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!
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).
Emma’s new zine is now available for purchase in the Take Care catalogue. It is called Trabajar en una Tienda and is a ‘best of’ zine, pulling material from zines she made between the ages of 17 and 25. Part of it was printed on the Rizzeria in alluring reddish orange and blue. It features a couple of new comics, too, including the long anticipated final of ‘The Black Dog’, for those of you out there who read her zine Penny Sentinel, years ago.
Edit: This block of open days and film screenings are being postponed! We will let you know when we’ve confirmed the new dates. Sorry if this puts anyone out – stay tuned!
The next round of our zine open days at Junior Gazette starts this weekend! Dates and times: Sunday 8 September, 2-6pm Sunday 22 September, 2-6pm Sunday 6 October, 2-6pm At 6pm screenings of the Dexter Fletcher Feminist Film Club commence, starting with Dreams of a Life this Sunday. See Junior Gazette site for full details.