Kiss Off #14
$2 A6 32p 19g
On the inside cover the author of this zine asserts that ‘Kiss Off is a punk rock fanzine’. It contains several references to being a gigs, but the five stories in this zine are more about the in-between parts of punk lifestyle, which tries to negotiate a space at once part of and apart from the rest of the ‘public’. The stories revolve around social interaction in the lead up and aftermath of Toronoto’s G20 protests. “It was such an overwhelming feeling of dislocation that lingered throughout the weeks that followed. When the bulletproof men and women and their shiney boots finally left the city, what was left behind? Everything felt rearranged after. What remained seemed to be extremes of emotion, insomnia, dizziness, loss of appetite, and panic…”
$4.50 A5 32p
$4.50 A5 32p
$4.50 A5 32p
Letters to a Sister
$2.50 A5 40p 57g
I’ve struggled to write a description for this zine because it feels wrong to reduce Amanda’s grief to a blurb that will help hock zines. About a year ago Amanda’s sister passed away and this is Amanda’s incredibly brave and sad story about life in the aftermath.
$1 A6 32p 22g
A typological survey of the drainpipes in a small area of Marrickville, Sydney. Now, that may sound about as scintillating as, well, a book about pipes, but it’s really not as bonkers as it seems. This isn’t your average poorly conceived ‘art zine’. The photocopied photographs have a great tonal quality, and there’s no text except for a short dedication. When you consider the rapid rate of gentrification in Sydney’s inner-west, simple studies such as this take on a real importance.
Ms. Films DIY Guide to Film & Video
$9 A5 98 page perfect bound book
Mum Liked Her Tea in a Fine Bone China Cup
$7 A5 (with stitched vinyl cover) 8p 44g
This is Bertievan’s first ever zine, but you’d think she’s been making them her whole life if you didn’t know better. The zine is a short essay based on her mother’s handwritten diary from 1956. It’s housed in an elaborate slip case made of old wallpaper with an image from a recipe book sewn onto the cover.
FREE A5 16p 22g
Mutiny is a collectively edited zine from Sydney that documents local and international anarchistic ideas and actions. It’s inspirational both for its content and its editors’ dedication: an issue has been released every month for a little over the past three years. Mutiny is free, but hit ‘buy’ to add it to your cart. Use the ‘note to merchant’ option to specify if there are particular issues that you’d like.
$3 A6 80p 53g
I have to admit that part of my inspiration for writing this zine was reading an issue of Brainscan and thinking: you know, I just want to write a zine that’s really chunky that you can’t read in one five-minute sitting. Nearly Healthy is about some of my experience with depression and anxiety, work and art, wanting to change the world and feeling that it’s impossible, and the inevitable questions that all these things generate. To quote Luke’s review on Broken Pencil (July 14 2010): ‘For me this zine is a masterpiece. It is difficult, heartbreaking, beautiful, wonderful, personal, revealing, at times hopeful and at times bleak. This is a really substantial, serious and important work of art.’
$3 15x15cm 44p 43g
Following on from Village Ghosts zine (see elsewhere in this catalogue), Old Memory is a collage zine collecting images of ruins and quotes from various bibliographic sources to complement a series of short pieces of writing in which the author remembers some of the rooms that they grew up in. The tone, like Village Ghosts and the author’s other zine A Fresh Trail of Paper, is melancholy and weighted with a sense of loss and nostalgia. The zine gets you thinking about the effects that time has on both memory and the physical landscape.