's Nakatomi Inc..."
"...There are people who make what are called zines...."
"...If I can start a zine, having never seen one ... Zines are the easiest."..."
"...So many zines, so little time... until now..."
"...Little has changed with the advent of Zines Vol. 1, though it is published under the "V Search," imprint, RE/Search co-publisher V..."
"...Recently, I was reading an article by Don Skiles in Poets & Writers called "Obscurity: The Persistence of the Unknown Writer." In the article, Skiles talks about how without a reputation behind them, new writers constantly have to prove themselves and are faced with the ever-present desire to quit, but that in this agitated, hungry state, the new writer is "alive, authentic, [and] real." That's what zines are all about...."
"...It was big. It held 4,000 zines along one wall with a bank of donated computers on the other wall and a room of turn-of-the-century presses in back..."
"...Event organizer and zine archivist Jennifer Hecker said via email she loves zines because they are an easily-accessible print medium. “[Zines] are fun, cheap and easy to create, and they are cheap to buy, portable, and endlessly variable,” Hecker says..."
"...No trip to New York is complete without a shopping experience at Printed Matter, the independent and artist bookstore in the heart of Chelsea. Recently Printed Matter held an exhibition of Queer Zines..."
"...Zines are an individualistic medium, but as a medium, their primary function is communication. People create zines to scream out "I exist." They also do it to connect to others saying the same thing..."
"...It's obviously about zines, right? Because that's what they do, this quartet of Jen Rachid, Will Kauber, Clementine Kruczynski, and Chris Dock Davis: At least once a year since 2010, they've published a thick anthology of art and writing. And it's not the low-budget celebration of creative expression you typically find in the scene; it's more along the lines, in the effectiveness and daring of its graphic design and the high quality of its showcased works and production, of something you'd discover in the gift shop of a progressive art museum..."
"..."The distinction here is that people took such media seriously," she says. "There wasn't an elitist presumption that such media was confined to public access cable/Xerox-published zines/local watering holes because it was inferior or not ready for prime time."..."
"...WAB: Did you move out of Austin to get away from the craziness, or is it mostly about the cost of living?..."
"...You'll find no wall text supplying context for the scores and scores of objects he's assembled from three decades of Austin punk, no annotations for any of the items themselves. For the most part, you just get shelves and shelves of CDs, fliers hanging on the walls, and glass cases packed with zines, T-shirts, videos, and print articles laid out without any overt sense of organization..."
"...4) If you like zines at all … and especially if you like the more graphically enhanced kind of zines … and even more especially if you like comic books from indie micropublishers … then how can you not attend the Fairweather Friend Fair this Saturday afternoon? Because, we mean, there’ll be plenty of great new zines from host Hellen Jo, and Kevin Muñoz, and Inés Estrada, and many others at this gig. And free hot dogs from your friends at Better Half..."
"...Somewhere in a box of old Raul's posters and yellowed clippings of then-current events like Sid Vicious' death, I have one copy of Sniffin' Glue, the notorious English zine that chronicled the rise of punk. In that box are assorted other zines: Xiphoid Process, Seattle's Chatterbox, Western Round-up, Plan 9, Monthly Chat, Honolulu Babylon, ContempoCulture, Oasis, Oo-La-La, Baton Rouge's Skinner Box, and other relics of the day plus Alcohol Drugs & Driving, Peek-a-boo, Bikini Kill, Apathy Trend, RockrGirl, and other more recent efforts..."
"...And – you know? We’re not even off campus in this example, yet, haven’t even scratched the surface whose townie depths would reveal the vast wealth of journals and zines and self-published literary and journalistic explorations that have supercharged Austin’s print-happy population since before Willie Nelson was a baby...."
"...We reckon that, wherever Yumi Sakugawa is in Austin this week, her books and zines will be right there with her. So stopping by to say hello and to get a copy or copies for yourself makes perfect sense..."
"...(GENDER)QUEER ZINES/(GENDER)QUEER ART Damn, we love print media. And we especially love alt-print media..."