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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 Walk Around Pendle Hill

A Walk Around Pendle Hill

$4.00     A5     64p     80g

“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.

 

 

Ampersand after Ampersand #3

$2.50     A5     30p     40g      Temporarily sold out

This issue of Ampersand after Ampersand is about Amanda’s diagnosis with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and the emotions and lifestyle changes that this diagnosis brought about. “The anger was initially difficult to pinpoint. The rhetoric of health is so regularly mapped onto certain bodies in our society that it was hard (and still is hard) for me to think of myself as attractive or desirable if my body had been defined as medically undesirable.”

 

 

Ampersand after Ampersand #4

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$3     A5      20p    40g     Temporarily sold out

“I thought for a while that I wouldn’t, or couldn’t, write zines anymore. I know I don’t have the passion for them that I once had, that yearning for expression, but more than that every time I tried to write something in the last twelve months it inevitably became about Nadia…” Amanda’s latest issue of Ampersand after Ampersand picks up the thread of previous issues and her related zines Sutures and Letters to a Sister.

 

 

Anti-Journey

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A6     8p     $2     15g

“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.

 

 

Beyond Amnesty…

$0.50     A5     32p     40g    Temporarily sold out

“I’m trying to understand the politics of self-directed violence in the UK and, as always, my writing is an extended thought, an idea, a perspective, an intuition, a work in progress and of course, it is embodied in my own experience and position in life and society. Sometimes, when my life takes an upturn, I feel very far from the ideas I explore here. And then I stumble again, my ability to cope falters and I am back in that darkest of places this piece of writing was born in and it makes sense again.”

 

 

Book Rehousing Project

$1.50     A5     28p     36g    Temporarily sold out

This zine accompanied a small installation at the 2011 National Young Writers Festival in Newcastle. To make it we searched though our collection of deaccessioned books (i.e. books that have been ‘weeded’ from public libraries) for references to the importance of books, which we then photocopied and compiled to make a disjointed narrative.

 

 

Brainscan #21

$3     A5     44p    56g

If you’ve been kicking around the zine scene for any amount of time you’ll have heard of Alex Wrekk: she’s one very dedicated, hard-working woman who, along with writing her zine Brainscan, runs a custom button (badge) making business and wrote the definitive how-to-make-a-zine resource Stolen Sharpie Revolution. Brainscan #21 is  the story of Alex’s coming to terms with being in an emotionally abusive relationship. It happens that the relationship in question was with someone else who had/has high standing in the international zine community, so this zine had quite an impact within the zine scene, and sparked a lot of discussion that continues to this day. But the focus of this zine is not really the zine scene or anyone else in it: it’s about the nature of power and abuse of power within Alex’s relationship, and the long road she took to make the decision to leave that relationship and start regaining control of her life.

 

 

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.

 

 

Brainscan #28

$2     12x12cm     28p + mini insert     17g

Alex made this zine for 2011′s 24 Hour Zine Challenge and was happy enough with it to turn it into a full-blown issue of Brainscan. Based on the theme ‘it’s complicated’, Alex writes about the complicated nature of the various types of ‘work’ she does, her living arrangements, the length of her relationship with her current partner and her like/dislike of cats. Alex’s knack for photocopier art is showcased in a glorious full colour cover.

 

 

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 #2

$3     A5     40p     52g

This issue, subtitled ‘Home-Makin’, is about different perspectives on house arrangements for people with kids, from folks who share-house and people who have ‘gone nuclear’. There’s also a story of one family’s experience in Egypt during the recent revolution, comics, reviews and more.

 

 

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’.

 

 

Bunny Men

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A6     8p     $2     15g

“On a borrowed bicycle, I’m cutting through a burnt-out field.  In the distance I can see two old men…” A story by Tamara about an encounter in Macedonia with two men who are on their way to performing and important task.

 

 

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

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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

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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.)

 

 

Chew #2

$4     A6     48p     32g

Chew started out as a foodzine, but by the second issue (this one) it’s turned into something else entirely’. Isn’t that always the way? I always admire people who can stick to the theme they have ostensibly chosen for their zine, because it is easy to go on tangents. Chew does but they’re good ones. Mostly Chew is about attitudes towards food and drink from different cultural perspectives, from a non-vegan who decides to go vegan on Wednesdays  to a Muslim woman trying alcohol for the first time.

 

 

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

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.

 

 

Dogs Love and Others Angels

$7     A5     12p+ stitched vinyl cover     50g

This is Bertievan’s (Stuffed Turtles, Lessons in Life from My Mother’s Cookbooks) latest zine and, as with her others, it is beautifully presented in a hand sewn slip case. Bertievan experiments with a more cut and paste style in this zine, which is about the dog she had when she was young and associated memories of growing up, falling in love and leaving home.

 

 

Ella Funt #1

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A6     40p     $4     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. We can’t wait for the next issue!

 

 

Emotional Overexposure

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$4     A5     24p     40g

“Oh yes, confessional, Anne Sexton turns in her grave every time we do this, but maybe she just turns to get more comfortable.” Emotional Overexposure is a colour-photocopied zine of collages and poetry by Emma Markala, creator of zines such as Tower of Journal and The Department of Forgiving. Scissors are a recurring image in this zine – for Emma they represent feelings, choices, pathways, childhood, safety and danger: the themes of the zine.

 

 

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