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One time I left a bunch of my zine on the table of a house that was having a show. I was just about to leave, and I did it when no one was in the kitchen.
This isn't very random, but Newbury Comics in Leominster, MA let me leave a stack of "La Lucha!" in their shop, so i'm pretty stoked.
I alway's leave zines on the bus,or in soup kitchen's.Nobody has ever replied through this method,but the same can be said about sending them to people to review-nobody replied to me through that either.
Two weeks ago I was interstate and left 3 copies of my zine outside a book store I was walking past (amongst the flyers & street press) and a few days ago I had letter in my PO Box from someone who had picked one of them up. Quite thrilling.
I left mine in a local library this evening. From what I have read here, this hasn't been a very successful way to get a response but it will be fun to see how long it stays there.
I used to leave my zines around for free until I started getting death threats, plural, in the mail for talking about feminism in the mildest of terms (this was in 2004/5). Lesson: If you think your zine is controversal, be very cautious about including anyway to contact you or identify you.
Just left a bunch of my zines around random spots in Reno, we'll see how that goes.
Also, Zeraph, that's really terrible, I'm really sorry you had to deal with that.
The very first zine I made was a free quarter-sized poetry zine. I made about a hundred copies and left them around, in various free zine racks, sent them to friends, etc. Photocopying was also way cheaper then (this was 2004 or thereabouts), so I wasn't worried about the cost. No one ever contacted me because I didn't leave any contact information on it. This is not something I would do now, just because I think that my zine is more likely to end up in the hands of someone who actually wants to read it if they have to lay down a few dollars first, besides which I don't have extra cash to print zines and not charge anything for them. But I still love the idea, and I definitely pick up free zines and read them myself when I find them.