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Friday, June 26th, 2009
4:28 pm - poetry

ok, crazy new girl question: I am making my first zine, purple heart (and I'm super intimidated about it) and since I like books and flowers and poetry, well that's what the zine's about. I'm wondering if I can include other people's published poems (like say Pablo Neruda) or if the idea is more to write my own/get my friends to. What I had in mind was to feature quotes and poems that mention lilacs. I've found a really beautiful one by Mahmoud Darwish, a Palestinian poet who just recently died, but again, I'm not sure what goes here. Thanks!

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Saturday, July 26th, 2008
7:10 pm - question about more historic documents

Well, I managed to dumpster an issue of the Black Panther newsletter dating from 1971 as well as an issue of the New Left Notes (the SDS newsletter) dating from 1968, and I am thinking about donating them to a zine library. I am wondering about how that would work out, since they are a bit on the fragile side. If you had a zine library, do you think it'd be appropriate to keep them there? They aren't really zines, and I suppose they do have some monetary value for collectors of items from that era, though less than a benjamin.

I'm currently squatting, so it's not exactly like they'd be safe with me.

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Tuesday, May 20th, 2008
6:37 pm - feelers for comps

I've got a bunch of random comp zines working around in my head, and have for awhile. But for good reasons (that aren't really public blog material) I haven't really had much time/energy/money to flesh them out. If you'd be interested in any of the following, leave me a comment or send me an email (piratesarah at gmail dot com).

Hometown Proud - thoughts on home. Stories, descriptions, pictures, photography about your memories and concepts of the idea of home. Your hometown, or the the first place that felt like you could make a life there.

Princess Who - reinventing and redefining women in fairy tales. What would happen if Show White demanded equal wages from the dwarves or Cinderella was queer? This is a great chance to reclaim female archetypes in a more positive light.

Coming Clean - the coming out stories of queer/trans folks.

Mental Wealth - Dealing with "mental illness," exploring alternatives to traditional medicine, finding a safe outlet for your thoughts and feelings. How have these things affected you? How do you cope with stress?

(Crossposted around like crazy. Sorry!)

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Friday, October 26th, 2007
1:14 pm

here is an ethical question: when a person sells zines to a distro, how long is too long for that person to wait before being paid? my personal opinion, as a zinester & as a person that runs a distro, is that three months after receiving zines is the limit, & after that point, the distro operator is derelict in their duties, which include paying zinesters in a timely manner. & i even think three months is pushing it. but what do others think?

this of course mainly references distros that pay for copies upfront, as opposed to consignment as zines sell.

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Thursday, September 27th, 2007
12:57 pm - distro ethics

So lately when I invited people to submit a zine to my distro for consideration and asked for a review copy, I offer a zine in return. I realized the other day I wasn't stating this very well as the zinester asked for a copy of Brainscan. I had meant, and not really stated, one of the ones I wrote was being offered.

This got me thinking. A) How badly do the descriptions of my own suck B) I buy lots of zines to read and usually have tons that I enjoy but aren't interested in keeping, why not offer them for trade on my page? Not sale but trade.

I've read the pro and con discussions about re-selling zines but what about offering trades. I would publish a list and people could email requests etc. It doesn't seem different than trading with friends or offering grabbags.

I'd love some input here. Thanks.

-Mike paper-xerox-staples

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12:55 pm

So here's my dilemna: I wrote a zine thats so personal I don't want to sell it in the town I live in, allow distros to sell it to people who live here, it won't have my real name on it (which really freaks me out) and I don't want to even tell my current partner.

Anonymity isn't uncommon in the zine world but usually its for safety and for the fun of making up a name for oneself not this reason. I don't think, anyhow.

Its also weird that I have no problem with perfect strangers hearing this story but I live in a small gossipy southern town where nosey and cruel are just a way of life. I think I'm doing this the right way but I thought I might open the discussion up because ultimately, I guess, am really unsure of what to do. -Mike paper-xerox-staples

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Wednesday, August 8th, 2007
1:31 pm - The 7th annual Portland Zine Symposium....


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Monday, July 23rd, 2007
2:57 pm

I've been reading up on copyleft + GNU FDL and understand the concepts, but am not sure exactly how to cite this in my 'zine. What do you write in your 'zine when you want it to be copyleft? Does anyone have any good examples that I could read? Thank you.

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Sunday, October 15th, 2006
9:00 am - Zine Library Question .. (x-post to _zine_writers)

G'day everyone, it's Clare Marie from New Zealand here, and I have a question about something I plan to set up as part of my new distro SPILLING THE INK :indie zines & mail art traders: ..

As zines are quite an unknown thing here in NZ (or maybe it's just the areas I frequent?), I am wanting to set up a zine library so as to get the word (or world) out there .. I am thinking of asking people to pay a small ($4-6) one time fee to become a member (to cover lost zines/new zines/envelopes etc) and then offering up to 4 zines for a two week period for ($1) to cover postage .. Now firstly I'd love to hear your feedback on this, particularly is you too have or are involved in a libraray, and I should add that it would not be an option for people to come to my place (where the zines kept) as I live in a isolated rural community and am quite the recluse (social phobia)..

Secondly I am thinking of starting the library off by contributing my own personal collection (around 30 zines from various writers - many of whom I am unable to contact as their addys are old, can't find by online searching etc) .. So I wanted to know peoples thoughts on if this would be ethical without the original writers permission ? Plus I would want to take a copy of the covers etc for catalogue purposes, but again, I am thinking that possibly this would be looked down upon without first getting permission ??

I'm seriously wanting to do the right thing here, and my goal is only to promote zines & their creaters, soooo thoughts, alternative ideas etc ? Anyone ??

ps: donations would be most appreciated (but you know that right!)

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Friday, October 6th, 2006
2:09 pm - just in case

Hey distros in the US-instead of having a Columbus Day Sale why not observe Indigenous Peoples' Day?

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Saturday, August 19th, 2006
11:58 pm - 'Zine Virgin - Newbie!

Hey everyone, I've been toying with the idea of doing a free zine for ages and it's finally fabricating - Woo!
One question - I'm putting a bit in the back about contacting for feedback/comments/suggestions and such, Is it a good idea to put your address on the back for people who don't have computers?
It's free so it could end up absolutely anywhere.

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Thursday, July 13th, 2006
10:36 pm

so i just did a google on one of my zines and saw that it is for sale at FOUR distros to which I have never had any business transaction of any kind! the zine is out of print & i find this weird and unsettling. what would you do in this situation? is this something that happens often?? because it seems crazy to me that it's for sale at four distros that i've never had anything to do with. crazy, and creepy... advice? thanks!

(p.s. some of you guys know me, i lurk in this community. hello to those who don't.)

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Monday, July 10th, 2006
10:45 am - zine donation.

I just moved and am donating half of my zines to a library. Problem is - the move has left me so broke I can't pay postage on shipping a ton of zines. Is it rude to ask a zine library to pay postage on my donations? I've never done that but this is literally $10 - $15 (media mail). I usually donate to a couple specific libraries as well.

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Tuesday, April 18th, 2006
1:03 am

maybe this isn't a matter of ethics so much as common courtesy-

but it drives me nuts when people don't say how much they're charging for their zine when mailing it to canada or internationally. it makes me not want their zine, no matter how fabulous it sounds, because it's so irritating.

it's just so rude and american-centric! and people are going to ask, so they're gonna have to look it up, so why not just do it in the first place and include it in your posting?

is this just me being anal? what do other people think?

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Friday, March 31st, 2006
9:36 am - The Carrot and the Stick


Not being sarcastic, not being argumentative, just asking a question, and I'd like some honest opinions on the matter:

If someone does transgress against some of the newly bantered-about zine ethics (re-selling a zine that the publisher said not to re-sell, etc.), what is the proposed punishment? Obviously, if you are going to have rules of conduct, there needs to be consequence if those rules are not followed. Otherwise, the rules are nothing more than ideals, which have little meaning in real life.

The current set of spoken/unspoken zine ethics seem to be tied directly to US Copyright laws, or to an age-old agreement of a non-hate forum of discussion (many distros will openly state that they do not accept zine with racist/sexist/hate-speech content). These are easily "enforceable", since if someone really wanted to make a case about copyright, they could go through the legal system. Hate-speech is a bit trickier, since one person's hate-speech is another person's "political stance" -- but personally, as a distro owner, I've never received one hate-speech zine, so I've never had to reject a zine based on that criteria. But not carrying a zine with hate-speech is a physical way I can help maintain our current, shared zine community.

Everything else that might be considered "ethical" is just plain common courtesy and politeness, in my view. And really doesn’t carry much reprisal other than hurt feelings, when all is said and done.

Just wondering.


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Thursday, March 30th, 2006
3:39 pm - zines being sold on ebay.

HEADS UP to zine authors and/or anyone else who feels that this shit aint cool:


current mood: annoyed!

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Tuesday, March 14th, 2006
4:17 pm

what are your thoughts on distros (who paid for wholesale copies of your zine) selling them on ebay vs. individuals (specifically individuals who got your zine for free) selling them on ebay?

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11:29 am

heads up to people more zines being sold on ebay that arent just the amount of postage i know some of you who have expressed not wanting yr zines in auction are up here:


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Thursday, March 9th, 2006
12:09 pm - footnotes

I am currently working on a zine based on a thesis I wrote for a history course. The thesis currently has footnotes. I started converting the paper into zine format and kept the footnotes, but so far I am only 1/10 of the way done and already have 20+ footnotes, mostly from the same articles. Should I ditch the footnotes (although they look nice and professional) for a simpler, less professional works cited list? I am planning to use this zine in my portfolio when trying to get freelance historical and writing jobs as well as to distribute amongst the zine community.

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Monday, March 6th, 2006
8:34 pm

Hey everyone. I just joined this community because there is a specific issue I wanted to talk about. It relates to this post from the zine_scene community. I don't think I need to repeat what I already stated in my comment to that post.

My question is, am I the only person who thinks that "It's not that big of a deal to give your address out to zinesters" is really bad advice? Especially when the advisee is underage, and especially if the advisee is female. Have people forgotten about the whole Bill Price thing? Are new zinesters aware of it?

I guess I just think it's irresponsible. If this is a "community," we should be vigilant about the safety of it's members, especially those most at risk.

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