We have just spent a very large portion of the day ensconced in our spare room adding zines to the site and writing descriptions. We are very excited about how many really good zines we have in stock at the moment. We have also received a lot of really great submissions over the last couple of months that we haven’t had time to reply to yet, but we will, and then we will have even more really great zines. It is very exciting indeed.

The zines that have just been added are:

* If Destroyed Still True (back in stock, we got The Paper Mills copies when they closed down, with Nine’s permission, so if you didn’t get a chance to read this zine the first time it was doing the rounds, here is your 2nd chance, which you’re supposed to never have, so you should jump on it)

* I am Very Busy and Important # 4, 5 and 6 (a really great zine covering local stories from small to medium towns in Queensland, one of the best zine series we’ve read in a while)

* Both by Accident & Design (following on from last year’s For Stregnth and Valour, this is zine to file in the sacred category of ‘shitty workplace stories’, subcategory, ‘low rung office jobs’)

* Kiss Off #14 (a highly estimable zine from Toronto, Canada. As yet we have not added a description to the catelogue, so stay tuned for more)

* Hole in the Ground (a zine that is substantial in both page count and quality of contents, about the nature of home, change and a number of other profound Ideas, but written in a very enjoyable and accessible manner)

* Music for Raising Sydenham Swamp (the newest addition to our Music and Videos page, which contains experimental and DIY music, and which we want to expand and want for you to be more interested in, because lots of people make really good music in their bedrooms in the indefatigable tradition of PUNK ROCK and it should be ENCOURAGED and SUPPORTED)

What else did we do. We added descriptions to some zines that have had their ‘description coming soon’ for, oh, forever. We decided not to say ‘description coming soon’ for the new zines we’ve added without descriptions, because it is obviously a lie. We either do it straight away of we fuck about for half an eternity. There’s no reason for this, and it should not be seen as a reflection on the individual zines, it is just the way we are. But believe us when we say that all the undescribed items in the catalogue will be fixed up shortly, as in, the next day or two. For Real!

Other things:

We will be doing a table at our friends’ gig in a few months. They are called Black VAT Trio and are launching their EP at the Red Rattler on June 2nd. More details about that closer to the date. We’re also tabling at the MCA zine fair this year, which is in May sometime. Again, more details soon.

UPDATES, INEVITABLE BADGE SPIN OFF ETC…

Descriptions have been added for the issues of Brainscan and Jerk Store that were put up a few weeks ago. More descriptions to come, and more zines: we have issues of Kiss Off, I am Very Busy and Important and Hole in the Ground to add over the next week or so.

We also tweaked the site a bit a couple of weeks ago, updating the international postage prices and moving all the music/video stuff to one page to make room for our new badge page! Yes, we have taken the inevitable next step in zine distrodom and now stock custom-made badges (or buttons, according to what part of the world you’re in.) We bought a 2.5cm/1 inch badge maker a little while ago and have made a few sets of badges inspired by some of the ‘deaccessioned’ library books we’ve collected over the years. We’ll be adding other stuff to the badge page as we go along, including bulk ordering options, but if you have any badge related enquiries in the meantime, just get in touch.

Well, we finally have the internet in our new flat. It only took a million years! Apologies to the zinesters who have been waiting for us to get their zines up.

So, the following zines have just been added to the site:

Jerk Store #9 and #10, Secret Sound Colours #1 and #2, Brainscan #21, #26 and #28 and the second issue of the Take Care Newsletter Zine which is free with orders or 50c on its own.

Coming soon we have a new CD from the Sydney Exploratory Society titled Music for Raising Sydenham Swamp and descriptions for all the zines in the catalogue that are currently descriptionless!

Why hello. THANK YOU everyone who ordered zines during our January zine sale! It was a great success. We are considering doing something similar sort of mid year to celebrate our 30th birthdays, so hang out for that. You’ll notice we’ve sold out of a lot of zines but we have amassed quite a back log of things that need to be added to the site, including issues of WA punk fanzine Jerk Store and art zine Secret Sound Colours. We have also been in contact with American zine person Alex Wrekk and there are issues of Brainscan piled on our desk ready to be scanned and weighed and priced and have done to them all the other things that must be done before being put into our big zine box. All this will happen when we have a proper internet connection in our new house.

Yes, new house. We moved, yet again, about a month ago, back to the city because Emma got a job and the effort it takes to get to Enmore from Katoomba to check the mail is fucking ridiculous. Well it’s more complicated than that but none of your business, really. But our new house is ace. This ace:

We also held true to our promise to make another newsletter! It’s fairly substantial this time round and has a few lists of things we liked about 2011, zine fairs we attended, other rambling bits and a bit of a scrapbook of notes and flyers from our notes and flyers archive. It’s free with orders but we’ll put it in the catalogue for 50c for anyone who extra-specially needs a copy on it’s own.

So, being as we are, we missed what is probably the most exciting zine event in the Australian Zine Calendar: The Festival of the Photocopier, which, by all accounts, was amazing. The reasons we missed it are many-fold, including that we moved house and that Emma and Anwyn had to install an exhibition on the same weekend it happened. But the thing is: we never said we’d go, to our recollection, we think – but we ended up being billed as being there. We didn’t actually realise we were on the bill until a friend told us they’d been listening to Melbourne radio on the internet and there’d been an ad or something about it saying we were going. It’s not a big deal and we certainly don’t hold any grudges against Sticky about this, but we just wanted to apologise in case people thought we were slack. We are slack, just not in this instance. We will endeavour to make it down for next year’s festival, and as we’ve already told Luke, if we start organising now that dream might just come true.

Happy New Year! The 2nd anniversary sale begins today. Every $10 worth of zines you order gets you a zine for free, just write a few preferences in the ‘note to merchant’ field when checking outta paypal. Sale lasts all January or until we run out of zines… Thanks everyone for your support over the last two years!

Just made a small but significant improvement to the site: view cart buttons. Wow, I can’t believe how long it took to figure that out! Anyway, it’s easier to order zines now… try it.

Updates, SALE, zine workshops in Blacktown…

Happy festive season, good people. I have just spent this rainy afternoon adding a few things to the catalogue – two issues of Telegram Ma’am (#20 and 22), the latest Disposable Camera (all about Melbourne this time, featuring Vanessa’s most ambitious mind map to date) and the truly epic 4 disc making of YOU DVD box set. You’ll find that last one on the ‘other things to buy’ page.

Meanwhile, I have been busy working on a new Take Care Zine Distro Zine/Newsletter. It’ll be out as soon as I can get to Officeworks – by the end of the week, hopefully. Within it you will find a round-up of the year 2011 from our perspective, perched up here in the not so mountainous Blue Mountains above venal old Sydney Town.

The more observant among you – or those that have cared enough to pay attention (don’t worry if you didn’t – I hardly remembered myself, and last year I totally forgot) will note that the 1st of January marks Take Care’s second anniversary. Two years! How come we haven’t taken over the world yet? Ah, who cares. Anyway, we thought we should actually acknowledge this important acheivement in some way, so we have decided to do this thing we’ve heard rumours that people are into, we’ve decided to have a SALE, starting from the 1st of January. The rules of the sale are as follows, beneath the attention grabbing heading:

ZINE SALE!

In the month of January with every $10 of zines you order you may nominate an additional zine to be added to your order, free of charge. (Orders over $20 get two, over $30 get three, you see the pattern.) Simply write the title of the zine you’d like in the ‘note to merchant’ field when checking out of paypal. Please list a couple of alternatives in case your first preference sells out. (If we happen to sell out of all your prefs we’ll pick a random zine for you – first in, first served.) Remember that the sale begins on the first of January, so keep yr hats on till then!

Also, in January I’m gonna be hosting a couple of zine workshops at Blacktown City Libraries. Here are the details:

Jan 10 – Stanhope Gardens library

Jan 12 – Mt Druitt library

and on Jan 18 Vanessa Berry will be hosting a workshop at Blacktown library

All workshops are from 1-3pm and are for 13 to 18 year olds, but if you’re a year of two older – or younger – you’re welcome to come too, but you must book by calling the relevent library. Check out the Blacktown Library website for more info.

The structure of the workshops that I’m doing will be a brief lowdown on what zines are and then an ideas brainstorming/zine making session – you can bring along stuff you’re already working on or try to make something from scratch (typewriter, collage materials, scissors, glue and photocopier provided) or just hang out and read some cool zines from my collection! To coincide with this I think they’re tying to organise a zine display in the library, too, but I’ll get back to you on that.

xE D