Quimby's Sponsors Revenge of Print Challenge
By Betsy Mikel in Arts & Entertainment on Dec 8, 2010 6:40PM
Print is dead. Blah blah blah. The Quimby’s blog says it best: “We’re tired of all the END OF PAPER, the END OF PUBLISHING AS WE KNOW IT stories.” Quimby’s has been open for almost 20 years and has heard about the death of print the whole time. So they’re teaming up with Atomic Books in Baltimore, Xerography Debt and Zine World to do something about it.
Quimby’s is calling any and all authors who may have once published a zine or mini comic. For 2011, the bookstore is challenging them to join a growing group of artists and self-published zine authors and make just one more issue. This list of publishers includes plenty we’ve heard of (like Found Magazine and local magazine ALARM Press) and plenty we haven’t (Antler Girl and Krawdad intriguing).
If you’d like to join the coalition of zinesters, check out the 2011: Revenge of Print! Facebook page, where you can enroll your zine or comic in the challenge. There’s also a recently formed discussion board, which, if it picks up, could help artists and authors learn about distributing or getting reviws for zines. You can also distribute your zine or comic at Quimby’s; they sell on consignment, so you’ll get the money once your publication is sold. But the Revenge of Print challenge isn’t necessarily about sales or distribution. It’s just the push you need if you’ve ever thought about getting around to making just one more zine - or if you’ve ever thought about starting!