Back in stock:

The extraordinarily good Sing me to Sleep: An annotated bibliography of sad boy songs

The veritably marvellous Strange: Seven times with you

The exquisitely wonderful Love Like Pop #6

and the right properly excellent Hugh: Stories about whoring from an anarchist leaning, erotic, pseudo-neurotic homo

In fact, if you were just thinking to yourself that you need to read some zines full of fucking-bonkers-good writing, you’d not be disappointed if you ordered all of the above, no kidding.

Some shots of our table at the Canberra fair…

Tim successfully avoids being photographed, just after set up in Gorman house.

Later, some of the gallery staff came and took away a number of the tables, which they had apparently filched from somewhere without permission and had to return. The empty table next to us was reserved for Bird in the Hand distro, who did not, unfortunately, materialise. Presumably Susy learned that she’d be seated next to us and, aware of our legendary pugnacity (or perhaps pungency), decided against it.

In case you were wondering what goes on behind the table at a zine fair (legs and boxes/ bags of crap).

Later in the afternoon, Tim discovered that Emma’s scarf could be fashioned into a something not unlike an amusing, woollen breast.

Which, with slight alteration, could be turned into a serviceable, almost Taitlinesque, new hat for Emma. Note bags under eyes, result of waking up at 5 in the morning to get to Canberra in time for zine fair. The things we do for you, honestly.

We left shortly after this photo was taken, for reasons that are probably obvious.

Thanks again to everyone who came!

If you browse our catalogue you will notice that a lot of zines are marked ‘sold out’ in bold, alarming orange. That’s because we got pretty cleared out at yesterday’s zine fair in Canberra. We’re even running low on zines we got so recently that we haven’t been able to add descriptions to their catalogue listings yet. Thanks to everyone who came along, and to the organisers, and to people who stayed for a chat. It was a good day indeed.

So, we don’t know how long it will take to get the stuff we’ve sold out of restocked, or how many of them we’ll be able to get back in stock at all, so please bear with us and the ‘sold out’ labels while we figure that out: communication within the zine world, as you’re probably aware, is refreshingly slow paced and haphazard, so it could take a while. But we still have plenty of stuff to take to next month’s fair at the MCA (of which more later), so all’s good.

More soon…

Yesterday a stack of back issues of the wonderful Fanzine Ynfytyn arrived. Fanzine Ynfytyn is by UK zine maker, photographer and general doer of things Emma Jane Falconer. She writes light-hearted zines full of favourites lists, amusing anecdotes and gentle witticisms. Descriptions, as usual, will take a few days to get up, but in the meantime just believe us when we say they’re worth your time (as is Egeszsegedre!, another of Emma’s zines, about travelling to Hungary).

We’ve also added another page to the catalogue called ‘Other things to buy’ which is where, (you guessed it) things that aren’t zines will be relegated from now on, including Emma Jane Falconer’s haiku ode to Ernest Hemingway postcard and the Church of Hysteria’s CD and EP. We should say maybe that while we do want to keep the focus of the distro on zines, it being a zine distro and all, if you are a zine maker and happen to make something that you think might be of interest to us – things that started as zines and mutated into something else, very DIY music projects etc – do consider getting in touch if you’re looking for distribution.

Likewise, if you have or know of any upcoming zine related events or call-outs and would like us to advertise them on this here blog we’re very happy to, just get in touch: takecarezines@gmail.com.

More new stuff! More new stuff!

Dammit, we’re on fire.

Some of the zines we mentioned in the last post have arrived, have been priced, bundled into plastic sleeves and slipped lovingly into our tub of zine-stock, ready for you to order. They are: Rhetorical #4 and Outshine the Sun #2, Indie Kids #1 and one that we forgot to mention before, Old Memory, a follow-up to Village Ghosts, with more beautiful collage, quotes and hazy childhood memories. Each copy comes with a different found photograph, such as this:

We received confirmation yesterday that we’ve got a table at the MCA zine fair, which is a fair while away but exciting nonetheless, as the organisers have this year heeded last year’s concerns that, despite being sold to The Unknowing Public as a ‘zine fair’, the nature of the application process (i.e. first in, first served) was such that only a few zine makers could actually get tables, the rest being used to hock crafty knick-knacks, art magazines etc. Not that there’s anything wrong with the latter, of course, but I personally think that if you’re gonna call something a zine fair it should, primarily, feature zines, unless you want to unintentionally alienate people who actually feel like they belong to the zine making community. Or perhaps I’m just a tedious hippy. Anyway, massive props to the organisers this year for screening applications so that zine makers and their ilk get a better showing. Hopefully that’s what the result will be and I’m not being stupidly optimistic. I don’t know what the deal is if you missed out on a table, but I’m sure there’ll be some discussion on the zines-aus google groupĀ  if people are in need of sharing (perhaps you could even start that discussion). Oh yes, it’s on the 22nd of May, ages away.

Another thing I’m looking froward to: Tim just sent me a text to alert me that this week’s issue of YOU has arrived and it’s a booklet all about The Fall’s recent gig in Melbourne. My heart is fluttering in anticipation. Are there any other Fall obsessives out there in Australian zine land? Maybe we should make a Fall fanzine, the world probably needs one. I, at the very least, need one.

Yours for now and probably again sooner rather than later, as I’m going to write some zine descriptions today or tomorrow,

Emma D

EDIT – I wasn’t lying. The catalogue is now totally updated. The following have had descriptions added: Old Memory, Sex Industry Apologist, Fern Zine, Plastic Knife #6/Black Paint Gold Wire #8, Indie Kids #1, The Church of Hysteria – Of a Photocopy, Rhetorical #4, Outshine the Sun #2, The Plural of Deer is Deer.

All written while listening to The Church of Hysteria’s ‘Of a Photocopy’ CD, which is pretty excellent, I must say, and Mission of Burma, who have always been excellent. But you knew that.


How damn exciting: checked the PO box today and the latest issue of Plastic Knife zine has arrived! Issue #6 is a split with Black Paint Gold Wire #8 and is, as usual, a lovely wedge of obscure ziney goodness: weird ideas for art projects/short films, apparently random clippings from trashy magazines and newspapers, scraps of things that look like they were picked up off the side of the road, all given an air of profundity by their purposeful placement within the sturdy, utilitarian covers of the zine. More ideas than you can shake a heavy-duty stapler at. We’ve only got 6 copies so get in quick (obviously, we can get more copies when we run out, but if I say that it doesn’t really convey the appropriate sense of urgency).

Ok, also exciting is the knowledge that any day now we could check the PO box and the following will be lying in wait for us:

Rhetorical #4 and Outshine the Sun #2 (more cut n paste, musical musings and scratchy pen drawing radness from Chiara), Indie Kids #1 (a comic poking fun at indie kids, possibly from the perspective of an indie kid – the author seems to know too much), The Church of Hysteria‘s new recording titled ‘Of a Photocopy’, feat. such luminaries as Lou Smith and a drummer called Pigfucker, Sex Industry Apologist (still), a whole stack of zines from Emma Jane Falconer, she who has stuff to do with the Brighton Zine Fair and writes the hilarious/wonderful Fanzine Ynfytyn, and finally, more copies/issue of Culture Slut from Amber in Canada which will take a while, unfortunately, but will surely be worth the wait!

In the meantime, get a copy of Plastic Knife #6, and remember, all orders receive a copy of the Take Care Zine Distro Zine for free.

Just did a little update:

New zine in the catalogue – The Plural of Deer is Deer. And coming soon – Fergus #24 + 25, Sex Industry Apologist (still waiting to have the price confirmed on the latter).

Hello to our comrades at the Sticky Institute and all who are down in Melbourne to celebrate the I Am Typewriter festival. We couldn’t go, obviously, mainly because Emma has a show on at the moment (read about it here). But we will be having a stall on the 20th of February at Stucco (or in the park across the street if it’s a nice day), as part of the Anarchist Summer School. I’m assuming that you don’t have to identify as an anarchist to attend, so bring yourselves and your zines!

Anarchist Summer School Zine Fair

197-207 Wilson St, Newtown (Stucco)

3:30-6 or later, Sunday 20th Feb

BYO picnic blanket/table/zine hocking facilities

In other news, we finished making our first little newsletter zine, the Take Care Zine Distro Zine (explanation for laborious title included within). Here’s what it looks like:

If you have ever ordered from us or stocked your zine with us you should expect to see one in your letter box soon. If you don’t receive one it means that for some reason we haven’t got your address on file, so drop us a line and we’ll fix you up. Otherwise they will be inserted into every order we receive from now on. Aiming to make this a bi-yearly, possibly quarterly thing, let’s see how we go.

Descriptions updated, finally, with the usual apologies for tardiness. If you’re wondering what’s been going down in Take Care land recently, I’ve finished my masters, Tim’s still working on his, and we’re writing a newsletter/zine that documents, in tedious detail, the distro’s first year. The recent months have been marked by tragedy and sadness not worthy of expression in this site update, but I have just about regained my energy and enthusiasm for the distro, and things should start picking up now. In fact, I’m looking forward to it.

So, those zines that are now described:

The Portable Self, Atom Bird, Ladybeard #2, Rink & June Graveyard, Love Like Pop #6

Coming soon:

The Plural of Deer is Deer, Sex Industry Apologist

New Zines! New Year?

Hello again! We’ve just added a few new zines to the site as promised.

Love letters to monsters #3/Alabama grrrl #9, Ladybeard (back in stock), Ladybeard #2: Transhairstorical, Bangor

While I’m at it, apologies to anyone who trekked out to Earlwood on the weekend hoping to catch us at the DIY Market. We had to cancel at the last minute due to the aforementioned crisis.

Now on a more positive note Little Boy (see below) has been working hard putting together a list of his favourite zines for 2010. You can check it out here.

Once again a BIG thank you to everyone who wrote us letters or emailsĀ  throughout the year, we really appreciate the effort you guys have made in getting in contact. And it’s been really great meeting folks through correspondance or zine fairs. Hopefully we’ll see some of you again in 2011. And lastly thank you to everyone whose zines we stock. We love you. See you in the new year!

Myriad events ranging from the rather small to the soul destroyingly enormous are currently taking place in our lives and are preventing us from properly dedicating time to the distro.This is just a quick note to apologise to the folks who are still waiting for their zines (and descriptions for their zines) to appear here, to wish you all a safe and happy Christmas, and to thank every one for supporting Take Care in our first year!

Oh, and while we’re at it, don’t take this to mean that we’ve stopped taking orders for the year – order away! Indeed, if you’re quick you might even be able to get in some zines for Christmas…