We recently set up an Instagram to document the road to Gluestick, as well as all the paper-based goodness that inspires us every day. Take a moment won’t you and give us a visit. If you like what you see, give us a follow. We can only promise months of zines, comics, books, etc.


What’s in a sponsor?- Excess Comics


As applications roll in we would like to tell you about our featured sponsor this year! Excess Comics was started by S. Jane Mills and is a online collection of short story comics of the weird, dark, and unusual. Excess wishes to serve as collection of dark comics as well as a resource space for comic artists/writers to be inspire with tutorial posts and interviews of other comic artists/writers. As the project grows, they hope to provide other comic artists/writers a means to have their comics printed in half-zine format (8.5″x5.5″) and distributed via this website.

We are excited to work with them this year, and encourage you to pick up Mills’ latest work.


Gluestick 2017 Application Extension!


*Because we are expanding  into The Irving theater, we are extending our application period! Our collaboration with the theater, 10 Johnson Ave., and Irvington Vinyl has given us a much bigger space than anticipated. Apply today, and help us make this event awesome 🙂

Applications to Gluestick 2017 are open for participants, volunteers, and sponsors. All chosen applicants will be asked to donate $25 to help cover festival expenses. If you are unable to donate upon acceptance please notify us. Our application process is very simple and we ask that you answer just a few questions.

Send all answers/inquiries to



  1. Are you a zine publisher, distro, collective, or paper-based artist? How will you introduce yourself at Gluestick?

     2. Will you be selling/distributing other materials besides booklets i.e. art prints, crafts?

     3. Are you from Indianapolis? If not, specify.

     4. How did you hear about Gluestick?

      5. Will you need a place to stay if you’re traveling from out of town?

6. Describe your work in 300 words or more.

7. Will you need any kind of special set up for your display?


There are many opportunities available for volunteering at Gluestick. This includes supporting our Workshop Coordinator, library support, representing the festival on the Open Stage, and also helping set up and tear down tables and displays. If you would like more information on joining our team please message our Facebook page or send an e-mail to ArtichokeNotes@gmail.com.


If you are a returning sponsor, or would like to sign on to support us this year, please send us an e-mail at ArtichokeNotes@gmail.com. We will put you in touch with our Sponsorship Coordinator! We will be expanding our sponsor incentives this year and hope that you’ll join our cause.

The festival takes place on July 8th. Applications are open until April 30th.

If you have any questions about the festival, process, etc. please don’t hesitate to e-mail us!


Welcome, Food Not Bombs Indianapolis!


We are standing with our friends at Food Not Bombs as they distribute literature on food justice and government. Here are some of the FAQ taken from their website:
Food Not Bombs does not get food out of dumpsters. We arrange the collection of produce, bread and other food that can’t be sold from grocery stores, bakeries, and produce markets. They put this food to the side and we pick it up at a scheduled time. This way, we build personal relationships with local food providers and are able to collect larger amounts of better quality food with more regularity. In some cities, the groceries and bakeries are not willing to help and we may seek some of our food from dumpsters, but this is not generally the case. Volunteers can show grocery workers the law demonstrating they will not be liable if they donate the food. You can print out a copy of  THE GOOD SAMARITAN ACT here.
Food Not Bombs started after the May 24, 1980 protest to stop the Seabrook Nuclear power station north of Boston in New Hampshire in the United States. The people that started Food Not Bombs share their first full meal outside the Federal Reserve Bank on March 26, 1981 during the stock holders meeting of the Bank of Boston to protest the exploitation of capitalism and investment in the nuclear industry.

The eight people that started Food Not Bombs lived in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts in the United States. Their names are Jo Swanson, Mira Brown, Susan Eaton, Brian Feigenbaum, C.T. Lawrence Butler, Jessie Constable, Amy Rothstien and Keith McHenry.

One of our friends, Brian Fieganbaulm, was arrested at the May 24th Occupation attempt of the Seabrook Nuclear Power Station. We needed to raise money for his legal expenses, so we started holding bake sales outside the student union and in Harvard Square. We didn’t raise much money. I had a moving company called “Smooth Move,” and we moved a family that was throwing out a poster saying “Wouldn’t it be a beautiful day if the schools had all the money they needed and the air force had to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber.” This gave us the idea to buy used military uniforms at the Central Square Army Surplus Store. So we dressed as generals and propped the poster up next to our bake goods and told people we need then to purchase our cookies and brownies so we could buy a bomber. This caught people’s attention and while we didn’t raise much money we did reach a lot more people.

The First National Bank Project asked us to design a brochure about how the board of directors of the Bank of Boston also sat on the boards of the Public Service Company of New Hampshire that was buying Seabrook Nuclear Power Station and the board of Babcock and Willcox that was building the power station. We were already distributing produce that couldn’t be sold from Bread and Circus Natural Grocery so we decided to take some of this recovered food, prepare soup and dress as Hobos and set up a soup kitchen outside the stockholders meeting of the bank with the message that their policies were similar to those of the banks that caused the Great Depression.

The night before the March 26, 1981 action we became worried that we would have gallons of soup but not enough people to eat all of it and make it look like a real depression era soup kitchen so a couple of us went to the Pine Street Inn and told the homeless men at the shelter that we would have a protest the next day at noon outside the Federal Reserve Bank at South Station. To our surprise, nearly 70 people arrived. Soon, business people passing by were sharing food and conversation with the homeless talking about the investment policies of the Bank of Boston and the dangers of Seabrook Nuclear Power Station.

We recover food that would have been discarded and share it as a way of protesting war and poverty. With fifty cents of every U.S. federal tax dollar going to the military and forty percent of our food being discarded while so many people were struggling to feed their families that we could inspire the public to press for military spending to be redirected to human needs. We also reduce food waste and meet the direct need of our community by collecting discarded food, preparing vegan meals that we share with the hungry while providing literature about the need to change our society. Food Not Bombs also provides food to protesters and striking workers and organizes food relief after natural and political crisis.

Even though we provide meals and groceries to thousands of people, we are not a charity. Food Not Bombs is trying to inspire the public to participate in changing society and focus our resources on solving problems like hunger, homelessness and poverty while seeking an end to war and the destruction of the environment. We are also showing by example that we can work cooperatively without leaders through volunteer effort to provide essential needs like food, housing, education and healthcare. When over a billion people go hungry each day, how can we spend another dollar on war?

Our website lists over 500 chapters, but we believe there are many groups that have not asked to be listed. We think there are over 1,000 chapters of Food Not Bombs active in over 60 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. We are active in nearly 500 cities in the United States and have groups in another 500 cities outside the United States. We have been told that there are over 60 groups in Russia but only have 15 listed. The same is true for many other countries.
Sharing free vegan food for the public w/o restriction every SUN 3:30pm @ corner of St. Clair & Penn. Bring a vegan/veg dish to share or just come eat/hang

What’s in a sponsor?- Black Acre Brewing


We would like to thank Black Acre Brewing for signing on as a sponsor for this event. They are just a short walk around the corner from Gluestick if you need a break from all the reading, creating, and sharing. From their website:

“The magical origin story of this thing happenin’ all began in probably the least exciting of settings: a legal writing class in the first year of law school in 2008. Woo. During one of those super-fantastic ice breaker things, Jordan piped up that his “interesting fact” was that he was a homebrewer. When it got around to Justin, he decided to be a total copy-cat and also mention homebrewing. Not long thereafter, Justin and his wife Holly, who had been brewing together since their heady days at IU undergrad, began brewing with Jordan and his forth oldest friend and then roommate Matt, who also began brewing together during their undergraduate tenure at Purdue. Another law student, Steve, joined the group in our second year of law school. We quickly found ourselves growing fresh hops in Holly/Justin’s backyard, and having around 15 five-gallon kegs fill up four refrigerators in their house. So naturally, in one of Jordan and Justin’s Trademark law classes, they started talking about sharing our love of brewing and great beer. We wanted to join in the incredible craft beer revolution of Indianapolis, with a focus on returning to the idea of a pre-prohibition style neighborhood brewery. Luckily, we found a wonderful partner in the Irvington neighborhood, which we fell in love with almost immediately, and a year later opened our doors.

Our brewery is a small 3 barrel (93 gallon) electric brewing system.  Our focus is on brewing specialty and seasonal ales, with a few stickin’ around on the regular.

For information on the brewery, check out the blog or send an email to info@blackacrebrewery.com”

What’s in a table?- Musical Family Tree


Musical Family Tree is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the mission of spreading Indiana Music. By serving Indiana’s music communities, MFT aims to help build a more sustainable and world-recognized music scene in Indiana. They accomplish this by preserving, documenting, and promoting Indiana music, past and present. This includes digital archives, quality blog content, curated shows, videos, physical releases, exclusive recording projects, a print zine, and more. They also provide resources to Indiana’s underserved musicians, like paying gigs, all-ages shows, sponsored tours, and promotional content to share with their fans. “In everything we do, we believe that Indiana music is unique and underrated, and we want more people to know about it.”

MFT will have back issues of their zine, as well as info on how you can get involved in a new issue!

Welcome, Freedom Indiana!


Freedom Indiana is statewide grassroots campaign working to update Indiana’s civil rights law to protect gay and transgender Hoosiers from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.

We are standing with Freedom Indiana and inviting you to make sure you’re registered to vote! They will be near to the platform next to 10 Johnson Ave. ready to help you become a voter, or perhaps just talk about how we can make Indiana a loving place for EVERYONE.

Thank you for joining our cause, Freedom Indiana!


What’s in a table?- Maria Iqbal

“Well, I’ve ventured out of my comfort zone a little and have mostly been using inks and gouache. And of course, cut paper. I’ll be bringing some smaller zines that I made during the summer, as well as a doodle zine of all the spooky ink drawings I did last year for Inktober. And just for fun, I’ll be doodling some stickers to give out because who doesn’t love free silly things? I don’t think I could be an artist without paper. So, it might be a little weird or obnoxious to say, but I love paper! Um, aside from paper arts, I’m also big into puppetry! I’m in the process of learning how to make my own, and hope to be popping some of those out soon.”

What’s in a table?- Brent Bultemeier


One thing that may set Gluestick apart from other regional festivals is that we’re open to including paper-based artists in our event that may not typically work with booklets. One such artist is Brent Bultemeier, who normally works in oil paints! His favorite paper is cotton-based, but he will draw on anything. He has put together a zine of doodles just for Gluestick, and will also have some of his music available.

Thanks for joining us, Brent!

The Brian Marshall Memorial Award

At 12:30pm July 9th we invite you to join us on the platform outside of 10 Johnson Ave. for a brief award ceremony honoring a local publisher that has demonstrated both great heart and skill throughout their work.


This award is named for Noises From The Garage editor, Brian Marshall who contributed to the Rock and Roll zine world through his publication and his deep appreciation for rock culture. We are fortunate enough to have zines from his personal collection on display inside Irvington Vinyl at the Gluestick library and in Brian’s memory, we will pass along the “Golden Stapler” to an outstanding individual both on paper and in life.

Stay tuned!


Why, this isn’t from Noises From The Garage at all! It’s time to play, “Name That Zine”…

What’s in a table?- General Public Collective


“General Public is an artist-run project space and concept shop dedicated to sharing ideas through exhibitions, performances and original works of art.”

GPC has been in Fountain Square for some time now hosting all kinds of different art and music. They’re also one of the few places in Indy one can go to find zines for sale! It is our pleasure to welcome Erin K. Drew and Rachel Peacock to Gluestick.

Be sure to stop by and check them out during July 1st’s First Friday. We will be across the street in the Murphy Building with Girls Rock Indy!

Prizzy Prizzy Please recently reunited at GPC, check out this cool video from all around dude Ted Somerville: