I honestly didn't think people did this on paper anymore. Wow. Clearly, I need to get out more.
Finding stuff like The Stark Fist of Removal
and 8-Track Mind
and Loompanics catalogs and so on in the corners of used magazine stores and comics racks was my tenuous link to any kind of subculture back in the Reagan 80s.
Microcosm Publishing is an independent publisher and distributor based in Bloomington, IN and Portland, OR. We distribute & publish zines, books, pamphlets, stickers, mini-buttons, patches, t-shirts, posters, films, and more! We hope to add credibility to zine writers and their ethics, teach self empowerment, show hidden history, and nurture people's creative side. We began in 1996 with one person doing part time mailorder out of a bedroom....
Microcosm specializes in DIY goods. That's a pretty vague term, but all our items are DIY in some sense. Most of the items in the catalog are of a similar spirit, passion, and set of intentions. We began Microcosm with the goal of making available those materials that would otherwise be difficult for people to get their hands on. The content of books and zines is important too. We wouldn't carry something that we thought was irrelevant; but that doesn't mean it has to be overtly political social commentary either. Basically, it has to have some entertainment value and some greater purpose or universal appeal. We like history, educational, and instructive zines. Personal zines are great, but it's important for readers to be able to relate to them also.
"I think that the punk ethos of you don't need anything, you just need to do it and figure out what you're doing as you go, has probably informed everything I've done since. It seemed a pretty sensible and refreshing idea at the time. Likewise the idea that you ought to be enjoying what you're doing and be doing it because you think it's cool and fun. The idea that mistakes are part of what make things interesting, and it's probably wisest to get it right and move on and not spend the rest of your life polishing it." - Neil Gaiman
Some titles: Sick: A Compilation Zine on Physical Illness
; Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills
["One night while rooting through the recycling bin for magazines, I found all the confidential Ph.D. applicant files for the biology department at an Ivy League university from the years 1965-1975."]; Privilege and Solidarity: Challenging Capitalism, Challenging Philanthropy; Assholes, Politicians, Economists, and Cops: A Billion Reasons to Oppose Globalization
; If It Ain't Cheap, It Ain't Punk: 15 years of Plan-it X