I’m sorry, but could anyone tell me what’s a copy book? I tried to find out, but failed :S.
I work a little in publicty and marketing. Copy is writing you use to promote something. So a copy book would be a collection of promotional materials, ads, etc. I suppose.
I’m pretty sure based on context (and the explicit text at the top of the last panel) that she’s talking about PHOTOcopied-books … as in self published with nothing but access to a xerox machine and a stapler. Back when I was in school (and dinosaurs roamed the Earth) we called those “Zines” (short for ‘magazines’) and they were what kids did before they could just slap up something on Myspace: you’d find all sorts of crazy things in record stores (Death Metal and Punk and Gothic scene devotees) and comic book shops (all sorts of self published underground comix) and in used book stores (lots of occult and wiccan books and zines).
Today there’s not much point: for the cost of the paper and ink it’d run you to make a small number of copies you could afford to register a domain name and pay for hosting for a few YEARS of traffic. Hence: Webcomics : )
True enough, but I wish that they would still make up those kinds of copy books. Finding those kind of books left in public places only to be found and moved to yet another area… It’d be amazing.
Then make one :)
There is still a thriving ‘zine scene. You just have to know where to look. Google SF Zine Fest, if you’re curious.
Chapbooks; I’ve encountered them in the science-fiction community primarily as the work of Sharon Lee&Steve Miller; check ‘em out at http://www.korval.com. U. of Washington’s Seattle bookstore was cool enough to carry some, but I was too broke to buy. Cardboardish cover nice B&W illustration; 8 1/2 x 11 sheets folded once & stapled; similar to a book of tide tables, only with one or two short stories being the content.
Chapbooks is what I know them as as well.
Chapbooks date all the way back to the fifteen-hundreds. Kind of the original magazine. Someone would work out a deal (labor, grain, transportation) to get their material published in very small quantities. These would get passed around until either some more interesting materiel came around, or another issue of the one you read did. Not really that different, other than copybooks not being a single page.
And with the rise of tablets and smartphones, and the 2-D glyphs (best descriptor i can come up with) the ability to ‘leave them anywhere’ is coming back around.
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