I stayed up all night on Friday totally re- doing the Arcade Distro website. After watching orders slow down all summer, and then getting a grand total of one order last month, I figured I ought to try out a new look and add some new content to the website and see if that helps get the distro back on track. If you've been thinking about ordering some zines from Arcade Distro and just haven't gotten around to it, now would be a good time to go ahead and place an order so that I can keep this project alive! Here's what's new this month:
Giant Steps #3
: 48 pgs. + 24 pg. mini zine, half- size, photocopied w/ silkscreened cover, 8 in stock
This sweet new zine by Kirke Campbell comes across like he's taking all these brief snapshots of what's going on in his life and trying to make them fit into one big picture. The anxious tone of the zine is set by the to- do list on the first page. Then Kirke moves on with some short pieces about bus stop observations and conversation snippets; looking insightfully at seemingly random occurences in his life. The out- of- print mini comic Giant Steps #2 is reprinted in here. The comic is made up of sketched portraits (reminiscent of the illustrations in Truckface zine) that are accompanied by deadpan one- liners. There's an interview with Buz Blur; a middle- aged man who retired from the railroad industry years ago, but continues to stencil his famous moniker on railcars that travel around the country. My favorite part of this zine is an interview with Travis Fristoe; creator of the America? zines. Kirke talks to him about the state of print zines, vinyl records, and Travis's job as a public librarian. This interview is fascinating to me because Kirke goes so in- depth with his questions; they're all "how" and "why" universals instead of just the "Tell me about what you've been up to" kind of interview questions. Giant Steps #3 is a limited edition zine; each issue is hand- numbered out of 100.
Page scans and an exerpt from Giant Steps #3 are up on the Arcade Distro website.
New Web Features
: Besides giving the website a back- to- school makeover in fall colors, I moved some content around from the home page to their own pages, updated stock quantities, and added a page where you can read stories and reviews I've written and published elsewhere. Right now, you can read the zine and book reviews that I wrote from the last two issues of Razorcake and a lengthy exerpt from Monsters In Our Heavens #1 on the brand new Stories & Reviews page.
In case you're overwhelmed by how many great zines there are in stock at Arcade Distro and don't know where to start, here are a couple of lists to help you out:
: (amazing zines that are popular enough to have sold more than 10 copies)
1. Brainscan #21- about leaving an emotionally abusive relationship
2. Greasespot #4- summer adventures in Texas
3. Resist #46- bike rides, bike races, bike punks
4. Selling Ourselves Out- advertising in the hardcore community
5. In Another Vein #1- coming out of a nightmare drug addiction
: (awesome zines that don't get the attention they deserve and have sold one or fewer copies)
1. Drawsquares #1- illustrations of creepy characters and surreal surroundings
2. Infecticitis #7- "life is a party!"
3. Sidewalk Bump #2- skateboarding comics
4. Free, Fer, Frim- kids at school want Han to choose a gender role
5. Razorcake #45- my favorite punk subculture magazine
Interested? Look up more information on all these zines and more at www.ArcadeDistro.com
! xoxo, Lauren (firstname.lastname@example.org)