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Fly Away Zine Mobile

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The Future(s) of the Fly Away Zine Mobile

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THANK YOU to everyone who proposed a new vision for the Fly Away Zine Mobile. It was an honor to read and imagine so many beautiful scenarios from people who share a passion for freely spreading the love and skills of zines and other do-it-yourself media.

THANK YOU to everyone who weighed in and helped direct the decision-making process—Adela Nieves, Celia Perez, Daiquiri Jones, Jenna Freedman, Marya Errin Jones, Miyuki Baker—your perspectives were invaluable and I appreciate you so much.

With apologies for the delay and gratitude for your patience, I’m thrilled to announce that the Fly Away Zine Mobile will live on in these magnificent ways:  From April to July, the Zine Mobile will support the inaugural tour of SoMove, a collective of independent historians, producers, journalists, activists, and artists who’ll be traveling across North America, documenting and sharing social movement oral histories and resources, and offering trainings in media/audio production. When SoMove’s inaugural tour ends in July, the Zine Mobile will go off to South Texas where, under the guidance of Noemi Martinez, it will travel the land between Texas and Mexico. Providing access to voices of immigrants and people of color, the project will evolve into a mobile bicultural and bilingual resource while conducting workshops, teach-ins and readings. While working with both SoMove and Noemi to determine the best place for the zines in the collection, I’ll also be working with Adela C. Licona and Jamie Lee on behalf of the Arizona Queer Archives, an emerging and nonconventional archive at the University of Arizona, who’ll be receiving zines relevant to their curatorial guidelines (which, similar to the Fly Away Zine Mobile’s, are intended to be queer[ed] themselves).

While passing on the vehicle and the zines, I’d also love to pass on some seed money to the two projects that’ll be utilizing the van, to go towards fuel, repairs/maintenance, and future vehicle expenses (which, at least for SoMove, will be happening in July). IF  YOU VALUE INDEPENDENT/MOBILE/DIY MEDIA AND CONTRIBUTING FINANCIALLY IS AVAILABLE TO YOU, PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DONATE; all money raised within the next month (by April 21st, 2014) will be split evenly between the two mobile projects (after that date, I’ll no longer be monitoring the website). Messages of support and encouragement are also always appreciated for this work; and/or, of course please watch for requests for support and participation from the respective projects. THANK YOU! 

Finally, there are two HONORABLE MENTIONS that I hope you’ll join me in supporting:

Pioneers Press and the Hard 50 Farm Zine Mobile! Pioneers Press is a family-run independent publisher and distributor based at the Hard 50 Farm in Kansas, focusing on sustainability, health/wellness, and food and farming politics. The folks behind Pioneers Press have been doing amazing independent publishing/distribution work for a long time now, and last year received a grant to start the Hard 50 Farm Zine Mobile, a trailer/tent zine gallery that displays literary and visual arts zines. PLEASE support their work in whatever ways they’re asking, look for them when they’re out on the road, and order zines through their catalog!

Green Branch! Green Branch is an emerging nonprofit social justice children’s library in Oakland, California. They’ve been operating out of a pop-up tent reliably and consistently for a while now and recently created an adorable fundraising video that details their hope and search for an Airstream trailer. Please help them get this!

Thanks, everyone, for reading, for supporting and participating, for everything.  Stay tuned for where you can continue to follow the Zine Mobile in its new evolution, and maybe I’ll see you again out there someday/somehow?

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rainbow bookstore cooperative, madison, wisconsin

rainbow bookstore cooperative, madison, wisconsin

Dear beloved community: After a few months of rest and regrouping, it’s time for the zine mobile to get back in action!  AND WE HUMBLY REQUEST YOUR SUPPORT TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN.

What we need more than anything is GAS IN THE TANK AND SOME ROUTINE MECHANICAL MAINTENANCE. If you you have $5, $10, $20, or even $50 or $100 to help support the work of this free traveling library and resource/reading room, please CLICK THE LINK ABOVE TO DONATE!  Donors of all levels will receive our heartfelt gratitude and a copy of Jenna Freedman’s zine chronicling the zine mobile’s inaugural journey!  If a financial contribution isn’t available to you (and even if it is), please consider spreading the word! We also love encouragements and general positive energy our way…

Where are we headed?  We’re hoping to make it to Chicago for an impromptu appearance at Zine Fest this weekend, and soon after we’ll be headed to San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico! 

More info coming soon. Thank you so much for your support of the work we do!

(Photo by E. Bartholomew)

catnip drying in the zine mobile, donated by Remedy Community Garden in San Diego (thank you Remedy!!), summer 2012 

catnip drying in the zine mobile, donated by Remedy Community Garden in San Diego (thank you Remedy!!), summer 2012 

zine mobile on the road thru Nebraska—October 2011

for those who&#8217;ve inquired what the zine mobile looks like in sleeping-car-mode&#8212;

for those who’ve inquired what the zine mobile looks like in sleeping-car-mode—

NEXT STOP: TUCSON!

MONDAY, OCTOBER 15th! 6:00 at the Dunbar-Spring Community Garden —> zine reading (anyone/everyone encouraged to read), open library hours, and maybe some zine-making…. please come and spread the word! The zine mobile will be parked at the corner of UNIVERSITY and 11th AVE!!



Fly Away Zine Mobile at the Denver Zine Library!
Look through the zines in both collections and join us for a possible impromptu zine reading!
Thursday, October 4 at 7pm 2727 West 27th Avenue, Denver CO

Fly Away Zine Mobile at the Denver Zine Library!

Look through the zines in both collections and join us for a possible impromptu zine reading!

Thursday, October 4 at 7pm
2727 West 27th Avenue, Denver CO

Madison: September 28-30

The Zine Mobile will be trekkin to Madison, Wisconsin next weekend (September 28-30th) for UW’s Protest on the Page Conference, hosting two events in support/conjunction—

Saturday, September 29th—

ZINE MOBILE AND ZINE READING at RAINBOW BOOKSTORE COOPERATIVE, 426 West Gilman Street, 6-7:3o

6-6:30 Zine Mobile show and tell — hear about the history and recent travels of the zine mobile; peruse the collection

6:30-7:30 zine readings!  anyone/everyone is encouraged to come read from their zine — protest theme encouraged; please limit reading to 5 minutes!

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PROTEST KARAOKE at MOTHER FOOL’S COFFEEHOUSE, 1101 Williamson Street, 8-11 

Come sing protest (*in Opposition to Almost Anything) songs at Protest Karaoke!  All ages and free!!  Signup beginning at 7:30. Costumes are encouraged. (Mother Fool’s is a costume safe space.)

The Zine Mobile will be outside with open library hours from 8 – 10:30 — so if you’re not into karaoke, you can hang out there!

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