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    #ZineWriMo Day 28 – Make a Zine About Zines

    Zine zines! I love zine zines! I’ve enjoyed a book or two about zines, but a zine about zines! Love, love, love.

    Oh, there I go getting ahead of myself. Hello there, wonderful zine friends! We’re nearly there, aren’t we? Nearly to the end of this month and onto the final month of the year. But before I get ahead of myself yet again, I’ll get to today’s ZineWriMo task:

    Make a zine about zines.

    As I mentioned above, I do love a zine zine. I’ve made two so far. The mini-zine ‘What’s All This Then?’

    I ended up handing this out at the Melbourne Art Book Fair earlier this year to anyone who looked thoroughly confused by all the zines (and there were plenty).

    There’s also the first of what I hope will be a long-lived series, Paper Currency:

    I’m so happy with the response to this zine and am looking forward to digging into making the second. If you’d like to advertise your distro/library/site/etc inside, please let me know!

    Of course, if you want to learn about zines, you can start where I started quite a few years ago:

    I’m fairly sure there’s a more revised version (or two) out there. I need to get a copy because I’m also fairly sure someone pinched my copy. Such is the way, eh? That’s how good this is! I highly, highly recommend it.

    Oh! I nearly forgot another favourite:

    This one is by Davida Gypsy Breier of Xerography Debt fame.

    I’m sure I’m forgetting others I love, too, but that’s what I get for posting so late.

    Alas, issues remain, and I have to delay the Happy Mail for another day. Please let me know in the comments if you made a zine zine today and/or have made one in the past. I would absolutely love to see itQ

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    #ZineWriMo Days 26 & 27

    Hello, zine friends, and happy start to the final week of November! And not even a full week at that. Eeesh. How the time is flying.

    Today I’m combining days 26 and 27, so let’s jump right in.

    Day 26: Try Something New: Make a Collage

    Okay, so it’s less collage and more just ripped up pieces of paper, but it turned into a background I rather liked for one of my zine covers. (Bonus cookies if you know which one.)

    I used to feel that collages just weren’t my thing, but after giving a few a go, I’m rather liking it. I do need to pick up some magazines, though. I need more inspiration.

    On to today!

    Set Your Zine Free

    A beautiful facet of the zine community is the free zine. The zine given away or traded for the love of zine-ing. Many distros with physical shops have free sections or baskets for you to get into to your hearts’ delight.

    If you’re in the Brisbane and like the look of some of the zines I’ve made so far this ZineWriMo, drop in at Copy & Destroy Zine Library. I sent a little somethin’ somethin’ for their free section earlier this month.

    I wasn’t able to drop off any copies of my zines out and about today, but I was planning on dropping them at my library. Your local library can be a great place to do this without provoking your anxiety.

    That’s me for today. Happy mail and ZineWriMo day 28 coming tomorrow. ^_^

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    #ZineWriMo Day 25: Stockpile Zine Parts

    Hello, zine friends. I hope your weekend is going well or is off to a good start depending on your time zone.

    Today’s zine task is one sorely needed one on my part. I’m definitely one for stockpiling zine parts.

    I like stockpiling parts. Taking an afternoon to cut out cupcakes, cut embroidery thread to the right length, fold zines. I put on some music or a show I like, and the whole thing becomes less of a task and more of a nice, calm way to spend a few hours.

    It’s entirely possible that this sort of thing isn’t useful to you. But if it is, let me know in the comments what zine parts you stockpile.

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    #ZineWriMo Day 23: Make a Wordless Zine

    Hello, hello! It’s a week and a day until the end of November, and today’s ZineWriMo task is:

    Make a Wordless Zine

    Now it’s time for a confession.

    I got caught up in making Don’t Call Me Cupcake 9.5 and completely lost track of time. The annoying things is that I’m so close but not finished yet. So I’m afraid I don’t have a wordless zine. (Trust me, you don’t want to see my attempts at art anyway.)

    Instead, I offer you Plague. I reviewed this ages ago, but it’s the zine/comic that came to mind when I thought of ‘wordless’. It’s grim, dark, and oh, so good.

    Despite not having the wordless minizine, I will have a zine review coming very soon.

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    #ZineWriMo Day 17: Sharing is Caring: Your Snacks of Choice

    It is day 17 of ZineWriMo, and today we’re talking about our favourite snacks.


    Don’t you have snacks while you’re creating? No? Oh. Well I do!

    I’m a foodie with a sweet tooth, and I like finding out about food from around the world. Moving from a tiny town in Wisconsin to a big ol’ city in Australia opened my world to all kinds of different foods from Thai to Greek, and there’s no way I’m going back.

    Plus having a snack can make your creative time all the more pleasurable.

    I know how I’m usually going on about chocolate covered pretzels because I love the sweet/salt combo but they aren’t exactly easy to find in Australia. (It’s possible, but not easy.) That’s my ideal snack of choice.

    Alas, I have to be healthy some of the time – plus it’s spring going on summer in Australia. Time for fruit!

    Honestly I have been craving all sorts of fruit lately. So while I don’t always eat a platter like this, this isn’t exactly an abnormal plate for me. Hehe. I especially love the mandarins. Yum.

    The only trouble with fruit is that it makes for sticky fingers, which means it’s difficult to create while having fruit as a snack.

    Anyone care to share their favourite snacks to have while creating? Let me know in the comments.

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    Zine Review: Intimacies Volume 1

    Intimacies Volume 1
    Dara Idris

    Intimacies Volume 1 is a black and white half-fold zine about a personal journey with physical intimacy, sex, and expectations told through a collection of short essays.

    By and large, I experience zines within the realms of zines that tell me things and zines that share things with me. It’s a delicate distinction and one that may only make sense to me (and I love both types). The difference is telling zines come across as ‘this is an experience, and this is what I take from it’ whereas sharing zines run more along the lines of ‘this is an experience – make what you will of it’.

    With the exception of the introduction, Intimacies Volume 1 is a zine that shared experiences.

    Over the course of various short pieces, Dara shares experiences from the view of someone who desires things like physical intimacy but questions those desires and the timeline in which to have them imposed by the world and society. Through these experiences you get a picture of what it’s like from the view of someone who explores everything from sex fantasies to the gravity of one’s first kiss – all with the same thought and respect.

    Aesthetically, this is a text-heavy zine, with essays broken up by quotes in larger fonts and ‘new section’ tables of contents. I feel like this is a zine you need to sit down and devote your full attention to.

    The writing can get a bit confusing as people are named as letters, and the only people who seem to be consistent are Dara and ‘you’. I did get confused in the first piece as to who was speaking with whom and who Dara really was in the context of that piece.

    The ‘background’ details got confusing for me at other times, too, but at those points I was so engaged on the thoughts about sex and intimacy being written about that it didn’t stop me.

    This zine also had single lines that really stuck out to me:

    ‘And who knows what I want, except me?’
    ‘…we were taught to take care of so much, not least our bodies which were never, ever ours.’

    Though the first line in the copyright note on the back was more about the laugh it gave me:

    ‘Don’t be a dick is a good rule, isn’t it!’

    By and large, the writing is incredibly vulnerable and open about such intimate things like sexual fantasy and self-pleasure that it gives the zine as a whole its own kind of beauty. It’s a zine of exploring thoughts but not presenting you with conclusions.

    If you think that sounds like the zine for you, then check out Intimacies Volume 1.

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    #ZineWriMo Day 15 – Halfway Point! Your Day, Your Way

    Happy halfway point!

    I don’t know about you, but I am definitely feeling the halfway point. What a busy month! Three of my goals are in progress and one is done. I haven’t moved on to the bonus round, but I’m already happy with how far I’ve come.

    Today for the halfway point, it’s up to you to choose what to do.

    I had a lot of errands and such today, but I decided to use my zine time writing out pieces for Don’t Call Me Cupcake 9. I’ve had a bad case of doubts lately, but I’m trying to write my way through it.

    What did you do with your day?

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    #ZineWriMo Day 12 – Make a Double-Sided Mini-Zine

    Hello, hello, and happy Sunday. It’s a hot and lazy one here in this little part of Oz. However, it is a happy one, as today’s activity lined up perfectly for me.

    This is one of my Little Reminders zines. Unlike the other ones, though, I didn’t feel ‘finished’ when I finished the ink work.

    Sneaky note time! I wrote out all the things that I wanted to say and printed it so it could hide on the inside of the zine for anyone who sees the little star to read.

    NOW it feels finished. 🙂

    Did you make a double-sided mini-zine today? Let me know about it in the comments.