Hello! Thanks to everyone who came and visited us at our MCA stall last Sunday. We had good time – it was much more relaxed than previous years have been. We have just spent the evening sorting out roughly the last 6 months worth of consignments, which are hopefully all in order now. We have an exciting number of new zines to add to the catalogue – upwards of twenty, including, off the top of our heads: a whole stack of stuff from Vanessa Berry, radical parenting zine Building Blocks, about five issues of UK perzine Your Pretty Face is going Straight to Hell, the third issue of Licky la Grim’s excellent Gloryhole Baby, Thank You for Your Love by Bastian Fox Phelan, a zine about reggae and Jamaican pop culture called Rice & Peas and moooore… Heaps more, in fact. Which is good, cuz the catalogue’s looking a little sparse at the moment, so thank you everyone who has sent us submissions or has acquiesced to our requests to stock their zines over the last month or so. Obviously it’s going to take us a while to get all this new stuff up – we’re hoping to do a few every night over the next few weeks, so keep your eye out cuz there are some mighty fine zines coming.
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!
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!
VERY MINI SALE…
For some reason, when we mark a zine ‘last copy’ people don’t buy it. Why is that? Rather than speculate, we’ve decided to put some of our lonely ‘last copy’ zines on sale. Some of them have been hanging around for a while. They’re all in perfect condition, but you can now get the following for up to (and in a couple of cases, more than) half price:
Chiaroscuro #4 (fabric and paper edition)
The Department of Forgiving
I am my Cat’s Keeper #1
But get in quick, cuz as we say, there’s only one copy of each of these zines!
Totally updated! We’re totally updated!
We finally got the internet working at our new house and had a spare day to sit down and add some things to the catalogue. Descriptions to come (yep, as usual), but check out all this new stuff:
The Church of Hysteria‘s ‘Unmastered’ CD!
New issue (#7) of Plastic Knife zine!
Three (#8, 9 & 10) great issues of Miss Helen’s excellent Fly Away Bird!
March Eighteen, in which Paul and Jessie spend a day at the Marrickville Metro and record the goings on thereof!
If Destroyed Still True, an excellent new zine about travelling in ‘Iraqi Kurdistan’ by Nine of Sex Industry Apologist fame!
I Know Everything, a zine providing documentary evidence of the daring but doomed scheme to remove Luke’s Big Chair from the Sticky Institute!
The first two issues of Virgin, a zine about…well, you can probably guess by the title. Issue#1 is the author’s own story and #2 is a compilation!
And finally, we have Watch Him Bleed #1 back in stock, plus issue #2 & 3. The latter is a split with Licking Stars off Ceilings #15!
Enough with the exclamation marks!?!
So, in other news, we now live a rather inconvenient 2 hours away from old faithful PO Box 4, but we’re not changing our address, as we’ll more than likely be back in the city in 6 months. But it is lovely up here in the Mountains, with all the stars and mist and parrots and the cafe owned by a cult and everything.
In more other news, as we’ve mentioned already, Tim, Vanessa and I are organising a zine fair, called the Snapdragon Zine Fair, which will be at the Red Rattler, 6 Faversham St Marrickville, on the 4th of September. Stalls are all booked out, but if you’d like to send zines for the Absent Zinesters table, or participate in the world’s first zine pinata (zinata), check out snapdragonzinefair.wordpress.com.
Hi folks, just a heads up that Take Care is shutting down for a few days while we take a break from work in all its paid and unpaid varieties. The catalogue pages will be back up in a little over a week, with more zines added and a round up of interesting zine related news. So, as usual, stay tuned.
EDIT – 5th July
Ok, so the hiatus has taken a been a bit longer than expected, mostly because as soon as we came back from our holiday we decided to look for a new house and are currently in the process of packing up and moving from our flat in Enmore to the Blue Mountains. So it will take another week or two to get the catalgue fully up to date. Meanwhile, check out the zine fair we’re organising with Vanessa – snapdragonzinefair.wordpress.com.