• Happy Mail

    Happy Mail Monday – Zinefest On My Mind Edition

    Happy Mail Monday! Today I talk a lot about Festival of the Photocopier while checking out some fun mail from new friends and old.

    Thank you so much for watching.

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    Awesome People/Places/Spaces Mentioned:

    *Real Tioga – https://www.instagram.com/walterinowego/
    *Real Tioga 7 Review – https://www.seagreenzines.com/zine-review-real-tioga-vol-7/

    *Jason Rogers

    *Kackle Zine – https://www.instagram.com/officialkackle/
    *Kackle Zine: Skull Water Review – https://www.seagreenzines.com/zine-review-kackle-issue-3d-skull-water/

    *Shei on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/_godsavethequeer_/
    *Shei Linktree – https://linktr.ee/_godsavethequeer_

    *Craig Anthony Atkinson – https://www.instagram.com/craiganthonyatkinson/
    *Five O’clock Zine Reviews – https://www.instagram.com/fiveoclockzine/
    *Five O’clock Zines – https://fiveoclockzine.bigcartel.com/
    *Coffee and People 1 & 2 Review – https://www.seagreenzines.com/zine-review-coffee-people-1-2/

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    My PO Box:

    Jaime Nyx
    PO Box 378
    Murray Bridge, SA 5253
    Australia

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    You Can Find Me At:

    seagreenzines@gmail.com

    Link Tree: https://linktr.ee/seagreenzines

  • General

    Forever Cutting Cupcakes

    Special coloured cupcakes for the 10th issue of Don’t Call Me Cupcake

    I think it was a few years ago when I joked about ‘forever cutting cupcakes’ in preparation for Festival of the Photocopier 2016. Back then I only had a couple Don’t Call Me Cupcake issues and a few Dear Anonymous zine.

    I had no idea what a lot of cupcakes was. Haha.

    Hello, zine friends!

    Usually today would be the day for a Happy Mail Monday video, but today you have this post. Festival of the Photocopier is approaching, and I have been busy working away. What used to be a small job – five to ten copies of each zine, twenty of more popular ones – has become a big job with over forty zines to my name.

    That’s not to brag, of course. But with more zines than not needing handsewn binding (love ya staples, but I’ll never stop sewing!), it’s taking me a while to finish everything up.

    Honestly, my anxiety is rising as well. I’m doing much better than I did at this point a few years ago while prepping at Festival of the Photocopier 2016, but it’s still an energy suck nonetheless. One that I need to accept, give myself time for, and understand.

    That said, I know the zine fest will be amazing. I’m so excited to see so many zines, meet people, and be around so much zine goodness!

    I hope you’ll bear with me as the schedule needs to be adjusted while I try to prepare to make the most out of the zine fest. <3 Until next time.

  • Calls for Submissions

    Call for Submissions: Infidelity Zine

    Infidelity Zine open call

    Do you have a story to tell about infidelity? Perhaps you’ve experienced it because you were the person doing it. Maybe the person you’re with has done it whilst with you or in the past with other partners. Perhaps you witnessed your parents working through it. I’m looking to collect these into a zine to show the diverse spectrum of this part of human life. Please get in touch either by sending an email to sophie.a.w.sherwood@gmail.com or leave your story on the Sarahah page anonymously.

    This is open to all ages, races, sexes, genders, and doesn’t exclude people in the polyamorous community.

    Google says:

    infidelity
    /ɪnfɪˈdɛlɪti/Submit
    noun
    1.The action or state of being unfaithful to a spouse or other sexual partner.
    “her infidelity continued after her marriage”
    synonyms: unfaithfulness, adultery, unchastity, cuckoldry, extramarital relations, extramarital sex; faithlessness, disloyalty, falseness, breach of trust, treachery, double-dealing, duplicity, deceit, perfidy, perfidiousness; affair, liaison, intrigue, amour; informalfooling around, playing around, playing the field, cheating, two-timing, hanky-panky, a bit on the side; formalfornication
    “her husband never knew of her infidelity”

  • Zine Reviews

    Zine Reviews: Riot Grrrl Reviews 2

    Riot Grrrl Reviews 2
    Compiled by Jolie Ruin
    https://www.instagram.com/jolieruin/
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/theescapistartist

    Riot Grrrl Reviews 2 is a black and white half-fold collab zine of reviews (music, beer, zines), interviews, art, and more.

    Full disclosure: I contributed a couple of zine reviews to this zine.

    Riot Grrrl Reviews 2 opens with a sad (to me) note about how this issue of the series will be the last. Alas, I think nearly everyone who has made a collab zine understands the frustrations and delays that can come along with the endeavour. (I type, remembering a piece or two I still owe others…)

    The zine then launches into music and beer reviews by Gemma Mahadeo. I must admit that I immediately smiled seeing a fellow Australian in a US-based zine. The piece was a mix of beer review, a review of Men At Work’s album ‘Business as Usual’, and socio-political commentary – making a great opener for the zine.

    Absolutely no one is surprised that I spent the most time pouring over the zine reviews (as if my wish list needs to get any longer). I was excited to find new-to-me zine recommendations and equally as excited to see zines I know and love being appreciated by other reviewers.

    And yes, my wish list did grow a bit.

    Three interviews – with Greta Moody, Jull Waldrep, and Tafanovaginite – make up the centre of this zine, creating the third ingredient in a lovely mix of pieces.

    I quite like this zine am still sad to see the series end, but I’m glad I got the chance to be a part of it. I’m glad to have it as a part of my collection. (And I’m definitely getting issue 1.)

  • Zine Reviews

    Zine Review: It’s My First Time, I Swear

    It’s My First Time, I Swear
    Written by: Anonymous
    Complied/Illustrated by: Marin Boyle
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/MarinBoyle

    It’s My First Time, I Swear is a ½ fold black and white zine about sex work collab between Anonymous and Marin Boyle.

    As Anonymous writes on the inside front cover, this zine is not a sex work 101 zine: this is a sex work positive zine with stories about the work. Following this is an intro to why Anonymous wrote this zine and the influences on their perspective (privileges that come with being white, etc.). It’s strong, clear, and if you had any doubts about what this zine entails, you won’t after reading the intro.

    After that, Anonymous opens by taking on one commonly held belief: that ‘no little girl dreams of growing up to be a whore’. They write about being fascinated by sex work and sex workers from a young age – especially after seeing them on daytime talk shows. Anonymous went on to do huge amounts of research.

    From there, we read about a series of firsts – from their first day stripping to their first day as an escort. (It took me a few moments before I realised how that tied into the title.) I was completely fascinated by all of it. I don’t know why, but somewhere in my mind, I thought sex workers tended to stick to just one area. All the different things Anonymous has done reminded me that sex work is like other jobs – people switch, get bored, transfer, etc all the time.

    Anonymous’ writing voice is a pleasure to read. It’s strong and direct with no fluff while still sharing plenty. That makes this zine all the more interesting in my mind because it’s a clear, concise, real-life view of sex work that challenges stereotypes in sex work. One quote that really stuck out to me is:

    “Throughout my other jobs, sex was always the least of my concerns. It was always about making the client feel seen and heard. It was about making them feel special. It was about making them – if only for a short while – feel important and significant. I was equally therapist and whore.”

    Marin’s illustrations and layout choices are fantastic. The font is a good size and easy to read. The illustrations add visual interest to the zine would taking away from the impact of the writing.

    I think this is an excellent zine, my bias being that, like Anonymous, I have been fascinated with sex work and workers for a long time. This zine is exactly what I was hoping it would be.

  • Community Spaces, Events, Fairs & Fests,  General

    10 Sleeps Until Festival of the Photocopier

    I spent nearly the entire day yesterday sewing zines, zine friends. I really, really need to get a thimble…

    Hell, dear and wonderful zine friends. I hope this post finds you doing well and enjoying life at the moment.

    Things have been incredibly busy here in the zine cave as I prepare for Festival of the Photocopier. There’s nothing like a zine event to make me realise how much time it takes to hand sew your zine binding. I do so love how it turns out, though, so just keep sewing…

    As you may already know, I’ll be travelling by car, and so there has been a massive stack of non-zine-related things to take care of before the trip as well. Part of that has been arranging for the car to be tuned up to make it a safe journey and to make sure we have enough petrol money to get us there and back.

    Some of that has already been taken care of thanks to the amazing generosity of friends and strangers alike. I’m incredibly grateful to know such amazing people. Thanks to them, we’re nearly to the goal for getting over to Festival of the Photocopier!

    If you have been considering donating to my Go Fund Me, now is go time. 🙂 GoFundMe does take a little time to go from the platform to the bank account, and it would be absolutely brilliant to have one less worry as the time draws ever closer.

    As always, thank you for your time. I’ll be back tomorrow with your regularly scheduled zine review.

    Until next time!

  • Happy Mail

    Happy Mail Monday – Oops Edition

    Happy Mail Monday and welcome. This week I open some things I thought I wasn’t supposed to open last week (oops!) and check out some amazing mail from friends near and far!

    Thank you so much for watching.

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    Awesome People/Places/Spaces Mentioned:

    *True Zine Marin – https://www.instagram.com/shellbobmv/

    *LeToMaGiC – https://twitter.com/letomagic

    *Billy – https://bunnyears.bandcamp.com/
    *Neither Nor Distro – https://neithernorzinedistro.com/
    *Billy’s Patreon – https://www.patreon.com/iknowbilly

    *Kendy – https://www.instagram.com/missmuffcake/
    *Kendy on Etsy – https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/missmuffcake

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    GoFundMe to Get to Festival of the Photocopier – https://www.gofundme.com/help-nyx-get-to-fotp-zine-fest

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    My PO Box:

    Jaime Nyx
    PO Box 378
    Murray Bridge, SA 5253
    Australia

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    You Can Find Me At:

    seagreenzines@gmail.com

    Link Tree: https://linktr.ee/seagreenzines

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