Saturday, October 20, 2007

Oak Knoll Fest XIV

As I'm writing this, I'm listening to the audio stream of "The Book Guys" interviews from Oak Knoll Fest XIV that took place October 6-7, 2007 (you can get to them under "archives"). I'm reminded of the amazing people I met, beautiful books I held in my hands, and invigorating discussions about fine press. As a first time participant, it was overwhelming to soak everything in, and here I am, 2 weeks later, still catching up. (I represented University of Iowa's Center for the Book as a current certificate student.)

The guest speaker this year was Johanna Drucker, and she gave an insightful talk about the growing interest in letterpress printing, at colleges and universities in particular (the theme of this year's fest). According to Johanna, these are some of the benefits of letterpress printing:

> benefit of authority (transformation of manuscripts into something that resonates with authority)
> ownership (owning the means of production)
> community (shop culture as a something different from the classroom and the lecture hall)
> pleasures of camaraderie (the fun of exclusivity, being a part of a "secret club", an underground society)
> cultural legacy (the passing on of knowledge and an appreciation of literature and art)
> physicality, tactility (the impact of working with physical objects in a computer-based, digitized world, especially for a generation now deprived of that physicality)
> pleasures of sustained work (sticking with something that takes an extended period of time from beginning to end)

Thursday, October 18, 2007

post reading

Thanks to everyone who came out to Zine Machine's first ever Zine Reading - it was a sweet night. We heard readings from Cody G., Natasha B-R., John G., Christina M., and me, Jessica W. To top it all off, John Porcellino told us about his long journey with King-Cat Comics. Here are some pictorial highlights:

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Zine Reading

The Zine Machine is hosting a ZINE READING on Tuesday, October 16th at the White Rabbit Gallery (13 S. Linn St., above the Yacht Club), from 7-9pm. We're thrilled to welcome John Porcellino of the long-running King-Cat Comics as a presenter. John will be stopping in Iowa City as a part of his King-Cat Comics Midwest Tour. To find out more about John or to get details about the tour, check out

We still have openings for more readers, so if you'd like to read your own zine, or would like to read someone elses', email Jessica White at so she can add you to the list. It'll be a casual evening of snacks and zine sharing - don't be shy!

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