zine, [zeen] noun. 1. abbr. of fanzine; 2. any amateurly-published periodical. Oxford Reference


Monday, November 16, 2015

The Slush Pile - 2015 11 16

Blood and Visions: Reconciling with Being Female by Autotomous Womyn's Press

Price $10.00
Writings by 10 womyn who stopped their transition from female to male. Profoundly personal stories, political analysis, practical advice, and resources for womyn who struggle with dis-identification from their female reality. Deeply moving and informative for all women concerned about the wholeness of our womanhood -- and our sisterhood. 65 Page Zine. 

The Enlightening Beam of Bobby Brown Cassette & Zine – RVNGNL35

Art zine and cassette from RVNG Intl. Photos by Aubrey Trinnaman.
Side A:
A1. Bobby Brown & Matt Werth – In Conversation
Side B:
B1. Bobby Brown & Matt Werth – In Conversation (Continued)
B2. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Bobbing Beams of Light
B3. Austin Cesear – BB01-07

Every year artists around the world participate in INKtober. This October I took the challenge and produced 31 ink illustrations in one month. The purpose of all illustrations included in this book are uniqueness, self-expression, and fun! I poured a lot of TLC into each drawing and tried lots of fun new techniques. 

Each 4.25x5.5 inch art book includes 31 pages of crisp, laser-printed images. The structure is hand-bound so no two books are exactly alike.

GOLD EDITION! Gold edition books are available for those who love all things shiny. Add $2 and I will hand paint gold detailing on 7 images that originally included gold ink. This is an effect that is impossible to capture digitally and is best appreciated in person. Shiny!! 

I will sign books inside the cover unless otherwise asked. And don't forget to request a little doodle for me to include! 

All drawings are family friendly and full of character!

So, what's this about a Dorkroom Zine, then?
The basic idea is to publish a zine filled with photos by Dorkroomers. I'd like to think it'll be a representation of people's best work, but hey, whatever. Of course, making a physical zine costs real-world money, so if you want to be a part of this crazy project, you're going to have to be willing to buy a copy (price to be determined, depending on how much content we have and the quality of the materials.)

Who are you, elgarbo, and how are you qualified to do this?
I'm probably not qualified, but hey, I've got the time and the willingness to organise it. I've made a zine, I know a guy who owns a company printing these things and did a real swell job on my first run around and the price was really reasonable. I've investigated and priced different qualities of paper. I also have some vague experience with putting together one of these things in InDesign - it's probably not going to be a masterpiece of design, but for a Dorkroom publication it'll probably suffice. I am quite happy to do this as a hobby and have no intention of making any money out of this thing whatsoever.

That said, if there's anyone else with the time and willingness to get involved, I'd be grateful for the assistance.

What's the process?
There are a few things that will need to happen to get this off the ground. They are:

1. People registering their interest in participating.
2. Deciding on a name for this fine publication
3. Deciding on the cover photograph
4. Deciding on paper stock
5. Receiving submissions from everyone participating.
6. Collating it into some sort of vaguely aesthetically pleasing design.
7. Finalising the cost.
8. Receiving moneys.
9. Printing / posting.
10. Celebrate!

So, if I participate, what can I contribute?
I envision that everyone who participates will get a double page spread to show off their work. Each page of the zine will be 8 inches wide by 10 inches high, so you'll have a total space to work with of 16 wide by 10 high across the fold of the page. You can fill that space with as much or as little work as you like, as I see it. I'm also happy to take written text, so if you want to write a little spiel about your photos, by all means. If you want to write a little poem about your photos, unusual... but cool. If you want to draw and scan a little picture that goes with your photos, that's also fine. If you don't want to submit any photos whatsoever, but you want to write an essay about photography, that's also not a problem. As long as it all relates to photography in some way, and it fits across a double page spread.

Let's talk cash money
It's hard to pin down a precise figure, because that will depend entirely on the number of pages and the quality of materials. In all likelihood, the cost could be anywhere between $5 and $20 Australian pesos, not including postage. Postage costs are roughly $2.10 within Australia for one zine, $5 to New Zealand and about $7 anywhere else in the world. 

The value of the Australian dollar is currently spiralling into the abyss, so there is every chance that by the time this project comes to its conclusion, your real-world dollars will be able to purchase an infinite supply of this quality publication for the equivalent of a stick of gum.

Sounds rad, I want to get involved.
Sweet. Leave a message in this here thread and we can get to work.

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