A retrospective of zines made in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN, during the 80s and 90s has been collected and attractively hung in the Stevens Square Center for the Arts gallery (1905 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404). “Zines of the Cities” will be on display from June 28 – July 13. You could drop by for a visit, take a seat, and read zines any Thursday – Sunday from 1 – 5 pm until the show closes in July.
See early comics from Zak Sally (Sammy the Mouse) as well as a genuine photograph of the monkey Hy-Que from Recidivist #2. You can get the entire Rump collection from three re-purposed condom dispensers courtesy of Mr. Mike (Mayor, Mt. Holly, MN, population 4) or tear off and take home one of Ernest Mann’s Little Free Press treatises promoting a money-less society. Read an exceptionally long “Cat Call” letter from Mr. Mike to John Porcellino about a missed trip to Duluth, complete with photos. Laugh at Rump parody Bump from The Onion A.V. Club writer Jason Heller, see the self-published version of Strum and Drang by Joel Orff, and squirm at Mr. Mike’s very intense zine Popular Time Bomb #1, the zine that prompted Dan Clowes to say, “I actually feel sorry for you.”
“Zines of the Cities” will close on July 13th, the last day of the Twin Cities Zinefest.
Full disclosure: I am organizing the T.C. Zinefest and curated the “Zines of the Cities” show from Mr. Mike’s personal zine collection. The best and creepiest part is that with each set of zines, you can see a photograph of the site from which the zine operated because I went around taking pictures of every address for correspondence I could find. Enjoy!
- Sarah Morean