These zines are delightful. I picked them up at Alt Press Fest 2013 from local tabler Sam Milianta. Filled with black & white photography these zines are deceptively simple. They can be found in the Zine Collection at the Main Library.
This month we highlight this blast from the past zine from the now defunct Slowtrain Music. You kids may not remember but there used to be these places called “music stores” where you would buy actual physical CDs and records that played music thru stereos. No download required. Slowtrain owners Anna and Chris Brozek edited this collection of great albums from 2006 which includes older treasures from bands with new albums out now such as Band of Horses and Grizzly Bear. Check it out to find some good music that you may not have heard of or a reminder of how awesome Decemberist’s The Crane Wife is.
(This pick was not at all influenced by the fact that Anna picked my favorite album Rabbit Fur Coat by Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins as her #1. Not at all.)
This zine is available for check out in the Zine Collection at the Salt Lake City Public Library.
For our February Zine spotlight we are highlighting To Kevin, In Hopes of Losing Interest by local writer/filmmaker Whitney Borup. It being nearly V-day and all this zine is an apt study on relationships, good and bad. Borup pulls us along with a veracity that belies her repeated claims that the stories within are fiction. Her romanticism is honest and hopeful while avoiding cliches.
This zine can be found in the Zine Collection at the Salt Lake City Main Library.
Whitney Borup is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at the University of Utah. She earned an M.A. in Cinema Studies at San Francisco State University and a B.A. in Media Arts and Psychology at Brigham Young University. She studies early 20th-century American literature, aesthetics, horror, and the representation of children in popular culture.
Somehow I had a reason to care by Sean Black is this month’s zine spotlight. This slight zine contains a multitude of emotions as a young man deals with the death of his father. This sounds like heavy stuff but Black is able with subtle humor to turn this story into a delight. This tale of mid-twenties emotional desperation has an authentic quality that reminds one of John Green or Sherwood Anderson.
This zine along with many other zines can be found and checked out in the Zine Collection at the Main Library.
Every month we pick a local zine from our collection to shine some light on. All zines spotlighted can be found in the SLCPL Zine Collection at the Main Library.
For the month of October we are spotlighting A Thousand False Starts by Robin Banks. This zine is a comic journal documenting events like getting kicked out of a gas station for not spending money, getting hassled by “the pigs” for ghost riding a gift bike, and the little things that make the author happy.
For the month of September we are spotlighting this local zine from our Zine Collection on Level 2 of the Main Library.
Guide to Steel Bikes is a collage style zine with a lot of pictures and drawings. Based on information about steel and older components on road bikes, and a little ‘how-to’ mechanical information. It has multiple sections: one on steel as used in frame building, frame types and geometry, components and information about specific companies like Sun Tour.
It was produced by the Boing Collective which you can find out about here.