Sunday, July 19, 2015

July Musings

Once again I find myself at a crossroads ... considering zine projects, and how to best spend my energy now that I am once again unemployed, trying to survive, and searching for full-time employment.

I've been a member of the American Amateur Press Association for several years & have spent 18 months as their official mailer. I am now President-Elect of the AAPA by default (there were no other candidates). Somehow I feel like I've just been handed the job of Captain of the Titanic at about 2:15 am on 15 April 1912.

I've had almost zero success with attracting the zine community to the AAPA, mostly because the zine community does not seem to understand the no-money-changes-hands nature of the AAPA. We give our journals, zines, art and printing projects away freely. No one sells anything. No one buys anything. We simply share.

If the "zine community" has an anti-capitalist streak, as I've read about in numerous places, I've not seen it - and that's been a serious disappointment. What will I read now that I am seriously broke & unable to buy zines? Who will trade with me? Who will send me zines out of the kindness of their heart? How will I even afford stamps? With my bank account in the negative, I have to stare down my demons & ask for help, which is not part of my stoic New Hampshire Yankee grain.

Stay tuned.


Kendy P said...

i think there are a lot of hypocrites floating around the zine community if you look. people bashing zines that cost money, telling you to steal from copy shops, telling you a set list of rules are usually the biggest offenders.

i do not mind doing trades, i do mind 'the gimmie gimmie' people that do not realize the cost of printing and stamps.

hang in there!

Abbie Foxton said...

I'll gladly swing a few your way, send postal address to my email I have a few zine reviews myself on my blog I have a wonderful nest of zine doubles and who better to give them to than you.