I am very excited. We have so many great zines in stock at the moment. I just added a whole stack of new stuff to the catalogue and it’s all so frighteningly good. Full descriptions to come, but here’s what’s new and available to purchase right now:
- Practice your French with Couteau en Plastique No10 (aka Plastic Knife #10), as translated by Giz Medium of Cheaptoys fame (issues of Cheaptoys also available, I might add, and also new in stock is Plastic Knife #12).
- Five Postcards, a zine made to coincide with the Other Worlds zine fair, and written by Anwyn, who has not made a zine on her own for a long time. You know this is special.
- Huffin’ Textas: A secret history of Dexter Fletcher. That’s Dexter Fletcher the mysterious Sydney based art gang of two. This zine is 10 000 (count ‘em) words of quality writing on teenage dreams, the Manic Street Preachers, the Mekons, machine breaking, the Miners’ Strike and more, written in a Jump Cuts collaborative style.
- The Arrivals, a collection of excellent stories set in ‘disappearing towns’, by Shaun Prescott. You can read Shaun’s short story The Coffee Table in the most recent issue of Meanjin (as well as Tamara’s Walnuts, Almonds, Nuts, which we also stock in zine form!)
- We have multiple issues of Piss Factory available, an infectiously enthusiastic rock ‘n’ roll fanzine.
- Issue #17 of I am a Camera, Vanessa Berry’s long running zine, this time it’s all about her (and mine, and your’s maybe) hometown, Sydney. It is accompanied by three fold-out Risographed ‘touring maps’ that record a personal psychogeography of Sydney over roughly three decades.
- Sing Me To Sleep: An annotated bibliography of sad boy songs is back in stock! And even better than that, there’s a second issue, titled Hello Sadness! These are truly wonderful zines that are not just about sadness but about the feeling in everything, including pop songs.
- And um, oh my god: we have Love Truth and Honesty in stock. Do I need to tell you about this zine? Haven’t you heard about it? Paul’s zine about his fan relationship with Bananarama? Well, it’s been out of print for ages but now you can get it again, and the second issue, More Love Truth and Honesty, and for this you should be immensely grateful.
- The Wolves at the Door. We have just a couple of issues of this zine that was made by some anarchists in Sydney in 2011. It is a bit out of date but there is a great interview with some of the then-editors of the now defunct Mutiny magazine plus other articles.
- The Dream Libraries and Untitled by the zine maker who brought you such gems as Hole in the Ground, Village Ghosts and more. The Dream Libraries contains what it says on the box: a collection of short descriptions of imaginary libraries. Untitled is a dreamy, abstract collection of fragments of writing and quotes about cities, uprisings, landscapes and sites of memory.
- The spade the spanner the work the worker is a new zine by me, Emma, based on an exhibition I had in the window of Sticky. You can see photos of the exhibition here. The zine’s verso pages are the images of Billy Casper that appeared in the window of Sticky facing into Degraves, and the recto pages are the collages, photocopier art and so forth that faced into the shop.
- And finally, we have some zine lucky dips: please beware that each lucky dip contains slightly different things but there will be duplicates if you order more than one pack, and we can’t pick ‘n’ choose or tell you what’s in ‘em. It’s all up to luck.
Alright. Lots of zines. Lots of really excellent reads.
Descriptions (finally) updated. (One day we won’t have to add that ‘finally’):
- Cheaptoys #11, 13 & 14
- Come Back (home to me)
- Love Like Pop #10 & 11
- Sex Industry Apologist #1
- The Collected Scathings of Ioana Poprowka
- The Dream of Maxen
New zines, COMING SOON:
- Piss Factory
- The Wolves at the Door #2
- Plastic Knife #10 & 12
- Five Postcards
- Love Truth and Honesty
- More Love Truth and Honesty
- Sing Me To Sleep and Hello Sadness: An Annotated Bibliography of Sad Boy Songs, Vol 1 & 2
- Huffin’ Textas: A Secret History of Dexter Fletcher
- I am a Camera #17
- $5 zine lucky dip
Stock take is done and the catalogue pages are now viewable again. We’ve sold out of a lot of stuff that we’ll hopefully be able to get back in stock very soon – in the meantime please heed the ‘Temporarily sold out’ tags if you see ‘em. We’ve also got some great new zines to put up: back issues of ‘Love Truth and Honesty’, the latest edition of ‘I am a Camera’ and more. Very exciting, check back soon.
Thank you to everyone who came along to the Other Worlds zine fair today. We’re a bit overwhelmed by how successful the day turned out to be. We hope you had a good time. We got pretty cleaned out of stock so we’ve closed the mailorder temporarily until we’ve done a proper stock take. It’ll be open again soon with some new zines we picked up at the fair!
We have many great new zines in stock! Descriptions to come, but the following are now available to order:
- The Dream of Maxen
- Cheap Toys (#11, 13 and 14)
- A Homo Healed
- Wild and Blue
- Love Like Pop (#10 and 11)
- The Collected Scathings of Ioana Poprowka
Coming soon, multiple issues of Piss Factory, stay tuned.
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.
Just added that stack of new zines we’ve been accumulating since the MCA zine fair. They are:
Underground Fairylands; Well, That Was Weird; Walnuts, Almonds, Nuts; Picture This; Tonight, Everybody in the Streets; How to be Alone #1 and #2; Ella Funt; Bunny Man; Anti-Journey and last but not least Ampersand after Ampersand #4.
EDIT – and Picture This! A Deborah Harry fanzine by Pablo Says! How could I forget that?
Descriptions for all these will be coming soon. Edit – as usual.
Thanks to those folks who’ve come alone to our zine open days. We’ll be organising another round soon, along with another block of screenings for the Dexter Fletcher Feminist Film Club.
- Sex Industry Apologist #2
- If Destroyed Still True #7
Haven’t added the cover scans or all the info i.e. page counts and weight for OS orders, but people have been asking if we had them so we thought we’d better get em up quick smart!
Also, just a note about the new site. It’s a newer WordPress theme so it looks good on fancy new computers but Emma has just noticed that when you view it on her (older, crappier) computer the framing is different. Ok but different. We’re just concerned that if you have an older and even crappier computer than her you might not be able to see all the menu links on the left hand side. If this is the case please let us know? Email takecarezines(at)gmail.com. Thanks!
In line with my new ambition to become a Badge Millionaire, I have been working on the Badges page this morning. You can now order individual badges. I’ve put five new designs up, featuring images appropriated from an old Collins’ Book of Our World. There will be more to come, as well as custom/bulk badge making facilities. Exciting.