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!

Updating time again. Over the last couple of months we’ve added a whole lot of new zines, and I’ve just about updated all of the descriptions for them. I have, blessed be, a whole week off work so It shouldn’t be too long before the whole site’s once again up to date. Not that that will mean much, because in a few weeks we’ll no doubt have a million more zines to add and everything will be in disarray, again.

I assume that, anyway, because we have decided, after a bit of umming and ahhing that we are going to go to the TINA zine fair this year. Some of you may have been privy to the saga that, finally, resulted in tables at the fair being offered to zinesters for free this year. If not, the gist of things can be found in various threads on the Zines Aus list, but basically, if you want a table get in touch with Eloise Quinlivan (quinlivan.e [at] gmail [dot] com) to reserve a spot.

In addition to having a stall at the fair I’ve got some work in an exhibition at TINA called Secret Newcastle, more details of that will be on my blog when as they come to hand.

Speaking of my blog, I’ve just put a post up about giving away part of my zine collection. I have too many zines to cope with so they’re free to whoever is willing to pay for the postage. Check out my blog for details, and please pass on to anyone that might be interested. Thanks!

xEmma

Hello hello! We have been slowly adding lots of exciting new zines to the site. Check out the catalogue pages: new zines are marked as such next to the price info. There are still quite a few updates to do and more stuff to add, descriptions to write etc. We’ve been a bit too busy to spend heaps of time writing descriptions for the zines, so have just tried to describe them briefly instead. Don’t take this to mean that there’s nothing interesting to say about them, we seriously just haven’t had time. But anyway, have a look! There’s some great stuff.

In other exciting news there’s a new distro in town! Check out the mysterious but excellent Burrows & Co shop for good zines and nicey nice badges. Good luck Burrows & Co! Not sure if they want their real name attached to it…

Hello! Thanks to everyone who came and visited us at our MCA stall last Sunday. We had good time – it was much more relaxed than previous years have been. We have just spent the evening sorting out roughly the last 6 months worth of consignments, which are hopefully all in order now. We have an exciting number of new zines to add to the catalogue – upwards of twenty, including, off the top of our heads: a whole stack of stuff from Vanessa Berry, radical parenting zine Building Blocks, about five issues of UK perzine Your Pretty Face is going Straight to Hell, the third issue of Licky la Grim’s excellent Gloryhole Baby, Thank You for Your Love by Bastian Fox Phelan, a zine about reggae and Jamaican pop culture called Rice & Peas and moooore… Heaps more, in fact. Which is good, cuz the catalogue’s looking a little sparse at the moment, so thank you everyone who has sent us submissions or has acquiesced to our requests to stock their zines over the last month or so. Obviously it’s going to take us a while to get all this new stuff up – we’re hoping to do a few every night over the next few weeks, so keep your eye out cuz there are some mighty fine zines coming.

We have just spent a very large portion of the day ensconced in our spare room adding zines to the site and writing descriptions. We are very excited about how many really good zines we have in stock at the moment. We have also received a lot of really great submissions over the last couple of months that we haven’t had time to reply to yet, but we will, and then we will have even more really great zines. It is very exciting indeed.

The zines that have just been added are:

* If Destroyed Still True (back in stock, we got The Paper Mills copies when they closed down, with Nine’s permission, so if you didn’t get a chance to read this zine the first time it was doing the rounds, here is your 2nd chance, which you’re supposed to never have, so you should jump on it)

* I am Very Busy and Important # 4, 5 and 6 (a really great zine covering local stories from small to medium towns in Queensland, one of the best zine series we’ve read in a while)

* Both by Accident & Design (following on from last year’s For Stregnth and Valour, this is zine to file in the sacred category of ‘shitty workplace stories’, subcategory, ‘low rung office jobs’)

* Kiss Off #14 (a highly estimable zine from Toronto, Canada. As yet we have not added a description to the catelogue, so stay tuned for more)

* Hole in the Ground (a zine that is substantial in both page count and quality of contents, about the nature of home, change and a number of other profound Ideas, but written in a very enjoyable and accessible manner)

* Music for Raising Sydenham Swamp (the newest addition to our Music and Videos page, which contains experimental and DIY music, and which we want to expand and want for you to be more interested in, because lots of people make really good music in their bedrooms in the indefatigable tradition of PUNK ROCK and it should be ENCOURAGED and SUPPORTED)

What else did we do. We added descriptions to some zines that have had their ‘description coming soon’ for, oh, forever. We decided not to say ‘description coming soon’ for the new zines we’ve added without descriptions, because it is obviously a lie. We either do it straight away of we fuck about for half an eternity. There’s no reason for this, and it should not be seen as a reflection on the individual zines, it is just the way we are. But believe us when we say that all the undescribed items in the catalogue will be fixed up shortly, as in, the next day or two. For Real!

Other things:

We will be doing a table at our friends’ gig in a few months. They are called Black VAT Trio and are launching their EP at the Red Rattler on June 2nd. More details about that closer to the date. We’re also tabling at the MCA zine fair this year, which is in May sometime. Again, more details soon.