The Zines of Summer

Zine Librarians Jamez Terry and Kelly Costello

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John Johnston

Our summer reading series continues with Jamez Terry and Kelly Costello. Last December, they founded the Denver Zine Library, a collection of almost 5,000 independently produced mini-magazines, or "zines." Zine creators sometimes sign their work with a one-name handle (like a first name or nickname) or a pseudonym.

Some of Terry and Costello's favorite zines:

'Clutch'

Greig, a zine librarian based in Portland, Ore., uses a comic-book format to tell stories about the momentous and mundane events in his life.

Contact information: Greig — P.O. Box 12409, Portland, OR 97212. Other zines by Greig: The Adventures of Nicole G.; What happened to the library?; Zine Librarian Zine; Homemade Polaroids

'Morgan Anne & Peter Pan' and 'Morgan Anne & the Pirates'

These two zines offer a new take on the children's classic, Peter Pan. The series introduce Morgan Anne, a character that ruled Never-Land before Peter arrived to reign over the island. When Morgan returns to Never-Land, she and Peter occasionally butt heads in their battles with Captain Hook and his pirate crew.

Contact: Jen — 11 Ascot Court, Welland ON, L3C6K7 CANADA. Other zines by Jen: Tiki: Girl Without A Cause; Petra; Escaping Suburbia; I don't like it anymore; Visual Thought; How To Start A Revolution

'Portrait of a School Teacher'

The poems that comprise this zine describe Joe Verilli's experiences as a volunteer at a Connecticut public school.

Contact: Joseph Verrilli — P.O. Box 1158, Bridgeport, CT 06601-1158. Other zines by Joe Verrilli: Shoes; Audio SHOES; Limited O.K.; Poems for an Old Friend; the History of Candles; This Groovy Movie

'Proof I Exist'

Produced by a college student named Billy, Proof I Exist is a personal zine, or per-zine, that features musings and descriptions of Billy's antics.

Contact: Billy — 1357 W. Augusta #1, Chicago, IL 60622

Billy also runs Loop Distro, a publication distribution service (See Web Resources below).

Terry and Costello also have some novels on their reading lists. Terry is reading The Suburbs of Heaven by Merle Drown, a story about an unlucky, desperately poor family of five in New Hampshire. Costello is re-reading Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins, which takes place concurrently in Paris, Seattle and New Orleans and features a subplot about a character who's trying to cheat death.

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