Took a last minute quick trip to Madison… Visited the InfoShop, which is housed in the same building as Nature’s Bakery, a collectively-owned/-managed bakery that started in 1970.
Their zine library… I often see zines organized in file drawers like this and wonder how many people actually open the drawers to see what’s inside (I understand of course that space limitations don’t leave many options!).
Anyway… I got a handful of zines for the library and talked with InfoShop volunteers about cataloging….
Later on I reorganized the zine mobile — with mixed feelings I disassembled the Zine Rainbow, which featured zines with covers the color of the rainbow… It was a lovely sight, but I figured it was time to take a teeny step toward a more sophisticated organizing system ; ) I kept intact the Little Zine Rainbow (a handful of quarter-sized zines with rainbow-colored covers).
Huge thanks to Finder’s Creepers, a HORROR-THEMED ART GALLERY (!!), for hosting this event! Huge thanks as well to Becky Kessel, who organized it — and to her and many others for making food, donating zines, and coming out with enthusiasm despite the extreme heat (97 degrees!).
I took a few photos, but neglected to ask permission from people about posting their pix, so I’ll just post these…
THANK YOU DES MOINES!!!
July 4th–who scheduled a trip to Canada on America’s birthday? Oh wait, that was me. We read at an anarchist collective house storefront. Dog bless America. Actually there were two cats, which is all the better for our 75% cat loving and 25% in the process of being converted zine tour crew. The locals were suitably impressed with the zine mobile:
Toronto also gave us the kitty that might have turned our one cat-curious person into a potential cat lover:
I shouldn’t sign off on this post without saying how great the local readers were. Kisses to Clara
My camera battery died before the reading even started, but fortunately the one shot I got was of our magnificently generous and kind host, Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz.
- It was John’s 29th birthday, so we embarrassed him by serving him a cake before his reading. There was also singing.
- We should have asked the guy who performed before us to stick around for the singing. He probably could have serenaded John in several languages.
- The crowd was small, but incredibly generous and with a high per capita cat count. Three of us stayed with Bill, the crazy cat lady (man) with four cats. We didn’t want to leave them, and almost couldn’t because of a 4th of July parade blocking not only our way to Anastasia’s house to pick up Celia, but our access to the road outta town.
We arrived in Pittsburgh after a day off in Yellow Springs, OH (and visited some goats on the way).
But oh yeah, we also read, at the Lili Coffee Shop in Pittsburgh, and were introduced by letterpress goddess Artnoose:
Artnoose at Lili Coffee Shop
- The coffee shop was a really nice reading spot and small enough that it looked packed without much effort. Maybe 20 people attended?
- It was a joy to see some library workers from the Carnegie Library’s zine collection
- In PGH restaurants they ask you how hot you want your food on a scale of 1-10. Hint: 10 is not that hot. The scale really goes up to 50.
- We stayed at the Cyberpunk Apocalypse house
The first stop on the Orderly Disorder tour was the Nadine Vorhoff Library, Newcomb College Institute/Center for Research on Women, Tulane University.
Bea Calvert in the Zine Mobile
- Librarian Bea Calvert was the greatest host! She and her peops arranged for vegan-friendly catering, a shuttle from the convention center, and many thoughtful touches here in there. I wanted to kidnap her and bring her along for the rest of the tour
- guest readers, including Kate Angell (My Feminist Friends), Clara Hendricks (forthcoming compilation zine about romantic relationships in anarchist communities), and Robb Roemershauser (Quickdummies)
- mixed crowd of local librarians, local zine kids, local Newcomb folks, ALA attendees, and some passersthru, who were all lovely, engaged and supportive
- getting to see the library, zine collection, and neat exhibits of Newcomb/Tulane history
Huge thanks to Tulane University’s Nadine Vorhoff Library for hosting such a fantastic kick-off event! Thanks to librarian Bea Calvert, to everyone who came out to hear/support, and to guest readers Clara Hendricks, Kate Angell, and Robb Roemershauser. Didn’t take many photos, but there was a professional photographer there, so hope to get better pix later!
Nadine Vorhoff Library’s zine collection
Bea Calvert welcoming/introducing…
Woke up and attached the spraypainted magnetic letters to the front of the Zine Mobile that had been drying overnight (thanks to Jon Hain for this most excellent idea)!! Still planning on getting a CB radio and external speaker that would function as a megaphone to announce our arrival ; ) And maybe one of those magnet siren lights for atop?
After the letters were attached I realized how completely filthy the Zine Mobile was from its long drive, so decided to get a carwash. Have you ever seen a carwash in negative? Here’s your chance…
I’m so unaccustomed to getting carwashes that I neglected to notice the windows were still open in the middle of the van. Fortunately they’re small, and nothing was ruined.
After that we returned to the abandoned (and rebuilt) train station… I touched up the letters with more spraypaint while Jessica Horn — incredibly gracious and enthusiastically helpful travel partner — cataloged the zines currently in the collection (will post that list soon!)
Attached the letters and departed for New Orleans!!
Good morning from the Country Junction truck stop in Missouri!
In Brookhaven, Mississippi, some donuts and a visit to an office supply store across from the library in search of magnets for the outside of the Zine Mobile…
Then off to McComb, Mississippi… spent the afternoon and evening at the train station –
Right after I took this, a police car drove up and asked what I was doing — I had a can of spray paint in hand because I was spray-painting magnets for the outside of the Zine Mobile. He suggested rather than silver paint, I try black paint on a silver background. I said, “Oh so you don’t mind that we’re here hanging out here?” He said, “As long as you’re not huffin it, I don’t care what you’re doin!” ; ) Awesome.
A few hours later, the clouds gathered…
And then…. a thunderstorm and a RAINBOW!!!!!!!!!
Belated update! Finding internet access on the road has proven more difficult than I anticipated… I’ve set up a Zine Mobile site on Tumblr, too, which I think might be easier to update with photos. I’m gonna experiment with both to see which is easier.
About to get on the road from Minneapolis… Huge thanks to Kariann Blank and Jessica Horn for last minute help!!
Stopping for gas somewhere in Iowa…
Drove from 6pm til 2am, pulled off to get gas and was soooo relieved to see a truck stop to sleep at!