Welcome to the RCLS Quaranzine, an online magazine showcasing the local artistic endeavors of our community! Rutherford County writers, artists, photographers, and more will be featured in our 'Zine.
For our first issue of the RCLS Quaranzine, we asked our lovely staff to show us what they created during our time away from the library. Check it out!
History with an App!
By Garrett C Crowell
Animal Crossing had perfect timing...
By Kathryn Gerard-Bowen
I can role-play having a mortgage and a life outside the house!
by Catherine Cone
A poem speculating a fictional catacomb that has been born of the current pandemic crisis in relation to catacombs built in the past after plagues in Europe
You will not be nameless and forgotten,
The skulls whispered as my grandfather
Led a bishop and lost tourist out of the catacombs
As the shadows of those torn from normalcy
By a disease they could not stop vanish
As the bishop thanks my grandfather in the sunlight
You will not be a skull on the wall.
We are stacking our nameless and forgotten
Along the street, covered in opaque plastic,
We are tucking ravaged shadows under flowers,
Broken bodies in pastel are easier to ignore,
What will our skulls say when we bury them
And only the adventures crawl into darkness
To witness the death we have put on display?
What laments will a modern catacomb have?
Will our skulls weep of incompetence and lies
Rage against the broken axis our world has
Rested on for far too long,
Or will they be silent as we break their jaws
And hide their voices
And keep our sins even deeper in the dirt?
I held my tongue as I spoke with a woman on the phone
Because she thought we were out of danger
As quarantine lifts here, as the narrative shifts,
But the shifting is a veil, covering
Shattered, stolen ventilators, hidden in warehouses
And sold for the highest price
Under the caskets for empty funerals as the dead
And bodies forever damaged
Are whisked away and forgotten
Ignored as they chatter and scream,
Please, you must listen, this is not the flu, this is not over!
Numbers mean nothing until a street is empty,
What will those numbers mean when we build our catacombs?
by Amanda Caperton
Over quarantine, a friend encouraged me to make a collage and picked out these little woodland creatures for me. I was quickly reminded of the Redwall book series. They are some of my all-time favorite books. I made this piece to remind me that it is okay to feel uncertain and sad right now, but also to remind me to take comfort in small things. As Brian Jaques' Boldred put it, "It's a long hard road ahead for you, little warrior. Enjoy a happy day while you can."
Comic Lady 1
by Keri Lambert
A superhero lady
Some Long Superhero Runs on Hoopla to Kill Some Time
by Trey Gwinn
A (not-exhaustive) list of lengthy (50 or more issues) Superhero comic runs that can be found on Hoopla.
Are you still social distancing? Watched all the way through Netflix twice? Want some long Superhero comic runs to read FOR FREE? Here are some comic series of 50 or more issues that you can find on Hoopla. Some are good, some are just ok, but no one can argue that they aren’t all long.
- Batman (2016-present) by Tom King and a whole batload of artists (79 issues)
- A somewhat controversial run but if you like when Batman and Catwoman smooch, this is the book for you. (He also fights a bunch of supervillains...so it’s not all smooching, don’t worry.)
- Flash (1987-2009) by a Waid, Johns, Morrison, and a ton of different people (more than 100 issues)
- Wally West is the best Flash. This series is why.
- JLA (1997-2006) by Morrison, Waid, Kelly, and a lot of different artists (128 issues)
- It starts as the best Justice League run of all time and ends as the worst. Just stop reading and move on to a different series whenever you get to a part you don’t like.
- Wonder Woman (1987-2006) by Byrne, Perez, Messner-Loebs and a million other writers and artists (217 issues)
- Like Wonder Woman? Here’s a ton of Wonder Woman comics.
- 52 (2006) by Waid, Morrison, Rucka, Johns, Giffen and a team of artists (52 issues)
- What happens to the DC universe when Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman disappear for a year?
- New X-men (2001-2004 by Morrison, Quietly, and an X-team’s worth of artists (50 issues)
- Like superheroes wearing leather jackets? This book is for you!
- Ultimate Spider-man (2000-2009) by Bendis and Bagley (66 issues)
- What if Spider-man got bitten by a radioactive spider but in the year 2000?
- Marvel Masterworks: Fantastic Four (1961-1996) by Lee and Kirby (60 issues)
- The seminal F4 series created by the King of Comics...and Stan Lee.
These don’t scratch you comics itch? Check out Hoopla for more comics!
Julio-Claudian Dynasty - Roman Coinage History
by Joseph Hill
I have been always been fascinated with roman history. During the Covid times, I created educational displays that outline roman coinage history. This first display covers the Julio-Claudian Dynasty that lasted from 27 BC until AD 68.
by Kathleen Tyree
To counter dark or fearful thoughts over the past few weeks, I would talk walks in the woods. There are several paths that I prefer and I started to chronicle the progression of the wildflowers. "Shinrin-yoku/Forest bathing: Let nature enter through your ears, eyes, nose, mouth, hands, and feet. Listen to the birds singing and the breeze rustling in the leaves of the trees. Look at the different greens of the plants and the sunlight filtering through the branches. Smell the fragrance of the forest and breathe in the natural aromatherapy. Taste the freshness of the air as you take deep breaths. Get outdoors: being in nature can restore our mood, give us back our energy and vitality, refresh and rejuvenate us."