Greetings!

I did a bunch of cleaning up on the site last night, adding long neglected descriptions, removing a few things we’ve sold out of without realising, marking zines that we’re down to the last copy of. I also updated the international postage rates (Australia Post have removed one weight category for posting international letters, so letters between 51-250g are now all one weight category, making it pretty expensive for post that is just slightly over 50g. Sorry! Blame Australia Post.)

Also I made a very important update to our submissions page which I will elaborate on here: we are currently not accepting submissions. We don’t know if this will be permanent or not, but we’ve found that we really struggle to cope with the number of submissions we get. Often we wind up feeling guilty about either not replying to people in a timely manner or having to tell people that we don’t think their zine’s what we’re after or caving in and stocking things that we think are good but not really our style. It’s hard to say this stuff without coming off all narky there’s-sooo-many-lame-zines-out-there-man, and that’s not what we think at all. We’re so grateful to everyone who sends us their stuff and to everyone whose zines we’ve stocked. I was looking at our folder of paid invoices/consignments last night and it’s nearly two inches thick! That’s a lot of zines. One day I might actually try to calculate just how many we’ve sold on behalf of how many zinesters. We do honestly believe that all zine making should be encouraged and supported, we just don’t have time and energy to stock every single zine we get sent. So we’ve decided that it would be easier for us to approach the zine makers whose stuff we want to stock rather than wait for them to send us submissions. In fact, that is pretty much how we’ve always run things, anyway. We’re aware that we’ll probably miss out on a lot of real gems by closing submissions, but that’s a sacrifice we’re prepared to make for the sake of having a slightly less action packed PO Box. I never thought I’d reach the day that I’d actually wish for less mail! But really, we still want to get mail but we want real mail, you know, letters from people who’ve read our zines or zines that we stock and want to say hello. We don’t get those kind of letters much any more. Maybe you would like to write us one?

All that said, we have a STACK of great zines ready to add to the site, including a new issue of Jerk Store, a new one from Bertievan (author of Stuffed Turtles and Mum liked her tea…), The Wolves at the Door, Taking Things Too Far and others, so check back over the next couple of weeks for updates!

xEmma

EDIT

I forgot to mention that there’s another really awesome looking distro operating in Australia! They’re called Fox and Owl and they’ve only been around for a couple of months but they already have a really great catalogue of well selected (mostly political/personal) zines, badges, patches, music on cassette and more. They’re run by Tee (Sour Puss) outta Brisbane, to whom we send props and best wishes. Check it out!

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.

Why hello. THANK YOU everyone who ordered zines during our January zine sale! It was a great success. We are considering doing something similar sort of mid year to celebrate our 30th birthdays, so hang out for that. You’ll notice we’ve sold out of a lot of zines but we have amassed quite a back log of things that need to be added to the site, including issues of WA punk fanzine Jerk Store and art zine Secret Sound Colours. We have also been in contact with American zine person Alex Wrekk and there are issues of Brainscan piled on our desk ready to be scanned and weighed and priced and have done to them all the other things that must be done before being put into our big zine box. All this will happen when we have a proper internet connection in our new house.

Yes, new house. We moved, yet again, about a month ago, back to the city because Emma got a job and the effort it takes to get to Enmore from Katoomba to check the mail is fucking ridiculous. Well it’s more complicated than that but none of your business, really. But our new house is ace. This ace:

We also held true to our promise to make another newsletter! It’s fairly substantial this time round and has a few lists of things we liked about 2011, zine fairs we attended, other rambling bits and a bit of a scrapbook of notes and flyers from our notes and flyers archive. It’s free with orders but we’ll put it in the catalogue for 50c for anyone who extra-specially needs a copy on it’s own.

So, being as we are, we missed what is probably the most exciting zine event in the Australian Zine Calendar: The Festival of the Photocopier, which, by all accounts, was amazing. The reasons we missed it are many-fold, including that we moved house and that Emma and Anwyn had to install an exhibition on the same weekend it happened. But the thing is: we never said we’d go, to our recollection, we think – but we ended up being billed as being there. We didn’t actually realise we were on the bill until a friend told us they’d been listening to Melbourne radio on the internet and there’d been an ad or something about it saying we were going. It’s not a big deal and we certainly don’t hold any grudges against Sticky about this, but we just wanted to apologise in case people thought we were slack. We are slack, just not in this instance. We will endeavour to make it down for next year’s festival, and as we’ve already told Luke, if we start organising now that dream might just come true.

Happy New Year! The 2nd anniversary sale begins today. Every $10 worth of zines you order gets you a zine for free, just write a few preferences in the ‘note to merchant’ field when checking outta paypal. Sale lasts all January or until we run out of zines… Thanks everyone for your support over the last two years!

Just made a small but significant improvement to the site: view cart buttons. Wow, I can’t believe how long it took to figure that out! Anyway, it’s easier to order zines now… try it.