alandistro:

TL;DR - Go check out the Stolen Sharpie Revolution project on Kickstarter.

—-

Some long-time followers here may have heard me talk about zines a few times before. A zine is pretty much any self-published writing or art, but most zines are either personal stories, or how-to guides, or music fanzines. Zines are usually photocopied or offset printed, and usually only printed for dozens or a couple hundred people, most zines don’t have massive publication and distribution. They’re usually sold at zine distros online or through mail order, and usually cost $1-$5.

Before I was the “DFTBA guy”, before I was a YouTuber, or a musician, I was a zinester. I wrote my own zine called Pressed Between the Pages. I ran my own zine distro (which is where my username comes from), and my distro was pretty large as far as those things go. My distro was called The Fall of Autumn. We launched the very first Zinester Podcasts back in 2005, we launched Liz Baillie’s Freewheel webcomic (which later inspired my song “Boxcar Blood”), we launched ZineWiki (which has had over 20,000,000 visits), and published The Fall of Autumn Quarterly, a resource and review guide for zinesters, among many other projects.

During all this I had the opportunity to work with some really creative writers and artists. I loved it. Sadly I had to shut down the distro when I got into YouTube heavily because I didn’t have the time for both… fiveawesomeguys and DFTBA won out. =)

But I did stay in touch with a few of the friends I made while operating the distro. One of those friends is Alex Wrekk.

image

(October 2006, Alex came to visit me for a week and we made a split zine together called Timezones & Statelines)

Alex writes her own zine called Brainscan, now on its 31st issue. She helped start and build Microcosm Publishing, arguably the largest zine distro ever. She left Microcosm in 2006 and started her own button manufacturing company and zine distro called Portland Button Works. (BTW, Portland Button Works has made every 1” button DFTBA has sold, tens of thousands of them, and Alex presses them all by hand!). Alex has helped organize and run the Portland Zine Symposium for numerous years. And recently she started a band called the Copy Scams, who sing songs about - you guessed it - zines!

Alex is the embodiment of the word zinester. So who better to write and edit an ultimate “how to make a zine” manual, right?

That manual/book is called the Stolen Sharpie Revolution. And Alex is now publishing the 5th edition. You can help her do that by backing the project on Kickstarter. If you run a distro yourself, you can preorder a ‘distro pack’ of 10 copies for $60. If you’re a zinester, you can get a copy for $15 (shipping included) with a cool bookmark that includes handy templates for standard zine sizes. I backed at the $50 level which includes the new 5th edition of the SSR book, the templates bookmark, an SSR sticker, an SSR button, and a really rad SSR t-shirt.

Go check out the project if you have any interest at all in making your own zine. The zine community is a wonderful place. And there’s something neat about the tactile and ephemeral nature of most zines. Many are hand-made, by the author, and good luck tracking down really old issues, as they are usually rare surprise finds, or only located in small zine libraries across the country. So, yeah, read Stolen Sharpie Revolution, use its templates and guides, and then MAKE SOMETHING AWESOME!

Thanks Alan!

Stolen Sharpie Revolution (5th edition) Kickstarter!

tawghasa:

lemonbalmgirl:

alexwrekk:

I am launching a kickstarter to print the 5th edition of the book Stolen Sharpie Revolution: a DIY resource for zines and zine culture and I need your help! SSR has been the go-to guide for all things zine-related for over a decade and we want to keep it going for many more! This little red book is bursting with all things ZINE: things you may know, stuff you don’t know and even stuff you didn’t know you didn’t know! Stolen Sharpie Revolution is a cornucopia of information about zines and zine culture. It’s for everyone from the zine newbie to the experienced zinester to the academic researcher. It is beloved by zinesters everywhere and has even been used in university classrooms as a basic text for understanding zines.
With over 21,000 copies in print, this book is poised to break the quarter-hundred-thousand copy barrier at least BUT I NEED YOUR HELP! Help fund this kickstarter by pre-ordering a book or, get yourself a fun reward.

Addressing these tags:

A lot of the stuff you’ve listed is relevant to my interests/stuff I’ve been meaning to look into but have been too lazy to chase down, so it looks like this will be worth it for me. But yes, I’m always very curious when people say “[x subject] culture!” which culture they mean (blame my anthropology lectures back at uni). Zine culture might be pretty much the same between the US and Aus, but then it might be massively different between cities. 

Where do I start? Ok, most of the mail stuff is pretty US centric but I do list tips of dealing with international mail such as calling zines “Pamphlets” and keeping the prices low to avoid taxes. I did check with friends in the UK and France to see if Paypal shipping was offered there before I printed info about it.  In this edition I’ve listed zine sizes in North American and the general A series equivalents. I’ve attended zines events in 4 different countries and mention what north Americans would call “tables” at event as “stalls” in the UK. I’ve even asked International zinesters if there were any things I should add and with each edition and I haven’t heard any complaints. the general stuff like design, layout templates, dealing with distros, starting zines events, mail crafts, zine libraries, and all that stuff is pretty universal from what I’ve seen in my travels. I do keep meaning to get to Australia. If it helps, I’ve sold copies to at least a dozen countries and have them available in over 20 stores and zine distro in at least 6 countries including Sticky in Melbourne Australia. You can ask those folks how relevant it is.

Hey international friends! Any thoughts on this?

lemonbalmgirl:

loki-of-sassgaard:

tastefullyoffensive:

[collegehumor]

Doc Venture is way too high on that list. And Doctor Evil did attend seven years of Evil Medical School, and should not be called Mister. Come on, now.

Hey, where’s Dr. House? D:

"I would never abuse anyone!"

realsocialskills:

This kind of conversation is a major red flag:

  • Bob: I’m going to go to the mall.
  • Stan: Don’t go to the mall. I want you to stay home.
  • Bob: Um, why not? I need new trousers.
  • Stan: Why are you taking that tone?! Are you saying I’m abusive? You wouldn’t be upset if I wasn’t abusive, so you must think I’m abusing you. I’d never abuse anyone! How dare you?!

Another version:

  • Bob: Could you not make jokes about my weight? It makes me feel bad.
  • Stan: I would never do anything to hurt you! How dare you call this bullying!

It’s especially bad when:

  • It happens every time Stan and Bob want different things.
  • Because it gets to the point where it’s impossible for Bob to say no without accusing Stan of being abusive
  • Or where Bob can’t express a preference that conflicts with Stan’s. 
  • This means that Bob has to always do what Stan wants, or else call Stan a bad person
  • This is an awful way to live

In a mutually respectful relationship:

  • People want different things from time to time
  • People hurt each other in minor ways
  • People make mistakes, and need to be told about them
  • Everyone understands this, and can accept that their friend/partner/whatever wants something different, or is upset about something they did
  • They understand that wanting different things, or being upset about something, is not an accusation of abuse.

If someone close to you claims that you’re accusing them of being abusive every time you have a conflict with them, they probably are, in fact, being abusive.

(via anarchohedonism)

Stolen Sharpie Revolution (5th edition) Kickstarter!

I am launching a kickstarter to print the 5th edition of the book Stolen Sharpie Revolution: a DIY resource for zines and zine culture and I need your help! SSR has been the go-to guide for all things zine-related for over a decade and we want to keep it going for many more! This little red book is bursting with all things ZINE: things you may know, stuff you don’t know and even stuff you didn’t know you didn’t know! Stolen Sharpie Revolution is a cornucopia of information about zines and zine culture. It’s for everyone from the zine newbie to the experienced zinester to the academic researcher. It is beloved by zinesters everywhere and has even been used in university classrooms as a basic text for understanding zines.
With over 21,000 copies in print, this book is poised to break the quarter-hundred-thousand copy barrier at least BUT I NEED YOUR HELP! Help fund this kickstarter by pre-ordering a book or, get yourself a fun reward.

boyirl:

Airplane Banner Truisms; Oct.26 - Nov. 7 2004For New York City © 2004 Jenny Holzer

boyirl:

Airplane Banner Truisms; Oct.26 - Nov. 7 2004
For New York City © 2004 Jenny Holzer

(via bitchaura)

georgiaokweeffe:

Be wary of those who apologize for how you feel instead of apologizing for what they did to you

(via mx-blood)

sezja:

gotothemattresses:

thefrogman:

In Soviet Russia, kitten adopts YOU.

You can’t possibly say no to that.

"I HAVE SELECTED MY HUMAN. WE CAN NOW LEAVE THIS PLACE.  HUMAN.  SIGN THE REQUIRED PAPERWORK."

(via lemonbalmgirl)

missvoltairine:

like I’ve been following this whole Joe Biel at SFZF thing and I have so much respect for Alex Wrekk for actually calling out an abuser because the thing people don’t tell you about calling out an abuser is: it is a lot of work? Like just practically, it’s a lot of work. I don’t have the time or energy to manage it? Which I feel terrible about because I feel like I’m letting these abusive people off the hook but also I know I don’t have the time or energy to manage the backlash in ways that wouldn’t be harmful to myself so like (“ironic” use of shrug emoji)

It can be exhausting. Do you know what makes it less exhausting? Surrounding yourself with people who think you are not a liar, that think you are great, and think you are a good person. Also, distracting yourself with great projects and plans for the future. I don’t let people define my by this struggle and if they do, they aren’t people I need in my life. Not everyone always has the energy to stand up, and that’s ok. That’s why we have friends and other people that care about us and care about justice.

The kickstarter launched! Brace yourself! I’ll be posting this at least once a day.

fyeahzack:

happyheretic:

metamaterials:

canadiansoccergirl:

fantasticarepickles:

dayoftheknight:

hetahomestuckgirl:

wynterwillow:

everythingaboutstacy:

durianseeds:

Canada’s rainbow money

Fun fact for Americans: our money is technically made of plastic and they won’t get wet/gross when you accidentally wash them, and you also can’t rip any bills.

Everybody is in love with canadian money, the thing is who isn’t? 

The funniest thing ever is to see canadians try to use american money. One of my friends asked me “HOW DO YOU GUYS KNOW WHICH ONE IS WHICH?! THEY’RE ALL THE SAME COLOR!”

its called reading the numbers

americans learn at an early age to differentiate between the faces of old white men

Why is the queen of England on Canadian money?

Because England basically raised Canada until we were old enough to make our own decisions.

America left home super early

and made bad life choices as a result.

World history brought to you by rainbow money

(via apatheticus)

Q

tinyghostkid asked:

what are some zines you'd recommend for someone just getting into zines/zine collecting/zine making?

A

That depends on what you are interested in! Maybe finding zines that are about things you are already interested in is a good place to start? What ones look interesting to you?

This is how I want to remember the end of the summer,in a sky chair by the river.