Sept 21-27 is Banned Books Week where we celebrate banned books and the freedom to read. This year there is a focus on Banned Comics and Graphic Novels in conjunction with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, on organization that helps fight for the rights of comic book creators, readers and distributors. Here’s a link to their Banned Book Week Handbook:
If you’re following us on Facebook (and you really, really should be–just search for “Alt Press”), then you’ve glimpsed the inter-cultural amazingness currently displayed on Level 2 at the Main Library.
We’re talking about zines from Japan!
In a first-ever international outreach experiment, we shipped off some of our precious zine collection (via good old snail mail) to Kanda University of International Studies, about an hour east of Tokyo, Japan.
Saturday July 7, 2012 was the day to be done w/making everyone included & all wanting one a copy of the first Alt Press Fest Zine anthology of collaborative content.
It got done, but not before 8 o’clock that eventing!
Here are a few sampling photos, but rest assured that there will be a tangible one for, in time. Each “cover” is a re-used file folder from The City Library. The title is spray paint stenciled and bull clipped onto the contents of saddle-stich-stapled paper. These photos, beginning w/the cat are credited to: Evan Jed Mammot (left) Nick & Erin Potter (right), Jess Smart Smiley (left) Travis Gray (right) Yours Truly (left) Salt Lake City Film Festival (right.)
Without boring you about the trials & tribulations faced throughout the process; please accept a sincere statement of gratitude to all involved because you’re willing to try, i.e. FAIL. Really wish I was simply sitting at table with the personal work I prepared & got to see you. Shucks… If you’d like to view some of it—> patrick weeks.tumblr.com
So, here we go again with completing a project that has been a labor of love + lessons for transcendence in the independent publishing arenas!
Thank you~Patrick Weeks
Many Zine makers & readers are bicyclists believing in freedom of speech. This day, Friday, June 29 @ 5:30 pm through Saturday: Velo City Weekend takes place. If you read this & are good to ride- join the real-wheeling-fun!
More info at saltcycle.org or Velo City Weekend on Facebook thanks!
Look for The City Library green cruisers at Critical Mass…
To: You (whom are scheduled to participate)
You Had to be Here, Zine
- ABSOLUTE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES is
Tuesday, June 12, by 9:00 PM :
- Drop off
In person or post to:
The City Library
210 e 400 s
Salt Lake City, UT
OR attach a jpeg and
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Limited 1-entry/per individual,
but in the interest of inclusion
(Bands, groups, partners, etc. allowed one per/member)
Submissions accepted by confirmed participants AKA: tabling/artists/buskers/bands/printers/vendors and/or zinesters
Writing, photos, prints, drawings, promotional logo, etc.
- Single portrait-oriented page, 8.5”X11”
- All entries will be photocopied in Black and White.
The outcome is a one of kind book for and by the Salt Lake Alternative Press Festival 2012. We are very excited and incredibly thankful for your contribution!
Please email any questions to
Rachel Getts or Patrick Weeks
The University of Utah Book Arts Program is currently taking entries from professional, amateur and student artists for their 2012 CounterForm Exhibition!
Check out the entry form below or visit their website
Questions can be directed to Mary Toscano at email@example.com
Call for Entries!
July 7, 2012 marks the 4th annual Salt Lake Alternative Press Festival. This event wants you (whom it can’t happen without) to step it up a notch and be part of the 1st ever Zine compilation, produced by and for the Salt Lake Alternative Press Fest!
Submissions accepted by confirmed participants AKA: tabling/artists/buskers/bands/printers/vendors and/or zinesters.
Here’s what to do:
Create an original piece OR a pre-made selection to be included, submit it by: Monday, June 5th and upon arrival at The City Library July 7, go to The Lower Urban Room and pick up an edition of: SLC Alt Press Fest 2012 You Had to be Here Meme-Theme-Zine.
“A hand crafted example of excellence in the self-organizing-DIY culture known fondly to all self expressing personalities as Alternative Press.”[‡]
Limited 1-entry/per applicant dimensions: single page, 8.5×11 inches. Work must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org via yousendit.com or dropped off at Level 2, The City Library, 210 E. 400 S. Salt Lake City, UT 84111, before 6:00 PM on Monday, June 5.
Writings, photos, prints, drawings (ready to scan/copy) by confirmed participants. All entries will be photocopied in Black and White. We respectfully request your attention to detail, thank you!
The original contribution will be exhibited on site in the Lower Urban Room on Saturday, July 7, from 3-9pm while the Alternative Press Festival takes place.
Please print & fill out, if delivering by hand or post, to:
The Main Library
c/o Patrick Weeks
210 East 400 South
Salt Lake City UT 84111
Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Fri.-Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday 1-5 p.m.
Not applicable to PDF, Jpeg, etc. formats…
Artist ___________________________________________ Phone ________________________
Address _________________________________________ _______________________________
Title of work (optional)________________________________________________________________
Media __________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________
Date of completion _____________________Please sign below to indicate permission for The City Library to handle and exhibit work from the time of acceptance to the time of return.
From your friends of the Graphic Novel, Zines, Alt Press Committee (GNZAP);