flotation device is a personal zine published by chicagoan keith helt, me.
i published the first issue of flotation device 1997 and have made 12 issues (so far). the first six issues were loose and raw, more stream of conscious stylee. and they were shorter in length. after studying journalism and fiction writing at columbia college chicago, i started doing longer, thematically linked zines. themes have included: high school friends, converse all stars, costa rica, how i got into zines/minicomics (an all comics extravaganza with art contributed by: gabrielle bell, allison cole, dylan horrocks, onsmith, missy kulik, anders nilsen, john porcellino, jeffrey brown, benjamin chandler, kevin huizenga, cole johnson, ted may, ryoko oguchi and robert ullman). the newest issue's theme is trees.
i'm trying to be more proactive about making zines and sending them out these days. it's gotten harder as i've gotten older and have been working 9-5 longer. i'm hoping this will help motivate.
also, you can check out more about flotation device (including ordering info) at the blog i do at http://flotationdevice.wordpress.com
shameless plugs (if yr interested):radio loways
is an internet radio station i co-run with my partner.pan y rosas discos
is a small, free download record label i'm running.