Apologies for the last minute post…
The little zine mobile is sooo excited to be doing an event with the Moveable Type Truck and the Zine Apothecary… TONIGHT in MINNEAPOLIS!!!!
First, head to the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (1011 Washington Ave S) from 5pm-7pm for a visit with Kyle Durrie and her mobile letterpress studio, pictured below. At 6pm Kyle will show slides. Pull a print in the mobile studio and hear about the life of the itinerant letterpress printer.
At 8pm, the Type Truck and the Fly Away Zine Mobile will pull into the Zine Apothecary library (3310 15th Ave S) for an afterparty potluck with zines and zinemakers. Bring the bounty from your garden or a treat to share, and we’ll take over the alley with underground press and zine-y fun times.
Potluck + letterpress studio + 2 zine libraries = an amazing night!!!!
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).
Took the Zine Mobile to see/support the Mysterious Rabbit Puppet Army, a touring puppet show trying to raise awareness about the negative effects of the prison system. A tiny clip:
The show was in the lounge of Best Place Ever, an amazing video store in Des Moines specializing in obscure/independent films. They even invited Zeik in, the Zine Mobile kitty (more on that later!) inside…
Invited people out to the Zine Mobile before and after the show, and picked up more zines from their great collection!
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!!!
I just love the word “penultimate,” don’t you?
- I described John taking a picture of me taking a picture of the audience as meta. Only the librarians laughed.
- This was Celia’s last reading, which made me very sad. She read a list of lessons learned on zine tour, which I loved. The final one goes something like, “One person’s douche is another person’s hero,” which I believe was a zine mobile quote from Debbie. At least we left her in the loving arms of her son, Emiliano.
- It was nice to have Dave Roche in attendance and to go out with Liz Mason after. I’ve read at Quimby’s (which Liz manages) three times, am Facebook friends with Liz and have read most of her zines, but have never hung out with her.
- We parked the zine mobile around the corner from Quimby’s, next to a restaurant with outdoor seating. People hung out on the street with us for a long time.
Jami Sailor (pictured), originally one of the group’s core participants was finally able to meet up with us in Detroit, at the reading she organized at Cass Cafe.
- It would be impossible to report on this event without mentioning the noise. It was really really loud, which was a problem for the early readers, including Celia. A few more people in, readers realized they had to change their strategy and read short, punchy pieces that wouldn’t be hurt by a little shouting.
- I’m sorry I didn’t make it to the Trumbullplex Zine Library work day with the others. I skipped out on that to hang out with my friend Julie Herrada, who curates the Labadie Collection at the University of Michigan.
- I loved guest reader and librarian Andrea Perez’s first piece.
- We had a great visit with Debbie’s friend Angela Watrous, who put us up in Ann Arbor and who made us the most delicious breakfast of our trip.
- I think this is the stop where I started to get serious about documenting everyone’s footwear, or lack thereof.