- How to Be Alone #2
- Hole in the Ground
- Sex Industry Apologist #1 and #2
- Plastic Knife #1, #2, #3, #5, #6, #9 and #11
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.
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.
Just added that stack of new zines we’ve been accumulating since the MCA zine fair. They are:
Underground Fairylands; Well, That Was Weird; Walnuts, Almonds, Nuts; Picture This; Tonight, Everybody in the Streets; How to be Alone #1 and #2; Ella Funt; Bunny Man; Anti-Journey and last but not least Ampersand after Ampersand #4.
EDIT – and Picture This! A Deborah Harry fanzine by Pablo Says! How could I forget that?
Descriptions for all these will be coming soon. Edit – as usual.
Thanks to those folks who’ve come alone to our zine open days. We’ll be organising another round soon, along with another block of screenings for the Dexter Fletcher Feminist Film Club.
Haven’t added the cover scans or all the info i.e. page counts and weight for OS orders, but people have been asking if we had them so we thought we’d better get em up quick smart!
Also, just a note about the new site. It’s a newer WordPress theme so it looks good on fancy new computers but Emma has just noticed that when you view it on her (older, crappier) computer the framing is different. Ok but different. We’re just concerned that if you have an older and even crappier computer than her you might not be able to see all the menu links on the left hand side. If this is the case please let us know? Email takecarezines(at)gmail.com. Thanks!
In line with my new ambition to become a Badge Millionaire, I have been working on the Badges page this morning. You can now order individual badges. I’ve put five new designs up, featuring images appropriated from an old Collins’ Book of Our World. There will be more to come, as well as custom/bulk badge making facilities. Exciting.
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!
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!