• International Zine Month

    International Zine Month – Days 27 – 31

    Hello, hello, hello, zine friends. This blog post is brought to you by electrolytes, a lot of sleep, and a massive amount of TLC from the dear and amazing Wanderer. Truly, he’s been absolutely brilliant to the point of piling blankets on me when I felt very cold.

    I’m very slowly getting back to normal. I’m one of the fun and exciting people who can get mono/glandular fever more than once if I push myself too much/overstress myself. Good times. This round has been mild but meant I’ve slept away most of the week thus far.

    Enough of that, though! As you can imagine, the last part of IZM has been a bit of a bust. But no stress! Life happens, and sometimes we just have to dance to the tune.

    Or sleep. Haha.

    On to it!

    On day 27 of this fabulous month, the prompt is to host or attend a zine event. That was definitely off the books this past weekend (honestly, I lost track of the days a bit), not only for health reasons but location.

    You can always check out the Zine World Calendar to see if there are any events happening near you and/or to make sure your event is listed.

    Day 28 is the day for listing our favourite zines. I decline on the grounds that I love all the zines. Hehehe.

    On this fine day of IZM, the prompt is to take a picture of yourself with your zine collection. I’ll meet you halfway with a picture of some of my zines…

    On the 30th day of IZM, the prompt is to write or make a wrap-up of International Zine Month. I’m actually going to save this prompt for tomorrow because I have a few things to write about that don’t quite fit in here.

    This, the final day of IZM, we take a moment to remember the zines and zinesters no longer with us.

    For another year, I find myself grateful and relieved to not know any zinesters who have passed. As I meet new zinemakers and make new zine friends, I avoid thinking about this sort of thing more and more. It’s all a part of the life cycle, but I’d like to stay in my shiny bubble for as long as I can.

    My thoughts do go to all of those who have lost people. I light a candle and hope that you can find comfort in knowing you aren’t alone.

    That’s all for me today, zine friends. I will be back tomorrow at least a little bit. 😉

    Until then…

    Others Joining In:

    * Hadass: https://hadass420.wordpress.com/
    * Phoebe’s Zines: https://www.instagram.com/phoebeszines/
    * Feral Publication: https://youtu.be/trS6pVtjsjw
    * Enter the Papernet: http://www.enterthepaper.net/

    Let me know if/where you are joining in!

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    International Zine Month – Days 19 – 26

    Hello, zine friends!

    Gosh golly gee, this week certainly got away from me. From the 24-hour zine sessions on Sunday and Monday (I have about nine hours still on the clock hehehe) to a therapy session to getting all geared up for a sleep test session (check out my Instagram if you want to see me looking like part cyborg), everything really ran away.

    But that’s life!

    Feral Publication and I have been chatting quite a bit lately about taking on too much, neglecting self-care, and along similar lines. So what I’m trying to do more these days is pay attention and not make myself sick overworking.

    Don’t get me wrong – it irritates me to no end to not stick to the schedule I have set up here on the blog, but you have to look after your health. This year has been a bit lesson in that.

    Still, I promise that – save for anything major happening – everything will be back to normal next week.

    On to catching up with IZM!

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    International Zine Month Day 18 – Zine Trade Day

    Hello and a happiest of Thursdays to you. Nearly to the end of the week – if you have the standard M-F sort of week happening in your life.

    Technically I don’t have the standard happening in my life, but what can I say other than years of schooling still brings a bit of a special shine to Fridays.

    Today for International Zine Month, we are well and truly past the halfway mark! And today we trade zines!

    Trading zines is something I see as being a very import to the zineverse. It’s a fun way to connect and even meet new people, share ideas, and – of course – share the awesome projects we’ve created. Some of my first interactions with zinemakers was through zine trading with people whom I consider dear friends today. Sometimes trades are one-offs, and that’s okay, too. Sometimes you never know what kind of friends you’ll become.

    I am well and truly out of stamp money for the month, so I can’t offer any new trades today. I am happy and pleased as punch to say that a few zinemakers got in straight away at the start of the month to set up some trades, so I’m not really missing out for IZM.

    If you would like to trade zines with me, I’d love to! I just won’t be able to send anything out until the end of July…

    Are you trading zines with anyone today? Let me know in the comments.

    Until next time!

    Others Joining In:

    * Hadass: https://hadass420.wordpress.com/
    * Phoebe’s Zines: https://www.instagram.com/phoebeszines/
    * Feral Publication: https://youtu.be/trS6pVtjsjw
    * Enter the Papernet: http://www.enterthepaper.net/

    Let me know if/where you are joining in!

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    International Zine Month Day 17 – Flyer Flier

    Hello, zine beans! Welcome back to a glorious International Zine Month Wednesday. Today’s activity is to make fliers for your zines. This turned out to be a great prompt timing-wise.

    Fliers! I’ve been meaning to update some of my fliers for a while now, so what better reason than IZM?

    I’ve decided to stop making Dear Anonymous after issue 10. There are two issues to go, so if you send more than one letter, you can be in both. Issues will still be available after 10 is done – I just won’t be making more.

    Phenomena 1 isn’t even finished yet, but I’m so excited about this and want to make this a series, so I’m already putting the call out for the second issue. Hehe.

    The same goes for Workaholic. This one is a bit of a ‘wide spread’ topic, but I think there is so much worth to be found in discussing it. Upward and onward!

    That’s me for today, zine beans.

    Until next time…

    Others Joining In:

    * Hadass: https://hadass420.wordpress.com/
    * Phoebe’s Zines: https://www.instagram.com/phoebeszines/
    * Feral Publication: https://youtu.be/trS6pVtjsjw
    * Enter the Papernet: http://www.enterthepaper.net/

    Let me know if/where you are joining in!

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    International Zine Month Days 13-16

    Hello zine beans!

    I apologise for being MIA for the past few days. No mail arrived in the post box over the past week, and I also decided to take a page from Feral Publication’s book and focus on things that needed attention.

    I recently started therapy, and it’s my habit to push aside my ‘homework’ and myself. I’m trying to change that, and that means getting behind in other things sometimes.

    So let’s catch up, shall we?

    International Zine Month Day 13 – Very Zine Superstitious

    The activity for this day is to make up a zine superstition and share it. Last year I wrote about putting positivity into your zine master copy by the light of the moon

    For this year’s superstition, I declare that one must have an odd number of black writing instruments when starting to make a zine for the zine-making process to go smoothly. ^_^

    International Zine Month Day 14 – ValenZines Day

    On this fine Valenzines Day, the activity is to give yourself some zine love in whatever way it means to you.

    I started my ValenZines Day with a hot cup of tea and candle with a hot bubble bath. I do like to read and even review zines in the bath. I know there are people who don’t like baths, but I love being surrounded by warmth and the lovely smells of the candle(s) and/or bubble bath.

    Nichole of Pieces zine fame posted on Instagram about taking yourself out for a date, so I decided to extend my day a bit. I took myself out on a date to the Murray River.

    Fresh air, a gorgeous day, zines to read… Take the little moments of bliss when you can.

    International Zine Month Day 15 – Free Zine Day

    Free zine day! On this day of International Zine Month, the activity is to give away zines or leave them in public places for strangers to find.

    I’m falling back on my Missives From Murray Bridge mailout for this one. However, if you don’t receive the Missives already, I’ll send some out to the first five people who email me their mailing address to seagreenzines at gmail.com

    Hehe!

    International Zine Month Day 16 – Zine Love List

    And now we are caught up to today – a day of zine love! Make a list of reasons you love zines and share it with others.

    As you can imagine, I could go on and on about this all day. Zines mean so much to me in keeping me going when it’s tough, making me feel less alone, giving me purpose… Oh, gosh, I’ve started making my list, haven’t I?

    *Variety in topic and approach. Zines come in so many shapes and sizes as well as pretty much every topic under the sun. There are no limits, and that can be such a horrible thing for a lot of other areas. But for zines, I have seen so utterly much good come of it.

    *Sharing is caring. While I feel like last year there were a lot of new, fresh starts in zinemaking and a lot of new zinemakers learning and joining up, I feel like this year has been a bit more about collaborations. Collab zines and other collaborative projects, people reviewing each others’ work, and working together in a myriad of different ways. Zines give people an opportunity to connect and find each other in a unique way. Beautiful.

    Two doesn’t precisely make a list, but these are the closest to my heart and mind at the moment.

    That is me for today, zine beans. I will be back soon with more zine goodness. Until then…

    Others Joining In:

    * Hadass: https://hadass420.wordpress.com/
    * Phoebe’s Zines: https://www.instagram.com/phoebeszines/
    * Feral Publication: https://youtu.be/trS6pVtjsjw
    * Enter the Papernet: http://www.enterthepaper.net/

    Let me know if/where you are joining in!

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    International Zine Month Day 12 – ZineWiki Day… Sort Of

    Hello and happiest of Fridays to you zine beans!

    It’s a cold and blustery one here at the zine cave, but these are the days that make it easy to stay inside rugged up warm to get work done. There’s always a lot of admin to do here in the cave, that’s for sure. Perhaps I should call it the zine office or the last zine post on the right or something like that. Haha. Ideas welcome.

    Today for this the 12th day of International Zine Month is Zine Wiki Day.

    ZineWiki.com! Your one stop spot for a huge directory of zines, the people who make them, and much more.

    Unfortunately… It’s not exactly working properly at the moment, and getting a hold of the people who might be able to fix it is proving difficult.

    You can sort of see some pages if you know the full URL of a page. For example: http://www.zinewiki.com/Jaime_Nyx It’s not exactly the easiest to look at and definitely isn’t how it’s supposed to be.

    ZineWiki is an amazing source of information, and I truly, truly hope that whoever runs it will be able to get it back to its formal glory. So instead of creating a Wiki page, we can take the day to find and compile all sorts of zine spaces and places. I know my resources page could use a bit of sprucing up, so if you know of something you would like to see added to that page, please let me know.

    I’ll be back soon with the Friday zine review!

    Others Joining In:

    * Hadass: https://hadass420.wordpress.com/
    * Phoebe’s Zines: https://www.instagram.com/phoebeszines/
    * Feral Publication: https://youtu.be/trS6pVtjsjw
    * Enter the Papernet: http://www.enterthepaper.net/

    Let me know if/where you are joining in!

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    Zine Review: Pieces 14 / International Zine Month Day 11

    Today’s International Zine Month activity is to buy, share, or read zines from a country other than your own, which has just so nicely happened to land on a zine review day. So today I bring you a review of a zine by the US zinemaker Nichole.

    Pieces 14: on the Demon
    Nichole
    https://www.instagram.com/corridorgirl/
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/collectingwords

    Pieces 14 is a US ¼ sized black and white perzine about mental illness, constructions and coping creations, and learning to take control.

    “Everything about this is disjointed and, in places, extremely brief… but it will at least exist. That is something positive.”

    Sometimes while I may want to read a zine straight away, I know I can’t. I know I need to keep it unread for a while until I can give it the reading time and space – both physically and mentally – that it deserves. Copies of Pieces always fall into this category, and, knowing something of how much it took Nichole to create Pieces 14, it was especially true of this issue.

    This feeling is emphasised right from the start, as Nichole calls this zine many things from self-indulgent to frightening and intimate. She reveals herself as utterly vulnerable and unsure – questioning (as I think many a perzine writer has) the motivation in making in the first place. And yet this is exactly why I see Nichole as so strong for sharing.

    After the opening, Nichole moves onto Shadow Work: the process by which Nichole reclaims the parts of her she finds unacceptable, immoral, and ugly (and a concept I find incredibly intriguing). She writes about the three ways to approach the practise and how most people seek to avoid these self-truths.

    From there we travel with Nichole as she explores many things under the umbrella of Self and Identity. With a focus on mental health issues, Nichole touches on thoughts and fears around not being ‘sick enough’ to seek help while at the same time fearing being ‘sick enough’ to have help forced upon you. The frantic search to find meaning and definition while not letting anyone in to help you with the search lest you become a burden,

    Counselling, sexuality, fear, shame, the masks we wear, and much more are parts of Nichole’s mental journey looking back and pondering forward about life. A huge part of the writing focuses on the creations we create to cope and how these creations can be just as complex as we are. That they can both harm and hurt. Though, while I type that, I feel like that is a rather ‘light’ description of the contents of this zine.

    “I was so obsessed with being perfect and being a good girl that I didn’t know what to do with all the “bad” stuff.”

    As per usual with an issue of Pieces, I could go on and on about how much I identify with what Nichole has written. There were times I had to stop and go back to re-read paragraphs because I was so eager that I started reading too fast for my brain to keep up.

    Nichole’s layouts are always appealing with just enough elements for variety and visual appeal without taking away from the important subject at hand. With a natural affinity for images of butterflies and clocks, I fall just as easily into the visuals Nichole chooses as well as the words.

    An especially powerful part of this zine is Nichole’s acknowledgments of her constructs and the importance of distinguishing what is a part of you – what is something you have created within yourself. Taking control of your own creations is often not anywhere as easy as it would seem to be on paper. Taking back your power sometimes means taking it back from the pieces of yourself.

    “Waging war against yourself is tiring.”

    Pieces is a zine series I have long enjoyed reading and gained more understanding from than I can really say. If enjoying all the zines that came before a particular one is a bias, then I most certainly have it with this, the 14th in the series. That being said, I think this issue of Pieces stands alongside one that Nichole actually doesn’t print anymore. It’s an issue in which Nichole challenges herself to not only examine the topics in the zine but the challenge of putting it all down on the page.

    As per usual, I’m grateful that she has done so. Pieces 14 and the issues before it have and continue to give me the courage to talk about things that I’ve dealt with for nearly three decades and never told a soul…

    To put it simply, get Pieces 14 and all the ones that came before it.

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    International Zine Month Day 10 – Write to a Zinemaker

    Hello, dear and wonderful zine friends!

    I’m thinking zine friend Hadass really has the smart way of it by writing a weekly round up blog post covering International Zine Month fun rather than posting every day. Haha.

    Admin got the best of me yesterday, and I missed posting here. However, one thing I did do was send out a zine order to the amazing aforementioned zine-making Hadass. Another thing I did was mail out a package of goodness to my amazing zine-making friend Black Wolf! The fun with that one is that her birthday is coming up* so she got pressies as well.

    So do zine-making mail sends make up for not writing a letter? I hope so. Haha.

    I’m taking my own advice for today and not stressing about something that is meant to be fun. So no stress, and yay for fun mail!

    That will be me, but only for a little while. There’s a review to come.

    Until then…

    *Fun fact – Black Wolf and I have five days different between our birthdays, and our partners have birthdays that are also only five days apart. O_O Spooooky.

    Others Joining In:

    * Hadass: https://hadass420.wordpress.com/
    * Phoebe’s Zines: https://www.instagram.com/phoebeszines/
    * Feral Publication: https://youtu.be/trS6pVtjsjw
    * Enter the Papernet: http://www.enterthepaper.net/

    Let me know if/where you are joining in!

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    International Zine Month Day 9 – Zine Penpals

    Happy Tuesday, zine friends. And what a beautiful day it has been here in this small part of Oz.

    Perfect for writing letters in the sunshine!

    Today’s activity for International Zine Month is to write to a zine penpal! I’m very, very happy to have zine penpals near and far, and one of the ways I keep in contact with them is my Missives From Murray Bridge.

    Missives From Murray Bridge is my monthly newsletter containing bits and bobs from what’s happening in and around the zine cave. I think newsletters are a great way to share happy mail and keep up with what friends are doing and what they care to share. You can include personal letters along with them, stickers, ephemera, other fun.

    Happy mail all the way.

    If you’re interested in getting onto the Missives mailing list, check out my Patreon page or send an email. 😛

    Who are you writing to today? Let me know in the comments.

    Until next time…

    Others Joining In:

    * Hadass: https://hadass420.wordpress.com/
    * Phoebe’s Zines: https://www.instagram.com/phoebeszines/
    * Feral Publication: https://youtu.be/trS6pVtjsjw
    * Enter the Papernet: http://www.enterthepaper.net/

    Let me know if/where you are joining in!

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    International Zine Month Day 8 – Zine Recipe Day

    Hello once again, dear zine friends! It’s another double-post day with it being Happy Mail Monday and all, but they both came together quite well this year…

    For today’s activity, we cook with a recipe found in a zine!

    In previous years, this day has been a bit of a mixed bag as far as having the time, energy, and ingredients to make a recipe found in a zine. The same goes for this year, too. I had good intentions, but filming and then editing Happy Mail Monday always takes the day and wears me out.

    However, the timing was so utterly beautiful that I can’t resist spinning the activity just a little bit to put a spotlight on a specific zine that landed in the mail today:

    Vegan Spoonie Food by Zappix Art!

    Timing, right? Landing in the post box on just the right day. Hehe! And with some delicious sounding recipes inside as well. (Pancakes? Banana bread? Yes, please!)

    I am sorry I didn’t actually get around to making myself any of these recipes, but I figure shining a spotlight on a lovely artist has to be the next best thing.

    And with that, I bid you all a good night (Australia time)! I’ll be back tomorrow with some letter-writing goodness. Until then…

    Others Joining In:

    * Hadass: https://hadass420.wordpress.com/
    * Phoebe’s Zines: https://www.instagram.com/phoebeszines/
    * Feral Publication: https://youtu.be/trS6pVtjsjw
    * Enter the Papernet: http://www.enterthepaper.net/

    Let me know if/where you are joining in!

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