Posts Tagged ‘zine’

These days, there aren’t many places to send your zine for review.  The most well known (and the longest running) is Maximum Rocknroll.  I’ve usually had good luck with reviews in MRR, and this was no exception.  Here is a picture of the review of All Things Ordinary #1 as it appeared in issue #324.  If i feel ambitious down the road i may type it up.

Edit: here is the review as i retyped it:

“This perzine is all about one man’s shocking decision to do something he thought was always for suckers- move to Portland.  He describes his solemn final days in Buffalo, NY.  It’s cute as hell.  He sells his bike he loves so much, does laundry at the terrifying place with the horrible woman, eats stupid amounts of greasy vegetarian food at the local spot.  He waxes about how different it will be to be the new guy who is capable of anything in a new town after being so entrenched in the scene in Buffalo and losing sight oh whether he actually likes all the bands he sees all the time or just loves his friends and everything they do is precious.  For some reason, I kept thinking the author must be female while I was reading it, but it’s actually this lovely sentimental fellow, Derek.  How does the bumper sticker go?  Question reality, doggies.”


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My housemate James and i had another zine making night tonight.  We got off to a late start because he overslept, but we worked on our individual zines for a good 3-4 hours.  I can’t speak for him, but tonight was really productive for me.  I printed and laid out two stories i had written for All Things Ordinary #2.  The first was 9 pages and the 2nd ended up being 5 pages.  Combined with the 5 pages i laid out during the first zine making night, ATO #2 is currently at 19 pages!  In the process, i finished off two glue sticks as you can see in the photo.  Now i need to write more this next week.  I already have some ideas on what i’m going to write next so it shouldn’t be too hard.

I also need to buy more gluesticks!

Playlist for zine making night #2:

-Paul Baribeau- “s/t”
-Casiotone for the Painfully Alone- “Pocket Symphonies for Lonesome Subway Cars”
-The Evens- “s/t” and “Get Evens”
-The Postal Service- “Give Up”
-Sigur Ros- “Agaetis Byrjun”
-Girl Talk- “Feed the Animals”

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My house mates and I had a zine making night tonight.  It has been a very productive night for me.  I started out by organizing my clip art in my newly acquired accordion folder.  Then i decided to go through and cut out zine backgrounds from various pages i have saved from magazines.  Once all that was set, i finally started printing out the text to one of the stories for All Things Ordinary #2.  This issue is going to be all stories of things that have happened since i’ve been living in Portland.  I have 3 stories completely written thus far and printed and laid out the first one tonight, How My Bad Brains Tattoo Got Me a Job.  In my head i’ve decided my deadline is the first week of February, but I don’t know how realistic that is.  I have 5 pages done so far (this zine is going to be quarter sized just like #1).  I want it to be longer than the first issue (which is 24 pages) so I’m aiming for at least 32 pages, but hopefully more.  I still have lots of stories that i want to write, or could write about if i need to.  It feels good to have glue on my fingers again.

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As fans of the clip art magazine Crap Hound by Sean Tejaratchi know, back issues are always high in demand and go for a lot on Ebay.  Thanks to Chloe Eudaly of Show & Tell Press/Reading Frenzy, issues #6 and #7 are currently in print for $12 each.  According to a post on the Reading Frenzy facebook, a reprint of Crap Hound #4 is coming out in January 2010, followed by a reprint of issue #5 in the summer and the brand new issue # 8 due in the fall/winter of 2010.

Blog Posts about Crap Hound:

I Heart Vector
The Book of Zines
Boing Boing
Low Inertia
Portland Mercury
Zinester’s Talking at Multnomah Library
Walt Panorama
Print Fetish

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Small World

After doing some googling to check for any mentions of my zine, i came across a photography magazine/zine out of Los Angeles also named All Things Ordinary. They also released their first issue this year! So weird…

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All Things Ordinary #1 is out now! This is a personal zine about the last month i spent in Buffalo, NY (where i have lived all 27 years of my life) before i moved to Portland, OR (where i’ve been living since April 2009). It mostly consists of reflections on my time in Buffalo, thoughts about what lies ahead of me in Portland (i had never visited Portland before i moved here), and things that happened to me during my last month living in Buffalo. It is 24 pages and quarter sized.

I love trading zines and would prefer that, but if you don’t want to/can’t trade it is $3.00ppd. My paypal address is derekneuland@gmail.com.

send zine trades or $3.00 well hidden cash/money order to:
Derek Neuland
5723 SE Henderson St.
Portland, OR 97206

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