Tidy up, new zines forthcoming and why we’re not going to the MCA zine fair

We have A LOT of new stock to add to the catalogue, so in preparation I’ve just done a quick tidy up of the site.

Back in stock we have:

  • Taking Things Too Far (consistently the most popular thing on our table at zine fairs, with good reason)
  • Well, That Was Weird (Tamara’s ace collection of short, short stories)
  • Underground Fairylands (Emma’s laborious/elaborate letterpress/collage found poetry thing/zine)

And COMING SOOOON:

  • Many issues of Plastic Knife, including the latest, which is an album
  • Many issues of Piss Factory, including the latest, which is not an album but is (as always) about music
  • Three issues of Cheap Toys
  • Two issues of Love Like Pop
  • The Dream of Maxen

Thanks to everyone who came and visited us at our last open day at Junior Gazette. The day was a great success and we’ll be planning more open days this year, keep your eyes peeled. We took some photos of the space as it was set up, including Syd Terminal’s collages that were on display, so when we get around to it we’ll put them up.

Thanks also to Luke, Thomas and everyone in Melbourne who helped put on and who attended the Festival of the Photocopier at the beginning of the month! It was an extremely hot weekend in Melbourne – fortunately zines are really cool, right? Haw haw. Anyway, we were really pleased that we could finally make it down for the Fest. Can’t wait for next year.

On a more serious note before I sign off, you may have heard that the MCA has done the call-out for their zine fair this year at the end of May. Take Care has decided not to participate in this year’s fair, due to sponsorship connections the MCA has with a finance conglomerate called Transfield.  Transfield run the service contracts in the detention camps on Manus Island and Nauru. Some of you may be aware that there is currently a campaign underway to boycott the upcoming Sydney Biennale due to its ties with Transfield. We support this boycott and calls for organisations and individuals to disvest their financial interests with Transfield and any other company that profits from the human misery – and murder – produced by the conditions in the camps. As such, we feel that we can’t be involved with the MCA fair this year, either, unless they suddenly cease to have a relationship with Transfield. That would only happen if we make some noise about it. So we encourage others to read up on this issue, and to join us in a boycott. The Crossborder Operational Matters site has a lot of valuable information on it about Transfield’s relationship with the arts. The RISE (Refugees, Survivors and Ex-Detainees) site has a statement on the Biennale boycott.

x Emma

Tomorrow at Junior Gazette

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Just a reminder that all the zines in the Take Care catalogue will be available to buy sans postage tomorrow at Junior Gazette. That’s Level 1, 91 Railway Pde Marrickville, between 12 and 5 pm. There will also be collages by Syd Terminal on display to accompany his new zine, The Dream of Maxen, which is being launched.

Also, we’ve recently acquired back issues of the wonderful Plastic Knife, Cheap Toys and Sex Industry Apologist, and they’ll be available to buy tomorrow before we put them all online. Hope some of you reading this can make it!

2014 mini calendar

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We’ve finished assembling our 2014 mini calendars, which we’ve made this year in lieu of a newsletter. The calendar pages were printed on the Sleepless Nights Press, Tim’s Adana 8×5 letterpress, and the covers were made by Emma with the aid of her trusty Gocco. They’re designed to slip into pockets, wallets, purses or to stick on your fridge, and are free with orders. And yes we know you’ve got a smart phone or whatever that already tells you the days of the week, month and what colour socks you’re wearing, but we’re a zine distro, we like physical objects. As the title of one great old zine would have it, Luddite Shall Inherit!

Zine open day at Junior Gazette – Saturday 25 January

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Come visit us at our studio and buy all the zines you want – minus the postage!

Details of our first zine open day for 2014:

  • Saturday 25 January
  • from 12-5pm
  • at Junior Gazette, Level 1, 91 Railway Parade, Marrickville

(Accessibility: Junior Gazette is up a split level flight of stairs and has no lift.)

We hope you can make it! We’ll add some photos of our space when it’s set up for zine action closer to the date.

 

Emotional Overexposure + Folklore CD

 

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We’ve just added a new zine by Emma Markala, author of zines such as The Department of Forgiving, Shiny Prairie and Tower of Journal. As with those zines, it contains Emma’s choppy collages and poetry.

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We have also finally updated the details for Folklore, a CD-R by Syd Terminal (Hole in the Ground, A Walk Around Pendle Hill etc) so that you can now actually buy it! Sorry it took so long, Syd.

Of course, we haven’t given you enough time to order these for Christmas, but we hope you have a good one anyway, and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support over this year, particularly to everyone whose zines we’ve stocked and everyone who’s ordered from us. This year has been a very productive one for Take Care, in terms of mail-order: over the years (ha! we can actually say that now, pretty good, hey?) we’ve gone from having very sporadic mail-order sales and having to rely on attending lots of zine fairs to sell zines, to having a pretty reliable, steady, weekly flow of mail-order sales. Which is great, because that’s what we really wanted the focus of the distro to be: a mail-order zine service. It feels very cool to have achieved this. So, thanks again!

So, January 1 2014 will be our official 4th anniversary. In previous years we’ve made a newsletter to mark this occasion (the 2013 newsletter was pretty delayed and didn’t come out till March) but this year we’ve printed a mini pocket calendar on Tim’s Adana letterpress, which will be sent out in lieu of a newsletter. We have a lot of cutting and trimming to do to get in out in time for January, but stay tuned for progress.

Disposable Camera/YOU split + A Day in the Life

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Sorry it’s taken a while, but I have just added the wonderful Disposable Camera/YOU split zine dedicated to the Housemartins to the site! It’s such a great zine, honestly. It really warmed my heart, it’s full of great anecdotes and facts about not just the Housemartins but Hull, buns, birds, Yorkshire and of course contains Vanessa and Luke’s great writing.

I have also added another new zine by me – WILL I EVER STOP? Evidently I have not much better to do with my time. But seriously, I am quite proud of this little zine. It’s about having a sick day and the Beatles, who are not a band that I ever thought I would write or even think much about, but daily I spurn my teenage self.

xEmma

November Spawned a Morrissey

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Join us at Junior Gazette on Sunday 17 November as we pay homage to the Pope of Mope: Morrissey.

Entertainments include:

Tea and toast!

Morrissey Christmas card corner!

Readings from Autobiography (read your favourite passage)!

Morrissey’s favourite songs!

Prize for the best quiff!

And more!

And, at 8pm, A Taste of Honey screens (written by Shelagh Delaney, Directed by Tony Richardson, loved by Morrissey).

November Spawned by Morrissey is brought to you by Junior Gazette and Vanessa Berry.