Hello, finally found the time and head-space to do a bit of long overdue shop-site retuning. We have added descriptions to some of the zines that have been languishing, undescribed, for the past month, including the Refugee Art Project Zines, The Good Son, I am a Camera #17, La Petite Mort, The Time You Were in Paris and The Nostalgia Prescription.
The aim is to have all the descriptions updated before adding any more new zines, of which, as aforementioned, we have many. And many and many.
While I’m here, let me tell you that we will be at this zine fair, next weekend!
Organised by the City of Sydney with the aid of the estimable Nicholas Beckett, we hope to see you there!
Our favourite shop is our new shop!
As well as having a lot of really amazing new zines in stock, we have built an entirely new mail order shop from which to purchase them! It is HERE!
We were fond of the old shop template we used, but it was quite difficult and time-consuming for us to update, and made it complicated to add options for international postage. So we decided to move everything over to a site with a dedicated shop template. It looks a lot snazzier than our old shop, but the main benefits are those that I’ve just mentioned: it’s HEAPS easier for us to update, and probably heaps easier for you to order from, too. There’s also more room for pictures of inside pages of zines, so you don’t have to rely on our sometimes haphazard descriptions to get an idea of what you’re buying, hurrah!
We’ve checked and double checked and triple checked the new site for bugs, but if you do notice anything going wrong when you order, please let us know!
And yes, you can now order from outside Australia without having to worry about weights and emailing us etc.
There are still a few more things to transfer over from the old shop, but there are a lot of new things up as well, including:
- Pen Erases Paper by Sam Wallman, and Fluid Prejudice, the comic anthology he edited.
- The Good Son by Safdar Ahmed
- All seven Refugee Art Project Zines (all proceeds to the RAP)
- A selection of zines about the darker side of suburban life by Daniel Vandenberg
- La Petite Mort and The Time You Were in Paris by Leigh Rigozzi (the later in collaboration with Vanessa Berry)
- I am a Camera #17, also by Vanessa
- a new issue of Cheaptoys, bilingual zine by Giz
- Plunder #3 split with Confessions of an SHS Worker, perspectives on the housing crisis in Sydney and Melbourne
- and The Nostalgia Prescription, a new collage zine by Emma Markala.
As usual, bear with us while we write descriptions for some of this new stuff. And there’s more new stuff to come: we’re restocking Tamara Lazaroff’s zines, and Nine’s Sex Industry Apologist, and others.
And finally, we will be at the NYWF/TINA zine fair next Sunday! See you there.
We’ll be at this on Saturday, come along and say hi!
Also, the National Young Writers Festival zine fair is happening once again in Newcastle, on October 5th. We’re not sure if we can make it this year, but here’s the application info if you can!
Finally, Verge Library – which is run by the University of Sydney Union – has put a call out for their upcoming zine library. It looks as though they are also looking to sell stuff: here’s the EOI form.
P.S. We’ve been working very hard behind the scenes on a shiny new mail order shop. It will be launched very soon, with lots of new zines, prints, postcards and badges! Stay tuned!
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!