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, April 21, 2012

Xerography Debt #31 Coming June 2012

Available from Microcosm in June 2012

To order a copy of this issue, please send $4 (order online, or send cash, stamps, money order, or check) to Microcosm Publishing

Cover Art by Bojan (Rigor Mortis)

Basic Stuff You Should Know
The Pre-natal Death of the E-book by Joe Biel 
It Means It's Wank by Jeff Somers
Expatriation Daze by Al Burian
Gloomy Sundays by Gianni Simone
At Home in the World of Zines by Carlos Palacios
Index Zine 
Review Form

Anne Thalheimer
Carlos Palacios
D. Blake Werts
Davida Gypsy Breier
Eric Lyden
Fred Argoff
Joe Biel
Julie Dorn
Liz Mason
Maynard Welstand
Stuart Stratu

Monday, April 2, 2012

Posted on behalf of the Salford Zine Library

Hello my name’s Craig and I run the Salford Zine Library.

Many people have different ideas what a zine is. But I will try and sum up what a zine is to me.

A zine is a publication self-made and printed independently by the author. Production methods vary from primitive tools such as photocopiers, pens, paper and the trademark stapler. They can also be professionally printed and made to a very high technical standard and presented as artists’ book.

In the two years since the archive was opened the lively world of zines and our library has continued to flourish and grow. We welcome contributions from everyone. To date we have had nearly 1500 submissions from all over the world. Thank you to those who have donated so far….

Many people who have visited the library and come to past exhibitions have been truly inspired.  They have then gone on to make zines of their own and self-publish work they have wanted to share for a long time.

Here at Salford Zine Library there is no curatorship. We do not wish to be the arbiters of taste. The library is completely inclusive and your contribution is important. We tour the UK visiting schools, universities, public art galleries and book fairs.

Since the exhibition came to a close at Salford Museum and Art Gallery the library has been homeless. I have been desperately seeking a new place for it to reside. Looking for a pleasant and safe environment where people can comfortably read and peruse the archive at their own leisure. After much toing and froing looking for the right spaceI have been offered a permanent room at the Nexus Art Café in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

In its new home the archive will be accessible seven days a week from mid May but as you can see the space needs work. With your help and the skills of master craftsman Andy Yates – a man who  says he can drill through anything - we can transform the space into the ideal new home we have long since dreamed of.

Our aim is to raise one thousand pounds by the end of April 2012.

The money raised will go towards the building of shelves, comfy seats to sit down and read, lighting and giving the walls a nice lick of paint.

When the space is clean and safe we can deliver workshops as part of our educational programme and you can read you favourite zines in calm creative comfort.

You can donate in these amounts:

  • For £5! You get an invite to the opening launch night.
  • For £10! You also receive a freshly burnt DVD of the Salford Zine Library film ‘Self-Publishers of the World Take Over.’
  • For £20! Add to it a guided tour of the 3 x 5 metres room with head librarian Craig John Barr.
  • And for £50 and upwards! You get all of the previously mentioned plus you can pick an original piece of artwork listed from my website portfolio. 

Please be generous and give today!