One Way Ticket?
I have been writing and publishing zines for the last ten years. My main publication has been the zine One Way Ticket, of which I have released 7 issues. What began in 2002 as rants and polemics about punk rock and resistance has morphed into tall tales of the triumphs and tragedies of living an anarchist life: hitch-hiking, chance encounters, precarious jobs, student strikes and free food in all its forms. My most recent offering, One Way Ticket #7, was the chronicle of a year spent in Pittsburgh — renovating a collective house and finding adventure in the most unlikely of places.
My zine has regularly received positive reviews from Broken Pencil (two times "zine of the month"), Maximum Rock 'n Roll, Give Me Back and other independent publications. There is an interview with me about writing a zine here. At the 2012 Kazoo Zine & Comic Expo in Guelph, Ontario I received the award for "best zine." Issue #7 of my zine had a letter-pressed cover that was printed by me on a hand-fed 100 year old printing press in Guelph, Ontario. I was also interviewed on the University of Guelph's campus radio station CFRU for a show called Books for Breakfast in the fall of 2011.
I have up to now photocopied all my zines myself, as well as cutting, assembling, stapling and folding each copy by hand. In many ways this has been a great joy, but spending 6 hours straight watching paper jam after paper jam no longer seems like the best use of my time. I'm putting forward this campaign to secure funds to reprint issue #7 of my zine and print a new issue that is in its final stages of production. I have set a deadline of mid-august for this next issue to be released at the Portland Zine Symposium. I would like to have these zines printed offset rather than photocopying them myself so that I have more time to work on the writing and editing of the new issue. I will also use funds secured for travel expenses associated with attending the Portland Zine Symposium and doing a tour of zine readings around coastal BC and Washington State.
Contributions to this project will help the zine achieve a higher and more consistent printed quality, and allow me to work much more on the writing and designing of it, rather than the details of print produciton. Even with a small donation you can help the zine succeed and help me develop as a writer.
What I Need and What You Get
Here is how I will use the funds secured:
- $238 for reprinting One Way Ticket #7
- $245 for printing the next issue of One Way Ticket
- $275 for mini zine tour and postage expenses
Contributors will get a few exciting things from me in return for their donations.
Donate $10 or more to be a Sharpie and you will receive one copy of the new issue of One Way Ticket with a personal thank you note.
Donate $20 or more to be an X-Acto Knife and you will get a copy of the new issue of One Way Ticket and a copy of issue #7 with a personal thank you note.
Donate $50 or more to be a Photocopier and you will get a copy of the new issue of One Way Ticket, plus a full back catalogue of zines still available (#5, #6, #6.5, #7) a personal thank you note, and an extra copy of the new issue and #7 that I will send either to a friend of yours or to a political prisoner, your choice. Plus I will add your name to the list of contributors on my upcoming website/blog (only if you want).
Donate $100 or more and be a 24 Hour Kinkos. You get everything mentioned above plus one of the following (your choice):
- a custom cut & paste, beautifully designed poster thanking you
- mention of contribution on the first page of my next zine
- a portrait of you painted by me (my skill with painting is at an approximate 3rd grade level, but has also been described as "mesmerizing", see above photo)
- if circumstances allow, a hitch-hiking trip with me
Why Tell Our Stories?
Zines are a way to tell stories that are left out, marginal and dangerous. Telling my stories and encouraging others to do so is why I keep publishing zines and being a part of the zine community. I have had the chance to read my writing in front of some friendly audiences over the past few years, and I always get a tremendous response. I feel that others are truly inspired to create things, to tell their own stories, or to find another outlet to express whatever can't be expressed within the dominant channels of our society. This funding will help me to focus full time on the new stories that can sustain and challenge a subversive community.
Are you as broke as me?
Word. If you can't give me any money that's cool, I know what it's like. If you like my zine and this idea, please tell anyone you know about it who might have some scrilla. Indiegogo has a number of ways to connect to social networks and get the word out. Share this page if you can!