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


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thank You Zine #2


via Randy Spaghetti by noreply@blogger.com (Randy Spaghetti) on 10/11/11

Thank You #2
Zines from small towns rule. Even if a zine sucks, but is from a small town, it's still kind of rad. Fortunately, Thank You doesn't suck, AND it's from a small town, Casper Wyoming, hometown of onetime vice president, former defense secretary, and previous CEO of halliburton, richard b. cheney. Wyoming is the least populous state in the union with a population of 563,626, and is the tenth largest state, that's awesome. I drove through Casper this summer on the way to Colorado, and it really is as "In the middle of nowhere" as anywhere in the lower 48. Thank You is a mish mash of collages of funny local magazine and newspaper adds, goofy drawings, an interview early 80's pro-skater and current Casper resident Moses Parker, and my favorite segment: '7 more wonders of Casper' which spotlights some of the local flavor (strip clubs, street people, massage parlors, and cigars stores). I love it when great zines pop up out of the most unexpected places, Casper being one of those places. Thank You Zine is worth your time.

Jason (Media Junky & Psionic Plastic Joy) Rodgers - New Address

via Blackguard on 10/11/11

Jason Rodgers
PO Box 138
Wilton NH 03086

Zine Reviews: October '11

via Spill The Zines! by noreply@blogger.com (Cath) on 10/11/11

Sometimes I'm Dreaming #6
Lisa W, London – sometimesimdreamingAThotmailDOTco.uk
I love Sometimes I'm Dreaming; every single issue of Lisa's zine leaves me feeling inspired and pensive.  I also love the fact that there's a nice sort of continuity between each issue – all have similar layouts, usually with pretty patterns and butterflies, but without each issue looking or feeling too samey; each deals with similar stories, and sometimes pick up from where the previous issue left off; each issue is a similar length and word count.  In this issue, Lisa picks up from last issue's story of her garden tree being cut down, and writes about how green shoots emerging from the stump filled Lisa with hope and new life. She describes her time visiting the royal botanical gardens at Kew as a pilgrimage, as she finds connecting to the natural world a spiritual experience.  She also writes about her experiences volunteering in a charity shop and the ups and downs, getting her first job interview and coping with being turned down by the company (an experience I know can be incredibly disheartening when you want the job so badly, as Lisa did), and giving up on the job hunt to work on her own creative hobbies.  We also read about Lisa moving out of her parents' house in London and in with her partner Huw, and her longing to find somewhere where she belongs.  Visit Lisa's etsy store to buy a copy (you can also buy  her gorgeous hand-made jewellery there)!

Dancing Barefoot #2
Hayley, Essex – moonlight.phoenixATgmailDOTcom
The second issue of Hayley's perzine, this one focuses on the loose theme of independence and a DIY attitude.  We read about Hayley's experiences of making friends from her childhood to present-day, her difficulties with holding onto her local friends when they've moved away, started families, or drifted apart, undertaking projects and making things happen despite not having anyone to help her, and whether it's necessarily a bad thing to be a "loner".  As somewhat of a loner myself, I really identified with this piece, and was inspired to read about how she has taken charge of her life despite her bad luck with friends.  The second half of the zine details Hayley's experience organising the first Ladyfest Essex all by herself this year – the difficulties she faced (and unfortunately there were many difficulties!), the excellent bands that she got to play, and some advice for others thinking of putting on a similar event themselves.  The text is black on a plain white background, with some photos illustrating the articles.  This zine is full-sized A4, so it's pretty unwieldy, but Hayley explains in the introduction that this was the cheapest and easiest way she could get her zine printed in her area, so that's fair enough.

Anatomical Heart #10 & Buy Her Candy #1
Bettie Walker, Carlisle  - bettieriotATgmailDOTcom
Anatomical Heart #10 is the final issue of this mental health zine series, published in late 2010.  Bettie explains in Buy Her Candy #1 that she decided to stop writing Anatomical Heart because she didn't want or need to write about mental health anymore – Bettie is currently training to be a mental health nurse, and so "my life still revolves around mental illness, just not mine".  Anatomical Heart #10 feels like a nice transition from mental health to perzine, a kind of preparation for Buy Her Candy, as there is more perzine content in here than in previous issues - we read about what Bettie has been up to and what she'd like to get up to instead, her visit to Birmingham Zine Festival 2010, the regret she feels after giving away most of her zine collection, and an open letter to a mental health nurse that changed her life.  Bettie also briefly discusses making progress with her mental health and being able to reason her way through mental breakdowns, something she could never have done in the past. Buy Her Candy #1 is about half the size of Anatomical Heart #10, and has more eye-catching layouts.  After explaining why she has started a new series, Bettie writes about being diagnosed with PCOS, and how she feels alienated by feminists who argue that women should grow out their natural hair, as these feminists tend to have light, sparse hair (this issue has also been discussed in zines Femme a Barbe and Cooking Hearts Up At The Stove).  Bettie also writes about same sex marriage and civil partnerships, and the politics of both, and moving in with her girlfriend.  Also included are things she likes doing, and a playlist.  Both zines are very sweet, very personal, and lovely to read, with lovely cut and paste layouts, and colour covers. 

Exploding the Myth #4
Kira Swales, Chester –
Exploding the Myth is a packed half-sized perzine; this issue covers tattoos, having a widespread family, her trans partner's journey through transitioning, ways of coping with bouts of depression, gardening, Marmalade Atkins, her relationship with feminism, reasons why feminism is still needed, and the idea of "preaching to the converted" when writing about feminism in zines.  I loved this piece in particular, as it's something I've struggled with in my zines – Kira argues that it's closed-minded to assume that all readers will be well acquainted with feminism, and that not everyone is lucky enough to have liberal or open-minded people around them.  That really made me think, and helped me relax about whether my zine writing is too "feminism 101" – so what?  As Kira notes, one can always pass on a zine to someone who may appreciate it more if they're already fully aware of the issues raised inside.   There are also some lovely little things scattered about, including a mix tape tracklist, an eulogy for her DR Martens boots, how to make a pleated apron, and a rocky road recipe.  It's a fun and friendly zine, packed with hand drawings, cool cut-and-paste layouts, stencilled lettering, handwriting, and typewritten bits.  Just lovely.

Gardener's Delight #1
Fliss, London - flisscATgmailDOTcom
A very cool zine by Fliss, the lady behind "Mix Zine"!  It's a "personal but practical guide" to growing your own food for the first time.  It opens with a lovely piece on why gardening is so important – to get back to the true nature of things, to connect with the earth, and to watch something you've planted grow and develop is one of the most satisfying expeiences one can have, according to Fliss.  She also argues that home-grown food tastes so much better than mass-produced supermarket foods.  Then, Fliss gives us some handy tips on allotment gardening, indoor growing, outdoor growing (either in your own garden, or a green space in your local community), and how to do all of this on the cheap.  These guides include what equipment you need, how to weed and prepare the soil, where to find cheap or free seeds, and what time of the year to start planting.  Fliss lists some common plants that are easy to grow with tips on how to take care of them (e.g. chives, courgettes, onions); she also recommends a number of books and websites for more info on home growing.  It's 4" by 11.5", with lots of hand-written sections, drawings of vegetables and gardening tools, and cut-and-paste typed text.  Unusual, and very informative.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Zine Showcase #24

via Oh My Clumsy Heart by noreply@blogger.com (Sophie) on 10/10/11

Jason Niebauer
Website :: Shop
Ghost Town :: $2.50 + shipping

Ghost Town is a half-page format zine, saddle stitched and limited to only 75 copies collecting black and white photographs taken walking through a ghost town. Desolately serene and beautifully shot.

Julia Matheson

How's It Cookin', Good Lookin' :: $4 + shipping

"You must be Windows 95 because you've got me so unstable."

Hilariously funny and curiously cute nothing beats a good pick-up line. Julia Matheson couples cutesy drawings with adorable pick-up lines and a few "Yo Mamma" jokes for good measure.

Nick Francis Potter
Paper Noise Vol 2 :: $4 + shipping

A collection of fictional content, poetry and heavily stylised illustration.


Betty Paginated #32 - Winter 2011

via Blackguard on 10/10/11

56 pages, magazine size, $10.00, Dann Lennard, PO Box A1412, Sydney South NSW 1235, AUSTRALIA + danhelen [at] idx.com.au + bettypaginated.blogspot.com
This issue of BP gets off to a very funny start - page three has a photo of Dann seconds after being accidentally head-butted by bare-breasted stripper and People columnist Jewell. Haw! But as Dann writes, "It's OK, she consoled me afterwards."
Also in this issue: Amanda Palmer; Lady Gaga; Dann's gig report of a Murder Junkies [GG Allin's band] show; Canadian gay comix creator Patrick Fillion; Jim Balent's Tarot: Witch Of The Black Rose; Dann's criticism of Erik Larsen's Savage Dragon superhero comic series (with replies from Larsen); Dann's quest to read 30+ years worth of Legion of Super-Heroes; Dann's "irrational love for B'wana Beast" [DC comic]; a Sticky interview with Dann; street art making a comeback in Sydney; a tribute to Scream Queens; a hatchet job on Ben Elton [Ha! Good! - SS]; a "Stone Cold" Steve Austin interview; Randy "Macho Man" Savage; Tura Satana [1938-2011]; Bob Guccione [1930-2010]; Musings on Stripping; a couple of Great Feuds Of Our Time (Tila Tequila vs The Juggalos, and Jessi Slaughter [age 11] vs The 4Chan Trolls).
And of course many, many photos of gorgeous women in various states of undress. And more! This baby is jam packed. The only minus is that I can't read BP on the bus (and you know how I LOVE to read on the bus, especially zines). With breasts and butts (and even gigantic cartoon cocks in this issue) popping out from almost every page, this zine is not public transport-friendly.

Functionally Ill

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via One Minute Zine Reviews by DJ Frederick on 10/8/11

In issue #9 of functionally ill, Laura-Marie talks about the excellent Icarus Project and becoming involved in advocacy groups with the support of a friend. She writes about the LGBTQ Mental Health Reducing Advocacy Project, Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Committee, and a disability rights gathering. Also, she poses a very significant question: "Do you think there's a problem that I'm disabled by psychiatry and at the same time want services?"

In functionally ill #10 Laura details a conversation with her partner Erik about how her symptoms (or her crazy) manifests. She also talks about mad love and friends who cut themselves.

One significant way people are going to recover from mental health issues is by telling their stories, sharing what works and what doesn't work, finding real supports and friends, creating mad run alternatives to the system and questioning the dominant paradigm in psychiatry that snowballs people with medications that soon turns people into walking zombies. Zines like functionally ill, peer to peer communication and networking are a significant part in changing that paradigm. For more information on her zine contact Laura-Marie at robotmad@gmail.com

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Gag Me With A ... #3

via One Minute Zine Reviews by DJ Frederick on 10/7/11

When someone has generously sent you their heartfelt work, even draws a little heart on their hand written note requesting a non-partisan review, can one with good conscience give some difficult feedback and offer objective, constructive criticism? Gawd I hope so. Tis ever my dilemma.

Gag Me With a … #3 The Summer Issue is a compilation zine that is thoughtfully edited and skillfully presented. Deirdree Prudence has put a lot of care into creating and editing this zine: it shows through on every page. The content is another story. I'm maybe getting too old or maybe I am too distant from the "punk" scene to appreciate the fierceness of some of the writing here. While the visuals in this issue are enticing, most of the writing left me scratching my head. I think there's a saturation point where too much nihilism, rough living, smoking, drugging, drinking, moshing, etc just makes no sense to me. Personally, I just don't want to live like that or read about it. We live in a culture that has violently trashed the earth, if we are to heal the earth and ourselves we need to stop trashing ourselves. While I appreciate the inclusive nature of Deirdree's zine, including micro fiction, poetry, photography, etc, varying the subjects explored would go a long way toward making this zine more readable.

One piece that did grab my attention was "The Two Faces of Persephone Pomegranate" which illustrates so clearly the masks we present to the world every day while we hide our true selves from those around us. It's a sad reflection on our culture that can't seem to accept our real selves beneath the mask. In the end it tears us apart and fragments our souls. I could feel the author's pain dripping from the page, living with the dichotomy of two selves.

Here's the zine's mission statement taken from facebook: Gag Me With A... was created to bring writers & artists together to share their hearts with the world, bringing smiles & laughter & a broader knowledge of the international counter-culture scene through reviews, short stories, deliciously eccentric true life stories & adorably strange mythologies to each & every reader who holds it in their hands.

What an amazing mission! I wish more zines that this kind of objective. Please bring on the mythology, the counter-culture, the laughter, and heart and Gag Me With A has the ingredients to evolve into something amazing.

More information can be found at http://gagmewitha.blogspot.com/

Monday, November 28, 2011

Gag Me With A ... #3

Gag Me With A … #3
mini-zine, 40 pages, $?
This is a compilation zine open to anyone who would like to submit. The editor accepts artwork, photography, comics, short/micro fiction, poetry, rantings, diary entries, etc. I’m not sure how selective the editor is about the submissions she receives, although judging from several of the pieces included in this issue, her expectations don’t seem to be too high. Much of the writing was pretty disappointing, but the layout and artwork at least partially made up for that. It appears that all the text was written with a typewriter, which is always fun to see. My favorite piece was an interesting discussion about a 16th century Catholic pope’s decision to classify a giant rodent (capybara) as a fish because of its scaly skin and proclivity for water. Doing this made it okay for South Americans to eat capybara during Lent, which diminished the sacrifice of this religious tradition because it was already a staple to some South American tribes. I also related to a piece about moshing at shows when you’re in your 30’s. While much of the writing in this zine lacked the quality that I generally look for, it’s still worth a browse. Perhaps you might even have some work of your own to contribute to a future issue.

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Filth #3

The Filth #3
22 pages, full size
$3 or something equivalent

I love it when somebody makes me eat my words. I gave this issue a decent-to-good review, (and just to be clear, decent-to-good refers to the zine, not the review. The review was perfect,) but I had to whine about a couple little things, one of which was getting a fucked up CD I couldn't listen to. About 48, maybe 72 hours after the review posted I received a replacement CD, and, a second copy just in case. If that ain't customer service, I don't know what is.
Just like I said with the previous issue, it's worth the price for the CD alone. I know nothing about modern music, so I'll relate it to what I know from the old days. If you like stuff like Amon Duul, Conrad Schnitzler, Nurse with Wound, Hawkwind, and dare I say, Art Control, (wink,) You'll probably like this. It gets a little techno-ey in places, but leans way more to the psychedelic, (but not as spacey or serious as say, Dead Can Dance,) speeds up and slows down, but never fast enough to be dance music. Doesn't take itself too seriously, there's a lot of playfulness, (Iasoa Tomita, Tubular Bells,) and a lot of raw creativeness you don't get from commercial music. Fuck Yeah.

This below is the original Review:

Okay, I'm officially a fan this rag, and Tina Armstrong.

Whether it was intentional or just came together this way, this issue has a circus theme, spiked with zombies, true confessions, poetry, pseudo-adolescent ambivalence, one provoking bit of magic realism that I couldn't finish because the photocopying deteriorated on the last page, and a cliffhanger. You fuckers better send me #4.

And again, this issue came with a CD, which I also couldn't listen to because it was fucked up from being crammed in an envelope with a bunch of stickers and crap. You can see in the photo how the black shit stuck to it.

Regardless, I still really like it. Most of the writing is less than stellar in pretty much every technical way, and yet it's still very readable. What it lacks in polish it makes up for in spunk. I read it all in one sitting, which is not usual for me. A diamond in the rough.

The Filth
5 Mira Ct
Baltimore MD 21220


Monday, November 14, 2011

Les Carnets de Rastapopoulos #8

Les Carnets de Rastapopoulos #8
8 ½” x 7”, 16 pages, free/trade
The 8th issue of this Canadian zine is the first part in a series detailing the author’s attempt to re-connect with pen-pals from 20 years ago. It tells the story of the author’s introduction to the world of pen-pals, which came in the form of a Denmark pen-pal agency’s solicitation received by his high school. As a young teenager in the 1980’s trying to beat small town boredom, pen-palling appealed to him. After receiving a few letters from kids in Denmark, Australia, and Sweden, the author’s next goal was to receive a letter from someone “on the other side of the Iron Curtain.” Shortly after contacting the embassies in Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia in search of pen-pal resources, letters started flowing in by the hundreds. Presently, the author has corresponded with hundreds of individuals from countries all around the globe. The neatest part of this zine is the centerfold: a world map listing the countries the author has received mail from, the names of the pen-pals, and numbers of letters exchanged with each one. The layout of this zine consists of shrunken images of envelopes, letters, photos, drawings, etc. sent to him from people seeking pen friends. This zine is for anyone who has ever gotten excited about receiving random letters from strangers in faraway lands. Highly recommended reading.
Les Carnets de Rastapopoulos
2-7 Larch Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1R 6W4 Canada

Signals #4

Signals #4
digest, 60 pages, $?
DJ Frederick longs for people to get excited about radio again, and so he has compiled another great issue of his radio zine, which is full of rantings, radio histories, interviews, and profiles. Included is an interesting story about a pirate radio show that took place in a phone booth, as well as some info on number stations (which are apparently used for espionage and drug smuggling), along with the story of a wedding that led to a government shutdown of a low power radio station. Additionally, there is an interesting article about using shortwave radio as a musical instrument, as well as several interviews with individuals involved with radio in some way or another. Throughout the zine there are numerous links and recommendations for websites, radio shows, radio stations, etc. that will help fuel the curiosity of anyone interested in the world of radio. DJ Frederick’s passion for the subject is palpable, and it will rub off on you. Get ahold of this zine, and I’m certain you will find yourself gravitating towards a radio to see what you can find amidst the static.
DJ Frederick
36 West Main Street
Warner NH 03278

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Fascinating History of Perfume

via One Minute Zine Reviews by DJ Frederick on 10/3/11

The old saying "you learn something new every day" may be cliché but it is true. I enjoy finding zines about subjects I never thought of investigating (Moe Bowstern's Alaskan fishing adventures chronicled in Xtra Tuf for example).

Devan Elyse Bennett has created a slim 12 page tome on perfume. What, I thought, could be more trite and banal than perfume? Yet from ancient times onward, scents and concoctions have been intricately entwined with human development. This zine is a broad (and true to it's title – fascinating) overture on the subject. My one complaint – the illustrations photocopied way too grainy and dark. If this was intentional for artistic sensibilities, it doesn't work. If unintentional, reprinting the zine for clarity gets my vote. It feels like the illustrations have something important to add to the informative text, and they are lost in xerography.  More information (and a potpourri of good reading) can be found at http://ballbusterzinesinc.blogspot./com 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pukka Joint Massif

via One Minute Zine Reviews by DJ Frederick on 9/30/11

Pukka Joint Massif #3 is a classic cut n paste zine featuring crisp black & white graphics both straight up and manipulated to imaginative effect. PJM is a substantial, half sized zine full of comment and reviews of mail art and zines along with relevant contact information. PMJ is the first cousin of the Node Pajomo zine, which I didn't realize until reading the introduction thoroughly. If you are at all invested in keeping mail art and paper zines alive and healthy, I suggest sending a few bucks for recent copies of both Pukka Joint Massif and Node Pajomo to PO Box 2632 Bellingham WA 98227-2632.

There is no email contact or website for this zine. I recognize the irony of using internet blogs to promote the papernet, and both PJM and Node Pajomo abstain from that irony by staying strictly offline. If 2011 is the Revenge of Print, maybe 2012 could be the Revenge of Mail … we could write real letters and maybe help save the postal service in the process … before a tremendous resource is lost to the tyranny of technology, budget slashing and governmental neglect.

Martha Stewart's Prison Reader of Blather & Malarkey

via One Minute Zine Reviews by DJ Frederick on 9/27/11

Dear Tar,

I'm calling you Tar because you said I could call you Tar. You don't sound like a boring person unless you're a lot like me. I had three kids, own my house (well the bank owns it), and write for my own sanity.

Anyone who bursts on the scene with a zine titled Martha Stewart's Prison Reader of Blather & Malarkey is worthy of my attention. You've created an amazing zine here in every sense. I wish more zines had cool quotes and a table of contents. I wish more zines had a vision of presenting a variety of writing – essays, fiction, poetry, parables. I also wish more zines had patron saints of Jackalicism.

While we're still above ground we need to struggle against depression and oppression. I appreciate how your zine does both, with a twist of lemon. Your welcoming comments made me think you were Richard Brautigan reincarnated "I've waited my whole life for you to get to this very sentence." And your Zounds! A Confession echoes my own recent musings about the current and future state of ink on paper. I will never abandon books and print for the tyranny of technology.

I'm looking forward to future issues – if they're going to be this engaging, bring on the Blather. And the Malarkey.

Note: Readers can find this zine by clicking on this link http://msprobam.tumblr.com/zine or by sending $3 cash to Tarnation Collins @ PO BOX 4377, Tulsa, OK 74159

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Color Wheel: A Journal of Poetry & Art #9.11

Color Wheel: A Journal of Poetry & Art #9.11   from Laura-Marie

This mini zine is a split--Color Wheel #9.11 is on one side of the piece of paper, and Night Train volume I number 4 is on the other side. The zine consists of one piece of paper, folded.
Color Wheel is three poems, and I like each of them. My favorite might be John O'Dell's "Rules of Painting the Orchid" which ends with the line, "Go make yourself some tea."
Night Train consists of an essay about Night Train and Color Wheel. The writing is clear and clean, the speaker likable.
This split is the first zine I've read out of a pile DJ Frederick sent, and it makes me look forward to the others.

TRSF: MIT Technology Review’s science fiction anthology

Ladybeard / Les Carnets De Rastapopoulos #8

2 reviews
A clip from the Salford Zine Library film “Self-Publishers...

Thursday, October 13, 2011

8-Track Mind #101

Zine Review: 8-Track Mind #101 - from One Minute Zine Reviews by DJ Frederick

After a decade since the “final” issue of the classic zine “8-Track Mind”, Russ Forster has created issue #101 – not so much about 8-tracks but a meditation on zines vs. blogs. Electronic vs. paper communications and information sharing is one of the sweeping issues of our time, which is given little attention by the media or educational institutions. For decades the cultural clamor has been to mindlessly embrace all new technology – and in the space of just 20 years we have seen a serious change (possibly disruption) in the way people read, think, communicate and process information. The internet generation has spawned less dialogue, a bloated glut of disinformation, and people making snap judgments and opinions based on very little truth. Twitter seeks to limit people to 140 characters of expression. Libraries of rare and significant books are being replaced with computer screens. People don’t write letters any more. And we’re not getting any smarter, or wiser from any of it.
We’re sacrificing our souls (8-tracks) for convenience (mp3s) and sacrificing our physical connection with objects like records and tapes for bits & bytes in devices and downloads that make corporations like Apple billions in profit.
Ok, this is sounding more like an editorial than a review (it is). Zines like 8-Track Mind are the panacea for a blog-infested world. (You may be reading this on my blog or in my paper zine … truth is, my paper zine will be here long after the blog is deleted … also … how many of you are actually reading this blog, anyway?)
This issue is packed with 38 pages of writing taking a long look at the analog vs. digital culture. Contributors include Malcom Riviera, Peter Bergman, Kim Cooper, Dan Sutherland and many others. My heart soars when I read thought provoking zines like 8-Track Mind. I may not be more enlightened after pondering it all, but at least it affirms there is still much coolness to be found in the zine world … and that’s just fine with me.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Lead Standard

The Lead Standard from Laura-Marie's zine reviews
This is a chapbook of good poems by Jimmy Besseck. The voice is conversational, and the subjects are everyday. The speaker is grim and gritty, sometimes pithy. One poem called "Stating the Obvious" is about a man that's been shit on by a bird. It's very literal and compelling. Then at the end it seems to become about something more, about being shit on figuratively. Another poem is about hearing someone fart. There are some smart observations about human nature. Anyway, if you like poems and don't mind crassness you'll probably like this chapbook. There are lots of magazine pictures throughout.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Zine News Round-Up: 02.10.11


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via Spill The Zines! by noreply@blogger.com (Cath) on 10/2/11

1. Zine Releases
2. Upcoming Events
3. Submission Calls
4. Zine Reviews
5. Distro News
6. AOB (Any Other Business)


1. Zine Releases
 - Another cool art zine by Sky Nash has been released this week: SICK.  Available on etsy.
 - Girls Get Busy #8 is out now!  Buy a copy of the zine, or a GGB totebag and t-shirt, on their Big Cartel store.

2. Upcoming Events
  - Camden Zine Fest: 8th October.  1pm til 6pm at The Pirate Castle. Includes workshops and zine readings alongside the stalls.  More info at http://camdenzinefest.blogspot.com/.
- Craftivism Manchester: 9th October, 11pm til 4pm; 15th October, 10am til 4pm.  Held at the People's History Museum. www.phm.org.uk
 - South East London Zine Fest: 12th November. Applications for tables are still open! More info here: http://selondonzines.wordpress.com/
 - LaDIYfest Sheffield: 12th – 13th November. an inclusive, DIY, anti-capitalist, community-based feminist festival. http://ladiyfestsheff.noblogs.org/

3. Submission Calls
 - The Anarchist Blog are looking for submissions for Uncivilisation Zine #1!  They're looking for articles on anarchism, vegetarianism, anti-fascism, environmentalism, and feminism.  Email them at theanarchistblogATgmailDOTcom for more info.
 - Penpal Adventures: A Curated Zine on the Experiences of Girls as Penpals.  Helena and Sarah are looking for personal essays, nonfiction prose, comics, letters/excerpts, photos and ephemera from your days of pre-internet correspondence. Deadline: February 1st 2012.  Please send submissions to: penpal.zineATgmailDOTcom.
 - Tukru is looking for submissions for Vampire Sushi zine #2!  The main theme is vampires but other monsters & horror themes are welcome too. The deadline has been extended to 23rd October! Detailed info can be found here.
 - The Pandora Press zine deadline has been extended by a week!  The theme is sex; the new deadline is 9th October.  Submissions must be from the South Wales area. More info here.

4. Zine Reviews
 - Sophie at Oh My Clumsy Heart has posted some zine recommendations – take a look.
 - Laura-Marie (author of US zine Functionally Ill) has started a new zine review blog up.  While it's not UK-centered, she has reviewed lots of UK zines there recently, including Buy Her Candy #1, Here. In My Head#9, and Three Days Of My Life I Will Never Get Back. Take a look!

5. Distro News
 - Marching Stars is on hiatus for a week or so.  Keep up to date on MS distro's tumblr.
 - Princesa Pirata has added some cool new stuff to her catalogue, including handmade postcards and calendars by A-K herself! http://princesapiratadistro.wordpress.com/
 - Vampire Sushi has been updated, with new zines in stock! http://vampiresushi.co.uk/

6. A.O.B.
 - Salford Zine Library have made a film all about zines, which will be screened at Salford Art Gallery this winter. Here's a preview, featuring a guide on how to make your own zine!  Awesome stuff:


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Biblio-Curiosa #2


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via Blackguard on 10/9/11

48 pages, digest size, $5.00 from Chris Mikul, PO Box K546, Haymarket NSW 1240, AUSTRALIA + cathob [at] zip.com.au 
It sure was a pleasant surprise to receive this so soon after BC#1, considering Chris's other zine Bizarrism only comes out every three years.
The first piece in this issue, 'The Strange Case of F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre' fascinated me to very near the degree that the story of Henry Darger did so. Like Darger, MacIntyre was a loner his whole life, although differing in that from his hoarder's apartment in Brooklyn that he never let anybody into (even the super to conduct necessary maintenance) he communicated with the outside world through the internet, promoting himself as an expert on the silent film era of the '20s, also the science fiction community (and was a prolific IMDb reviewer). His manner of dress was unique - "he affected the air of an eccentric Victorian gentleman, and wore tweed suits and riding boots, sometimes a kilt and sporran, and - always - gloves" - nicknamed "Froggy" these gloves were rumoured to conceal webbed fingers, or a terrible skin condition.
The other two pieces in here I did read, but were nowhere near as fascinating as the F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre piece.
But that's just me: obsessive, get/got stuck... BC#2 has colour covers, gorgeous b&w illustrations, and an exploration of T. Mullett Ellis and his novel of "anarchism, free love and germ warfare called Zalma."
Get it.


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via Laura-Marie's zine reviews by noreply@blogger.com (Laura-Marie) on 9/20/11

I got a stack of durable goods when my friend W sent me those 50 or so zines in the mail. This one was my favorite. It's a micro-zine, just one piece of paper folded up, and it's a poetry zine. So short, like blink and you miss it. But I like it that way. The star of this issue is "This Dream is Not About You" by Dan Wilcox. It's so real and right. And it's short, and I feel like I can't quote from it because you need the whole thing. But it's surprising and I love it.



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Necronomicon #2 :: £1 + shipping

Necronomicon is a Yorkshire, UK based horror fanzine, a sincere love letter to the horror genre in love most of all with the films that have been forgotten about. Published every-so-monthly these black and white photocopied A5 zines are intensely nostalgic with a heavy dose of dark humour.

Weng Pixin
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All You've Got To Do Is..

Weng Pixin created this zine for a Pikaland project and I received it direct from them as part of a zine selection so issues are scarce. Weng uses cartoons and zines to talk about intensely painful or emotional subjects.

Elizabeth Maycox

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Hard On Love :: £4.50 + shipping

"Remember. Even if nobody ever cares for you, you can always still care about somebody."

An A5, signed and numbered, machine stitched, 36 page zine; Hard On Love is the final send-up of the now defunct Love Comes in Spurts journal. Limited to strictly twenty copies; Hard On Love contains 39 breathtakingly poignant articles on love, lust, heartache and heartbreak. Everything from the sketched cover illustration of Lester Young to the intense writing right down to the library book feel of the paper this zine is nothing but beautiful.


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