• Zine Reviews

    Zine Review: ADL -> MEL

    ADL -> MEL
    George Rex Comics
    http://www.georgerexcomics.com

    “Once a year a pilgrimage is made by zinesters across Australia to Melbourne…”

    ADL -> MEL is an A5 comic in pink about travelling from Adelaide to Melbourne for Festival of the Photocopier in Melbourne. If the title sounds familiar, that’s because I reviewed a zine by the same name by Rebecca Sheedy: (https://seagreenzines.com/2017/03/15/zine-review-adl-mel/) Let’s just say I was even more excited about finding this zine because not only is it another comic diary perspective about FotP and things surrounding it – Rebecca and George are mentioned in each other’s comics!

    George takes us through the whole FotP experience – from the flight to Melbourne on the Thursday before to fun in the city before the flight home on the Tuesday after. While the reason for the trip may be Festival of the Photocopier, this zine documents all sorts of things that happened around the event as well – including a quiet night in after heaps of zine activities.

    The aesthetic of this zine is so fun in that George designed three zines for a zine launch in Adelaide, and each zine was assigned a Neapolitan ice cream flavour. The reason why this zine is all pink because this one is strawberry! Being the completionist that I am, now I want to grab the other ‘flavours’. I also like the added touch that my zine is #27/100 of the second printing.

    George’s art style is fun and on the more cartoon side of drawing. There are so many little things that made me smile – small details like the Daiso haul (Daiso is an odds and ends shop – most are $2.80), and George mentioning the panic that starts only after you set up your table at a zine event.

    This is the sort of zine I would read before a zine fest to get a feel for zine events. It’s not a guide, but it’s sweet, and I really love the whole vibe. Definitely check it out.

  • The Zine Collector

    The Zine Collector Video/Podcast Episode 005: Zine Pricing, Risographs, & Zine Culture: An Interview with Sober Bob Monthly

    Hello, dear and wonderful zine friends. I hope the mid of the week is treating you well, and that good things have been coming your way.

    Today, I am very happy to share the next episode of The Zine Collector: an interview with Sober Bob Monthly!

    This is definitely going to be a rare occurrence for a number of different reasons, but I am so happy Sober Bob and I were able to work together to create this chat about so many zine things.

    Enjoy!

    **This episode contains some adult language.**

    In this episode of The Zine Collector, I chat with Sober Bob Monthly about zine pricing, risographing, zine culture, zine fairs, and so much more.

    Please forgive some of the hiccups and technical difficulties.

    **

    Links Mentioned This Episode:

    *Sober Bob Monthly: https://www.instagram.com/soberbobmonthly/

    Etsy shop coming soon!

    Other Links:

    *Visible Ink/Copy & Destroy Zine Library: http://visibleink.org
    *Woolf Pack: https://www.facebook.com/woolfpackbrisbane/
    *Concrete Queers: https://concretequeers.com
    *Bodie/SlowQuest: http://www.slowquest.com
    *(Queer/Non-binary experiences and games zine) Times and Troubles by Sav Ferguson: https://twitter.com/timesntroubles
    *Obscene – Horror Zines
    *Philip Dearest: https://www.instagram.com/philipdearest
    *Don Burke is a C*nt Zine
    *Sticky Institute/Festival of the Photocopier: https://www.facebook.com/stickytheinstitute/
    *Elevator Teeth: http://elevatorteeth.com
    *Glom Press: http://glompress.storenvy.com
    *Ashley Ronning/Hello Press: https://ashleyronning.com
    *Animal Bro/Your Mum’s Realm of the Senses: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/AnimalBro
    *Francis Cannon: https://www.instagram.com/frances_cannon
    *Natalie Michelle Watson: https://www.instagram.com/nataliemichellewatson/
    *Former ZICS Coordinator Jeremy: https://www.instagram.com/the_staples/

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    PO Box 378
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  • Zine Reviews

    Mini-Zine Review: Too Pretentious For Melbourne

    Too Pretentious for Melbourne: How to Alienate a Community You’re Desperately Trying to Build
    Sober Bob
    IG: @soberbobmonthly
    soberbobmonthly@gmail.com

    I have heard the expression so much, but reading this zine title is the first time I’ve actually said, “Shots fired…”

    Too Pretentious for Melbourne is a zine about Sober Bob’s recent journey to Melbourne and Festival of the Photocopier. In it, Bob shares thoughts about Melbourne the city as well as thoughts on FotP.

    As much as the title and the first paragraph of this zine prepared me for some toasty hot flaming, I found myself very glad that Sober Bob took it back a bit to the prep for travel and the like rather than launching straight into critique. Not only does it make the whole ‘story’ complete, it reminds the reader that this isn’t some random, faceless rant; this is a real person sharing their experience.

    I quite like Melbourne and was gearing myself up to defend it, as I wasn’t sure what to expect with this zine. I love to perve on a good flaming as much as the next person, but Melbourne? Alas, I found myself nodding along. Sober Bob definitely takes a few solid prods at the Victorian capital, but nothing that I think is unwarranted. Reading along, I was reminded of the town I live in: a place considered lovely but ever searching for more, different, shiny and so on ways to identify itself.

    But what about FotP? What would Sober Bob say about that?

    I felt more geared up to defend FotP than Melbourne itself, which may have been a touch more warranted, as Sober Bob is more direct with criticisms of the event. Again, I found myself nodding along. Some might argue that it’s semantics, but I looked at the things written as weaknesses for FotP rather than blatant ‘this is wrong’. I think Sober Bob made some very good points about tweaks that could be made for a more enjoyable experience for all. As much as there is frustration there, I think it came from a place of experience (as Sober Bob has participated in organising zine events).

    Aesthetically, I really love this zine and want to see more like it. There are little notes, drawings, and doodles to go along with everything. While they refer to what is being written about in the main type, they are almost like bonus content within the zines. Director’s commentary, if you will.

    For something that is a critical piece, I feel like this could be the beginning of a conversation – or comparing notes, at least. It’s a growl and a touch of rant, but I think it’s born of dashed expectations and the knowledge that things can be better. Melbourne… I don’t know what to do about Melbourne. But Festival of the Photocopier is experiencing growing pains. Commentary, even in zine form, can be taken on board to improve things for the future.

    All up, this zine made me nervous at first, because any kind of conflict (even simply perceived) gives me anxiety. But I ended up getting right into what Sober Bob has written here and appreciate that making this zine means that at least Bob gives a damn.

    *Apologies for using the Happy Mail picture to show the cover of the zine. I can’t seem to find anything today – neither the picture I already took of the zine alone nor the zine itself so I can take another picture. Grrrr.

  • Zine Reviews

    Zine Review: ADL —> MEL

    ADL —> MEL
    Rebecca Sheedy
    http://mildscribblings.tumblr.com
    https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/rebeccasaurusrex

    Have I mentioned lately how much I love Rebecca Sheedy’s art style? No? Well here we go…

    ADL —> MEL is a short zine about flying from Adelaide to Melbourne for a short stay during Festival of the Photocopier 2016. I almost hesitate to say ‘during the Festival of the Photocopier 2016’ because while that may be the reason for the trek, it’s only a part of things.

    You follow Rebecca’s journey with brief commentary from Thursday the 11th to Tuesday the 16th. As I mentioned, Festival of the Photocopier is a part of the events, with various zine launches as well as the main event zine fest itself. But no one thing gets too much attention. It’s all like cliff notes, and you follow along with what is shared both in words and images.

    Taking it back out for a moment, I really like the cover. It’s a really nice touch in that it’s a copies plane ticket cut out and pasted to tan cardstock. It’s very unassuming and simple, which makes the colour and detail of everything inside pop all the more.

    Rebecca’s art style is so simple on first glance, but then you realise just how detailed it is. From polka dots on pants to the tiny zine covers. It’s so fun. There are times when things are perfectly enjoyable whether they are in colour or in black and white, but I feel like Rebecca made absolutely the right choice by going full colour because it only adds to the awesomeness that is the Sheedy style.

    This zine is a ‘slice of life’ zine in its truest form. I think based on that alone, you should have a good feeling of whether or not you’ll enjoy this zine. If you’re at all unsure, then definitely check out Rebecca’s zines. (My favourite is ‘X‘ about growing up with The X-Files.)

    Rebecca’s zines have always been and will always be zines that reside in my forever collection in the ‘not for borrows because you might lose them’ section.

  • Done, Doing, Dreaming

    Catching Up – Exhausted Edition

    I want to keep doing a Done/Doing/Dreaming thing as a sort of check in, but I felt like the way it was ended up being a little stiff and regimented (if you know what I mean), and I was repeating myself a lot. Here’s to a more casual catch up approach.

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    Asimov is doing well after his operation. Things were very anxious there for a while with his vet visit turning into an overnight one and then after he got home. Everything seems to be settling into place now, and we got him a cone of shame to calm him down and protect his throat. (I was losing sleep over his magical ability to take the gauze out from underneath two layers of bandage.)

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    The zine sale is still going and will go for the rest of the month. Everything so far has gone a long way to help, but there is still a lot to pay off.

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    My current efforts are pretty much all focused on preparing for the Festival of the Photocopier, put on by Sticky Institute. I was actually going to withdraw my request for a table, but I’ve since found some cheaper ways to get to Melbourne/be in Melbourne for the zine fest. If all goes well, I will have heaps of zines compared to last year as well as a few zines that will be launched at the fest.

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    That’s me for now. I really felt like my life was falling apart last week, but things are starting to shine again. I wish you nothing but the best for the week to come.

    Zine well!

  • General

    2017 Zine Plans

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    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.

    Calendar-wise…

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    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

    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.

  • Announcements

    Announcements!

    The sun is out, the day is beautiful, and I have a couple things to tell you…

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    Artwork by Zoe Steers

    Festival of the Photocopier!

    Yes, the dates have been announced (Feb 12), and Sea Green Zines will be attending! I just had my table confirmed. I am just as nervous (if not more so) than last year, but the whole thing was SUCH a great experience. Plus, I know more people now! I’ll probably go all anxiety-fuelled loud and obnoxious (again), but I’ll know more people.

    Anyway, I’m babbling. Barring any catastrophe, I will be there! (I also might be launching something extra special…)

    nyx-on-patreon

    I am now on Patreon!

    Patreon is similar to crowdfunding except that you can support a creator longer term or on a per project basis. The idea is (I think) that continued support in that form means a creator can focus on creating rather than needing to crowdfund each project (which can be exhausting).

    If you follow my Twitter, you may have noticed that I was a little anxious about the prospect of joining up. Part of it was that I have a couple very loud acquaintances who are very much against everything like crowdfunding and Patreon.

    I don’t do well with the very loud.

    The other side of it is feeling like I don’t even deserve the chance to be open to that kind of support. However, I have been making an effort lately to treat myself the way I treat other people. I would encourage anyone who needs support to go for it, so I’m extending that feeling to myself.

    I’m new to the whole thing, so please check it out and let me know if you have any suggestions. If you are also on Patreon, please let me know so I can check out your page.

    That’s all for the announcements, though there are one or two in the mix to come eventually. I hope you are all having a wonderful week!

  • Done, Doing, Dreaming

    Done, Doing, Dreaming – Sunshine Edition

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    I know I put this picture up yesterday, but it’s sooo pretty here, and I am LOVING this sunshine. Aussies know what I’m talking about.

    Expanding on what I mentioned yesterday, my friend Dodgy is off on holiday at the moment. I’ve been wanting to get some recording done for ages, but it’s way too noisy where I live. Dodgy happens to live in picturesque country Victoria where it’s so much quieter. So here I am, recording zines as well as my first novel.

    I’ve already learned I’m horrible at doing voices.

    Done

    *You can now listen to me read Don’t Call Me Cupcake 1: Introductions on Bandcamp for free! Click here to check it out as well as other zine creators reading their work. <3
    *I've just finished up recording Don't Call Me Cupcake 3, so audio versions of 2 and 3 should come out later this year.

    Doing

    *I’m currently working on Don’t Call Me Cupcake 6, which is about spring in Australia, zine projects, Wanderer being in hospital, and other fun stuff.
    *I am also working on getting ahead with zine reviews just in case I go ahead with NaNoWriMo. I’m not entirely convinced that I would be doing the sane thing by joining in, but I’m not one for always doing the sane thing… If you’d like to be my writing buddy, you can find me here.
    *If you hadn’t already heard, We Make Zines – the place for all things zine – is closing down at the end of this month due to a dramatic rise in cost. I’m not able to do much, but if you know about coding and site migration, be sure to stop by this thread and let Quasifesto know that you’re willing to help out.

    Dreaming

    *I’m actually dreaming of moving away from Etsy as a shop front, as it’s looking like Etsy is one of the more expensive places to run a shop front…
    *I’m also dreaming of Festival of the Photocopier (Melbourne’s zine fest in February)! It slipped my mind when I thought I’d be moving out of Victoria before February 2017, but
    *Which means I need to prioritise the button/badge maker. Squee!

    I hope you are all having a wonderful start to your week!

  • Zine Reviews

    Zine Review: Beer and Longing

    Meg O'Shea Zine

    Beer and Longing
    Meg O’Shea
    Pleaseusethisbag.tumblr.com

    This is another lovely zine from Festival of the Photocopier. (I’ve mixed up my zines so much that I am actually happy when I remember where I got something.) This is another one of those zines that I bought because the front looked awesome. Nearly bought for only that reason, I mean. I did have a look inside to find that the quality of the outside was carried into the inside – but I’ll get to all that in a moment.

    Beer and Longing is a comic about homesickness. Simply put, anyway. More than that, it’s about being a dual citizen, growing up in dramatically different places, being pulled in different directions and not being sure if either one is the right one for you.

    Of course, a little of that might be my bias speaking, having grown up in one country in one hemisphere and then moving to the other side of the world.

    The story is as simple or as complex as you want it to be, and the art reflects that in a way. Meg has an art style I enjoy that is detailed but not to the point of taking away or distracting from what is happening in the story. I was pleasantly surprised at the writing in this. There is a lyrical quality to it that leaves me hoping that Meg writes more stories.

    The materials used and the way this zine was put together is gorgeous. I don’t see a lot of zines where the creators choose to sew the binding like I do. But Meg took this to a whole new level. No simple saddle stitch for Meg! Meg went with a Japanese four-hole binding that I have only ever seen in person a few times – and I’ve never seen it done on a zine. The beautiful thing is that it’s so appropriate to the zine itself. The Japanese stitching, the circle print on the cover which is reminiscent of the Japanese flag, the tiny Japanese type within that circle… Of course, all relating to the setting of the comic.

    I absolutely adore it when creators carry themes like that in such subtle ways.

    And I can’t go past mentioning that the cover and interior paper is quite nice, too.

    This is a lovely zine, through and through. The whole thing just makes me want to be careful with it and treat it well so I can enjoy it for years to come.

  • General

    Festival of the Photocopier 2016: I Did It!

    Woohoo! Is it weird to say that I’m proud of myself? Because I’m totally proud of myself.

    Despite anxiety, a sleepless night (after about a fortnight of bad sleep), more anxiety, an early wakeup to get down to Melbourne, crying multiple times, and going into a completely new situation, I made it! I have conquered it all and gone to my first zine fest. (And tabled there, too!)

    I didn’t take a stack of pictures (I wish I had), but there are plenty to be seen online.

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    I packed up nearly everything in my green picnic basket. Zines sure do get heavy in a hurry. We were running a smidge late from the start, which didn’t help anything. Haha. Wanderer was brilliant at distracting me along the two-hour drive.

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    People who had tables had an hour to set up before it was open to the public. Fantastic! Most of us had our table set up within the first half hour, so we had an opportunity to wander, buy, trade, etc. I got some trades in pretty quickly and had fun meeting a few Instagram friends in person to boot. It was a bit strange to talk face-to-face, but I think mutually acknowledged awkwardness is a little bit easier to deal with. Hehe.

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    Flair! I have flair! Bloomurder had some badges for sale, and I couldn’t resist. Especially because I love her Shakespeare’s Lovers zine series.

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    The table! My ‘sea green’ butterfly material wasn’t nearly big enough, so blue octopuses went for the win.

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    Even Zine Ninja made an appearance at the table! I ended up switching things around two or three times because a.) zine people like to stack rather than fan out their stuff and b.) I was feeling quite paranoid about taking up too much space. No one commented or even looked at us funny, though, so it was all good.

    Memorable moments included a softly-spoken but incredibly intense man who didn’t know anything about zines or Melbourne. Another was woman who, when told about Dear Anonymous, proceeded to lecture me and Wanderer about how people should put their name on things. (We later caught her giving a lecture to another zine tabler.)

    One great set of moments was when a woman walked over and bought one zine… then came back and bought one more… and then came back a third time! Fun, fun.

    The whole thing was such an excellent experience – especially for someone who was freaked out by the whole prospect. I didn’t have to be a salesperson (though some people were, and that’s okay), and a lot of people seemed to appreciate being left to browse. Everyone was quite polite, I felt as safe as I possibly could at a public event, and I even found the courage to wander amongst the tables. At one point, I had a panic and froze, but no one minded or even stared. It was lovely.

    If only I’d had money for more zines!

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    We left early so we could get some food (sushi love!) and get on the road to get back at a decent hour. Of course, we pulled out of the car park to discover we had a flat tyre. Something about Melbourne…

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    We made it home safe and sound – me with this awesome zine haul and a lot of good feels. I wish I’d had more cash as well as more time, but this was – as I said – a fantastic experience. I feel fully confident about going to zine fests in the future and maybe even tabling again.

    A huge thank you to Sticky Institute for putting the whole thing on!

    *I fully intended on posting this yesterday, but an “ASAP!” journal order meant I spent the entirety of yesterday making a journal.