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A Day in the Life

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$2     10x10cm     24p     10g

A Day in the Life is a new zine by Emma D that follows in the (free) associative writing style of her zine Digging. It is divided into two short stories. The first describes the activities that go into arranging a day off sick from work, the second the memory of hearing ‘A Day in the Life’ for the first time. As with most of Emma’s writing, this zine is a way of writing about the demarcations between life and work.

 

 

 A Homo Healed

A homo healed

$4     A5     52p

“Sometime in 2008 I found a book on my Catholic parents’ bookshelf titled ‘Can Homosexuality Be Healed?’ I took it, read it and was horrified…I brought it back to Melbourne with me, intending to burn it, but instead it sat on my bookshelf for years. In 2012 I noticed it sitting there and decided I needed to do something about it. Instead of being destructive I wanted to transform it. I put white paper over the words to clear them and to reveal other messages that were hiding in the book…”

 

 

A Walk Around Pendle Hill

A Walk Around Pendle Hill

$4.00     A5     64p     80g.    Temporarily sold out

“I continued for quite some time, following the stream out of the village, bending now and then to examine one of the many flowering plants that grew along the banks or to run my fingers over a patch of lichen. I had reverted to my childhood self, exploring some long forgotten and ancient pathway of my dreams.” This zine from the Sydney Exploratory Society documents a journey around Pendle Hill in Lancashire, UK. In the style of previous SES zines, passages of text are interspersed with photographs and quotes.

 

 

 Anti-Journey

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A6     8p     $2     15g     Temporarily sold out

“Thursday was out of my routine. We went to South Bank – Klaus, Nicholas, who was visiting from Melbourne, and Lina and me.” Tamara’s mini zine is a description of a day out and dinner with friends – simple events that interrupt the flow of ordinary life, an  ‘anti-journey’.

 

 

Band T-Shirt

$5     15x15cm     56p     55g

A zine by the almost worrying prolific Vanessa, Band T-Shirt is a chronicle of every band t-shirt that Vanessa has ever owned, going all the way back to the Cure shirt she bought as a twelve year old. If you, like me, grew up in the 1990s and were (and are) inordinately preoccupied with music, you will find this zine nostalgic and hilarious and essential.

 

 

Brainscan #26

$2     A6     32p     19g

Although it comes a few issues after Brainscan #21, this zine can be read as an accompaniment to that issue. The publication of  Brainscan #21 raised a lot of difficult questions for the international zine scene. Although she never mentioned it directly in the zine, it was clear that the ‘J’ in the narrative of Brainscan #21 was Alex’s previous partner Joe Biel, owner of Microcosm Publishing. The biggest question that arose from the publication of Brainscan #21 was this: what are the ethics of supporting a business that is run by someone with a history of abuse who has made no real effort to be accountable for their behaviour? Brainscan #26 is Alex’s response to the frequently asked question, ‘So, what’s the deal with you and Microcosm?’. It contains reprints of statements of support and discussions that happened on the internet, and a rundown of the various failed attempts that have been made to make Joe Biel accountable for his behaviour. This is a zine that should be read by anyone who is serious about the ideas of support, DIY, responsibility, solidarity, equality etc that are so often the subject of our zines.

 

 

Building Blocs #1

$3     A5     44p     60g

An awesome new(ish) zine about radical parenting. Issue one is about ‘Firsts’ and contains essays on radical childcare and moving ‘towards a family friendly radical movement’, takes a look at the work of the Regeneracion Childcare Collective, features reviews and a recommends a mix tape for helping a baby get to sleep.

 

 

Building Blocs #3

$3     A5     36p     48g   

“The articles in this zine… speak to issues such as parenting Trans kids, being/supporting LGBTIQ parents and how to talk about sex…’ The ‘Spectrums’ issue of this valuable resource zine for parents and anyone else who’s interested in, for want of a better phrase, ‘radical parenting’.

 

 

Careers in Retail – Common People

Common People zine

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$1.20     A3 fold-out zine     13g

Careers in Retail is a series of posters by art collective Dexter Fletcher, each poster inspired by and named after a  song that influenced DF’s politicisation. Each zine in the series is a double sided A3 photocopy folded down to A6 size. The song addressed in this issue is ‘Common People’ by Pulp. (Top image is of zine when folded, bottom is a scan of half the poster side. See the badges page for related merch.)

 

 

Careers in Retail – Look Outside

Look Outside

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$1.20     A3 fold-out zine     13g

Careers in Retail is a series of posters by art collective Dexter Fletcher, each poster inspired by and named after a  song that influenced DF’s politicisation. Each zine in the series is a double sided A3 photocopy folded down to A6 size. The song addressed in this issue is ‘Look Outside’ by Broadcast. (Top image is of zine when folded, bottom is a scan of half the poster side. See the badges page for related merch.)

 

 

Careers in Retail – Spanish Bombs

Spanish Bombs

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$1.20     A3 fold-out zine     13g

Careers in Retail is a series of posters by art collective Dexter Fletcher, each poster inspired by and named after a  song that influenced DF’s politicisation. Each zine in the series is a double sided A3 photocopy folded down to A6 size. The song addressed in this issue is ‘Spanish Bombs’ by The Clash. (Top image is of zine when folded, bottom is a scan of half the poster side. See the badges page for related merch.)

 

 

Careers in Retail – BBF3

BBF3

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$1.20     A3 fold-out zine     13g

Careers in Retail is a series of posters by art collective Dexter Fletcher, each poster inspired by and named after a  song that influenced DF’s politicisation. Each zine in the series is a double sided A3 photocopy folded down to A6 size. The song addressed in this issue is ‘BBF3′ by Godspeed You! Black Emperor. (Top image is of zine when folded, bottom is a scan of half the poster side. See the badges page for related merch.)

 

 

Careers in Retail – Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now

Heaven Knows

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$1.20     A3 fold-out zine     13g

Careers in Retail is a series of posters by art collective Dexter Fletcher, each poster inspired by and named after a  song that influenced DF’s politicisation. Each zine in the series is a double sided A3 photocopy folded down to A6 size. The song addressed in this issue is ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’ by The Smiths. (Top image is of zine when folded, bottom is a scan of half the poster side.)

 

 

Careers in Retail – Rebel Girl

rebel Girl

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$1.20     A3 fold-out zine     13g

Careers in Retail is a series of posters by art collective Dexter Fletcher, each poster inspired by and named after a  song that influenced DF’s politicisation. Each zine in the series is a double sided A3 photocopy folded down to A6 size. The song addressed in this issue is ‘Rebel Girl’ by Bikini Kill. (Top image is of zine when folded, bottom is a scan of half the poster side. See the badges page for related merch.)

 

 

Cheap Toys #11

Cheap toys 11

$2     A6     48p

“I moved to nice on the fall of 2008 in order to volunteer at le volume because I liked the place, which since then became something close to that concept of ‘home’ which doesn’t really translate into french. later that year, I stared making a new music project, got into anthropology and found out about the international zine community, and north american diy punk, or the one right here in europe. it is a small world,  not because networking theory through facebook and alike showed that all humans were separated by only 4.3 persons, but because the mail system put us one letter away from nearly anyone else sharing a common interest.” A cut and paste punk zine in French and heady French inflected English, all about Giz’s travels and the tales he picks up along the way.

 

 

Cheap Toys #13

Cheap toys 13

$2     A6     52p

“‘Wait, is this zine really 25 bucks?’ Indexing the newly arrived zines at the Sticky institute, it was pretty scary to find out some people were making zines, just regular boring-folded-paper-with-doodles, no content, and selling them for two digits…” This issue of Cheaptoys focuses largely on Giz’s travels in Australia. It’s odd to read an account of Australia like this; it’s always strange and interesting to hear an ‘outsider’s’ perspective on a place one is (overly) familiar with, but it is particularly strange and interesting to see those familiar places and things discussed in the context of a punk travel memoir. As an antipodean, reading a punk travel memoir zine (a deservedly classic genre) usually means reading about places that seem permanently distant and inaccessible. This issue of Giz’s zine has the simultaneous effect of making those far away places – Europe, America – seem less distant, while making one pay closer attention to the oddness of the landscape and history of Australia.

 

 

Cheap Toys #14

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$2     A6     40p

“When I first visit someplace, I like to look around, the cool objects my friends made, the one that were given to them, their books and zine collections that slowly take over their rooms. Piles of useless junk taken from the free pile down the street. I mainly look at their books, how they are organised, the recurring topics covered, the languages they’re in…” This issue of Cheaptoys reminds me of how little I know about zine making outside of the English speaking world. It contains more writing in French than the previous issue; the articles I can read are about: family; gentrification; punk; travelling; tourism. that sounds like a cliched list of things to have in a cut ‘n’ paste punk zine, but Giz’s writing has an infectious energy and zeal that, if I keep reading his zines, which I probably will, will probably, eventually, force me to learn French, just so I can appreciate them properly.

 

 

Come Back (Home to Me)

Come back home

$1     A6     16p

“Lately, and by lately I mean for the last seven or eight months, I’ve been listening to Electrelane non-stop. Sure there have been dalliances – with the Magnetic Fields (of course), with Beach House, with various mix cds I’ve been given, but for the most part it’s been an exclusive relationship.” We have had this wonderful short zine by Amanda (Sutures, Ampersand after Ampersand) in stock for a while, but it accidentally slipped off the mailorder for some reason. We have a few copies left: it’s about Electrelane. And Nietzsche.

 

 

Digging

Digging

$2     13x13cm     32p     14g

“I always get off at this stop, the one before the more logical one at the gates to the school… so that I can walk through the large vacant block which separates the hospital from the school, the road and the park. For some reason when I walk across this vacant block – or field, as I like to think of it – I feel good. There’s something wonderfully arcane about  such a big empty field…” A zine of writing that drifts through small events such as kicking a wall, art projects that get interrupted by film crews, visiting ancient monuments and grandparents in Ireland, archetypical sadness and the space dog Laika, and more.

 

 

Disposable Camera/YOU

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$3     A5     40p (plus A3 fold-out)     40g     Temporarily sold out

Subtitled ‘A very special split zine dedicated to the Housemartins’, this is surely one of the best zines of 2013. The Housemartins were a band from Hull, and this fond homage by Vanessa Berry (I Am a Camera) and Luke YOU (YOU) collects press clippings, personal memories, hand-drawn maps, analysis of sweet buns and more to give a surprisingly thorough quick-briefing of who the Housemartins were and why you should probably go out and find copies of their recordings immediately. My favourite fact that I learned from reading this zine is that when the Housemartins started to become popular they opened a shop front, where they employed their friends to help with admin.

 

 

Disposable Camera – the Melbourne issue

$3     A6     12p plus A3 fold-out     20g

This issue of Disposable Camera is, as it says, about Melbourne. If you’re familiar with Vanessa’s zines you’ll know that recent issues of Disposable Camera have all been accompanied by maps of Vanessa’s own construction that expand on the theme of the zine. This issue’s map is the biggest and most complex yet, illustrative of the number of times Vanessa has visited Melbourne and the many adventures she’s had there. The writing in the zine is about a single night spent in Melbourne that evokes memories of other places and times.

 

 

Ella Funt #1

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$4    A6     40p   50g

“I knew I wanted to make a zine about the new life I’m leading now that I’m a mom…” A beautiful, elaborately constructed zine by Ciara Xyerra, who used to run Learning to Leave a Paper Trail distro in the States. This is the first installment in what she hopes will be a series of zines about becoming and being a mother. It covers deciding to try for a baby, fertility treatment and the first half of pregnancy. It’s a substantial and absorbing read and has a secret stash of reproductions of photos tucked into a nifty pouch in the back cover.

 

 

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