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Also, folks who run distros. I need yoour help:
I’m working on creating a continuously update listing of zine distros and zine events at www.StolenSharpieRevolution.com and I would like your project to be a part of it. but first...
Hello! My name is Alex Wrekk. In 2002 I put together the book Stolen Sharpie Revolution: A DIY Zine Resource. In the past 10 years there have been 3 updated printings and a complete overhaul in 2009 when I renamed the book Stolen Sharpie Revolution 2: A DIY resource for zines and zine culture. With over 21,000 copies in print, Stolen Sharpie Revolution has served as a resource for zine culture providing info on the how and why to make zines as well as resources for distribution, zine events, using zines in education, and more.
Keeping tabs on the rise and fall of zine distros, zine events, and zine resources has always been tough, especially as SSR has grown into the age of the internet. There were always a few distros that had become defunct between my research and the printing of the book. I’m looking to start the work on the next printing of Stolen Sharpie Revolution for a 10th anniversary edition and I have come to the conclusion that including the ever changing listings of distros and events might not be the best use of paper.
I’ve owned the Stolensharpierevolution.com domain for a long time but I haven’t had the time, energy or desire to do much with it. I have been working with Derek Neuland to overhaul the site to make it something useful. I plant to actually use it as an online zine resource with updated listings for zine distros, events and more!
I have been maintaining a zine event calendar on my personal blog but I will be posting that to the Stolen Sharpie Revolution website with the relaunch. Currently the zine event listings are organized into 3 catagories: Events with dates, events that don’t have dates but happen regularly, and events that are gone but not forgotten. Within each section I have organized the events geographically. This has been pretty easy for me to figure out events on my own so far but getting in touch by posting a reply to this page or e-mailing me would be really helpful.
I plan on doing something similar for zine distros but I want to expect more from distros and will need more input directly from distros to keep the listings alive and will be expecting distros to take responsibility in updating me to their status. I will be updating distro listings quarterly on the first of February, May, August, and November. If you would like your distro or zine event to be listed on the new website please get your info to me.
Being included in Stolen Sharpie Revolution website distro listing will increase your visibility and you will get to write your own description to portray your distro in the way you would like. I will also offer a “hiatus” section for people who take breaks from their distro from time to time.
I’d like to include your project but this is going require some work on your part. I’ll need to you to to get me some information about your project AND respond to my quarterly request for an update to maintain on the list. So, here’s what I need from you:
Name of Distro:
*Name of person/s who maintains distro:
mail order, tabling or both:
Kinds of zines your distro is interested in:
Thanks so much for your support! Stolen Sharpie Revolution is only as great as the community input it gets.