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.
**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!
*Visible Ink/Copy & Destroy Zine Library: http://visibleink.org
*Woolf Pack: https://www.facebook.com/woolfpackbrisbane/
*Concrete Queers: https://concretequeers.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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I’m representing Sober Bob by one of my favourite zines by Sober Bob. 🙂
Amazing artist and zinemaker Sober Bob Monthly will be on 4ZZZ chatting about zines and all sorts of goodness – and you can listen in!
Go to http://www.4zzz.org.au, hover your mouse at the top of the page, and click ‘stream 102.1FM’ to listen! The show is on *now* but the chat will start in a bit over two hours from when I am posting this.
I feel like it would be a disservice to this zine to say it’s about ‘words’, and yet it is. However, it’s also about interesting words, language, strange words, strange ways to learn words (who knew old ‘learn to read’ books were so… somewhat disturbing?), finding poetry, zines, and more. There is even an interview with Manija Brown, a writer who has done manga adaptations.
So there it is: about words and yet so much more than words.
The La-La Theory 6 starts off with Katie pondering whether the thought that language is what makes us human. That reminded me of Let’s Communicate and how language can be so much more than what we humans usually think of it. When I dove straight onto that thought train into the world of world and language, I knew I had a winner.
This zine is fun and engaging in a calm way right from the start. The little things drew me in like how Katie mentioned this zine was a way of coming back to the spirit of the first La-La Theory. Even the somewhat/sort of incomplete table of contents had me smiling.
What a fun way to point to a few specific pieces.
Katie goes on to include brief etymologies (the history of a word’s meaning) of various words, a few reviews of very strange old language use books, and a piece about words that don’t have direct English translations.
The piece in this that spoke the most to me “On Finding Poetry”. I’ve said plenty of times that I don’t ‘get’ poetry and have always felt a little uncomfortable about that. So when I read this piece, I felt like Katie may as well have been talking directly to me…
A lot of the people I know feel shy about poetry. They’re not sure they understand it, they’re embarrassed of the poems they wrote when they were really young, and they’re certain they couldn’t write anything good now if they tried. But I know different: Anyone can write poems, and everyone should.
I would have bet money on me never writing a poem again and no one ever being able to convince me to do so. And yet, Katie’s surety about and love for poetry (along with tips on ‘finding’ poems) has me thinking about trying my hand again for the first time in many years.
I quite enjoyed this zine and taking in Katie’s love of words. I’m looking forward to tracking down more issues of The La-La Theory.
I spent this evening finishing up my answers for Zine Nation‘s interview, and I’m feeling a little underqualified to answer some of the questions. Am I enthusiastic? Yes. Am I well-versed on the history of zines? Not so much.
It’s pretty much my normal swing of things to be really focused and passionate about something and then try to undermine myself.
In other news, the first print run of Dear Anonymous 5 is hot off the press and ready for folding. All I need to do is wrap up and print Don’t Call Me Cupcake 5, and I’ll move on to an entirely new zine series that I’ve had in mind for quite a while now.
As you may have been able to tell, I’m blathering on a little, but it’s a wandering kind of day today.
More to come soon.
Hand It Over #1
WDKING, Ella King, Louie Joyce
Everything has been going wrong today – internet, computer, printer… even my office chair broke in three ways – so it was nice to give the arvo a one-finger salute and sit down with Hand It Over.
I received this zine in trade at Festival of the Photocopier (this is how ‘fast’ reviewing goes when I only do two reviews a week) from the one and only @budzine (Instagram).
Hand It Over #1 is a zine of variety with a comic – split into two parts – an interview, a shop review, and other things. While one piece did poke at adults with colouring books (who says colouring is just for kids? haha), I love a tongue-in-cheek prod as much as the next person. (If you can’t laugh at yourself…)
I have to say that the comic was my favourite part of the zine. Not only did it have the split (something I enjoy from my newspaper-reading days), but the message was exactly what I was hoping it would be. The pages that followed the ending were funny in a dry, wry way.
The interview was on the short and sweet side in both questions and answers, which I really liked. I’m a big fan of interviews, but most of them drag out too long.
Hand It Over combines things I like about newspapers/magazines – the variety of content, the type of content, the ‘find more on page X’ that I like in newspapers – but keeps to the cut and past zine style.
Plus, I’ve always been a fan of all caps and small caps. +1 readability
I hope to see it expand for even more variety – more interviews, comics, etc – and take advantage of the white space on the interior covers and back cover. I can see this easily growing into a thicker and thicker zines with all sorts of content inside.
I feel like this is a great beginning for what could turn into a long-lasting zine series.