Canberra zine fair et al

Hey look, we changed the look of our website! We’re still fiddling around with it, making it easier to read and stuff. In case you’re worried we’ve gone ultra minimalist, we are gonna add some pictures n stuff eventually. Anyway, just a quick post to say thanks to everyone who came and said hi and bought zines from us at the zine fair in Canberra last Saturday. Special thanks, of course, to Nat and Chiara for organising it! It was way fun.

More soon, including some new zines…

Some shots of our table at the Canberra fair…

Tim successfully avoids being photographed, just after set up in Gorman house.

Later, some of the gallery staff came and took away a number of the tables, which they had apparently filched from somewhere without permission and had to return. The empty table next to us was reserved for Bird in the Hand distro, who did not, unfortunately, materialise. Presumably Susy learned that she’d be seated next to us and, aware of our legendary pugnacity (or perhaps pungency), decided against it.

In case you were wondering what goes on behind the table at a zine fair (legs and boxes/ bags of crap).

Later in the afternoon, Tim discovered that Emma’s scarf could be fashioned into a something not unlike an amusing, woollen breast.

Which, with slight alteration, could be turned into a serviceable, almost Taitlinesque, new hat for Emma. Note bags under eyes, result of waking up at 5 in the morning to get to Canberra in time for zine fair. The things we do for you, honestly.

We left shortly after this photo was taken, for reasons that are probably obvious.

Thanks again to everyone who came!

If you browse our catalogue you will notice that a lot of zines are marked ‘sold out’ in bold, alarming orange. That’s because we got pretty cleared out at yesterday’s zine fair in Canberra. We’re even running low on zines we got so recently that we haven’t been able to add descriptions to their catalogue listings yet. Thanks to everyone who came along, and to the organisers, and to people who stayed for a chat. It was a good day indeed.

So, we don’t know how long it will take to get the stuff we’ve sold out of restocked, or how many of them we’ll be able to get back in stock at all, so please bear with us and the ‘sold out’ labels while we figure that out: communication within the zine world, as you’re probably aware, is refreshingly slow paced and haphazard, so it could take a while. But we still have plenty of stuff to take to next month’s fair at the MCA (of which more later), so all’s good.

More soon…





Take Care will be at the Canberra zine fair, next weekend!

Here are all the details, from the ACT Writers Centre website:

10am-4pm Saturday 9 April

Presented by the ACT Writers Centre and Canberra Contemporary Arts Space. Includes zines, artwork, badges, buttons, t-shirts, great designs as well as cupcakes! This event is part of the ‘A Fair with Art’ Saturday markets at Gorman House to be held during National Youth Week.

Cost: Free
Venue: Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Gorman House Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon
Bookings: No bookings required. Enquiries on 6262 9191.

Last year’s fair was really great, so if you’re in Canberra or able to get there we highly recommend it. Vanessa Berry will be conducting a zine work shop on the day. You need to book in advance to attend that, so direct all inquiries to the number above, or checkout the ACT Writers Centre website for more details.

Edit: Site updated today! We have issues of Doris zine back in stock! That’s Doris #21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27 (Thanks to Cindy’s enormous generosity these issues are priced 50c cheaper than when we had previously listed them. Thank you Cindy!) and copies of the wonderfully amazing, amazingly wonderful Doris zine anthology. Unfortunately, we have no copies of the latest issue, issue #28, of Doris yet, but we’ll get onto that soooooon… Also, we have added newish issues of Culture Slut (in the time it took for surface mail to get from Canada to Australia Amber made another issue): there’s another beautiful, full colour polaroid edition (Culture Slut #23) as well as the previous issue (#22), and the latest issue (#5) of Fight Boredom, extolling the joys of feminism, DIY culture and girl love. Usual disclaimer: there are no descriptions yet, but we’re working on them.

Yeow, we will be taking all these zines with us to the fair on Saturday, so watch out, Canberra.