Wowza. So much work to do and never enough time to do it!
Sticky Institute (ardent defenders of zine culture since 2001) has been invited by the National Gallery of Victoria to run a zine fair in conjunction with their Melbourne Art Book Fair, taking place between Friday 17 – Sunday 19 March 2017.
Sea Green Zines will be participating(!) as part of one hundred zine makers Sticky has invited to display and sell their work at the 2017 Melbourne Art Book Fair. This showcase will present Melbourne’s vibrant DIY publishing community alongside zines from around Australia.
The zine fair will be happening in the ‘kitchen space’ between the gift shop and the Great Hall.
Things have been in an absolute flurry around SGZ headquarters as I print copies, covers, and labels as well as do soooooo much sewing and folding.
So much of all the things. When you have seven of one zine series, six of another, and a few one-off zines, even doing a few copies of each one quite quickly turns into a huge stack of work.
Wanderer is so awesome, though, and knows that I will work and work while forgetting everything else, so he kept the coffee flowing. Later in the day…
…he set up a little ‘relax retreat’ in the back yard. <3 That guy.
This is the stack of sewing that I finished at twenty minutes past midnight last night. Ooof!
There’s still a stack of things to do, which is why I might not be the best at keeping up with pretty much every other facet of my life. Reviews will still be going up this week, but there will be delays in email or other message responses.
Aaaaand, just as a little sneaky…
You all know how much I absolutely adore zines, and I am absolutely tickled that Sticky invited me to table at this event. I will have all my zines there for your purchasing pleasure.
However, given it’s the art book fair… I will also have a few copies of my novel, Dark Echoes, there, too. You can get a signed copy for your awesome self. I’ll pop the synopsis at the end of this post. (Yes, it’s the third in a series, but it can be read as a standalone.)
Well, that’s me for now.Dark EchoesLONE WOLF
Lily Peterson is a wolf who hunts alone. Haunted by the attack that left her best friend permanently human, she will do whatever it takes to catch her prey.FATE
Jason North is one of the Neuri, a pack of werewolves with special abilities. He knows he’s never met Lily before, but his instincts tell him he has. He’ll keep her close until he figures out why.EVERYBODY LIES
A war that has played out across lifetimes threatens to consume Echo Falls. Friends become enemies, and old enemies become allies. Lily fights against memories that aren’t hers, forced toward a fate she doesn’t believe in.
Fate is about to learn that Lily doesn’t like being told what to do.
My beautiful boy Asimov is at the vet’s, recovering from his third (and final! they finally found the problem) operation until tomorrow, so I’m trying to keep my mind occupied. What better way to do that than with admin stuff?
Here are some updates on site things, shop things and whatnot.
I’ve also updated my Available Zines page so you can not only see what I have available but you can buy directly from me as well if you’d like.
My Etsy shop is now 100% Sea Green Zines! My previous business name has lapsed, hence why I’ve finally decided to switch over my Etsy shop name. You can now get there by using www.seagreenzines.etsy.com
I also have plenty of new zines listed there:
*Hairy is a simple illustrated zine about body hair caused by PCOS.
*DAFUQ You Say? is a mini-zine full of the weird and wonderful things I’ve heard people say. Taken completely out of context, of course.
*What’s All This Then? is a mini-zine introduction to what zines are all about.
That’s all from me for today. I have a lot more to do and a lot more zines to make, so I’m off for the day!
Alas, no happy mail this week, but I do have a lot on the go to talk about.
I was not able to make it to Sticky Institute’s Festival of the Photocopier 2017, but I did live vicariously through all the wonderful people who Instagramed it and otherwise shared it. Thank you to everyone who did that. It soothed my sad, zine-loving soul a bit.
I am rocking the outgoing mail (finally), so if you’re expecting mail from me – it’s going out today! Pictured above is a birthday postcard for my nephew. (She may be my sister from another mister, but I still call him my nephew.) It’s nice to be sending out mail again. It just doesn’t feel right when the mail in my life stagnates.
The PCOS zine is coming along well, and I am so, so happy to get the word out about this condition. It’s so close to my heart, and I’m honoured women are sharing their stories with me and the world.
We have had a delay however, so if you want to share your PCOS story, please send it to me ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org. 250-500 words would be good (but don’t sweat it if it doesn’t quite fit). Comics, poetry, and other art is welcome – just be aware that it will be printed with A5 page in black and white.
Dear Anonymous 6 is finally coming along. Contributors will, of course, receive their copies first, and then I will get to listing it in both physical and PDF form at my Etsy shop.
Speaking of which, I do have plans to FINALLY switch the name over to Sea Green Zines. InkyBlots was my small business under which I made journals, cards, zines, sold my novels, etc. Times being what they are, it’s time to let the InkyBlots name die (as far as being on my Etsy, anyway) and embrace that which is Sea Green Zines.
Beautiful zine cat Asimov is doing pretty well these days on the higher dosage of antibiotics. Those are to tide him over until his operation next Tuesday.
You can read his full story here if you are interested. Full disclosure: it is a fundraising page. Though the amount has been met, anything additional (or any zine sales, for that matter) are greatly appreciated. The amount raised there is the vet’s estimate of the minimum of what this operation will cost. If we raise any more of that, it will go towards making up any gap there is in the cost as well as his after-care costs like antibiotics, bandages, etc.
You’ve decided that you want to make a zine. You know your topic, and your excited about it. But would it be even cooler with more people involved? Why, yes! Yes, it would!
Congratulations, you’ve decided to make a collaborative zine.
One of the first zines I ever made was a collaboration zine. Dear Anonymous is filled with letters (and a few poems) written by people from around the world. I feel both honoured and lucky that people trust me with their words and that they want to be a part of something.
Collaborations are a very strong, important part of the zine community. They can be a way to get to know other zine writers and makers as well as being a perfect way to start becoming a part of the zine community if you’re not ready to make a zine on your own just yet.
As I worked on putting together the PCOS zine today, it occurred to me that there are more than a few tips I wish I’d read before setting out to make my own collab zine. (A few that bear repeating for me…)
1. Decide how you’re going to credit contributors.
There are plenty of ways to give your contributors credit. In Dear Anonymous, the focus is on being anonymous, so I only credit whatever people sign off as.
You can also choose to create a contributor section where there is more room for contributors to introduce themselves like this one in Fat-Tastic 3:
Property Zine keeps the contributor information snuggled right in next to the work so you can instantly look up the person who created what you’re looking at/reading:
There are also probably heaps of ways to do it that are creative and fun. The point is to decide what how you want to do it because that will inform more decisions you make, like…
2. Figure out what details you want up front.
Now that you know how you’re going to contribute them, you’ll have a much better idea of how much info you want and what kind of info. If you want to do things Property Zine style, you might not want the longer bio you saw in Fat-Tastic. You’re certainly not limited to these styles. Having a contributor section doesn’t mean you can’t leave it at an Instagram handle and call it a day. The point is knowing what you need from the start so there’s no confusion or chasing for additional info later (she says, having just finished sending off emails chasing for information…).
The reason that this goes even before your call for submissions is because you can put some or all of this information on your call out. If you want a lot, then you probably don’t want to bog down your call for subs. But if you only want an Instagram handle, than plugging that in doesn’t take up much space at all.
3. Create a call for submissions – extra points for images.
This is purely my opinion but… Even if your image is mostly or completely filled up with a bunch of text, an image is still better than text. Why? Text requires copying and pasting. Images are so, so, so much easier (and quicker!) to share, and if there’s one thing you want for your call, it’s for it to be easy to share!
All you really need is your title (or focus, if you don’t yet have a title), a little bit about your zine, what you’re looking for (strictly poems, strictly comics, black and white, anything under the sun?), a deadline (if you have one), and an email address for people to send their work to. Take a look at the Call for Submissions category to see what you like/don’t like.
4. Keep all your info together!
This may be one place – like a folder you set up in your email box for zine-specific emails – or two places, one digital and one physical. I do the latter. I keep all correspondence and submissions in one zine-specific folder in my email. However, I also keep a physical envelope that contains the addressed envelopes (I send out physical contributor copies), as well as any handy dandy checklists to make sure I have everything I need from everyone.
For the PCOS zine I’m working on now, I have contributor name, title of their piece, mailing address, and a checklist for their preferred names, their bios, and whether I’ve already addressed an envelope for them.
5. When it comes to YOUR contributions, less is more.
Of course you’re contributing your time, effort, paper, ink, money, etc, but I’m talking about what you actually contribute as work to the zine.
Now this is a little bit of a sticky one. Who am I to say how much you can put in a zine you’re putting together? No one, really. For me, this is about balance. You want to be a part of the zine, yes (and yes, I think you should put in at least one piece of work), but I really think the spirit of a collaboration is to put yourself on similar or equal standing to the other contributors. It’s about balance and what feels right.
You wouldn’t put a dozen pieces into something, have one thing submitted from someone else, and then call it a collaboration. Yes, sometimes you have to put in a few things just to make sure you have the page count you need/are shooting for. There are plenty of reasons to submit more than one thing or put in more than an intro/outro. Use your intuition. If you’re still not sure, ask. 🙂
Forgive the last post, my friends. The timing doesn’t matter as much these days with the way blogs and the internet works, but I’d like to stay at least mostly consistent in my posting. Alas, I’m improving my health this year (day 11 no sugar – woo!), and my new morning routine has thrown everything else out.
As much as I said that I don’t have resolutions as such, I realised that I do actually have plans for the year ahead.
Zine-wise, I want to create my PCOS Zine because it’s a subject very close to my heart, so I’ll keep crossing fingers that I’ll get entries in. I also have plans for a hemp vs cotton zine, a review zine, as well as a few others.
Don’t Call Me Cupcake and Dear Anonymous will continue on as they are. Because I love them. Hehe.
I want to go to Festival of the Photocopier, but it’s very much up in the air right now due to finances. I’m so close to Melbourne, but it still costs to get there, unfortunately. For now, it’s crossing fingers and saving all the bikkies.
Mini-Zine March rises again! I only started this last year, but it’s been on my mind for months. I fully plan on getting right into mini-zines for the month of March.
July is International Zine month, and I’m jumping in again this year.
This starts to get into the ‘up in the air’ time that is the Great Big Interstate SeaGreenZines Move 2017. We’ll get a better idea of the timeline possibly as soon as February, but for right now, we’re looking at late July to early September as ‘might be moving somewhere in here’ time. I’ll be working hard in the months before then to make sure the transition is as smooth (and unnoticeable) as possible here on the blog.
What a big year ahead! And I can’t forget that I’ll probably hit my 200th review this year as well. No rest for the zine obsessed. 😉
Well that’s me for this year. Feel free to link your ‘plans for 2017’ posts in the comments.
Hello beautiful people! Yes, I am in a most excellent mood. I have discovered that there is numbing throat spray out there, and I finally got a good night’s sleep because I wasn’t waking up regularly in agony.
The sky is blue, the sun is bright, and some beautifully bright happy mail came from Hawaii!
This picture does not do these zine covers justice. We’re talking highlighter pink and highlighter orange covers here, and they are the only piece of mail to come into my post box for days! What a gorgeous day to break a dry spell. Thank you so, so much Anna from Hawaii!
Today has been a busy, busy day (yeah, kind of mixing up happy mail and done/doing/dreaming in this post) with plenty happening because I’m not good at planning for rainy (or sick) days. A big part was taking pictures and updating my Etsy shop a bit.
The Zen Zine Pack (one of everything) now actually shows pictures with all the zines available, and prices more accurately reflect the time/effort put into them. I’d love to have one price across the board for every zine I make, but that’s not practical (especially with all the extra work that goes into Don’t Call Me Cupake).
This is how I get when the various zine groups start giving me ideas.
Anyway, I’d better keep going and going, as Kickass is coming over to my place very soon, and there’s still so much more to do! I hope you all have a lovely week and a lovely start to December later this week.
- (Okay, so that’s an Easter joke, but with Wanderer and Boggin both fighting the flu…)
I am not a healthy person. I am pretty much stressed 100% of the time, so I get ALL the colds, flu viruses, etc, etc. So you can imagine my surprise (and my wondering if I’ve been booted to an alternate universe) over the past two weeks with both Wanderer and Boggin being sick and me having nary a sniffle. Not only that, I was at Wing Nut’s house along with Kickass, and they both have the flu, too! Yikes.
*knock on wood*
The poor guys are in a rough way today, so I’m stepping up to play carer for our strange little trio, which involves a lot of tissues and running errands. Please bear with me, as I’m a bit all over the place. (And anxious. So much driving!)
*Don’t Call Me Cupcake 5 is done. It’s another stranger one, but perzines are like that sometimes. They can be good for working things out.
*I also have a brand new zine called DAFUQ You Say? (Wanderer really wanted to name it that. Hehe.) It’s a mini-zine that’s all quotes I’ve overheard and written down with no context.
*I am done with the interview questions from Zine Nation. I’ll let you know when the interview goes up.
*Dear Anonymous 5, DCMC 5, and DAFUQ aren’t listed on Etsy yet, but they will be soon.
*As it’s a new month, I’ll be updating the Zine Review Index as well as a few other pages.
*I’m working on a post series all about the basics of becoming a zinemaker. If you have any questions, let me know!
*I’m also working on a happy mail post for later today. This wouldn’t usually make it on the list, but things are crazy enough around here that I might need the reminder…
*I have my little can for coins and notes in the effort to save up for my badge machine. I’m getting nervous that it’s not a good investment… but sometimes one must leap, yes?
*I’m also dreaming of the possibilities of videos, podcasts, so on and so forth. If you have a preference for a specific kind of media (YouTube, Vimeo, podcasting on the wide variety of sites, Snapchatting, something) feel free to start up a chat about it. Tell me who/where your favourites are.
*I’ve started dreaming about typewriters, but I’m not sure if the reality will be as awesome as the dream due to upkeep…
I love that we have a whole month. We’ve taken it, and we’re not giving it back! (But we’ll share, of course.)
Welcome back to another beautiful (there was actually sun here, I am so happy) day of International Zine Month. So what’s on the agenda for today?
Zine Trade Day! Ask someone to trade zines with you
I’m going to tweak things a smiggle again today with this one to highlight a site that has been set up specifically for getting in touch with people who want to trade zines:
I haven’t signed up (yet), so I don’t have a lot of details, but even if you’re not looking to trade right now, it’s a great way to find new zinesters to check out.
Win, win, win!
Now on to something I thought of while being so busy not sleeping the other night. Haha.
*Recorded the audio versions for Don’t Call Me Cupcake 1 and Don’t Call Me Cupcake 2. Now I need to edit it and get it over to Billy da Bunny. Curious about audio zines? Check out Billy’s Bunny Ears Distro.
*Dear Anonymous 5 has been started. There’s still time to sneak in with a letter if you’d like to be a part of it.
*I’m looking for a nice but affordable mic for doing more recording.
*I’m finally ordering a photobox so I can take NICE pictures.
*I’ve been dreaming big about a badge making machine. Someday one will be mine, and Zine Ninja’s image will go worldwide!
*Podcasting! LogPoes was kind enough to have a listen to my first (and only) podcast, and that got me thinking about how much I wanted to get into doing that. And still do. I have to get the front panel of my computer replaced and look for a good mic, but it’s definitely on my mind.
*I am looking forward to putting out a few new calls for submissions for zine ideas I have swirling around in my head…
Another day, another way to get your zine on in International Zine Month!
Add your zine to or update your ZineWiki.org
If you’re not familiar with Zine Wiki, it’s pretty straightforward – a wiki for zines! It’s a massive directory of zines, zine makers, some events and articles.
I’d already put up pages for my zines a while back, but I updated them insofar as getting up to the latest issues of things.
I still need to go back with exact dates, and the descriptions are a bit lackluster, but I’m counting today’s task as sorted. Phew!