Friday, July 24, 2009

what makes a zinester

I am tired and need to wind down for tonight, but I wanted to post this while it was fresh in my head.

Driving to Kinkos tonight at 11:30 pm I thought what is it with me that makes me use my precious vacation time to stay home and make a zine? What is it that makes me stay in my house for 48 hours and work by myself on some folded pieces of paper?

I don't know of too many other things that I work this hard and this seriously on. And these are just little booklets that only hundreds of people see. This one, perhaps even less.

Why do I do it? I guess you could say ego, but I don't buy that. If it was ego why wouldn't I spend time on my looks or status or something that most people value.

Do I do it to fit in? The answer to that is no, as most of my zines do not fit the usual zinester tastes and have never really been a part of the larger zinester scene, so to speak.

I definately am motivated by a deadline. Seeing everyone this weekend and not having something to give them makes the zine symposium less fun, but most of these people I see once a year. I could easily still chat and read their zines and not much would be that different.

It is some other thing. Some strange drive I share with only a small group of people, but they do get it. They also forgo social activites, sleep and spend money to get their zine out. And when we hand each other our zines we recognize it in each other and respect it.

I have handed my zines to good friends who fold them up and put them in their back pocket or who never really read it, even though as a friend you would think they would be more interested than a stranger.

But, they just don't value it. Even when they know how much you do, they just don't. They can't.

That is why the zine symposium is so important and great. Being in such a large room with all these people who understand and value something that most of the people you know don't is amazing.

So, back to the question. Why do I do it? I think many zinesters answer to this would be different. For me it is about the zine as a finished product.

I just get so excited about getting the story, the writing, the images and the presentation all how I want it. I just can't let it go. It is not just my writing I want to get it out there. It is more a need to place it all together in the way I want. To create something that speaks to someone for a moment, that conveys a story or inspires them. And not just with words, with the whole thing. It is kind of like marketing for me. I get a little obsessed with graphic design and website like this, too.

I am still not happy with how the new zine turned out. I found little flaws, but at some point I have to let it go. I can fix them if I print it again.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

major zine mode

It is nearing the end of zine season and I am not ready. The Portland Zine Symposium is this weekend and I am still writing my zine! Luckily, I have the next couple of days off, but I am really cutting it close this year.

The new zine I am doing is a memoir zine about when I was 15. It is hard to do this kind of writing after so long. I am not sure what the result will be or how long I will allow it to stick around. Grab one at the PZS, because that may be the only place it is available.

I also created some new buttons for the zine symposium and they are available now on my Etsy shop.
Hope to see you at the Symposium. Wish me luck!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

vintage stationary - a freebie!

Go here to Download and print

I found this today in my stationary stash and decided I had hoarded it too long, it was time to share.

These write & fold stationary things were popular in the 70's and I had tons then and a bit of a collection now.

You would write on the other side and then fold up the top and bottom on the lines and afffix a seal to hold it together and then address on the front.

This one, as you can tell, is a winner. The whole thing is so great. Feel free to download the large size from the flickr photos and use for your personal use.

I guess technically this should be a Cedar Chest post, but I didn't want you all to miss it.

Happy letter writing!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

clutch mcbastard

Clutch is one of my favorite comics ever. The man behind Clutch owns Tugboat Press and puts out really beautiful books. The last few years the zines and books have been less Clutch's and more other peoples. They are all great, but I miss a good Clutch comic.

This is a drawing from his drawing a day journal. I love what he comes up with. The theme for this one is Steel.

Tugboat Press will most likely be at The Portland Zine Symposium on July 23rd -25th, as will I.
Hope to see you cats there.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

wishing for rain

I know this may not be a popular opinion, but I am ready for some rainy days.

Today it is overcast and seems like it may rain and I find myself wishing for autumn and weekend days at home when it is raining and my windows are open and the sound of rain mixes with the music I am playing and the smell of the rain wafts through the room in intervals.

Although the sun and all that goes with summer is nice, I am already dreaming of autumn. Of course, last weeks heat wave may have contributed to that. Even though Portland is known for rain, we really have had very little this year. I am missing it. The rain is one of the reasons I moved here. I wish we could combine the long days with autumn. That would be nice.

Anyway, that is all I had to say. Nothing monumental. Hope you are enjoying the summer.

I like this rainy day print all the way from Norway:

Sunday, July 5, 2009

July is International Zine Month

Happy International Zine Month! What, you didn't get me a card? Ok, well, you still have time to make one and send it off.

International Zine Month is a new thing for 2009 and it is official. I have referred to July as Zine Season for the last several years. Anyone who is used to getting ready for the Portland Zine Symposium (or any annual zine event) is probably familiar with zine season.

July is International Zine Month also because of the 24-hour Zine Thing Challenge that happens every July. There are also a lot of other events taking place all over. Here is a listing of events. Also there is always a large list of zine events on We Make Zines, too.

Nicole Introvert of Click Clack Distro organized a zine to correlate with International Zine Month. It is called Entry Point and it is a compilation zine of 17 zinesters stories of how they got involved in zines. I have contributed a page. here is a peak of it:

I am going to include a free copy of this zine in every order from PonyBoy Press from now till July 31st. You can also pick one up at the Portland Zine Symposium.

I just finished reading it today and I really enjoyed it. Here are two quotes from it that I really liked:

This is one of the strongest lessons I have learned from zines: scatter your joy widely, and remember that it is your joy. Creation. Nerdy fuckin' creation. Nothing, then something.

I asked "Why do you keep saying 'zine'?" Her reply was, "Because magazines are for maggots!"
(nicole introvert, click clack distro)

Friday, July 3, 2009

independence day

Here are some neat vintage fireworks for ya from the Etsy store shop66.

Hope everyone has a great 4th!

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