Zine Archive Project
Saturday, August 20th, 2011 | Zine Archive Project | No Comments
Hey all you zine-loving-hyperorganized-but-still-imaginative-library-catalog-fan lurkers! Has your interest been piqued by some of the posts on here about the Zine Archive Project? Well now’s your chance to get down, dirty, nitty, AND gritty with it yourself! Wouldn’t you love to put aside a few hours a week to flip through some of our thousands of zines until you feel confident assigning them subject headings? Would you love even more to enter them into our simple spreadsheet of a catalog? Would you soil your panties to get the chance to discuss the subject categories with us, or to procure us some new magazine boxes, or to make us a Drupal catalog site, or contribute in your own special (but hopefully still useful) way?
Well then, come to this thing on Tuesday September 13th at 6pm at ye olde Dong Haul, where we will do our best to explain as clearly as possible how we do this project and why we’ve made the decisions we have up until now. We’ll invite your input and questions, and hopefully, you’ll come away prepared to come in on your own time and put in some work on this wild and lovely archive, so that, with your help, maybe this project can get done in 1 year instead of 10.
ALSO, if you know anyone that has relevant skillz or interests (archivists, library people, obsessive organizers, theory nerds, even arty zine kids) please pass along this information.
Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 | Zine Archive Project | No Comments
Every time I go to work on cataloging I inevitably find some new exciting (to me) zines. Today was no exception while I was cataloging Perzines. I want to share some:
- Breakfast #22. This zine was written by a 13 year old girl, Athena, in the Philippines in 1999, and she explains that this is the 39th zine she’s written. Fucking impressive. She is remarkably perceptive, really into Riot Grrrl, and lists among her favorite bands: 7 Year Bitch, The Butchies, Crass, Spitboy, and the Indigo Girls. I am dying to find out what she’s up to now, 12 years later…
-Another Day.. Another Fight. Some traveler/ squatter kids found a great abandoned college kid house in Portland to stay in one summer in 2003 and found a bunch of journals/ letters between the former inhabitants, which they then compiled into this zine. Like a punker, more involved Found magazine. Aptly, in my opinion, filed in the Squatting section.
-Persiflage #4. “The Journal of Spectacularism”– Goth zine alert! Compilation of whimsical Goth things, my favorite being a poem/ song entitled “Bad Luck Makes a Fat Graveyard” by Tony Vaguely. Here is an excerpt:
“If you get a chill up your spine,
then someone has just walked over the spot you’ll be buried at.
If three persons who have the same first name happen to come
together, you can be sure that one of them is a fool.
The baby who doesn’t fall down the stairs before it is a year old,
will grow up to be a fool.
If the back of your legs itch, then you are an idiot.
If your nose itches, it means you’re a liar.
Something bad is bound to happen!
Boogedy, boogedy, boogedy.”
Maybe this could be the Long Haul pledge?
Anyway, the point is that there is some cool shit in this archive and if you want to come help catalog/ organize them, you get to hang out with them all you want!
See the Long Haul Zine Archive Project link at the menu at the top of this page for more information.
Sunday, July 17th, 2011 | Zine Archive Project | No Comments
Check out the new zine archive page, which we made in an attempt to share our project of cataloging the zine archive and generating interest and hopefully volunteers.
In the future, we hope to post more details about cataloging decisions we made, parts of the catalog we have done, information about zines and events, and other interesting bits and pieces.
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