I’m representing Sober Bob by one of my favourite zines by Sober Bob. 🙂
Amazing artist and zinemaker Sober Bob Monthly will be on 4ZZZ chatting about zines and all sorts of goodness – and you can listen in!
Go to http://www.4zzz.org.au, hover your mouse at the top of the page, and click ‘stream 102.1FM’ to listen! The show is on *now* but the chat will start in a bit over two hours from when I am posting this.
This post is just a quick note to let you know that I’m still having a smidge of trouble with my emails going into people’s spam folders. The thing I don’t know if is my email is blocking anyone. I do check my spam folder, but I’m not trusting the system right now.
Anyway, the note is that if you have any trouble reaching me or are waiting on a reply for more than 72 hours:
1. Check your spam folder.
2. You can now email me at email@example.com if you want to check in about anything.
firstname.lastname@example.org is definitely my preferred email, but if there’s anything super urgent or anything along those lines, the gmail address could be the go.
That’s all for today. I’ll be back with a post tomorrow.
Hello, zine friends! Well, it’s time! Gosh, I’m so nervous, but I won’t prattle on about that (I do enough in the podcast – haha).
The first episode of The Zine Collector is up in all the spaces. It’s definitely a strange, wonderful, and scary mix of feelings, but here we go. Let’s hope this is the beginning of something wonderful.
Thanks to everyone for the support!
Want to listen to the podcast? Find me at: https://shows.pippa.io/thezinecollector
*It’s a podcast about zines – not a zine about podcasts
*It’s called Nobody Cares About Your Stupid Zine podcast
In this episode of The Zine Collector, I introduce myself, talk a bit about what podcasts and zines have and common, and spend more than a few minutes thanking you all for your support.
Links Mentioned This Episode:
*Long Arm Stapler Podcast: http://longarmstapler.libsyn.com
*Poor Lass Zine Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/user-765248614
*Nobody Cares About Your Stupid Zine Podcast: http://nobodycareszine.libsyn.com
*My First Podcast: https://seagreenzines.com/2014/12/04/sgz-now-open-for-zine-reviews-podcast/
You Can Find Me At:
Sea Green Zines: www.seagreenzines.com
Hello, zine friends!
Last week I announced my intentions to start a podcast, and this week, I finally made a little something! It’s a hello rather than a full episode, but I’ve already learned a few things to take into the first proper episode of the podcast.
I’ve been really nervous about the video side of things, but I decided to give it a go anyway. (I reserve the right to decide video isn’t for me later on, hahaha.) So here it is!
If you are looking forward to a podcast rather than videos, you can listen to it on The Zine Collector
(Sorry, I can’t seem to embed they’re audio player – yet.)
My head is still spinning a bit with the ‘am I really doing this?’ feelings, but this was a good little step into things. I am really excited to connect with people in a new way, though, as I’ve been enjoying podcasts and videos for ages.
So there we are! I’m going to work on getting the audio onto other platforms as well, so I’ll announce those as they pop up.
Thank you all for the encouragement you’ve given me and for soothing my doubts (which repeatedly rear up) through the whole process. Here’s to a good episode one to come soon!
Hello, zine friends!
I am very excited to let you know that there is a new zine podcast on the block:
The Poor Lass Zine podcast!
I’ve just listened to their first episode, and I think it’s so fun. The whole thing was very warm and inviting – two friends chatting about their zine series and such. I wanted to pour a cup of tea myself just listening. (C’mon Yorkshire Tea!)
It’s available on Soundcloud as well as on iTunes. (Sorry for not having the iTunes link – I’m not an iTunes user and don’t know how to get to it if I don’t want to sign up.)
Definitely check it out.
Hello, zine friends!
I hope this post finds you well and adjusting to the year. January 2nd is always a little weirder than the 1st because the glow is dying down, and the real work of the year begins. Small adjustments are already being made to keep those resolutions and whatnot.
For instance, I’ve come to see that I loaded a lot more on my plate than I realised, so it’s time to reevaluate things now before being burned out later.
It’s all a process, but enough of my prattling.
It’s the time of year for plans, intentions, changes, so on and so forth. It’s also the time of year for creators – no matter what you create – to announce on various platforms what’s happening. While I don’t have a heap to report, I figured I’d join in and let you know what’s happening in my head.
– Don’t Call Me Cupcake: I’m taking a little break from Don’t Call Me Cupcake. Writing 9 and 9.5 was really intense for me, and I need to work on ‘lighter’ projects just for a little while.
– Dear Anonymous: Dear Anonymous 7 will be finished and sent out very soon. I apologise for the delay. I set dates back when moving dates were really flexible, and I forgot to adjust dates for the zine. At the moment, I just have to put everything together and then save the money to send the contributor copies.
– Paper Currency: I really want to focus a lot more on this zine this year. I’m still really excited about the idea and want it to be a great resource for zine people around the world.
– Missives From Murray Bridge: If you know what this is, no worries; it’s sticking around. If you don’t know what it is, that’s okay. It’s a silly little something I put together every now and then.
– Other zines: There are still a stack of zine ideas I’d love to make. I think by shuffling around a few priorities, I will be making a lot more one-off zines in 2018.
THE BLOG – I always want to be moving forward with things, but I feel like the blog is going well right now in the current way of doing things. Happy Mail Monday, reviews Thursdays and Fridays, calls for submissions and event announcements on the weekends. I like the rhythm of it, and it’s a workload I keep up with for the most part.
Ideally, I’d like to review three zines a week, but I’m really not seeing that happen. Not with what I’m announcing below. I also feel like that would be stacking things too heavily in that area. If I do anything else, I want it to be something fresh and different.
*OTHER PROJECTS – I haven’t forgotten what I was saying last year about starting an APA. I do still really love the idea of it, but there are a lot of logistics I need to work out before I can go forward with it. But yes, it is still on the cards.
I know. Not very exciting, but now you know where my head is at.
Now, for the little announcement…
Finally! Finally, finally, finally, I am starting my own podcast about zines!
I probably shouldn’t even be announcing this because I don’t have a firm start date (still waiting on some things to arrive in the mail and such), but I’ve been finding myself hiding behind note-taking and perfectionism due to the anxiety involved. I am absolutely terrified, but if I announce it, then it’s out in the world, eh?
I will have links for you as soon as I can get everything set up. (I had some hiccups trying to set things up online, but I’m slowly getting them sorted.) As much as I am scared, I am also really excited. Many people weighed in to vote about whether I should do this, and some of you even messaged me about your thoughts on the matter. I value your feedback, and it was lovely to know I’d have support going into this.
Anyway, that’s me for today and my plans for the year so far.
If you have any questions (perhaps questions for the FAQ section of the podcast?), thoughts, or requests for this blog, The Zine Collector, or anything else, please let me know. I’m always happy to hear from you.
Until next time.
Wonderful, beloved zine friends. I’m so happy to be creating this post.
It’s that time again – a time that probably isn’t familiar to a lot of you. When I reached my 100th review in May 2016, I felt inspired by the Golden Stapler Awards and celebrated by awarding zines with titles like ‘best binding’ and ‘funniest zine’.
I hit my 200th zine reviewed a few months ago, but with everything that was going on, I wasn’t able to get to things until now. I still wasn’t sure whether I would do this, but I do love sharing my zine enthusiasm and celebrating fun and cool zines.
Things to remember:
1. My apologies for any less than stellar photos.
2. This is only meant to be a bit of fun.
3. Zines often fit into more than one category. How they were sorted is all on me.
4. Keep in mind these are limited to the second lot of 100 zines I’ve reviewed – roughly from May 2016 to July 2017. You can find the whole list: Zine Review Index
5. Picking out the ‘best’ stinks. I love them all!
Let’s do this.
(I’m putting everything after a more tag because there are a lot of images.)
Hello and happy holidays, zine friends. I hope things are calm and zen for you at a time when there can be so much to… not be calm about.
This post is more of an ‘in case anyone was wondering’ sort of post. I’m not sure if anyone is particularly curious, but here we are anyway.
With everything landing as it is, I think pretty much everything is going to stay the same save for Happy Mail being on Boxing Day or the day after. (If anything comes in within the next four days.)
Though both Wanderer and I are free of any commitments for the holidays, we do like to crash in front of the TV for a day of food, grog, and entertainment on the 25th. If there are any special requests for posts or anything like that, I’m happy to do whatever. Don’t be shy about asking whether it’s a question answered or a post on a particular topic.
I’m still planning on reviews as usual for this week. If I do take a rest from reviews, it’ll happen next week. But I’m really only saying that because I feel a little weird that I’m not really taking any time. Is that weird? Meh?
Wow. This is an even more relaxed post than I thought it would be.
Be sure to come back tomorrow for something special…
There’s been a hiccup over a WeMakeZines.com. Please read if you were/are a member there.
Hey Zinesters, I messed up … Bad. We had a spammer bulk message most everybody. I went to delete those messages in the database (the only way) because I didn’t want anyone, lame as the messages were, to fall for the scam. Despite selecting only the scammers messages it deleted all the messages. This didn’t seem like a problem because the server makes daily, weekly, and monthly backups.
So I imported what should have been yesterday’s database and was going to merge the messages into the current database. Only the import overwrote the current database and apparently the server hadn’t made a daily backup since March. While I make multiple backups they all rely on the initial ones the server makes being correct. So EVERYTHING that was is gone.
I’m pretty destroyed. I’ve worked hard on this site for months. I was really proud of what it had become. If you had signed up before you will need to sign up again (unless you were part of the beta testers). I’m so, so sorry. I’m rather distraught over this. It’s ultimately my fault for not making sure the backups were good. I apologize to you all and ask for another chance, this will not happen again.
Hello, friends. I won’t be doing a heap of these by any means, but I figure distros struggle a lot as it is, so why not spread the word. 🙂
Hey friends! I know you’re inundated with holiday promotions, but it would sure mean a lot to our family if you’d pop over to Pioneers Press and check out our collection of books, zines and other gift-y items. (Or help us spread the word?!)
We rely on our winter sales to keep afloat the rest of the year, and every little bit helps! Plus, for the next week enter promo code: CHEERANDLOATHING at checkout to get 25% off your order. Thanks for your support! xo, Jessie