Recently, I found a tiny mini-comic hidden in the stacks at the IPRC, simply titled “What Happened to the Zine Library?”
It was the story of a regular day at the IPRC when Greig, our founding zine librarian, had shelfread and catalogued quite a few zines, but right before he closed up at 10PM, he decided to shelve one more zine. Leaning up to the highest shelf, the 8-foot-tall bookcase gave way, and all of the zines came tumbling down around him.
The next page’s panel was Greig, fists thrown in the air, eyes towards the heavens, exasperatedly saying “ZINES! I give you so much of my time and money, and this is how you repay me?!”
I have never felt so much like a single panel of a mini-comic explained my life. If hashtags had existed when Greig made that zine, it undoubtedly would have been #zinelibrarianproblems
So I’m making a comp zine! I’m looking for anyone who identifies as a zine librarian or ex-zine librarian, to submit short pieces of topical art, stories, mixtape track listings, recipes or even just pages stained with the tears of metadata to my comp zine “Zine Librarian Problems”. Comics about how heavy zine boxes are, donations that include 15-year old syllabuses, explaining what the heck you do to strangers. Please make submissions half-sized (5.5″x8.5″) friendly. Does not need to be new work if you’ve made something that fits in with the zine before. You retain all rights!
Deadline is June 20th, 2014. You can submit by USPS to:
1001 SE Division St, Ste 2
Portland, OR 97202
or by internet mail to: librarian(at)iprc(dot)org
I hope to see your brilliant commiserations!