Our more eagle eyed followers will remember reading a post earlier in the year in which we stated our resolution to stop being the biggest pikers in zinedom and attend as many zine fairs as possible in 2014. We accordingly pencilled Brisbane’s Zine and Indie Comics Emporium into our diary, then wrote over the pencil in Biro – yes, Biro. Such was our determination to attend. You’ve guessed by now that I’m writing this in way of apology – turns out we can’t make ZICS this year. But we admire the huge collective effort that them Brisbane folks put into it. Hopefully we’ll make it next time, and hopefully YOU can make it this time! Here’s a blurb they sent us, to inspire you:
“Now in its second year, The Zine and Independent Comic Symposium, or ZICS, is a three day event run in the last weekend of August (29th-31st). Held less than 100m away from the Culture Centre Bus Station, The Edge will once again play host to this unique experience.
Featuring workshops, discussion panels, live music, and a space for zine and comic artists to present their work, this event had over 2000 people last time, and this year is on track to be even bigger! The enthusiastic reception of ZICS last year proved that Brisbane is hungry for more events like this, and we’re ready to give it to them!
The event kicks off on Friday night with a ticketed launch event with competitions, guest speakers, an affordable bar, and live music to help kick off the event in style!
The rest of the weekend will be free entry to the public, and there will be plenty of activities to get involved with. There will be workshops on topics like ‘intro to screenprinting’, plus engaging panel conversations covering a range of topics from ‘representation in the medium’ to ‘how to pay the bills’. And, there will be the Comic and Zine marketplace, where local and interstate creators will be distributing and trade their works.
ZICS is a not for profit community collective, all run by passionate volunteers. ZICS has launched a Pozible campaign to help cover costs, which can be viewed at http://www.pozible.com/zics14, so come and get your tickets now! More info at https://www.facebook.com/ZICSymposium”
I am very excited. We have so many great zines in stock at the moment. I just added a whole stack of new stuff to the catalogue and it’s all so frighteningly good. Full descriptions to come, but here’s what’s new and available to purchase right now:
- Practice your French with Couteau en Plastique No10 (aka Plastic Knife #10), as translated by Giz Medium of Cheaptoys fame (issues of Cheaptoys also available, I might add, and also new in stock is Plastic Knife #12).
- Five Postcards, a zine made to coincide with the Other Worlds zine fair, and written by Anwyn, who has not made a zine on her own for a long time. You know this is special.
- Huffin’ Textas: A secret history of Dexter Fletcher. That’s Dexter Fletcher the mysterious Sydney based art gang of two. This zine is 10 000 (count ‘em) words of quality writing on teenage dreams, the Manic Street Preachers, the Mekons, machine breaking, the Miners’ Strike and more, written in a Jump Cuts collaborative style.
- The Arrivals, a collection of excellent stories set in ‘disappearing towns’, by Shaun Prescott. You can read Shaun’s short story The Coffee Table in the most recent issue of Meanjin (as well as Tamara’s Walnuts, Almonds, Nuts, which we also stock in zine form!)
- We have multiple issues of Piss Factory available, an infectiously enthusiastic rock ‘n’ roll fanzine.
- Issue #17 of I am a Camera, Vanessa Berry’s long running zine, this time it’s all about her (and mine, and your’s maybe) hometown, Sydney. It is accompanied by three fold-out Risographed ‘touring maps’ that record a personal psychogeography of Sydney over roughly three decades.
- Sing Me To Sleep: An annotated bibliography of sad boy songs is back in stock! And even better than that, there’s a second issue, titled Hello Sadness! These are truly wonderful zines that are not just about sadness but about the feeling in everything, including pop songs.
- And um, oh my god: we have Love Truth and Honesty in stock. Do I need to tell you about this zine? Haven’t you heard about it? Paul’s zine about his fan relationship with Bananarama? Well, it’s been out of print for ages but now you can get it again, and the second issue, More Love Truth and Honesty, and for this you should be immensely grateful.
- The Wolves at the Door. We have just a couple of issues of this zine that was made by some anarchists in Sydney in 2011. It is a bit out of date but there is a great interview with some of the then-editors of the now defunct Mutiny magazine plus other articles.
- The Dream Libraries and Untitled by the zine maker who brought you such gems as Hole in the Ground, Village Ghosts and more. The Dream Libraries contains what it says on the box: a collection of short descriptions of imaginary libraries. Untitled is a dreamy, abstract collection of fragments of writing and quotes about cities, uprisings, landscapes and sites of memory.
- The spade the spanner the work the worker is a new zine by me, Emma, based on an exhibition I had in the window of Sticky. You can see photos of the exhibition here. The zine’s verso pages are the images of Billy Casper that appeared in the window of Sticky facing into Degraves, and the recto pages are the collages, photocopier art and so forth that faced into the shop.
- And finally, we have some zine lucky dips: please beware that each lucky dip contains slightly different things but there will be duplicates if you order more than one pack, and we can’t pick ‘n’ choose or tell you what’s in ‘em. It’s all up to luck.
Alright. Lots of zines. Lots of really excellent reads.
Next weekend Take Care will be tabling at this fine event, hosted by the State Library of Victoria and the Sticky Institute. This utterly beautiful poster was made by Katie Parrish.
Descriptions (finally) updated. (One day we won’t have to add that ‘finally’):
- Cheaptoys #11, 13 & 14
- Come Back (home to me)
- Love Like Pop #10 & 11
- Sex Industry Apologist #1
- The Collected Scathings of Ioana Poprowka
- The Dream of Maxen
New zines, COMING SOON:
- Piss Factory
- The Wolves at the Door #2
- Plastic Knife #10 & 12
- Five Postcards
- Love Truth and Honesty
- More Love Truth and Honesty
- Sing Me To Sleep and Hello Sadness: An Annotated Bibliography of Sad Boy Songs, Vol 1 & 2
- Huffin’ Textas: A Secret History of Dexter Fletcher
- I am a Camera #17
- $5 zine lucky dip
Stock take is done and the catalogue pages are now viewable again. We’ve sold out of a lot of stuff that we’ll hopefully be able to get back in stock very soon – in the meantime please heed the ‘Temporarily sold out’ tags if you see ‘em. We’ve also got some great new zines to put up: back issues of ‘Love Truth and Honesty’, the latest edition of ‘I am a Camera’ and more. Very exciting, check back soon.
Thank you to everyone who came along to the Other Worlds zine fair today. We’re a bit overwhelmed by how successful the day turned out to be. We hope you had a good time. We got pretty cleaned out of stock so we’ve closed the mailorder temporarily until we’ve done a proper stock take. It’ll be open again soon with some new zines we picked up at the fair!