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Fly Away Zine Mobile

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Dear you who understand the importance of independent and mobile media projects

Short Version for those with no time or attention spans: PLEASE DONATE TO SUPPORT THE TRANSITION OF THE FLY AWAY ZINE MOBILE TO NEW PEOPLE AND PROJECTS!!  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!

Dear community,

The trusty Astro Van that’s served as the Fly Away zine mobile has been handed off to the folks at SoMove, whose incredibly exciting and important tour starts N O W ! Not only will you want to keep up with them because of the critical and engaging work they’re doing, you’ll also want to keep up with them because there’s talk of transforming the van into a magical CAT VAN (!!!!)….

SoMove’s tour ends in mid-June at the always-inspiring Allied Media Conference in Detroit, at which point Noemi Martinez, longtime zine-maker and educator, will inherit the van and transform it into a bilingual mobile library/resource revolving around zines, writing, and self-publishing based in Southern Texas. It’s all so exciting, right?!?!?!!?!

If you’ve been moved or inspired by the Fly Away Zine Mobile’s work, or if you simply understand the importance of supporting independent and mobile media projects (especially in the face of increasing media commercialization and corporatization), WOULD YOU PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION to support the work of these exciting new visions?  While projects like these don’t require a ton of money to operate, fuel and vehicle repair/maintenance (and eventually vehicle replacement) can add up quickly. Any amount is valued and appreciated (Can you spare $5? $20? $100? $500?…); all donations will be split evenly between the two projects. If donating money isn’t available to you, would you consider sharing this message and/or spreading the word about these projects?  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.

More updates as things happen…

Love and appreciation,

debbie/fly away zine mobile founder & caretaker

p.s. one more time!

It’s time to decide the future of the Fly Away Zine Mobile

Dear Fly Away Zine Mobile community and friends,

Half a year ago, as a step towards honoring a call to seek more stillness in my life (for my health and spirit), I sent an email soliciting ideas for the next phase of the zine mobile. The email sparked supportive and inspiring conversations, and I intended to follow up with more focus and specificity, but the overwhelm I’ve felt in some aspects of my life has left me moving slowly. Please accept my humble apology for this delay, which has left the zine mobile out of circulation for so long. And most of all, please accept the gratitude I have for all of you who have been a part (and might be a part going forward) of the zine mobile’s story.

Please share the call below if/as you are moved (friends, organizations, lists, etc.), but please do not email ideas or suggestions that require me to follow up, as I don’t have the energy to do that. (In other words, I ask that only those interested in taking on the zine mobile and/or collection themselves respond, rather than those with ideas for places to which I might want to reach out.)

While this is a call for new curator(s)/caretaker(s) to take on the next life of a project that I started, I am open to the zine mobile coming to an end if that is the future that awaits it; I just want to give folks the chance to breathe their own vision into it and be at its helm if they so desire.

Love,

debbie (zine mobile caretaker)

CALL FOR NEW ZINE MOBILE CARETAKER(S)/CURATOR(S)

(Free to a good home! The zine mobile and its library - together or separate!)

After two years and 30,000 miles driving (in spurts) across North America, I’m looking to donate the Fly Away Zine Mobile to a new caretaking/curating individual or team. Read here to find out more about the zine mobile if you aren’t familiar with it and read below for more details on the possibility of handing off the zine mobile torch.

The priority is to pass the zine mobile along (whether it continues to go by that name or a name chosen by its new caretaker/s) to a person or people who will maintain its focus as a project somehow related to reading and writing (though ideas for a non-literary project will be considered as well, so if you have such a vision, please feel encouraged to respond).

There is flexibility around the zine mobile and zines staying together or separating. If you are envisioning a project involving the zine mobile that doesn’t focus on zines or the zine library, the zines can be donated elsewhere. Likewise, if you are envisioning a project that involves the zine library, the zine mobile can be donated elsewhere. There is also flexibility about utilizing the van as a mobile space or as a parked/unmoving space (reading room, museum, etc.)—particularly since it’s getting older and requires a lot of gas to keep running.

Up until this point, my priorities as a caretaker/curator have been to feature zines about healing/wellness, do-it-yourself/resource zines, and zines about prisons and/or by prisoners. You don’t need to feel beholden to curating and caretaking the zine mobile in the same manner and style that I did. I am receptive to (and excited about) other visions and ideas. I encourage you to use your imaginations in terms of moving forward – the shape of this moving forward is open and fluid.

My one request if the zine mobile does continue is that the future person or team maintains the commitment of keeping access to it free of charge — in the interest of getting information and materials into the hands of those that need it. (For example, allowing an opportunity for participants accessing the zine mobile to donate to the project is along the lines of the “keep it free” vision, while requiring money from people to participate is not.)

VEHICLE  DETAILS (a quick internet search of ‘Fly Away Zine Mobile’ will yield many photos)

1997 automatic chevy astro conversion midsize van (the size is midway between a mini van and a full-size van)

Please realize, since the vehicle is 16 years old, it has some quirks and weirdness one would expect for an aging vehicle; the bottom has rust from spending its first 13 years in Minnesota. It’s also not great on gas (16-17 miles to the gallon). That said, it’s received regular upkeep/maintenance and up until this point has been incredibly reliable, not presenting any major problems. Relatively speaking, it’s also low mileage (130,000). The inside is extremely cozy with lots of small wooden cabinets, track and overhead lighting, and a back couch that folds down for sleeping. When the zine mobile was circulating, the two middle seats were removed to make space for a small reading room. Those seats have been put back, so you can keep them in or remove them. With all chairs in place, it seats seven people with seatbelts.

COSTS INVOLVED:

I’m passing the zine mobile along for free, not selling it, though there will be a minimal cost for transferring the title/registration (I believe this will be about $150)

Main cost: insurance = about $400/year, depending on your driving record

Registration renewal/license tabs is about $50 a year

(Insurance and vehicle registration won’t apply if the zine mobile will be used in a parked/stationary way).

The zine mobile is currently located in Madison, Wisconsin. Arrangements could possibly made to get the vehicle somewhere else.

THE ZINE LIBRARY:

Is comprised of approximately 1,800 zines, broken down into these categories

Please note the use of unconventional categorizing; most are categorized by topic, but some are categorized by size or format (e.g., little zines and newsprint). The zines have not been cataloged, and there is currently a backlog of uncategorized zines.

If you are interested, please email zinemobile@gmail.com by February 1, 2014, with answers to the following questions:

1. Are you interested in the van and zines together or separate?

2. What is your vision for how you’d like to caretake/utilize/curate or otherwise use the zine mobile and/or the zine library? Please include whether you see the zine mobile circulating locally/nationally or parked/retired as a reading room/museum, etc., and whether you envision using the zine mobile in a shared manner (among several projects/curators) or if you anticipate using it for a singular project.

* You don’t need to spell out every detail or make it lengthy; in fact, as a general guideline, aim for somewhere around 350 words or less).

After receiving replies, I’ll form a small committee with some folks who’ve been involved with the zine mobile who will discuss and decide its fate. I aim for the committee to reach this decision by mid-February.

I look forward to hearing from you!

In collaboration,

debbie (zine mobile caretaker)


what will be the future of the fly away zine mobile?

dear zine mobile community—

After two years and 30,000 miles driving (in spurts) across North America, my time operating the fly away zine mobile has reached the end. It’s been an honor to connect with so many amazing libraries, archives, independent bookstores, and other community spaces and to meet so many people passionate about libraries, zines/print culture, self-publishing, and ensuring free access to information and perspectives not easily findable in the everyday. THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!

If you have ideas about what the future of the zine mobile might look like — whether it keeps circulating under new care and guidance (and you or someone you know is interested in doing this), is permanently parked/archived, is dismantled and donated elsewhere, or something else entirely, please get in touch — zinemobile(at)gmail(dot)com!

love, thanks—
debbie (fly away zinemobile caretaker)

zine of the day—Rad Dad!

zine of the day—Rad Dad!

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zine of the day—Navigating the Space between Brilliance and Madness: A reader & roadmap of bipolar worlds

zine of the day—Navigating the Space between Brilliance and Madness: A reader & roadmap of bipolar worlds

zine of the day—Women of Color #3 (Potpourri) / how to live in the city of roses and avoid the pricks

zine of the day—Women of Color #3 (Potpourri) / how to live in the city of roses and avoid the pricks

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it’s cat day in the fly away zine mobile!

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