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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.

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At 7:13am on January 5, 2013, Lubomyr Tymkiv said…

We invite you to take part in the First International Exhibition "ZINESHOW" in Ukraine. Participation is free. Any technique. Any theme and format. No return. Deadline: 15/04/2013. Exhibition on the blog http://zineshow.blogspot.com All works will be exhibited also in the gallery "tymutopiyapres" http://tymutopiyapres.blogspot.com is not a commercial gallery. Welcomed but not "necessarily" summary of your zine or about you or your creative work (this is necessary for further elucidation of the project and possible documentation). Zines for the exhibition please send air mail: "Zineshow" A/C 9875, Sadivnycha 19/1, 79038, Lviv, Ukraine.

At 2:10pm on January 7, 2010, Bradley Adita said…
word to the CHI!
At 7:05pm on October 19, 2009, Nico. said…
would love to see you at the milwaukee zine fest next month!! <3
At 7:18am on August 16, 2009, sugar cookie said…
Hi Keith! How are you? I have not looked at this in a while! Nice to "see" you. I hope you are well.

Did you know my stuff is sold at Renegade Handmade in Chicago, too?


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