- How to Be Alone #2
- Hole in the Ground
- Sex Industry Apologist #1 and #2
- Plastic Knife #1, #2, #3, #5, #6, #9 and #11
Next Saturday is the first ever Sydney Anarchist Book Fair! A lot of people have put a lot of work into this and we’re really pleased to have a stall. It’s at the Addison Rd Community Centre. We probably won’t make it to the after party at the Rat, cuz we have to be up bright and early to catch the bus to this:
The second annual Canberra Zine Emporium!
If we were in Canberra for the Saturday we’d also go along to this, which looks ace:
Those Canberran zine folks sure do know what they’re up to.
In other zine related news, this time Melbourne based:
Tune into 3CR this Saturday (i.e. TOMORROW) at 6pm to hear the inimitable Plastic Knife play live to air! You can also book them to play in your kitchen, for their 2014 Kitchen Tour of Melbourne!
Now back to Sydney. Last update we wrote a bit about deciding not to go to the MCA zine fair this year because of the MCA’s relationship with Transfield, a company that runs services in the offshore refugee ‘processing centres’ on Manus and Nauru.
Well, it turned out that we aren’t the only ones concerned about the MCA and Transfield. A few of us have decided to organise an alternative fair. Other Worlds will be held on the same day as the MCA fair, 25 March 2014, at the Brand X Event Space, Level 3/28 Broadway, Chippendale. We’ve put a call out on Facebook that has already garnered a lot of support: here it is for those of you who don’t do the Facebook:
Dear zinesters and zine fans,
We’re organising an alternative to the MCA zine fair and want you to be involved!
The MCA is sponsored* by Transfield, a corporation that operates service contracts in the detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru. Transfield derives brand value through its association with the arts, and it derives considerable profit from the extra-judicial incarceration of asylum seekers. By participating in events that are sponsored by Transfield we add value to their brand. We, a small group of zine makers from Sydney, inspired by the current campaign to boycott the Sydney Biennale over its relationship with Transfield, have decided to boycott the MCA zine fair in 2014. We do not want our zines to add value to a corporation that profits from the Australian government’s indefensible treatment of asylum seekers.
Instead, we want to hold our own zine fair: the Other Worlds Zine Fair.
Other Worlds will be held on the same day as the MCA fair, 25 May 2014.
An alternative fair will give zinesters an opportunity to show their protest while still enabling them to sell and swap their zines. We want to demonstrate that we can make our own event, on our own terms: ones that explicitly reject association with the detention industry.
We also hope to create a space in which to initiate discussions and raise awareness of how the system of mandatory detention manifests in our everyday lives: how we are implicated in it, how else we can resist it, and how we can end it.
An alternative to the MCA zine fair may seem like a small protest, but it’s a specific protest that we can make as zine makers, in solidarity with asylum seekers who protest against and resist mandatory detention from within the camps.
So, register your interest in booking a table!
Half table: $5/Full table: $10 (tables are 1.8 metres long)
Email otherworldszinefair(at)gmail.com by March 25
Hon, Emma, Tim and Meg
Stay tuned for more updates!
* A few notes on ‘sponsorship':
In a pay-walled article on ArtsHub, MCA corrected us on the use of the word ‘sponsorship’ to describe their relationship with Transfield, stating instead that Transfield are a ‘Corporate Member’.
‘Corporate members’ are listed on the ‘Sponsorship’ page of the MCA website.
Transfield are listed on page 60 of the MCA 2012 annual report in the section for ‘Sponsorship, Donations, Marketing and Public Relations’, as a ‘Corporate Member’.
The MCA are listed on the ‘Community Involvement – Sponsorships’ page of the Transfield website: ‘Transfield Holdings has been a corporate sponsor of the Museum of Contemporary Art since 2004.’ (accessed 14/3/14. 22:40, emphasis mine).
The word ‘sponsorship’ seems to have a slippery definition, depending on when, how and by whom it is used. Clearly Transfield consider their corporate membership to be a variety of sponsorship. Whatever the case, MCA and Transfield have a brand relationship. As the MCA website outlines, Corporate Membership provides an opportunity to:
‘[a]lign with Australia’s leading contemporary arts brand and an exciting range of collections’ and ‘[d]evelop and enhance relationships with key clients and stakeholders.’
We have A LOT of new stock to add to the catalogue, so in preparation I’ve just done a quick tidy up of the site.
Back in stock we have:
And COMING SOOOON:
Thanks to everyone who came and visited us at our last open day at Junior Gazette. The day was a great success and we’ll be planning more open days this year, keep your eyes peeled. We took some photos of the space as it was set up, including Syd Terminal’s collages that were on display, so when we get around to it we’ll put them up.
Thanks also to Luke, Thomas and everyone in Melbourne who helped put on and who attended the Festival of the Photocopier at the beginning of the month! It was an extremely hot weekend in Melbourne – fortunately zines are really cool, right? Haw haw. Anyway, we were really pleased that we could finally make it down for the Fest. Can’t wait for next year.
On a more serious note before I sign off, you may have heard that the MCA has done the call-out for their zine fair this year at the end of May. Take Care has decided not to participate in this year’s fair, due to sponsorship connections the MCA has with a finance conglomerate called Transfield. Transfield run the service contracts in the detention camps on Manus Island and Nauru. Some of you may be aware that there is currently a campaign underway to boycott the upcoming Sydney Biennale due to its ties with Transfield. We support this boycott and calls for organisations and individuals to disvest their financial interests with Transfield and any other company that profits from the human misery – and murder – produced by the conditions in the camps. As such, we feel that we can’t be involved with the MCA fair this year, either, unless they suddenly cease to have a relationship with Transfield. That would only happen if we make some noise about it. So we encourage others to read up on this issue, and to join us in a boycott. The Crossborder Operational Matters site has a lot of valuable information on it about Transfield’s relationship with the arts. The RISE (Refugees, Survivors and Ex-Detainees) site has a statement on the Biennale boycott.
Just a reminder that all the zines in the Take Care catalogue will be available to buy sans postage tomorrow at Junior Gazette. That’s Level 1, 91 Railway Pde Marrickville, between 12 and 5 pm. There will also be collages by Syd Terminal on display to accompany his new zine, The Dream of Maxen, which is being launched.
Also, we’ve recently acquired back issues of the wonderful Plastic Knife, Cheap Toys and Sex Industry Apologist, and they’ll be available to buy tomorrow before we put them all online. Hope some of you reading this can make it!
We’ve finished assembling our 2014 mini calendars, which we’ve made this year in lieu of a newsletter. The calendar pages were printed on the Sleepless Nights Press, Tim’s Adana 8×5 letterpress, and the covers were made by Emma with the aid of her trusty Gocco. They’re designed to slip into pockets, wallets, purses or to stick on your fridge, and are free with orders. And yes we know you’ve got a smart phone or whatever that already tells you the days of the week, month and what colour socks you’re wearing, but we’re a zine distro, we like physical objects. As the title of one great old zine would have it, Luddite Shall Inherit!
Come visit us at our studio and buy all the zines you want – minus the postage!
Details of our first zine open day for 2014:
(Accessibility: Junior Gazette is up a split level flight of stairs and has no lift.)
We hope you can make it! We’ll add some photos of our space when it’s set up for zine action closer to the date.
We’ve just added a new zine by Emma Markala, author of zines such as The Department of Forgiving, Shiny Prairie and Tower of Journal. As with those zines, it contains Emma’s choppy collages and poetry.
We have also finally updated the details for Folklore, a CD-R by Syd Terminal (Hole in the Ground, A Walk Around Pendle Hill etc) so that you can now actually buy it! Sorry it took so long, Syd.
Of course, we haven’t given you enough time to order these for Christmas, but we hope you have a good one anyway, and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support over this year, particularly to everyone whose zines we’ve stocked and everyone who’s ordered from us. This year has been a very productive one for Take Care, in terms of mail-order: over the years (ha! we can actually say that now, pretty good, hey?) we’ve gone from having very sporadic mail-order sales and having to rely on attending lots of zine fairs to sell zines, to having a pretty reliable, steady, weekly flow of mail-order sales. Which is great, because that’s what we really wanted the focus of the distro to be: a mail-order zine service. It feels very cool to have achieved this. So, thanks again!
So, January 1 2014 will be our official 4th anniversary. In previous years we’ve made a newsletter to mark this occasion (the 2013 newsletter was pretty delayed and didn’t come out till March) but this year we’ve printed a mini pocket calendar on Tim’s Adana letterpress, which will be sent out in lieu of a newsletter. We have a lot of cutting and trimming to do to get in out in time for January, but stay tuned for progress.
Sorry it’s taken a while, but I have just added the wonderful Disposable Camera/YOU split zine dedicated to the Housemartins to the site! It’s such a great zine, honestly. It really warmed my heart, it’s full of great anecdotes and facts about not just the Housemartins but Hull, buns, birds, Yorkshire and of course contains Vanessa and Luke’s great writing.
I have also added another new zine by me – WILL I EVER STOP? Evidently I have not much better to do with my time. But seriously, I am quite proud of this little zine. It’s about having a sick day and the Beatles, who are not a band that I ever thought I would write or even think much about, but daily I spurn my teenage self.
Join us at Junior Gazette on Sunday 17 November as we pay homage to the Pope of Mope: Morrissey.
Tea and toast!
Morrissey Christmas card corner!
Readings from Autobiography (read your favourite passage)!
Morrissey’s favourite songs!
Prize for the best quiff!
And, at 8pm, A Taste of Honey screens (written by Shelagh Delaney, Directed by Tony Richardson, loved by Morrissey).
One of the most reliable occurrences in the life of PO Box 4, Enmore NSW 2042 is the fortnightly arrival of the previous two weeks’ issues of YOU zine. YOU arrives so regularly, so punctually, that it’s almost tempting to take it for granted, to call it predictable, even. The regularity with which it arrives in the post is matched by the regularity of its aesthetic: brown paper bags and white office copy paper. Or sometimes white paper bags and brown recycled copy paper. The word ‘you’ stamped on the cover in red or black. Sometimes in purple, green, or blue, but always a generic ink-pad colour. The paper bag (sometimes it’s an envelope, postcard or a standard A5 zine) is decorated using some sort of print making technique: rubber stamps, rubbings, Lino cuts. Or with an image torn from a magazine, newspaper, or some such place. Or with coloured gaffa tape. Each individual copy in an issue of YOU is a slight variation on the same thing. Each issue of YOU a slight variation on all the other issues of YOU. Inside the paper bag, more repetition: a photocopied letter, folded, stapled inside. The familiar handwriting, the familiar way that it’s signed off. Sometime’s it someone else’s handwriting, but there have been so many guest writers that that’s to be expected, too. The writing itself: a story from a day in the life of Luke You, an ordinary life of intense interests, an interesting life. An interested life. The envelopes that YOU arrives in each fortnight: again, repetition. The same envelope, an Australia Post A4 tough bag. The same format for the address, written with the same black texta. Or sometimes it’s written in pen. The same words – ‘Artwork, Do Not Bend’ and ‘Documents Only’ – rubber stamped on the outside. $1.80 worth of postage stamps in the top right hand corner. The same note thanking Take Care for stocking YOU: a photocopy of the note that was sent with the very first issues of YOU that we stocked. Repetition, repetition, repetition. And then some.
When we started Take Care – we opened on the 1st of January, 2010 – YOU was one of the first zines we stocked. It’s a pretty legendary zine: there is a YOU book, there have been YOU writing marathons, a couple of years ago YOU made it into Microcosm’s zine annual as one of the best zine’s of the year. I have a YOU t-shirt (it makes a cameo appearance in my latest zine, ‘Trabajar en una Tienda’, see if you can spot it). I’m not exactly sure why I am writing this post, just that today I picked up last fortnight’s issues of YOU from the post office and I read them in the car while my dad gave me a lift home. I’d just finished reading ‘Red or Dead’, David Peace’s novel about Bill Shankly’s management of Liverpool Football Club. It’s a novel about obsession – a football obsession, in this case – and the use of relentless repetition, relentless practice, persistence and passion, and relentlessness itself, as a way to achieve invincibility, immortality, greatness. And it occurred to me that that is what YOU is: it is the circa 1970s Liverpool Football Club of zines, and Luke You is the Bill Shankly of zinesters. I don’t know very much about football really, but I liked the book a lot, so I feel confident in drawing this analogy.
So anyway, the real point of all of this is to say: we stock YOU. We have many issues of it in stock. It’s free. Well, we have to charge 1c for it, because of the way paypal works. If you add it to your cart when ordering other zines, we’ll fit in as many issues as the total you’ve paid for postage will allow.
If, however, you would like some issues of YOU on their own to arrive in your letter box, send us $3 to our paypal address (for postage) and we’ll send you a full A4 envelope’s worth. Just be sure to put your address and a request for copies of YOU zine in the ‘note to merchant’ field In paypal.
And coming soon: the latest issue of another great zine, ‘Disposable Camera’, is a split with… YOU! It’s about the Housemartins and Hull and it’s brilliant, but unfortunately we can’t put it on the catalogue until Tim gets back from holidays, with his computer that can upload scans. Until then, writhe in anticipation (or order a copy from Sticky).