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    Zine Review: Kari-graphy – A Show-and-Tell About Calligraphy

    Kari-graphy – A Show-and-Tell About Calligraphy
    Kari Tervo

    Kari-graphy – A Show-and-Tell About Calligraphy is a ½ fold black and white zine about calligraphy.

    Okay, so the title is already descriptive enough, but what can I say? I like to stick to a format. Mostly.

    A zine for the love of calligraphy! Definitely one for me, I actually remembered seeing this when Kari first brought it out, and now I finally have my hands on a copy – and it’s even better than I thought.

    What I thought being ‘I know heaps about calligraphy’.

    This zine is an excellent starting place (or even a ‘further down the line’ place for people like me) for anyone interested in calligraphy. Kari is definitely thorough – moreso than I expected given the zine’s 16 pages and some of the large examples of the things written about. (Not complaining! I like plenty of examples.) This zine turned out to cover all sorts of things like basics, tips, calligraphy gear, and more.

    Kari-graphy takes on a perzine quality in the section “Kari-graphy: A History”. I had to smile reading it because I have a very similar history with calligraphy – except I ended up putting names on certificates for the drama club rather than the National Honor Society. The things you find out you have in common with people!

    You may think that calligraphy is a dry topic, but Kari really makes it her own with her sense of humour – even on page one:

    “…one of my favorite hobbies: calligraphy, or, as it is more formally known, fancy-letterin’.”

    Those are the sort of things that give me a chuckle and make me want to check out more zines by the author.

    Aesthetically, this is a great zine. It’s easy to read, there are a lot of examples of what is written about – from practise pages to font examples – and the cover is made of lovely parchment paper. Even more cool – the inside of the back cover has a mini-poster Kari has made for you to keep.

    Obviously this is a very specific topic for a zine, but if you have any interest at all, grab a copy.

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    200th Zine Review Celebration Awards: I Read a Zine, And I Liked It

    Wonderful, beloved zine friends. I’m so happy to be creating this post.

    It’s that time again – a time that probably isn’t familiar to a lot of you. When I reached my 100th review in May 2016, I felt inspired by the Golden Stapler Awards and celebrated by awarding zines with titles like ‘best binding’ and ‘funniest zine’.

    (100th Zine Review Celebration Awards: All You Need is Zine Love)

    I hit my 200th zine reviewed a few months ago, but with everything that was going on, I wasn’t able to get to things until now. I still wasn’t sure whether I would do this, but I do love sharing my zine enthusiasm and celebrating fun and cool zines.

    Things to remember:

    1. My apologies for any less than stellar photos.
    2. This is only meant to be a bit of fun.
    3. Zines often fit into more than one category. How they were sorted is all on me.
    4. Keep in mind these are limited to the second lot of 100 zines I’ve reviewed – roughly from May 2016 to July 2017. You can find the whole list: Zine Review Index
    5. Picking out the ‘best’ stinks. I love them all!

    Let’s do this.

    (I’m putting everything after a more tag because there are a lot of images.)

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    #ZineWriMo Day 20 – Try a New Genre

    Hello, zine friends, and happy start to the coming week (if Monday is your Monday, which it’s likely not, so I don’t know where to end this mid-sentence sidenote…). Today for ZineWriMo, we have the challenge of trying out a new genre.

    Genres in zinedom are a little looser, a little less defined than in the literary world – but that’s what makes it fun, right? In general, though, there are a few (listed in no particular order):

    *Your usual literary genres for fiction writing: fantasy, sci-fi, etc
    *Poetry zine
    *Collab zines – zines containing pieces from multiple people
    *Info/Educational zines
    *Perzine – a personal, memoir or biography style zine
    *Fanzine – a zine all about that thing/person/band/movie/game/etc you love
    *Politizine – a politically oriented zine
    *Music Scene Zine

    So on and so forth. There are heaps of different takes, mixing and matching, and the like.

    I was a bit stumped for this one for a while. I make a perzine, and collab zine, and have made info zines. Poetry, any sort of artistry, politics, and music all fall under this hazy veil for me, so I didn’t know what to make that was outside familiar territory.

    Then it occurred to me…

    Fanzine! I’ve never made a fanzine before, and I just so happened to make the cover for this one just yesterday. Haha. Go figure.

    I’m a planner, so I’ve been scribbling down various notes and things for how I want to structure my fanzine and what information I would like to include in it. I’m very excited all over again to tear apart and examine a show I really love.

    How did you go with today’s task? Did you try a new genre? Let me know about it in the comments!

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