Who and What We Are

Xerography Debt is a review zine for zine readers by zine writers (and readers). It is a hybrid of review zine and personal zine (the ancestor to many blogs). The paper version has been around since 1999. This blog thing is are attempt to bridge the gap between Web 2.0 and Paper 1.0. Print is not dead, but it is becoming more pixelated.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

In My Mailbox 6-27-09

Good morning alt.zines,

I suppose I should start cross-posting these to things like wemakezines etc but I am lazy. For a while I kept coming to alt.zines because I liked newsgroups better than web forums etc, but now, in all honesty, it's mostly laziness. If there was one mecca-like place where every zine person in the universe congragated I might make the effort to switch over, but signing up for fifteen places is a drag. And also I find I have less to say about zines these days. I still put mine out and still enjoy trades etc but I have less drive to discuss anything. Not that I was ever a Deep Zine Thought kind of fellow to begin with.

Hmmph.

Anyway, we have our first sunny day in Hoboken in 56 years, and a few days ago I actually wandered to my PO Box. Hurrah! Zines in the mail:

- Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore! #11 ($3, William P. Tandy, Eight Stone Press, POB 11064, Baltimore, MD 21212; www.eightstonepress.com) Another thick, well-made issue from the 8SP folks, a powerhouse of DIY publishing. Always happy to see a new one of these in my box.

- Going Postal #2 (trade/donation, Kris & Lola, Calle Obispo 4B, Plasencia 10600, Caceres, Spain) Full-sized collection of new and reprinted writing about zines, mail art, and other stuff. Favorite thing: A small piece of Kris' favorite old wool sweater, now too dilapidated to wear, pasted onto a page with a brief history of the sweater above.

- .zap!! #6 (no price listed, Heath Row, 101 Russell St. #4R, Brooklyn, NY 11234-0241) I had to sit this one out due to crushing laziness and bad time management, but Heath was kind enough to send me a comp anyway, thank goodness. Loosely the alt.zines APA, this is a fascinating ongoing venture and I'm looking forward to taking part again in the future!

That was it for zines. I also got a letter and some monies, so overall a gangbuster of a day at the POB. Hope everyone is rockin'.

L
J

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Xerography Debt #25 is now available!

Xerography Debt #25 is now available!

Microcosm has copies and is currently distributing to their usual retail outlets. To learn more go to:
http://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/zines/2693/

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

In My Mailbox 6-3-09

Hola,

I actually made it to my PO Box some unspecified time in the recent past, but I can't remember when, actually. I just opened a desk drawer and found all this stuff waiting for comment but forgotten. I think I may be senile.

Anyways...

- Inscape (The Ursuline College Fine Arts Annual 2009, 2550 Lander Rd, Pepper Pike, OH 44124) contains a short story by zine personage and full-on-no-kidding professor Wred Fright. Not sure how to get yer mitts on one if you're interested, but thought I'd note it, even though it is not a zine.

- Tenebrous Thaumaturgy #2 (Andrew Conde, GCDC, 2120 East B Street, Torrington MY 82240). Another interestin' issue filled with dense, tightly-packed words by inmates, former inmates, relatives and friends, different, it seems, from other prison zines I've seen.

- The Ken Chronicles #11 ($2, Ken Bausert, 2140 Erma Drive, East Meadow, NY 11554-1120; passscribe@aol.com). Centered around marking the 50th anniversary of Ken buying his first car, this is another great-looking and packed issue. Plus, he mentions TIS in here--what more can I want?

And that's it, sad to say, aside from some correspondence and a returned issue of my zine, marked return to sender, from someone I used to work with. It's odd to me that people I knew 15 years ago, who have been on my mailing list for that long, suddenly deicde to not bother any more, whether they're simply not updating me after they move or purposefully rejecting it. I can totally understand not wanting the zine any more, but after so long it just seems. . .unexpected. I dunno.

L
J