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like a little bear cub…

the zine mobile’s been sorta hibernating…

emerging in real life, maaaaaybe in online life…

this friday, March 9th, we’ll be at Actual Cafe in Oakland for the opening of Paper Trails: a zine show hosted by Rock Paper Scissors Collective in collaboration with Tomas Moniz of Rad Dad

6pm-10pm open library hours outside!  Inside will be readings and music and another zine library and a zine-making station!  Funnnnnn…


posts with no photos are kinda boring, no? here are some much-beloved zines donated to the zine mobile lately!



West Coast Port Shutdown

tomorrow, 12/12, in support of the west coast port shutdown, the zine mobile will serve as a branch of the Occupy/Decolonize Oakland Library. there’s also gonna be a BOOKS ON BIKES BRIGADE!

Here’s where we’ll be — any other updates throughout the day will be posted on twitter ; )

5:30am First march from West Oakland BART to port

:: 11am – 3pm Activities, workshops, speakers, teach-ins at Ogawa/Grant Plaza ::

3:00pm Rally at Ogawa/Grant Plaza

4:00pm Second march from West Oakland BART to port

5:00 pm Third march from West Oakland BART to port

See you there?  Also accepting encouragements and well wishes to pass along from those of you far away!

And hey, do you read this zine?  it’s so good!  it’s one of the only ones i know that provides accessible honest information on our economic system. there’s a companion blog, too!



East Bay Zine Fest

A few pix from last weekend’s East Bay Zine Fest… thanks to Rock, Paper, Scissors for organizing and 924 Gilman for hosting!

jejune would make a zine if she had oppposable thumbs!!

And huuuuuge thanks to everyone who donated zines to the little zine mobile! We ♥ you!


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 !! :::


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