Archive for the ‘zine distro’ Category
Here’s a round up of some zine distribution services that I have recently been alerted to. Hold on to your trousers:
Smells Like Zines is a new distro in Toowoomba (Queensland), run by Elouise Quinlivan, who has been responsible for a lot of Toowoomban zine action, not only making zines but helping to set up a zine library in those environs. Send her your zines! email smells.like.zines(at)gmail.com for a consignment form and info.
Black Wire to Common Ground is the enigmatically titled new record shop in Sydney run by the folks who used to do Paint it Black on Enmore Rd. They’ve put a call out for zinesters to stock their wears with them. You can visit them at 219 Parramatta Rd Annandale and ask them how to do it.
The Paper Mill is a new ARI (Artist Run Initiative) in Sydney who are also very keen to get zines and so forth on their shelves. To quote their call out:
“We are looking for artists who create zines, comics or have published a short-run publication. If this is you, we would love to represent you in our zine store!
The Paper Mill is a brand new not-for-profit ARI in the heart of the Sydney CBD. Located at 1 Angel Place, The Paper Mill is committed to representing and supporting artists who work with Paper. Our huge 215sqm space will be host to an exhibition space, workshops and of course, zine Store.”
Email submissions.thepapermill(at)gmail.com to request a consignment form.
And finally, Urchin Books, a really great second hand bookshop at 238 Marrickville Rd in Marrickville (duh) are also really into supporting the Sydney zine community. At the recent zine show and tell Vanessa organised (see previous posts) they indicated that they’d very much like to stock more zines. If memory serves, they don’t even want to take commission, that’s how nice they are. But go visit them and get the full details.
Yep, it’s totally nuts that the MCA zine fair booked out so quickly. Already there are moves to have an alternative of some sort, either on the day before or simultaneously, for those who missed out (including myself, and Take Care, and about a hundred other people, I assume.)
BUT there is another zine fair coming up soon! Or a zine tent, rather. At the Burbs Festival in Blacktown, which is happening as part of this year’s Youth Week. Now, I know very little about this other than the fact that Tim and I will be doing a Take Care table out there. But as you’ll no doubt agree, THAT ALONE is enough incentive to come along!
17th April, from 1pm
Blacktown Showground (Richmond Rd, Blacktown)
So if you’re a local or live nearby, or are prepared to make the trek out west (or east, if you live further west than Blacktown, or course. Of course, for something to have worth it doesn’t necessarily have to be happening within a 5km radius of my flat in Enmore…) it would be well worth your effort to come and check out some zines. We’ve got some excellent stuff in stock at the moment, with more on the way.
I am too old for this, but perhaps you are not…
Maddy and I (Natalie) are currently looking for zinesters aged under 25 years, to participate in a project at Wollongong Youth Centre on the afternoon of Thursday, April 15th. Those involved will give a 5 minute presentation on their zine-making practice, ie. why and how they make zines, accompanied by 20 slides. The presentation doesn’t have to be [stuctured, educational, brilliant, relevant] but it should be fun and engaging. It’s an opportunity for you to talk about your zines, life, inspiration, all that stuff.
Alongside the presentations there will be one-on-one zine workshops and a zine library, but you don’t have to worry your stupid little head about any of that.
If you decide that you would like to be involved as an Associate
Professor at Zine School we can feed you and help with travel. We’d really love for you to be involved!! Email me for more information, any questions, blah blah. xxxxx ASAP!!!!
Finally, please pass this onto any zinesters who fit our criteria
(that is, they make zines and they are not yet 25 years of age).
Natalie/ Licky the Cream
This poster is unofficial, so if someone asks pretend you never saw it:
Take Care went to the Coded zine fair at Blacktown Art Centre yesterday, and it was great. Reminded me that I should spend less time whingeing and get out more. My mid March resolution.
The fair was very small, predictably, as everyone is down in Adelaide for Format. But it went well regardless: we sold heaps of zines, bought a bunch ourselves and got a stack of new stuff for the distro. And due to the relaxed pace we were actually able to converse with people! It was all very novel and enjoyable. So thanks to the organisers and everyone who came and checked out our table and said hello.
We liked Blacktown so much that we’re going to be out there for another zine fair that’s happening as part of Youth Week in April. I’ll be back soon with more details about that, and some of the cool zines we picked up.
I’m sick and good for nothing. Here are those zines I mentioned. They were all purchased from Vampire Sushi, a small but quality UK-based zine distro that I highly recommend. It’s not often I get to read zines from the UK. I got:
but two and a half issues of Tukru’s excellent personal zine, Your Pretty Face is Going Straight to Hell. She continuously apologises for being ‘mopey’, but hell, what are zines good for if not indulging a bit of mopeyness? Anyway, while Tukru’s zine are very personal, in an unedited diary type of way, they’re never overwrought or melodramatic. The angst is all positioned in the everyday things – work, family, ‘relationships’ – that tend to grind at us in similar ways. Which is why they’re so good, even when the things she describes are private and heartbreaking. It occurs to me that finding relief in other people’s misery is pretty shit, really, but like I say, I’m sick and can’t make it sound un-shit at the moment.
Also, Tukru hand colours her covers, which is excellent.
Fanzine Ynfyntyn consists for the most part of a fairly long and amusing story about ‘Mr C’, one of the author’s school English teachers. I have to admit that I felt a bit sorry for Mr C, as bonkers as he clearly was.
A Music Paper contains little comics that lampoon ‘indie’ music lovers, from the experience of being an ‘indie’ music lover. On the whole, I thought that this comic spoke much truth about the pretentiousness that sometimes accompanies an overzealous attachment and commitment to discovering and uncovering new music. Though the division between the ‘music loving’ men and the ‘radio listening’ women annoyed me a little. It’s probably just part of the joke stereotyping, but some jokes wear thin (I say, flipping the fifth record in a row to side B, checking that I’m still a woman. When people who don’t know us very well come to mine and my boyfriend’s house, they generally assume that all the records belong to him. Is it just competitiveness, petulance, that makes me want to correct them? I think not).
Rum Lad is written and drawn by Steve Larder, and an excellent draw-er he is. I mean, he’s one of those people who can actually draw a picture of someone and make it look like a picture of them, not just some random, generic person. I think that Vampire Sushi described this as a ‘graphic zine’, in the sense of a graphic novel, which is a good way to put it. If you can imagine the layout of, say, a Harvey Pekar comic – not necessarily panels, just a mix of text and drawings – that’s Rum Lad. It contains an interview with Marv of Gadgie, a zine from Steve’s hometown in Lincolnshire, an account of the Mulheim zine fair, and a particularly great, short day-in-the-life type comic to finish. This zine’s so well done, and has already accompanied me on numerous train/bus trips (note dog-eared cover).
Ok. That’s enough advertising for zines you can get from Vampire Sushi. What about that notable Sydney based zine distro, Take Care? Well, I just uploaded a bunch of new stuff to the site. I haven’t done all of the descriptions yet, but they’re all worth checking out. Here are a few of my recent favourites.
Culture Slut‘s made by Amber in Montreal, and this full colour issue has just been added to the Take Care site. I’m not normally much of a fan of colour photocopying. It tends to highlight imperfections – like bad fitting room lighting – rather than obliterate them in the pleasing, graphic manner of a black and white copy. But this really works. It reminds me a little of probably the only thing I can stand about Sonic Youth these days – their album artwork (Amber mentions being a fan of SY in another of her zines, if you’re wondering where the hell that reference came from). Culture Slut #18 is a collection of polaroids, which of course have that special hazy, candy cane glow, like the cover of Sister or Daydream Nation. Yes, daydream: that’s the right word to describe this zine. It’s like participating in someone elses day-dream, colourful but wistful, and as if it happened another world away.
Actually, this has been on the site for a while, but it’s still very much worth mentioning. The latest issue of Doris is the final in the famed ‘encyclopeadia’ series of the zine, where Cindy would dedicate each issue to a few letters of the alphabet. As she says in this issue, she would mostly just write whatever she wanted and then make up an letter-appropriate heading later. So like I say, this is the final – uvwxyz – issue in the encyclopeadia, and I’m curious to see where Cindy will head next with her writing. Cindy also runs a distro – called riot grrr – which I will order from as soon as I have some money to spare, because it looks like she has some awesome stuff.
Perhaps it’s only because it features the down pipe on the factory next door to the one that, until very recently, my dad lived in, and because it’s made by Tim, whose photos get progressively better with each roll he takes, but I love this zine.
When Ivana first stocked her zines at Black Rose Lou very excitedly told everyone about this new awesome zine maker in town. Feels Like Friday is still awesome, and we’re very pleased to have the latest two issues for Take Care. Issue 12 is about politics and feminism, full of breathless urgency to be a part of the world and to make a world worth living in.
Oh, I’m so ill.
Before I go, here’s one last zine that you can’t get from Take Care. Sunil wrote this before leaving Sydney indefinitely. You might be able to pick up a copy from Black Rose if you’re in Sydney, if not, contact me and I’ll try to get you one. This zine is a sort of farewell and fuck off to a place you can only hate so much because it was/is actually important to you. And it sort of responds to some of the things Anwyn, Lou and I wrote in Walk so Differently, so it’s special to me for that reason.
Now, off to blow my nose, profusely.
Yeay – we’ve finally got the Take Care site in sufficiently good shape to publish. That means we’re open!
takecarezines.org is where you should go if you’d like to check it out.
I thought that people would like to hear how we (Tim and I) are progressing with Take Care, our fledgling distro.
Well, progressing we are! We are very nearly ready to open, in fact, with about 80 items (zines, comics, artist books and what have you) in stock already. Last week we even found some fetching green milk crates to shelve them all in.
We’ve been incredibly busy writing up descriptions, figuring out how to price stuff (cheaply, needless to say) and loading everything onto the website (well, ‘blog’site, but it functions quite well in any case.) as well as all of the other things we’re ostensibly meant to be doing with our lives, but you don’t want to hear about that. We’ve barely had time to thank everyone who has sent us zines, and that is many of you. So, thank you! Especially to everyone who contacted us without us even having to harrass you. It’s been excellent. But we want more! So if you have, or know anyone who has, a zine to send us, do! To:
PO Box 4
Enmore NSW 2042
After a few months of deliberation Tim and I are putting a call out to zine makers to send us stuff for our new distro. It’s now called Take Care instead of Flying Machine and if plans go well we’ll have stalls about town and a new blog happening soon for mail order.
So send us your zines! We can pay by consignment or up front.
For more information email takecarezines(at)gmail(dot)com