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Drawing Power: Comics, Zines, and Books in Pittsburgh and Beyond

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art work by Jim Rugg

Drawing Power: Comics, Zines, and Books in Pittsburgh and Beyond   is a one-day event celebrating and exploring the small press and self-publishing comics and zine community of Pittsburgh and its connection to the larger world.

Saturday, April 20th 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Museum of Art Theater (lower level), 4400 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

Moderators will be Bill Boichel from Copacetic Comics and Caitlin McGurk from the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at OSU.

10-10:30 Meet & Greet, tabling
10:30-11:15 Pittsburgh Creators Panel
11:30-12:15 Boulet presentation
12:15-1pm Big Feminist But presentation
1:15-2pm John Porcellino presentation
2:15-3pm 2nd Panel
3:15-4pm Dash Shaw presentation

Pittsburgh Panel (First), Boichel moderator
Andy Scott
Nate McDonough
Lizzee Solomon
Paulette Poullet


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2nd Panel, McGurk moderator
Ramsey Beyer
John Porcellino
Bill Boichel
Rachel Masilamani


image John Porcellino

Last Panel, McGurk moderator
Jim Rugg
Ed Piskor
Frank Santoro
Dash Shaw


image Dash Shaw

There will be tables packed with locally-produced zines and books for both perusal and sale, as well as new releases from our out-of-town artist guests and a selection from around the world.

You can keep up with DP participants at: http://drawingpower.tumblr.com/

Sprout Fund  Green on White   Drawing Power is sponsored by the Sprout Fund.

– Jude


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Bikes and Zines, Plus!

Biking Resources at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh–Main

At  Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh we strive to provide information and resources that people want! Because Pittsburgh has such a large/strong bike community, the library makes sure to offer good bike-related resources to the cyclists of our fair town.


We have a number of bike-related resources in the zine collection in the First Floor–New and Featured Department. They’re shelved in a category with a divider that says–you guessed it–“BIKES.” The collection ranges from repair guides to bike trip journals to zines that deal with bikes and city infrastructure questions.

We list our zines in LibraryThing under the member name “clpzines.”  You can search the zine collection here by typing a keyword, zine title or author into the search box.  As of right now, fifty-seven of our 943 zines have a bike-related tag, such as “bike accidents,” “bike gear,” and “bike maps.” We also have Bike Pittsburgh‘s bike map and bike commuting guide.


We’re really excited to host the Bike Pittsburgh Bike Commuting Workshop on Thursday, August 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. at CLP—Main. Last year the library hosted a Bike Pittsburgh/Elly Blue and Joe Biel collaborative workshop where Elly and Joe spoke on the history and current situation of bike infrastructure in Portland, OR. We imagine doing more bike-related zine programs in the future, so please let us know in the comments section if you’d like to see this happen!

Books and Movies

We also have books–it’s true! If you look for the Library of Congress call numbers that begin with TL, located on the second floor as part of Reference Services‘ open stacks, you’ll find many bike repair manuals for both mountain and general road bikes. You’ll also find more specific info, such as a Schwinn Bicycle Service Manual from 1972, as part of the reference collection. For a more traditional, yet still bike-related, reading resource, try David Byrne’s Bicycle Diaries. Do your kids have bikes? In the Children’s Department, under that same call number, you can find Kids’ Easy Bike Care. Next, visit the Film and Audio Department, where you will find a jillion great bike-related movies, including Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Bicycle Thieves, and Quicksilver.

If you haven’t been to the library to boost your bike love yet, it’s obvious that you need to get there.


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Hey! Some Things You Should Know About Zines at CLP Main!

Okay, first things first.

What’s a zine?
Here are a few peoples’ thoughts on this:

“Zines are cheaply made printed forms of expression on any subject.”

 -from Whatcha Mean What’s a Zine? The Art of Making Zines and Mini-Comics


“The fanzine goes back as far as the early 1930s, when young science-fiction fans reproduced their own small magazines on messy mimeographs and even messier hectographs, crude precursors to today’s more accessible photocopy machines… The advent of cheaply photocopying in the 1980s liberated the zine. Anyone with something to say could afford to self-publish.  By the 1990s, women, feeling the need to communicate with each other and empowered by Riot Grrrlz, adoped the zine as the perfect medium in which to share their personal life stories, rants, philosophies, humor, poetry – and comics.”

 -from From Girls to Grrrlz: A History of Women’s Comics, From Teens to Zines

“A zine is a little periodical that’s generally written, designed, and produced by the same person or group (i.e., self-published).

The content of zines–as well as how they’re put together–are limited only by the imagination of the author and can be made in a number of ways. People have done anything from professing their love of brownies to drawing in crayon about their latest heartbreak.”
 -from  the CLP Main Teen Zines Page

Here at CLP Main we have two zine collections – the Teen Zine collection and the First Floor New and Featured zine collection. The Teen collection now has over 200 zines. These zines can be checked out of the library! They’re housed in the Teen Department and cover a huge variety of topics and have been authored by zine makers locally and nationally. Local authors can donate their work to this collection. These zines  speak to Teen interests and experience. zinecollection200

There’s a brand-spanking new zine browsing collection with an adult focus in one of the reading nooks out on the First Floor. We’re really excited about our plans to offer personal zines, zines on politics, diy/how-to zines, zines on glbtq/gender issues, art and comic zines, health and body image zines, feminist zines, zines authored by people in prison, and locally-authored zines!

You can find both zine collections catalogued on LibraryThing:

Go to http://www.librarything.com/catalog/clpteenszines for the Teen Zines and http://www.librarything.com/catalog/clpzines for the Adult collection.

Hopefully it’s clear by now – you really need to check out our zines. (Or read them here.)

Send us your email address if you’d like to get updates on the zine collection or to hear about our zine-related programming, like zine readings or swaps.



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Working With What We Have

I love Doug Aitken‘s film Migration that’s currently being projected onto the front and back walls of the Carnegie Museum of Art as part of this year’s Carnegie International. It moves me. So much so that I laid down on the concrete in front of the museum at 12:30 at night to take the photos below. It was not easy. But I needed to share the goodness that is this film. I sent it in an email to friends and family with the subject line Pittsburgh fall nights and a message body that said I love Pittsburgh.

I like Aitken’s film because it articulates for me how sad and beautiful and weird contemporary life in these United States can be. The animals in the film are quintessentially North American species who find themselves in various motel rooms (quintessentially American spaces). Like most of us humans, they try to make the best of it. Sometimes we resist, like the buffalo who smashes a lamp, or the bird – I think it was the bald eagle – who rips the guts out of the down comforter:

Sometimes we just have to break open the mini bar like the deer in the film does. Sometimes we’re powerful and beautiful and wild as horses, sometimes ridiculous and sad like a beaver in a bathtub.

Well, we’re working with what we have.

– Jude

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RRR Craft Wagon: Jump On!

The RRR (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) Craft Wagon is about reusing materials in fun and innovative craft projects. We had our first RRR Craft Wagon session on Thursday May 19th and it was a blast!

We taught people a great trick for cutting plastic shopping bags to make “yarn” first. People then knit, crocheted and wove with the yarn to make reusable bags or rugs!

Here’s the schedule for the next three sessions:

June 26, 2008 • Recycle this, craft that.

Make an envelope; mail a button.

July 31, 2008 • Craft Curious?

Jar and vase etching. Wonky to whimsical.

August 28, 2008 • BYOT – Bring Your Own T-shirt

Weave placemats, potholders and coasters.

To get into the swing of things, you should check out related books in our collection. We actually have a great selection of reuse and crafting books here at CLP, like Don’t Throw it Out! or this book featuring projects from ReadyMade magazine. I think you should make a pom-pom rug. That’s on my bucket list. Or a shag rug out of old t-shirts.

There are also some great websites with tips and projects for crafting with recycled materials.

Craft a Green World “features do-it-yourself projects that incorporate reused, recycled, and natural materials.”

Instructable.com calls itself “the world’s biggest show and tell” and includes instructions for projects from knitting a Princess Leia wig to turning old CDs into a CD rack.

Etsy Labs is the instructional blog of Etsy, an online marketplace of entirely handmade goods.

Do you have an avalanche of plastic bags stuffed under your kitchen sink? My Recycled Bags can help you craftily reincarnate them.

Day-lab DIY showcases “innovative and creative ideas that focus on smaller budgets, the reusing of found objects, restoration, preservation and the like.”

Craft is the “first project-based magazine dedicated to the renaissance that is occurring within the world of crafts.” Its website features projects, products and articles.

Craftster‘s motto is “no tea cozies without irony,” and their site has tons of great suggestions.

Hope to see you when the Craft Wagon rolls back into town!

-Jude and Renée


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What’s the Buzz? Tell me, what’s a happening?

Well we have had some – actually A LOT – of bee visitors here at CLP Main lately. Word is that when bees need to create a new hive, a new queen flies off and is joined by her many, many new followers in search of a place to call home. Some bees were in the process of doing so during last week’s rainy stretch (as opposed to this week’s rainy stretch, oi vey). When it’s rainy, bees aren’t able to fly freely and so the bees took a break. In our Bamboo Garden!


There was talk of what to do about the bees while the Bamboo Garden remained closed. Our facilities manager didn’t want to do harm to our lil friends, so he contacted a local beekeeper who came in and harvested them. The beekeeper was cool as a cucumber and very adept.

I think it’s great that the library found an environmentally-conscious solution, and that once again, a public library became a site for fun and learning.

See the “Bees” Flickr photo set (that the very talented Amy took) for some great shots!


Like I said, cool as a cucumber.


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