• Zinewrimo

    #ZineWriMo Day 12 – Make a Double-Sided Mini-Zine

    Hello, hello, and happy Sunday. It’s a hot and lazy one here in this little part of Oz. However, it is a happy one, as today’s activity lined up perfectly for me.

    This is one of my Little Reminders zines. Unlike the other ones, though, I didn’t feel ‘finished’ when I finished the ink work.

    Sneaky note time! I wrote out all the things that I wanted to say and printed it so it could hide on the inside of the zine for anyone who sees the little star to read.

    NOW it feels finished. 🙂

    Did you make a double-sided mini-zine today? Let me know about it in the comments.

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    #ZineWriMo Day 9 – Make a Zine For a Cause

    Hello, zine friends! I have no idea what’s going on in my brain, but I keep thinking it’s the 8th or the 10th. My brain just doesn’t want to accept the existence of the 9th.

    Anyway, it is day nine of ZineWriMo, which means today is ‘Make a Zine for a Cause’!

    This can be your local animal shelter or the Breast Cancer Foundation. It doesn’t matter what the cause is or the size of the cause; it’s about getting the word out there.

    I got started rather late in the day, but I knew what cause I wanted to make a zine about…

    Okay, so it’s a cause slash awareness thing in that there is a bias when you call it ‘chronic fatigue syndrome’, but people listen when you say the scientific name: myalgic encephalomyelitis. So my cause is CFS awareness but also the bias in the name.

    Remember back when I said these daily prompts are meant to be fun – not stressful?

    That’s why I am not stressing when I say… I didn’t finish the zine. Mini-zines are always more work than I think they are, and I don’t want zines to ever be a stress-causer in my life. (I’m not in love with the cover either, to be honest.) So I am going to call it at that for the day and say that a start is better than not starting.

    How’d you go with today? What causes did you champion? Let me know in the comments.

    PS. There won’t be any zine reviews this week, but it’s only a two-day blip. Zine reviews will be back and rocking next week.

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    #ZineWriMo Day 8: Work on a WIP Wednesday

    Hello, zine friends! Today is Wednesday, which means it’s the first work on your WIP (work in progress) day for ZineWriMo 2017.

    Today I took a little time to organise a bit of outgoing mail (that should have been organised a few weeks ago *cough*), but I spent most of my time working on the mini-zines I mentioned in my goals post. (Near pun not intentional. Hehe)

    With the mini-zines Little Reminders 2 and Little Reminders 3, I do all the writing and drawing in pencil first. My writing tends to be a bit angled, so it’s good to make most of the mistakes in pencil before putting ink to it.

    The pencil erases without harming the ink, so it’s winning all around.

    These are so close to being done! Just a bit of clean up and colour, and they’ll be ready to join Little Reminders 1. I’m thinking of making all three into a pack on Etsy.

    So what have you been up to today? Check any goals off the list? Did you get the chance to work on a zine? Let me know in the comments.

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    #ZineWriMo Day 5: Make a Zine of Things That Inspire You

    Hello, hello, hello zine friends. I don’t know about you, but I slept in big time this morning and only realised later this afternoon that today’s task was to make a zine. Nothing like being late to your own party, eh?

    Luckily enough I had the day to myself to work on a zine about the things that inspire me.

    As per usual, I had no idea what I was going to make besides the idea from the prompt. So I got out most of my stuff.

    The front and back covers popped into my mind first.

    I don’t usually break out the ruler for zinemaking, but I wanted to be a little more careful than my usual version of whinging it. I liked thinking about the things that inspire me, though everything really falls under two categories for me – colours and people. Haha.

    If you’d like to see the finished mini-zine, check out my Instagram for a little video flip-through.

    Just to be clear, these prompts are meant to be fun. Not stressful. Not making you pull your hair own wondering how the heck you are going to do them. No one’s world is going to end if you miss a day or if you start making a zine of things that inspire you but don’t finish it today.

    The only reason that I am going for doing all of the tasks on all of the days is because I came up with the daily prompts. I feel like it would be a little weird if I didn’t at least get close to getting everything done.

    That’s me for today, friends. I hope you have a wonderful rest of your Sunday. I’ll be back tomorrow with some happy mail and a much easier ZineWriMo prompt for the day.

  • Zine Reviews

    Zine Review: Taking Up Space

    Taking Up Space
    Holly Casio
    www.coolschmool.com

    Taking Up Space is a black and white mini-zine comic about taking up space with your body.

    This zine is so sweet and sad at the same time. As someone who takes up a considerable amount of space, I identified a lot with how uncomfortable it can be. It’s not only physically uncomfortable to try to make myself smaller for other people and their perceived expectations, but it’s mentally uncomfortable, too.

    I like Holly’s art style. It’s soft and fun – perfectly suited to the zine and its message without taking away from it.

    The comic ended on a lovely, fun note that left me feeling good about a subject that it’s all too easy to feel upset about. In few words and fewer panels, I felt empowered to give the world the metaphorical bird and take up whatever space I need to take. Love it.

    If you take up space, then pick up this zine.

  • Zine Reviews

    Zine Review: Conversation to Falafels

    Conversation to Falafels
    Meeni Levi
    http://astrangershandwriting.tumblr.com
    www.facebook.com/meenilevi

    Conversation to Falafels is a full-colour mini-zine about being small (and maybe a couple other things that are flying over my head?).

    Meeni writes about hating feeling small but the point being that some days Meeni doesn’t hate being small. Read that one carefully, because I’m not sure I am going to explain myself adequately with this one. In writing, I really like being set up for one thing but then having that flipped on its head. Within the space of one page, Meeni sets up talking about sometimes hating being small but then flips it to the logical conclusion: sometimes not hating being small. Suddenly we launch into not the hating of it (as expected) but rather the times that Meeni doesn’t hate it. A small but important reversal.

    The writing in this zines very poetic. (Perhaps not surprising as ‘poet and zinester’ is part of the bio Meeni includes.) It’s lyrical so much as expressing things that can make you think beyond the actual words on the page. I do feel like a couple bits went over my head. I don’t know if I’m just not picking up the imagery or not understanding for some other reason, but I have reread the entire mini-zine a few times and those spots still mystify me.

    Conversations to Falafels is lovely to look at. I like the use of different colours, and Meeni’s handwriting is easy to read. But the big thing I really love and absolutely have to point out is how Meeni did the ‘about me’ and contact details.

    They are inside the mini-zine!

    When you unfold this zine, you find a collage page with a bit about Meeni as well as a couple links. I won’t take a picture of it because I feel like that would ruin the surprise, but I adore this so, so much. I always feel like I’ve found the secret toy surprise when I take a peek and find that that other side of a mini-zine has been printed as well. Hidden away for those who choose to look further. Fun fun.

    While some of the writing did lose me, I enjoyed this mini-zine. If you like poetry and deciphering imagery, I think you’re going to like it.

    PS. When I first picked up this zine, I missed the ‘to’ and thought the title was ‘Conversation Falafels’. I spent a few minutes wondering what they were and making up other phrases like ‘discussion avocados’ and ‘chat roti’. (This is what I do. I make assumptions, and it never ends well.)

  • Zine Reviews

    Zine Review: A Teenie Weenie Write-y Zine-y

    A Teenie Weenie Write-y Zine-y
    Jessica Maybury
    thejessicamaybury.com
    @codenamewallaby
    IG jessica.maybury

    Today we have an itty bitty – or rather, teenie weenie – zine of photographs featuring writing and writing spaces.

    It could be a bit of narcisissm on my part (I write fiction), but I absolutely love seeing others’ writing processes and spaces. (To the point I actually started a blog where authors showed off and talked about their writing spaces.) I could stare at this collection of tiny black and white photos for ages thinking about the way people write, what they use to write, and the spaces they occupy.

    This zine gave me the ‘why I love zines’ feelings with the intro:

    “I don’t know why I feel the need to photograph the writing experience but I do.”

    Isn’t that lovely? Jessica felt compelled and did – because you can with zines whenever you feel the urge. Beautiful!

    This is a very specific topic sort of zine, so I think you’ll know whether you’re interested from the get go. I for one, will be opening its pages again to ponder writing spaces and places…

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    International Zine Month Day 23: One-Page Mini-Zine!

    Make a one-page mini-zine

    Hello, zine friends! We’ve done plenty this month, but today we get back to the core of the thing we love: making zines! I joined in today from my friend Wing Nut’s place. An afternoon of cut and paste? Yes, please!

    I had no idea what I was going to do when I started out, so I just started cutting up bits and pieces.

    There’s nothing like taking inspiration from the actual materials.

    I ended up with a little zine about moving to South Australia that will also serve as a ‘new address’ announcement (just as soon as I get my new post box). I had even more fun than I thought I would just going full on with adding bits and bobs onto the pages. My handwriting leaves something to be desired, but I think we can ignore that for now.

    If you made (or are making) a mini-zine today, link to the pictures in the comments!

    Other Zinesters Joining In (Let me know if you are, and I’ll add you to the list!):

    *@eintervital
    *@dre
    *@queerarcana

    Play along with 31 Days of International Zine Month Activities here!

  • Zine Reviews

    Mini Zine Review: My Thoughts Will Kill Me

    My Thoughts Will Kill Me
    Miss Muffcake
    www.missmuffcake.com
    @missmuffcake

    For today’s review, we have a sad but strong mini zine about living with mental illness.

    My heart hurt reading this zine because I’ve been there so much. Buzzing thoughts that more often multiply than go away… It’s strangely easy to forget that you’re not alone, so my heart breaks every time I read about someone else’s experiences.

    The thing that I found so interesting with this zine is that MissMuffcake never mentions a specific mental illness. I actually went back to read through again and check because I’d automatically started applying her words to my own mental health struggles. It blew me away when I looked back and realised that, even though there are so many different labels, we still have so much in common.

    I am just one in many who have a mental illness. I am not alone.

    While it was sad, it was also comforting to read the quote above and know that Miss Muffcake knows she’s not alone.

    Even better? That through it all, she still finds humour. (Cake is a wonderful motivator.)

    Definitely check this little zine out whether you are dealing with mental health issues or want to better understand friends who are.

  • Zine Reviews

    Zine Review: Thought For The Day: The Body Image Issue

    Thought For The Day: The Body Image Issue
    Chloe Henderson
    www.chloehenderson.co.uk
    https://www.instagram.com/chloehenderson9/

    Thought For The Day: The Body Image Issue is a series of black and white photos featuring short thoughts on beauty and body written on various body parts (save for the last page, which is a drawing).

    By their nature, mini zines are often quick reads. While this one is no exception, it’s a quick read that I have enjoyed several times over.

    There’s something about this zine that really captured me and had me going back over the pages. Body image can be a sensitive and complicated issue, and this zine approached it with both vulnerability and humour. (Knees are weird.)

    I love that the body thoughts are actually written on skin. What may have been a simple decision at the start had made all the images somehow more intimate. The words have more of an impact on me than they would have typed or written out on paper.

    I really enjoyed this zine and hope that there are more ‘thought for the day’ zines in this series. Though honestly, a series of more of the same would be most welcome, too.