new additions for the week of january 29th, 2014



Comic Tales / half-size / comics / Danielle Patrick
Culture Slut #25 / quarter-size / perzine / Amber Forrester
Dishwasher #14 / half-size / fanzine / Dishwasher Pete
Dreams of Hot Grasses / odd-size / comic / Danielle Patrick
Friction in the Hub / half-size / Special Interest / rodoftheflies
Funeral / odd-size / perzine / Danielle Patrick
i like girls / half-size / qenderqueer / various
Optogram #1 / odd-size / perzine / Danielle Patrick
PEOPS! #8 / half-size / art / Fly
Querencia #7 / quarter-size / perzine / jb
Rainy Day Commuter / odd-size / special interest / rodoftheflies
Short Fuse / quarter-size / perzine / rodoftheflies
The Sekine Project / half-size / Special Interest / Anonymous
Whiskey Cat / Half-size / Art / Dan Warden

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You’re invited: TZL’s 2014 AGM and Potluck Party

tzl agm pot luck 2014

Once a year, Toronto zinesters gather to discuss what their zine library has accomplished in the last 365 days. They also discuss opportunities for the next 365, sign up to volunteer at the library and eat tons of snacks, all by the warmth of thousands of zines.

Bring something for the potluck! Bring zines to donate/share!

Where: 292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto. 2nd Floor.

When: Saturday, January 25th at 6 p.m.

RSVP at our Facebook event!

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Closed Wednesday, January 8

Hello all – we will be closed this evening due to an illness. Stay home & warm, but come visit soon!

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Closed for the holidays

Hello zinesters,

Just wanted to let you know that the library is closed for the holidays. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 7. Apologies if you tried to stop by last week and we weren’t there!

Going into 2014 our hours will continue to be Tuesday & Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. and Sunday 1-3 p.m.

Hope you’re having a great holiday season.

TZL volunteers

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New Additions For The Week Of ‘013/12/11


Deze Daze 2 / large print / art / Kelsey Stasiak, Drew Lint, Marishka Anne
Worn Fashion Journal No. 14 / magazine / fashion journal / Worn
Worn Fashion Journal No. 13 / magazine / fashion journal / Worn
Worn Fashion Journal No. 12 / magazine / fashion journal / Worn
Worn Fashion Journal No. 11 / magazine / fashion journal /Worn
Worn Fashion Journal No. 10 / magazine / fashion journal /Worn
Worn Fashion Journal No. 9 / magazine / fashion journal / Worn
Worn Fashion Journal No. 8 / magazine / fashion journal / Worn
Worn Fashion Journal No. 7 / magazine / fashion journal / Worn
Worn Fashion Journal No. 6 / magazine / fashion journal / Worn
Works of G-Art / half sized / art / Rotten Variety

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Submit to Broken Pencil’s Indie Writers Deathmatch

indie writers deathmatch

Submissions are now open!

Every year the Indie Writers’ Deathmatch receives tens of thousands of visits from readers all across the planet, determined to cast their vote, pen their comments and do anything they can to see their favourite story win. This time, with the stakes higher than ever, the battles are sure to be more savagely fought than ever before.

TOP PRIZE: A Complete Indie Writer’s Makeover!

This year the Deathmatch winner gets a complete indie writer’s makeover which includes a consultation with literary agent Sam Hiyate of the Rights Factory, a feedback session with novelist and The Globe and Mail columnist Russell Smith and a feedback session with Coach House Books, one of Canada’s top independent publishing houses. All this plus publication in Broken Pencil and $150 cash!

The top 3 runners-up get $100 and publication in Spring 2013 issue of Broken Pencil!

About the Deathmatch: Since 2008, Broken Pencil: the magazine of zine culture and the independent arts, has been running one of the world’s most audacious short story contests. In the Indie Writers’ Deathmatch, the top eight submitted stories as selected by Broken Pencil are pitted against each other two by two. Each week, two stories will be pitted against each other in the online arena, where anyone and everyone can read them and vote on which one deserves to reign supreme. The authors will be in constant communication with their audience through a blog which they can use to hype up their own story, or trash-talk their opponent’s writing. The winning story moves on to the next round until there are only two stories left, battling it out for ultimate victory! With over 25,000 votes cast, the Deathmatch is a high stakes struggle for literary bragging rights!

Deadline to enter: December 31, 2013

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New Additions For The Week Of November 6th, 2013

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Consanguinity / oddsize / litzine / S.E Chaves
Heartifacts: explorations in polyamory / half-size / perzine / various
Novella: A Short Story / half-size / litzine / Kaz Adam Mason
Patti Cake #2 / full-size / fanzine / various
The Escapist Artist #10 / halfsize / perzine / Jolie Ruin
The Escapist Artist #5 / quartersize / perzine / Jolie Nunez Noggle
The Escapist Artist #6 / half-size / perzine / Jolie Nunez Noggle
The Escapist Artist #7 / half-size / perzine / Jolie Nunez Noggle
The Escapist Artist #8 / half-size / perzine / Jolie Nunez Noggle
The Escapist Artist #9 / halfsize / perzine / Jolie Ruin
You Are Someone Who Exists / oddsize / comics / Mark Jordan Manner
you can’t bring me down / halfsize / perzine / Jolie Nunez Noggle

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An art exhibition featuring Adam Kindred (Halifax), Alex Ratcharge (France), Alexander Heir (NYC), Dustin McChesney (Minneapolis), Emma Maatman (LA), Erick Lyle (NYC), Heather Benjamin (NYC), Jill Pucciarelli (Olympia), Leah Wishnia (NYC), Matthew McGarry (Rochester), Nathan Gattis (Chicago), Paul D’Elia (LA), Sam Ryser (NYC), Shiva Addanki (NYC), Spoiler (Montreal), Tara Bursey (Hamilton), Weird Luke (NYC) and Yecatl Peña (Mexico).
Curated by Ben Needham and Tara Bursey
November 6-December 10, 2013
Hammer City Records
228 James Street North (Basement at Rear)
Hamilton, ON
OPENING AT ART CRAWL!  Friday November 8, 7-11PM 
Punk is everywhere. From malls to museums, the influence and imagery of punk’s past has largely been absorbed into mass culture. Despite this, contemporary DIY punk rock sits firmly outside of the mainstream, and at both regional and global levels is stronger than ever. The visual culture that surrounds it is variably dark, threatening, chaotic, smart, funny, mysterious and questioning.
Fear of Punk//Fear of Art highlights the creative output of current punk artists, bringing their work out of its usual context while exploring intersections between punk rock, art and print culture. The exhibition includes drawing, sculpture and printed matter that draws inspiration from horror, the occult, sex, despair, popular culture, comics, art history and urban life.
For more information, contact or
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new additions for the spooky week of october 30th, 2013


against the flood / quarter-size / perzine / anonymous
Alternative Currents Collective: Sense/Memory / half-size / fanzine / dan
Circle Hills / half-size / drama / Ben Castle
Gender Fuck What #3 / quarter-size / gender/queer / anonymous
i think ecotplasm would taste like milk / half-size / litzine / tara abrahams
plant anatomy / quarter-size / litzine / tara abrahams
Two-Fisted Librarians #1 / half-size / litzine / various
you are found #4 / quarter-size / perzine / anonymous

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Cometbus & Ghost Pine in Toronto!

cometbus and ghost pine

Cometbus and Ghost Pine are coming to Toronto on November 19!
Readings and more. Full details TBA!

PWYC/ All ages

About Aaron Cometbus:

Aaron has been publishing his fanzine, Cometbus, since 1981. Originally a showcase for California basement punk bands, Cometbus grew with its editor to incorporate a whole range of contradictory qualities. Over the years, there have been audio issues, comics issues, sociological studies, and oral histories, but all with the same loving scrutiny of punk culture and other underground communities.

Cometbus is perhaps best known for Aaron’s own prose. He is also the author of several novels and short story collections published in the US and France. He has received no prizes, but was recently pleasantly surprised to find a sandwich named after him at a Virginia cafe.

Aaron lives in New York and is currently attempting career suicide by working on a collection of poetry.

About Jeff Miller:

Jeff Miller began writing and publishing the autobiographical Ghost Pine Fanzine in 1996 while growing up in suburban Ottawa. His first book, Ghost Pine: All Stories True, was published in 2010. He lives in Montreal and has given readings at punk shows and book stores across North America.

RSVP now!

Montreal event: Sun. Nov. 17
Hamilton event: Wed. Nov. 20
Ottawa event: Thurs. Nov. 21

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