Secret Handsignals of the DBA
Selection: "Deviant Bowler Signals"
Recent review (from Factsheet Five): "Great
funeven more so if you're a deviant bowler."
Sample: SASE for catalog from 2205 California
St. NE, Box 207C, Minneapolis, MN 55418
When did you launch your zine? What inspired you to do
The Secret Handsignals book
came out in 1994. It was a necessity for members of the DBA so
they could communicate in public without the general populace
understanding what was being communicated. They contracted with
me to do this. They also wanted something to keep people laughing
when they were bowling badly.
Why publish a zine?
To paraphrase Anais Nin on
why she became a writer, I had to create my own world because
I wasn't happy with this one. In some sense this applied to me.
I wasn't happy with the world then and things were getting worse.
Now I am feeling better, largely due to regular acupuncture treatments
and some hypno-therapy.
There are also few commercial
publications that I find worth reading. None really, as they
are all vehicles for advertising. I read some of the better political
journals but they get too depressing. Few people have a sense
of humor about their lives. Few people out there speak for me
or are saying anything I need to hear. It tends to be in the
zine community that I find people that are on the same wavelength.
What can you tell us about the selection you provided for
"The Book of Zines"?
Originally these really were
secret signals that only members of the DBA knew. They gave me
permission to share them. I have been commissioned to produce
a newer, more secret edition.
Have you published any other zines?
BABY SPLIT BOWLING NEWS. This
is the one that started it all for me in November 1989. It contains
a mixture of humor and human drama. It's a look at life through
the eyes of deviant bowlers. Besides being somewhat about bowling,
each issue has it's own particular theme. Past themes have been:
Dead Ants; Fungus; Burnt Toast; Science Fiction, etc. OFFICE
(and art) SUPPLY JUNKIE is a support newsletter of sorts for
people addicted to office and art supplies. THE CITY OF TINY
LIGHTS is a zine concerning mail art and arts editorial. WHAT
DID I EAT LAST NIGHT? is a mix of prose and graphics of no particular
theme but is geared towards people who feel different when they
wake up in the morning. INTERNATIONAL SWAG is recorded music
reviews and related items. That will get published when I can
find the paper that has the list of the reviewed bands. THE DBA
TATTLER is the very occasional newsletter of the DBA. STATE FAIR
is about the fair/carnival-going experience. There are several
books I've done too: ZEN MIND; SLIME CLOWNS; THE UNIBOMBERS MANIFESTO;
THE BOOK OF PRISON SLANG; BUGGER, which is a reprint of the 1964
Beat anthology classic edited by Ed Sanders; the September 1952
issue of THE JOURNAL OF SPACE FLIGHT, which was published by
the Chicago Rocket Society.
Any general tips for aspiring zinesters?
Whatever category your publication
might fall in, look at similar ones and figure out what you can
do that'll be different. Leave a good border on each page. Make
a test print before you do your run. There is nothing worse than
trying to read something that is poorly printed. Get a dictionary.
Take your proof home and sit on it for a few days. Then look
at it again and improve it. Don't print more than 25 copies.
Let demand grow. Don't freak out when no one likes it.
What's your favorite part of doing a zine?
1) Production. It's a real
thrill to see this thing develop in front of me, and then to
be able to hold the final piece.
2) Doing trades, getting mail
and finding out that people actually do appreciate what I'm doing.
In my other life, I'm an:Fan
Ordained minister, semi-retired
film/video electrician, sex film worker, semi-retired swagman,
visual artist, and about to become a cook on the Great Lakes
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