Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday, August 24, 2012

Stolen Sharpie Revolution

 Hey Distro/Zine Peeps, Get your stuff listed in THE guide to zines from Alex Wrekk. Here's her request:

I’m working on creating a continuously update listing of zine distros and zine events at and I would like your project to be a part of it. but first...

Hello! My name is Alex Wrekk. In 2002 I put together the book Stolen Sharpie Revolution: A DIY Zine Resource. In the past 10 years there have been 3 updated printings and a complete overhaul in 2009 when I renamed the book Stolen Sharpie Revolution 2: A DIY resource for zines and zine culture. With over 21,000 copies in print, Stolen Sharpie Revolution has served as a resource for zine culture providing info on the how and why to make zines as well as resources for distribution, zine events, using zines in education, and more.

Keeping tabs on the rise and fall of zine distros, zine events, and zine resources has always been tough, especially as SSR has grown into the age of the internet. There were always a few distros that had become defunct between my research and the printing of the book. I’m looking to start the work on the next printing of Stolen Sharpie Revolution for a 10th anniversary edition and I have come to the conclusion that including the ever changing listings of distros and events might not be the best use of paper.

I’ve owned the domain for a long time but I haven’t had the time, energy or desire to do much with it. I have been working with Derek Neuland to overhaul the site to make it something useful. I plant to actually use it as an online zine resource with updated listings for zine distros, events and more!

I have been maintaining a zine event calendar on my personal blog but I will be posting that to the Stolen Sharpie Revolution website with the relaunch. Currently the zine event listings are organized into 3 catagories: Events with dates, events that don’t have dates but happen regularly, and events that are gone but not forgotten. Within each section I have organized the events geographically. This has been pretty easy for me to figure out events on my own so far but getting in touch by posting a reply to this page or e-mailing me would be really helpful.

I plan on doing something similar for zine distros but I want to expect more from distros and will need more input directly from distros to keep the listings alive and will be expecting distros to take responsibility in updating me to their status. I will be updating distro listings quarterly on the first of February, May, August, and November. If you would like your distro or zine event to be listed on the new website please get your info to me.

Being included in Stolen Sharpie Revolution website distro listing will increase your visibility and you will get to write your own description to portray your distro in the way you would like. I will also offer a “hiatus” section for people who take breaks from their distro from time to time.

I’d like to include your project but this is going require some work on your part. I’ll need to you to to get me some information about your project AND respond to my quarterly request for an update to maintain on the list. So, here’s what I need from you:

Name of Distro:
*Name of person/s who maintains distro:
*e-mail address:
Web address:
*mailing address:
mail order, tabling or both:
Short description:
Accepts submissions:
Kinds of zines your distro is interested in:


Thanks so much for your support! Stolen Sharpie Revolution is only as great as the community input it gets.

Please feel free to e-mail if you have any questions!

take care,
Alex Wrekk
5307 N Minnesota ave.
Portland, Oregon 97217

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Joseph Delgado: Ditch Water

Former DCD catalog writer/publisher Joseph Delgado is having a collection of his poetry published by Korima Press.

Check it out:
Friends, Strangers, Comrades alike. I am proud to announce my debut collection of poems: Ditch Water, a National Poetry Series Finalist and now coming late Summer 2012 from Korima Press with an Introduction by Rigoberto Gonzalez and cover art by Marla Allison. For more information:

Monday, August 20, 2012

Cult of the Yellow Sign

Hey PHX zine peeps! Tonight The Cult of the Yellow Sign is having a zine release/Uncle Howie party tonight at The Trunk Space in beautiful downtown phx.

Don't miss this awesome group. Their zines ("Cult of the Yellow Sign", "Eat, Pray, Loathe", etc.) are awesome and funny and cool. And they put on a great performance.

You can purchase Cult of the Yellow Sign zines at our favorite bookstore: Lawn Gnome Publishing

Check out this cool interview in the Phx New Times about the show tonight!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

We'll be updating the DCD catalog soon!

In the meantime....enjoy these random images I like:

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Lawn Gnome Publishing

Desert City Death Distro LOVES LOVES LOVES Aaron Johnson's new literary venture, Lawn Gnome Publishing.  Lawn Gnome Publishing helped co-organize 2012's successful Underground Publishers Convention on March 17th.  We had a great turnout during the day and the event's evening showcase (featuring bands, spoken word, burlesque and fire spinners) was phenomenal.

Lawn Gnome is a physical book and zine store as well as an events venue, holding weekly spoken word nights, zine release parties, band showcases, writing events and more.  Located in the heart of the Phoenix arts community on 5th Street and Roosevelt, this publishing house is much needed in the downtown area (WE HAVE LIKE NO BOOKSTORES DOWNTOWN OMGZ).

 UPC's 2012 Event Poster

 Mr. Johnson

DCD is also psyched to promote Lawn Gnome's zine selection and encourages all zine creators to submit their work to Lawn Gnome! They've got a great selection so far.

Lawn Gnome Lane on 5th Street

Here's what Lawn Gnome is about:
We’re proud to introduce the grand opening of Lawn Gnome Publishing’s first storefront! We can be found in the Roosevelt Row Arts district, right in the slightly-arrhythmic left ventricle of Downtown Phoenix. 

Lawn Gnome is a boutique publishing house dedicated to showcasing the work of first-time authors and talented local up-and-comers. We remember the magic in finding an author to spin language as it seemed never had been done before, the sense of wonder at stumbling as if by accident across a much-loved classic and the hours lost paging through its time-worn yellowing leaves. We know you do, too. 

Our current roster includes Aaron Johnson (Chainsawsmoking, Roach Killer For Her, Plenty to Waste, Rights4Lefty, Watering The Poetry, Irony Stinks), Brandon Huigens (Cartoons With Animals In Them), The Cult of The Yellow Sign (The Cult of The Yellow Sign), Ernesto Moncada (Posias Malias), and Lauren Perry (Horror Couture).

Lawn Gnome Publishing strives to add credibility to talented creative superstars, teach self empowerment, show hidden history and encourage others to make things! Lawn Gnome Publishing started in 2004, when poet Aaron Johnson saw designer and poet John Kofonow read a poem about Lawn Gnomes in Studio 111 in Flagstaff, AZ. Aaron Johnson began self-publishing poetry in zines that year, which he still sells when he tours the world. Now, Lawn Gnome has three regularly touring poets who still have day jobs, but wish for a bright future and a means to publish, record, and distribute the works of many creative types.

Unlike major book publishers, we do not have a budget for promotions and advertising. In fact, we don’t pay for many ads anywhere, even in publications or on websites we whole-heartedly support. In keeping our books cheap, we forgo the luxury of having a promotions department almost entirely.

So how do we get the word out about our books? Our existence is owed almost entirely to people like you telling your friends and spreading the Lawn Gnome seeds.

If you would like a FREE LGP sticker and other fun stuff, send a self-addressed envelope to

905 N 5th St
Phoenix, AZ 85006

Check out this awesome writeup on Lawn Gnome from the Phoenix New Times! See you at the store!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Hey Everyone! An Update!

Hey Everyone. Update at Desert City Death Distro here. We're still up and running but Desert City Death Distro would like you to forward all your zine submissions to Lawn Gnome Publishing, a semi-new zine and book space run by Aaron Johnson in downtown Phoenix. Lawn Gnome Publishing is located in the arts district on 5th Street and Roosevelt and serves a great arts community. Any submissions sent to Desert City Death Distro will be dropped off at Lawn Gnome Publishing for review/free box. 

Please check out our zine section for an updated list of our current zine catalog.  Though we aren't currently accepting any zine submissions for purchase we will trade you zines if you send us a few copies of your zine, we'll send you a selection of our catalog back. For free. Love you.

Keep it real,
Desert City Death Distro