Zen and the art of zine distro maintainence + Waterloo Zine Fair

Hello, finally found the time and head-space to do a bit of long overdue shop-site retuning. We have added descriptions to some of the zines that have been languishing, undescribed, for the past month, including the Refugee Art Project Zines, The Good Son, I am a Camera #17, La Petite Mort, The Time You Were in Paris and The Nostalgia Prescription.

The aim is to have all the descriptions updated before adding any more new zines, of which, as aforementioned, we have many. And many and many.

While I’m here, let me tell you that we will be at this zine fair, next weekend!

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Organised by the City of Sydney with the aid of the estimable Nicholas Beckett, we hope to see you there!

Drowning in zines + the latest issue of YOU is particularly beautiful

Hello!

We are drowning in zines. We’re back from holiday and slowly getting back into updating the Take Care shop. We’ve got quite a back log of new zines to add and also quite a few descriptions to update, so keep your eyes peeled over the next couple of weeks, cuz we’re gonna get stuck into it. Thanks everyone who’s ordered from the new site since we launched it! We trust it’s been slightly easier to use than the old set up.

Also, I just wanted to mention that one of the issues of YOU that arrived this week is particularly beautiful. Pick up a copy from Sticky in Melbourne, or from us when you place an order for other zines. (We haven’t put YOU on the new site yet – sorry for the tardiness – but let us know in the note to merchant field in Paypal if you’d like it to be added to your order.)

Our favourite shop

Our favourite shop is our new shop!

As well as having a lot of really amazing new zines in stock, we have built an entirely new mail order shop from which to purchase them! It is HERE!

We were fond of the old shop template we used, but it was quite difficult and time-consuming for us to update, and made it complicated to add options for international postage. So we decided to move everything over to a site with a dedicated shop template. It looks a lot snazzier than our old shop, but the main benefits are those that I’ve just mentioned: it’s HEAPS easier for us to update, and probably heaps easier for you to order from, too. There’s also more room for pictures of inside pages of zines, so you don’t have to rely on our sometimes haphazard descriptions to get an idea of what you’re buying, hurrah!

We’ve checked and double checked and triple checked the new site for bugs, but if you do notice anything going wrong when you order, please let us know!

And yes, you can now order from outside Australia without having to worry about weights and emailing us etc.

There are still a few more things to transfer over from the old shop, but there are a lot of new things up as well, including:

  • Pen Erases Paper by Sam Wallman, and Fluid Prejudice, the comic anthology he edited.
  • The Good Son by Safdar Ahmed
  • All seven Refugee Art Project Zines (all proceeds to the RAP)
  • A selection of zines about the darker side of suburban life by Daniel Vandenberg
  • La Petite Mort and The Time You Were in Paris by Leigh Rigozzi (the later in collaboration with Vanessa Berry)
  • I am a Camera #17, also by Vanessa
  • a new issue of Cheaptoys, bilingual zine by Giz
  • Plunder #3 split with Confessions of an SHS Worker, perspectives on the housing crisis in Sydney and Melbourne
  • and The Nostalgia Prescription, a new collage zine by Emma Markala.

As usual, bear with us while we write descriptions for some of this new stuff. And there’s more new stuff to come: we’re restocking Tamara Lazaroff’s zines, and Nine’s Sex Industry Apologist, and others.

And finally, we will be at the NYWF/TINA zine fair next Sunday! See you there.

Manly, NYWF and Verge gallery

We’ll be at this on Saturday, come along and say hi!

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Also, the National Young Writers Festival zine fair is happening once again in Newcastle, on October 5th. We’re not sure if we can make it this year, but here’s the application info if you can!

Finally, Verge Library – which is run by the University of Sydney Union – has put a call out for their upcoming zine library. It looks as though they are also looking to sell stuff: here’s the EOI form.

P.S. We’ve been working very hard behind the scenes on a shiny new mail order shop. It will be launched very soon, with lots of new zines, prints, postcards and badges! Stay tuned!

ZICS!

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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”