Tuesday, July 24, 2007



I'm happy to say that the new issue of Zine World is done and will be
sent off to the printer in the morning.

I'm not so happy to say that we're in piss-poor shape financially.

Usually when we get ready to go to press, I have enough built up in
the Zine World kitty to pay for most of the printing and the postage.
Not so this time.

Printing and associated costs will run about $1200 for this issue; we
have to pay at least 50% upfront. I'll need about $250-300 more for
postage. Right now we have $540 in the kitty.

Why? Because for ZW #23, we didn't get $300+ that we should have.
(Tower owed us $270, Clamor owed $50?, and Reading Frenzy owed $23).
That money would have gone toward paying for #24. Instead, I had to
kick in a little myself (some of which I had to pay myself back,
because money was tight), and some of the money that would have been
set aside to pay for #25 had to be used to pay off the rest of #24's
costs. Another reason is because of increased printing and postage
costs over the last couple of issues, and subscriptions haven't caught
up yet.

In short, if you can kick in some money to the cause, now would be a
good time to make a donation. Even $10 or $20 would help. I will be
donating a couple hundred myself -- but I'd prefer to not have to put
all the postage purchasing on a credit card plus donate a few hundred.
I just can't afford to do all that myself.

I hate to ask. But if even a few of you could make small donations
now, we may be able to get back ahead, instead of finding ourselves
back in this same spot a few months from now.

If you wish to donate, please send funds to Jerianne T. at PO
Box 330156, Murfreesboro TN 37133 or paypal to zineworld@gmail. com.


Saturday, July 14, 2007

Videoblogging 101

Presented at the Allied Media Conference, 2007
by Ivettza Sanchez and Brittany Shoot

1. GET a BLOG:

Free service run by Google. Does not host video, only photos and basic page HTML.
Costs from 5-15 dollars a month. Hosts video, audio, and photos.

• Most successful video blogging can be done though e-blogger
• Video compression is key for making manageable files for the internet, compression can be done though Quicktime
• To embed or cross post your video online go through Blip TV (http://blip.tv) their goal is to change the world by bringing videoblogging to the masses
or Our Media (http://ourmedia.org). Which provides free storage and bandwith for your videos, audio files, photos, text or software. Forever, no catches.

Why Utube might not right for you:

o Utube uses flash which prevents sharing, Blip TV allows you to save your video to quicktime which allows others to copy and paste your html code for their own blog or website
o Utube also owns whatever you post and can use it for commercial purposes
o You may choose to put a Creative Commons license (http://creativecommons.org/) on your vlog which allows for different forms of redistribution for your work. Visit http://support.creativecommons.org/videos to learn more about posting video under the CC license.


• Mac
• I-Movie (for editing sound and image)
• Quicktime (for compression and sharing)
• Large memory card
• Digital camera with video component (320x340)
• Handheld tripod (optional)



The definitive “go to” website for “how to” tutorials on videoblogging, site also has a sustainable list of new vloggers, updated daily.

Secrets of Videoblogging by Michael Verdi and Ryan Hodson (Book)



Allows blog owners and podcasters the ability to manage their RSS feeds and track usage of their subscribers.


Is a free RSS video aggregator and media player available for Mac OS X and Windows XP. With FireAnt you can subscribe to any RSS feed, it will playback and import into vlogs into itunes. (much like podcasting, but allows for more complex searching).

Democracy Internet TV

Open source, keeps online video open by letting you connect to all big video hosting sites such as You Tube and Google Video in one place.

Visit to Boxcar Books

Had a chance to visit Boxcar Books on a recent trip to Bloomington, Indiana. It is worth the visit. Check out thier website:

"Boxcar Books and Community Center, Inc. is a volunteer run, non-profit organization that exists to provide new and used books, zines, magazines, and comics on topics of social justice, independent media, and fiction for the community; send literature of all types free of charge to prisoners in the midwest; and to provide a meeting space for community and literary groups."

Boxcar Books Case Statement
We are open:
Monday-Friday 11AM - 9PM
Saturday 10AM-9PM
Sunday 12PM - 5PM

Friday, July 6, 2007

Magazine Art

I have been reading a lot lately on the subject of magazine art, or magazine as gallery space...one more- magazine as alternative space for the artist. This Spring's "Art Documentation" bulletin of the Art Libraries of North America has a really awesome article by Susan E. Thomas titled "Zeroing In on Contemporary, Independant Visual Arts Magazines." The article is thorough and fascinating with paragraph headings such as 'Magazines as Cultural Motors', 'Editorial and Curatorial Obsessions', 'Magazines as Gallery Space', 'Contemporary Magazine Design', and so continues to include more library specific issues in acquiring these gems. What is really fantastic about this article is that the author has included a selected list of independent, visual arts magazines not widely held by libraries. Acquiring such magazines would be a fantastic asset for our collection.

I am always searching for ways to mashup and combine my political interests in alternative media with the somewhat lofty politics of art. I began reading about Dada zines in grad school and am pretty excited to have found the above mentioned article on contemporary, independent artists zines. Still what to do with these burning interests of mine. My desire is to consume but also to disperse, guess this librarian will be writing yet another project proposal.

I should also mention that there is a very short article titled "Alternative Art Publishing: Artists' Magazines (1960-1980) by Stephen Perkins on Chip Rowe's website zine book. The bibliography here is short but really awesome as it provides some interesting sub-themes to pursue when researching magazine art. Here is a great quote or two from Perkins' article...

"...where previously art work, texts and documentation were illustrated in magazines, this new 'space' the magazine became the primary site for the works themselves. The magazine becomes an exhibition space, a critical space, a documentary space and an archival space."

In hist article, Perkins defines four distinct (with flexible boundaries) types of artists magazines:
1. Regional eclectic mixes of alternative cultural activities (many funded by non-profits)
2. Magazines allied with a movment: Fluxus, Surrealism, Neo-Dada
3. Collaborative Magazines
4. Activist artists magazines

So many zines, so little time. If anyone has a good bibliography of contemporary artists publications that are only available online, please send my way.

Monday, July 2, 2007