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Oakland + kids + zines!!

Yesterday was the zine mobile’s first youth-centered event — I parked outside the downtown Oakland Public Library and opened the zine mobile for reading room/library hours… inside we set up a table for zine-making. I brought two typewriters and the library had lots of awesome stamps and kids’ books bound for the recycling bin for clip art.

I feel I should confess that I was really nervous; the age group I tend to feel most comfortable around is at the other end of the age spectrum! But after some reassurance from lovely librarian Amy Martin (who set the whole thing up; thank you Amy!!!!!) and spending a few minutes with the kiddos, my anxiety vanished and I didn’t want the day to end, it was so fun and inspiring…

Some pix of what was created:

One little guy was so excited about the typewriter and asked if he could work on his novel and movie script!!

And thanks to dear friend and OPL teen librarian Amy Sonnie for bringing OPL’s teen zine collection for the afternoon!

Oakland Public Library's teen zine collection

Yay kids!!!!  The zine mobile is (more) ready for you : )

musical zine mobile!

Friends of the zine mobile!  I’ve been rambling all about this in the zine mobile’s real life, but realize I’ve neglected to mention it in its online life: Along with nearly 1,000 zines that can be checked out (and/or taken for keeps from the free box!), the zine mobile also has a collection of small musical instruments for gentle use and borrowing!  We had our first instrument check out and first donation in the same day (it happened to be the same person, but you don’t have to donate something to borrow something)!

The current collection includes:

  • Ukulele
  • Glockenspiel
  • Melodica
  • Flute
  • Tambourine
  • Egg shakers (our first donated instrument!)
  • Kazoos ;)
  • Pom poms and other hand percussion

We’d love more instruments donated to the collection — we just ask that they be in good condition, and — at this point because of space constraints — that they be SMALL!! We’d also love more how-to/resource music zines!!

original zine rainbow

Zines that were in the rainbow section listed below…

! ! ! r a i n b o w ! ! !


-       Rat Skull

-       Xtra Tuf No. 5: The Strike Issue

-       The Anarchist Tension

-       When Language Runs Dry: A zine for people with chronic pain and their allies

-       Kyle Like by MC P Pants & Pseudo Spy Master

-       Stolen Sharpie Revolution

-       An Anarchist Critique of Capitalist Globalization

-       Anarchist Moralisty

-       Residue Comics #8

-       Sugar Low/ Sugar High

-       Two speeches by Malcom X

-       Days of War Nights of Love the Bootleg

-       Flowers for Algebra #1

-       Herbivore #13

-       The Failure of Christianity by Emma Goldman

-       Anarchism: The Feminist Connection

-       Surrenderrr Dorothyyyy

-       Fuck Specialists and fucking paying for shit do it yrself… D.I.Y. “How To” Guide

-       Greenzine #14

-       Show me the Money!

-       Cereal Boxes and Milkcrates Zine Libraries and Infoshops are… NOW

-       What I do When You’re Not Looking

-       Girl Talk Volume One

-       Free To Choose: A Women’s Guide to Reproductive Freedom

-       Zapatistas: In Their Own Words

-       28 Pages Lovingly Bound with Twine # 5

-       Xerography Debt Issue #25

-       Habitual Entertainment #3


-       I Hate This Part of Texas #5

-       Propulsive Utopia

-       Doris #26

-       Communication FUNdamentals

-       Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills

-       Homes Not Jails: The Story of HNJ San Francisco & The Secret Success of a Squatting Movement to House the Homeless

-       28 Pages Lovingly Bound with Twine #4

-       Herbal First Aid (assembling a natural first aid kit)

-       Dogs without Cars

-       Start Seeing… Sorry… apologies, apologies

-       Suburban Blight

-       Xerography Debt #27

-       The Match! #96

-       Dishwasher #9

-       Give me a dollar!

-       Taking Back our Agriculture: The Power of Money

-       The Sunseed Cook Book: Recipes and ideas for all Sunseed Cooks

-       Peulah Shaveh Chaiyim Action= Life


-       Hothead Paisan #20, Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist

-      Rad Dad #19

-      Minnow

-      Fucktooth #19

-      Sunseed Desert Technology; The Sunseed Solar Cooking Guide

-       An Unfortunate Mouse in our House

-       The Sunseed Cook Book: Favourite vegan and vegetarian food from the Spanish Project

-       Cooking with Ole Ma’ Tilton: A Cookbook and Cooking Journal

-       Doris #23

-       Prisoners & Partisans: Italian Anarchists in the Struggle Against Fascism

-       RecLAmation

-       Origins and Meaning of WWI by John Zerzan: An Anarchist Examination of WWI’s Roots in the Context of the Social Question and its Dynamics

-       Zine Yearbook #9


-       Keep Fighting TEXAS # 7

-       Learning Good Consent

-       The Sky is a Well, and Other Shorts

-       Revolutionary Self- Theory: A beginners Manual

-       Nebulosi

-       Shut Up & Love the Rain

-       Away with all Cars

-       Fire In the Belly, Space in the Throat

-       DIY or Don’t We? A Zine About Community #1

-       On Subbing: The First Four Years

-       Any Time Now: A Newsletter of Social Anarchism #23

-       Anarchism & Violence

-       28 Pages Lovingly Bound with Twine #10

-       Support

-       Stinky Grrrl #5

-       D.I.Y. Guide II

-       The CIA Makes Science Fiction Unexciting #6: The Life of Lee Harvey Oswald

-       Rad Dad #18 Sex & Love

-       Prison Abolition

-       Xerography Debt: Startling Small Press Pulp Adventure

-       Palestinian Authority Israeli Rule; Understanding the So-called Peace Process and The New Dynamics Between Israel and The Palestinian Leadership


-       Beyond Squat or Rot; Anarchist Approaches to Housing

-       Nbulosi #3

-       Residue #6: Comics to Clean Your Colon

-       Residue #7: Wholesome comics for the entire family

-       28 Pages Lovingly Bound with Twine (floss) #9 The Dental Issue

-       Dishwasher #13 The Northwest Tour

-       Dishwasher #12

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The zine rainbow lives on in mini form : )

! ! ! m i n i r a i n b o w ! ! !





long live beige!

Old friends of the zine mobile may remember that one of the features in its original collection was the “Beige Is Not Boring” section.  It was suggested by a friend who helped me organize the inside of the van, and referred jokingly to my frequent protestations when she chose neutrals (she’s a designer) that “beige is so boring!”

I dismantled the section when we ended our Orderly Disorder Tour, in an effort to start organizing things by actual content instead of size/color, but I thought it would be fun to give a list here of the zines that were in that section — cuz they do indeed prove that Beige is NOT Boring! (All of these zines are still in the collection, sorted into more helpful categories!)

we beige!!

-      Fucktooth #23

-      Girl ~ Boy #2

-      Doris #27

-      Syllogisms; Impossibilists’ Manifesto #21- 2/86

-      Treetops; July- October 2004

-      Black Mask & Up Against the Wall Motherfucker: Flower Power Won’t Stop Fascist Power; The Story of a Small, Underground 1960s Revolutionary Group in New York City

-      Dwelling Portably: 1980- 1989

-      Reclaiming Our Ancient Wisdom: Herbal Abortion Procedure and Practice for Midwives and Herbalists

-      Tea and Wisdom

-      Coffeeshop Crushes: Tales of Love and Lust in Coffee Establishments

-      Trans Prisoners and the Case for Prison Abolition

-      Self- Defense for Radicals: A-Z Guide for Subversive Struggle

-      2010 Catalog With Commentary: Selected Highlights from the Personal Archives of Andy R. Sturdevant: Zines, Comi(x)s, Artists’ Books, & Assorted Other Self- Published Materials: Louisville, Minneapolis, St. Paul, & Other Cities in the American Heartland, 2001- 2009

-      Sing for Your Supper: A DIY Guide to Playing Music, Writing Songs, and Booking Your Own Gigs

-       Future Primative #1

-       Animal Liberation & Social Revolution: A Vegan Perspective on Anarchism

-       Becoming the Media: A Critical History of Clamor Magazine

-       It’s Now  #6

-       Abolish Restaurants: A Worker’s Critique of The Food Service Industry

-       A Rough Guide to Bicycle Maintenance

-       Nebulosi #1

-       Ration, No. 2 Fire Escapes

-       Get Noticed! How to Publicize Your Book or Film

-       Super Top #1

::: More on what’s inside the zine mobile soon !! :::

zines, cupcakes, music, and a RAINBOW!

Yesterday’s event at Issues Magazine Shop (the cutest magazine shop in the world!) was amazing!!! Thanks so much to Kiyomi, Noella, and Joe at Issues for hosting it; to DJ Irwin for great music; to Ashley and Carolynn at Fat Bottom Bakery for the incredible cupcakes and cookies; and to everyone for coming out to celebrate zines and print culture!! Zines were donated to the collection (thank you, everyone!!), zines were checked out, and new zines were made at the mini zine making station : ) Midway thru the day, a rainbow appeared across the sky behind Issues.  Aw.

And… if you missed it, it’s not too late to make a mini zine — they’re gonna leave up the zine-making station with typewriter, supplies, and instructions… so get thee to ISSUES and make a zine in time for the East Bay Zine Fest next Sunday!!

jejune helped set up

mini-zine making station

thank you Fat Bottom Bakery!!


East Bay Zine Fest Nov. 27th

AMAAAAAAZING!!!!  So excited to be here for it–a week from today, next Sunday, November 27th…



nom nomaha… + more cats and vegan cookzines!

thru nebraska….

the zine mobile’s next stop was omaha — new home to post punk kitchen and vegan cookbook extraordinaire isa chandra moskowitz; her special peer john, creator of the laziest vegans in the world blog; a hilarious trio of cats (more on them in a minute); and the headquarters for isa’s latest endeavor, the teal cat project — which upcycles donated ceramic kitties into stylish teal kitties and gives the proceeds to kitty rescue organizations. like this…

bodies painted first, then heads

i was pretty partial to this lounge kitty in front

completed teal cats, ready for their new homes

not only did isa make us grilled pizzas for dinner and orange pecan waffles for breakfast (thank you isa and i swear to everyone it’s not usually so decadent, this life on the road…), she also donated some awesome vegan cookzines — Gas Tank: A collection of vegan recipes; The (Incompleat) Cheap Vegan; Cookin’ with My Crawdaddy (a Cajun vegan cookzine); Barefoot and in the Kitchen; The Art of Making Vegan Love; Vegan de Guadalupe (Mexican food authentically vegan); Soy Fucker; and Zen and the Art of Brownie Baking.

o lovely zines, i'm sorry this picture doesn't do yr loveliness justice

as much as i’d wanted to set up and do some spontaneous open library hours in omaha, we were already behind schedule so needed to get on the road. we talked of a future visit, as well as a cook/zine/tour, and i bid farewell to these fuzzies…



fizz, rolling in a spot of spilled pancake flour

… then back to the road!

Madison Zinefest!

Excited for all the events in celebration of Madison Zinefest, which is part of the Wisconsin Book Festival!!

THURSDAY, October 20: ZINEFEST OPEN MIC…  7pm, Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative, 426 W. Gilman St. A place for all zine-makers to try out their material in a format they might not normally get to:  out loud, in front of a receptive audience!  All ages and free!

FRIDAY, October 21: ZINES, COMICS, LIFE (AND MUSIC)… 7pm, The Project Lodge, 817 E. Johnson St… presentations, discussions, and music in celebration of zine culture!  $5 requested donation.

SATURDAY, October 22: *****ZINEFEST*****… 10am-6pm, Varsity Hall at Union South, 1308 W. Dayton St… tables of zine-makers and space set aside for people to make their own zines!  All ages and free!

SATURDAY, October 22: POST-ZINEFEST KARAOKE, HOSTED BY THE FLY AWAY ZINE MOBILE… 8-10:30pm, Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse, 1101 Williamson St… The zine mobile will be parked outside with open library hours and will provide a space for a free swap!! All ages and free!

SATURDAY, October 22: POST-ZINEFEST BOOZING… 10pm, Paradise Lounge, 119 W. Main St… informal gathering of libation-seeking thing-makers!

Come one, come all!!

Madison, Wisconsin

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).




zine rainbow

One of the Zine Mobile’s featured sections : ) More pix tomorrow!



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