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Started by Nyx. Last reply by fishspit May 25.

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Comment by Steven Hughes Purkey on October 26, 2012 at 7:29am

Classical Snuff

1st release by MC Shamrock Jones aka Nebakanzer Productions-- Classical Snuff by Steven Purkey & Deirdree Prudence.

5 stories & original artwork about the weirdness of classical composers.

1/4 size, 20 pages, Black & White

Email me at: mcshamrockjones@gmail.com

if ya want one!

Comment by Deirdree Prudence on October 25, 2012 at 1:43pm

The first three issues of the Pocket Readers series are up for grabs!

1. Where Will It End? A Joy Division Pocket Reader ~ The story of Ian Curtis & the Manchester UK band that ignited the post-punk sound, Joy Division.

2. The Choom Gang: A Barack Obama Pocket Reader ~ The story of the teenaged pot smoking, idealistic Barry Obama in Hawaii.

3. We Must Bleed: A Germs Pocket Reader ~ The story of Darby Crash & the short-lived yet crazily influential Los Angeles punk band of the late '70s, The Germs.

Each issue is an 1/8 mini zine, 16 pages, b&w & radically hip. ♥

Choose one or choose all three!

Email SunflowerGrayProductions@gmail.com

or message me here!

Comment by comrade harps on October 4, 2012 at 6:56pm

One of Us will be coming in print for free to the Sticky Institute soon - or you can see it now: http://ning.it/PC4rJx Responses welcome.

Comment by Jon Foster on August 15, 2012 at 9:56am

Hello everyone. I just signed up for We Make Zines today and would be very interested in trading my zine for you guys' zine. I don't have any preference on the type of zine you're willing to trade, I'm simply interested in what you guys have to say.


My zine is almost exclusively text and is about my 2011 trip to Beijing China. I taught English there for a summer and wanted to share my experiences with other people. I've already sent about 50 of these out to friends and my other communtity at The International Union of Mail-Artists. 


If you would be interested in trading, I would be too. Please get in touch.

Comment by Deirdree Prudence on July 3, 2012 at 7:46pm

Gag Me With A... #6 is out! 48 pages, 23 contributors, various countries, various styles of flash fiction, poetry, non-fiction & original art aplenty - it's not an art zine, not a literary zine, it has no spin, it just is. & that "is" is amazing. Get it. Trade for it. Love it. Share it. Email PeterLorreIsDead@Gmail.com.

Be there or be a fucking square.

Comment by Betty on July 1, 2012 at 10:52pm

Wheeeeeeee! Funnnnnnnnnnn! :D

Comment by Colin Tedford on July 1, 2012 at 10:50pm

Yes - there are plenty of good pragmatic and philosophical reasons to give zines away, but it is also just fun!

Comment by Betty on July 1, 2012 at 10:49pm

*Just realized my first sentence was supposed to say "weren't constantly..."  Oops.

Not to pick on this guy, because we're all human, but to me it feels a little bit like giving a gift, only to expect something in return. In this case, a big warm fuzzy of awe and appreciation. I mean, I think we pretty much all like it when we feel our work has connected with someone - but being so invested in someone's apparent sense of value of one's zine in that context seems a little...well, let's just say I lean toward the Buddhist side of things and it seems like a potentially problematic attachment. I say, "Be free, little zines! Go and find adventures! Meet many people in your travels! If I never see you again, have long and happy life!"  :)

Comment by Cheyenne McClain on July 1, 2012 at 10:30pm

thanks for your thoughts! he eventually said that he had given away his zines in the past and felt that they werent valued as highly by those who picked them up (perhaps as if they were "throwaway"). I responded that they will reach a wider audience of folks who might not be able to "invest" in even one zine monetarily and gives a gateway for someone who might not have considered buying a zine in the past. I thought later too, that it is just FUN and in the spirit of zine making in general. My colleague and I are students with a print que and lucky enough to be able to produce our work low cost, so why not spread the word!

Comment by Betty on July 1, 2012 at 9:08pm

Or they might feel less disappointed in letting go of their money if they were constantly valuing the zine against what they paid for it. I mean, zines in general are pretty cheap. I don't generally have extended internal qualms about that kind of thing, anyway. If I feel like I'm going to be so wracked with anxiety over the dollar or two I spend on a zine vs. what I feel I get out of it, I'll just give up buying zines and trade exclusively.

Sometimes it actually feels like there is MORE value getting a free/trade zine because you can just enjoy it without thinking about it's money value, or because it was a surprise, or because it involved a mutual exchange. My question is - what prompted them to ask the question? And, really, why does it matter either way? 


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