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!


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:

Briefly, Birds

Chiaroscuro #4 (fabric and paper edition)

The Department of Forgiving

I am my Cat’s Keeper #1



Ker-Bloom #51

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.

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…