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.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Review: PILTDOWNLAD #1: GÜERO CHINGÓN #1-5

Piltdownlad #1: Güero Chingón #1-5
These five, short mini-zines squeeze out the rawness of childhood into something distilled that causes your breath to catch. The first issue explains how, in an act of self-protection in shop class, the narrator becomes Güero Chingón. The second reveals how he figured out panhandling. #3 involves more childhood violence and the odd workings of childhood frienemys. The fourth is tragic and made me want to remove all the matches from my home. The final volume was about new clothes and the cruel pantomime of boys and girls. Recommended.
Piltdownlad #1: Güero Chingón #1-5
2011
Kelly Dessaint
PO Box 86714, Los Angeles, CA 90086
Email: piltdownlad@gmail.com
Website: www.piltdownlad.com
price: $3 US/ $ 3.50 Can/Mex / $4 World
trades: possible
size: 2”x3”
page count: 5 mini zines at 16 pages each

BROOKLYN #77

review from Anne: BROOKLYN #78 and #79

24 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 $10 for a 4 issue subscription
(PAYMENT IN CASH!)
Fred Argoff
Penthouse L
1170 Ocean Parkway
Brooklyn NY 11230

More Brooklyn reviews! Say it with me, people: “The name of this zine is BROOKLYN and that's also what the zine is about, Fred's beloved borough of Brooklyn." History, photography, you name it and it’s in here…provided it’s got something to do with Fred’s favorite borough. One of the things I particularly like about BROOKLYN is that the issues are always packed with photos, history (things that long-term residents know; every issue has kind of a small-neighborhood feel to it, which is a great advantage), and fabulous little Brooklyn tidbits. It's one of those reads that if you don't live there, it's kind of amazing -- like a little bit of armchair travel. If you do live there, I imagine it's like this whole other world discovering these bits of history and photos of houses and neighborhoods and such.

The ever-hilarious "Brooklyn Lexicon and Pronounciation Guide" in each issue is a treat to read, and #78 has this Brooklyn reconfiguring of Jack Sprat (as you'd imagine, but in Brooklyn-ese), and #79 includes photos of Shakespeare in Brooklyn (Shakespeare on the Roof, really and truly on the roof of 57 Thames Street in East Williamburg), Totonno's (must-stop on a Brooklyn pizza tour), and The Hole (I'll leave you with some surprises for the issue).

Always a fun read worth your time. So, whaddya waitin' for? Read some Brooklyn already!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Zine Symposium in Chicago (April 6, 2013) - free to public


OUTSIDERS: Zines, Samizdat, & Alternative Publishing

Saturday, April 6, 2013

This year’s symposium will explore the use of self-produced books and pamphlets to express individualized, unconventional, controversial, or prohibited messages. Topics will range widely in historical and geographical terms, and the speakers will address the current state of self-publishing as well as its history.

Free and open to the public.

The 2013 Caxton Club / Newberry Library
Symposium on the Book

The Newberry Library60 West Walton StreetChicagoIllinois 60610




Monday, February 4, 2013

Xerography Debt #32 NOW AVAILABLE!





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)
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction
Basic Stuff You Should Know

COLUMNS

THE SOUNDTRACK TO DYSTOPIA By Al Burian
HELLO MISTER POSTMAN By Carlos Palacios
DECLINE OF NORTHERN CIVILIZATION: ON ZINES, DIY, AND ALASKA By Frank Harlan and Josh Medsker 
IT MEANS IT'S WANK: DIGITAL IS THE NEW MIDDLE AGED by Jeff Somers
RANDOM THOUGHTS ON ZINES FROM A SEMI-RETIRED SELF PUBLISHER by Kris M.
GLOOMY SUNDAYS: A VISIT TO IRA By Gianni Simone
EXITING THE ECHO CHAMBER By Joe Biel

REVIEWERS

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

Announcements
Index