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AmeriZine Day | International Zine Month 2019

It is (or was an hour or so ago) Independence Day here in the United States of America. Today’s International Zine Month prompt is:

July 4 – AmeriZine Day! Explore marginalized voices in America. Buy, share, and read zines about racial justice and zines written by people of color.

At the beginning of this month, I came across Richard Larios of Feral Publication. He lives in California, but he is from a Central American country called Nicaragua. With that in mind, I went and ordered Sad Song For Clerks, Tape #1 and Tape #2, a mini zine with a cassette drawn on the cover. It contains short comedic comics about life as a clerk in a coffee shop. I’m looking forward to reading these zines, especially since I used to be a clerk in a coffee shop.

Feral Publication: Etsy Store | Website | YouTube Channel

Many thanks to Alex Wrekk!

Zine Rewind | International Zine Month 2019

Day Two! Sure, this blog is going up a bit late, but let’s get to it.

July 2nd – Zine Rewind! Re-read your favorite zines and remind yourself why you love them.

I think the last time I was very active in the zine community, was when Kate Berwanger published The Radical Uprise #30: Write More Letters (April 2013). She wrote prose and praise about the tangibility and art form that is the handwritten letter, while giving tips and providing information about envelope and weight requirements provided by the United States Postal Service. At the end of the zine, we were treated to reader submissions on the topic, which was a nice touch.

In July of 2013, Kate published The Radical Uprise #31: Takes One To Get One. This was a follow-up to her previous issue, stating that she started to receive more mail because of it. She then continued to mention the benefits of the handwritten letter and how it connects us in a way that glowing screens cannot. She also divulges the secret to receiving letters, which was written in plain sight. This issue also had reader submissions advocating for good old-fashioned snail mail. It was a call to action. These zines are well written and are packaged in the most decorative of envelopes!

I was inspired, invigorated, even. I remembered having Pen Pals back in the mid-to-late 1990’s, and I wanted to explore that again. So, I asked my friends and subscribers on YouTube if they were interested and a couple have responded, and I still write to one of them today. As I was re-reading these zines, a folded letter fell out of Takes One To Get One. It was from Kate thanking me for my interest in the letter-writing zines and continued to write about her adventures around town, while responding to the letter I had sent her. It was a candid and intimate (not in a sexual way) piece of interaction that we got to share.

I’m going to write to my Pen Pal this week, but first I will extend an invitation to anyone who is interested in being Pen Pals. Kindly deliver to: Stephen J. Lazotte PO Box 383 Manchester, NH 03105 USA. I’ll see you at the mailbox!

Again, many thanks to Alex Wrekk for pioneering International Zine Month, and thanks to Kate for being a radical-but-not-so-radical voice in the zine community. The Papernet thrives!

Tomorrow/Today (July 3rd) I will not blog because I’m using the day to make my 24 Hour Zine Thing! See you on the other side haha!

CanaZine Day | International Zine Month 2019

So here we are. It is International Zine Month throughout July, and it is about time to get active in the Papernet once again! I will be posting here daily about the various activities and prompts on the IZM calendar. Today’s prompt: July 1 – CanaZine Day! Buy, read, or share zines from Canada for Canada Day! Big thanks to Alex Wrekk!

I have a Facebook page for my would-be compilation zine Confessions of a Type 40. I haven’t been working toward completing that zine because I haven’t garnered enough contributions for a full issue, so it fell by the wayside. Recently, I received a message from a Zinester named Crash Reynolds, asking if there is a date set for the first issue of CoaT40. I was floored, thinking “Wait, somebody is actually interested in a Doctor Who fanzine!?”. She was interested, which was why she asked. She admitted she just didn’t have anything to contribute to it.

I admitted that because nobody really shown interest, I didn’t try too hard to get the zine off the ground. I want to change that, but CoaT40 is a topic for another post.

So we traded zines, and I look forward to going to the Post Office this Wednesday to see if it’s there. Since Crash is from Canada, I bought some postcards from her Etsy Store.

Here are other Zinesters participating or talking about #IZM2019:

FERAL PUBLICATION: YouTube Channel | Etsy



JAIME NYX / SEA GREEN ZINES: YouTube Channel | Website


Previously On…

I recently found footage of my attempt at making my 24-Hour Zine Thing zine, which ended up becoming “Zotte Park #2”. I don’t remember filming the process, but I found the footage and edited it into a video (see below). The video ends with me being exhausted, realising that I wouldn’t complete the zine on time, and that I had a lot more left to write. I think I stopped recording at this point because it would be a lot of footage to comb through if I were to film until completion. I managed to get the issue done, however. If you’re new to this blog, you can purchase the zine here or here from Antiquated Future.

Dear Anonymous: A Zine of the Unspoken

One of the activities in celebration of July’s International Zine Month was to order from a distro I haven’t order from before. Since I had recently discovered Sea Green Zines‘ podcast “The Zine Collector”, I figured I look at her catalogue.

One of the zines that appealed to me was “Dear Anonymous: A Zine of the Unspoken”. The contents are exactly as implied on the cover. Within is a curation of letters from various folks, anonymous writer to anonymous and oblivious recipient. They are handwritten by the editor, copied from the original submissions, and each letter is designed according to the subject matter.

These letters are well articulated by the contributors. Even submitted anonymously, the writers are able to convey their emotions and thoughts in powerful ways.

I enjoyed this issue very much, and recommend it. I gravitated toward it initially because the title reminded me of an old, similar project I wanted to do but never did.

“Dear Anonymous: A Zine of the Unspoken” is digest-sized (half-sized), 20 pages and bound with string. If you would like to order a copy, please check out the Sea Green Zines Etsy Shop!

*This post will appear in the review zine One Minute Zine Reviews issue 9*

The Store Is Open!

Last month for International Zine Month, I took a day and started to make a zine from scratch for the 24-Hour Zine Thing. It was a challenge for Zinesters to make a 24-page zine within 24 hours. The 24 hours turned into about 60, so in one sense I failed, but in a better sense, I had fun and rekindled that creative spark within, so I win!

So without further ado, I decided to open up shop on this site for my zines. I had some technical difficulties with the shipping rates, but everything should be set! It’s just a basic little shop. So far there are two issues of my perzine Zotte Park. It’s a pretty cut and dry retail routine. Add item to cart, calculate shipping, check out, done.

I’m very excited to share my zines with you!

Proof I Exist #20 by Billy McCall

Billy got into music in a way that I wanted to back in the 1990’s. He had a BMG subscription. Though that didn’t do it for him, a local Lollapalooza did. Then again, it just made him want MORE.

“Proof I Exist #20” is about how Billy got into music and why he continues to play in a band. He loves it. Even though sometimes it can be fleeting, the overall satisfaction is lasting.

With sixteen pages, this quarter-sized zine is cut-and-paste, cut-and-dry, text on photocopied background goodness. It was printed on cut-offs from another project, making it a real low-budget printing job.

If you would like to order a copy, contact Billy (iknowbilly@gmail.com). It is currently $1 and there are less than fifty copies available. Once it’s gone, it’s all over, baby.

*This post will appear in the review zine One Minute Zine Reviews issue 9*