News and Updates

Crustacean Zine Library has moved to Maine! I ACTUALLY moved October, 2019 – and I was hoping to open a little infoshop-type situation in the garage here at Unruly Farm, but then 2020 happened and those plans were shelved while time, finances, and the ability to actually socialize became more and more scarce.

So, I spent the year reading, cataloging, reviewing, and dreaming up ideas for zines. In that time, I finished one zine and put it in a drawer, found another zine that had been in a similar drawer three or so years ago, and produced the content of a completely new zine.

I’m a firm believer in “slow and steady wins the race.” So, I’ve taken a year to settle in here, and I still have a lot more settling in to do. But I can multitask. I’m ready to start reaching out.

To this end, I have opened up Oyster Publications and am slowly rebuilding my Etsy shop. I re-issued an old zine in advance of the years-delayed second issue, and I published the zine I shelved at the start of the pandemic. I’m planning for a quarterly publishing schedule of my own publications, with the premier issues of First, The Dishes due out in March, and the second issue of Oyster Lexicon (C is for Chicago) due out in June. Y’all, I am determined to get these two zines out, and I have plans for a review zine called “The Annual Pearl” in September. Reviewing and cataloging zines as I read them has been part of my rhythm for awhile now…and with a mix of current and way-way-way-vintage zines, I think it will be interesting for folks to read.

The thing I am MOST excited about right now, though, is finding folks who may have written Covid chronicles or have been wanting to put out a zine, but would rather not deal with printing and distribution. My goal is to use the proceeds from zines that sell better to fund the zine library and help other folks get their zines out, as well. I’m still figuring out how to make this all work, but if you need some help getting something you have written out there circulating – let me know! I’d love to see if we could sort it out together. Right now I have a couple of prospective artists who have material that I think folks will find absolutely fucking delightful, and I’m just frigging stoked about the idea that I can help bring others’ ideas into print.

Here’s to a differently interesting year this year.

❤ Lainie

Becky With The Grey Hair

I feel like Kirsten could illustrate the phone book, and I would happily read the whole thing cover to cover. Good thing this mama can also write, and it’s so refreshing to see the voice of an aging mama as she navigates the intersection of her past and future. The artwork is clean and expressive with just the right amount of detail. Kirsten is a very talented human being.

Kirsten Slade: @mutton_honey on insta and twitter

You Don’t Get There From Here #15

Carrie Mcninch

2010

This delightful diary series by Carrie has been ongoing for awhile now. It’s great to look back at old issues and get a sense of the growth of the artist. Every time I read an issue, it makes me wish I did something similar to capture the important moments of my life, because right now my life feels like a blur of playing the Sims and watching horror movies.

#comic #autobiographical #mini

Back issues still available as of 12/19/2020: https://www.etsy.com/listing/280163708/back-issues-of-you-dont-get-there-from?ref=shop_home_active_9

13 Years of Goodluck

13 Years of Goodluck

Microcosm Publishing

February 12, 2009

Anthology celebrating 13 years of Microcosm press. Random clips from various zines giving a sort of “Readers Digest”-eye view of the publications distributed by Microcosm. I’ve always been fond of that kind of thing, being an avid fan of chaos, so it suits me. The article about COINTELPRO is an interesting little snippet in the middle of other informative articles about screen printing, getting rid of fruit flies and the bridges of Portland, OR. Randomness abounds!