• Zine Reviews

    Zine Review: Big Tight #6: Below Zee Level

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    Big Tight #6: Below Zee Level
    Big Tight
    https://bigtightzine.wordpress.com/
    m.murasovs@gmail.com
    IG: big_tight.zine

    Big Tight #6: Below Zee Level combines a travel zine with a photography zine with a dash of humour that takes you on a bike journey to Amsterdam. Big Tight tells a tale of bugs, slugs, helpful Dutch people, and a lot of rain.

    Not one to babble on, Bit Tight is almost poetic at moments in taking out the snippets of the journey shared in this zine. There is plenty to read here, but the amount of writing feels like a good balance to the pictures included.

    The humour I mentioned is subtle and somewhat dry, but I think that makes it all the better. It’s unexpected and pops up only often enough to keep you smiling. My favourite was part of a description to go along with one of the pictures:

    “the Oosterscheldekering, menacing in views and pronunciation…”

    I was really impressed with the quality of this zine. It’s lovely to look at and to touch. The cover is made of a slightly-thicker glossy paper while the inside is made of similar quality paper that is matte instead of glossy.

    If magazines were produced like that, I might actually buy them.

    I don’t want to mention my one little niggle, but I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t: Spelling/typos. I don’t want to be the grammar police or anything like that, but it is probably a good idea to get a second set of eyes looking over your work. (A lesson I’m currently learning, believe me.) I know things in the zine community are very relaxed, but there are words in there that I’m not sure if I don’t know because they are foreign or if I’m just not clicking onto something that has a typo in it.

    All up, it’s a small thing in the grand scheme of it all. From its production quality to the journey held inside, this zine has been an enjoyable one to read and experience. I will definitely be opening its pages again.

  • General

    Call For… Help

    I went back and forth multiple times in my head about whether I should post this. I’ve always reserved weekends for other people’s stuff (save the occasional Dear Anonymous call), so it felt a little selfish – even on my own blog – to post something like this.

    But reality is what it is. If there is anything I learned from Amanda Palmer’s TED Talk: The Art of Asking, it’s that it’s okay to let people in. It’s okay to ask, and it’s okay to receive.

    It’s not a failure to have to ask for help.

    Kickstarter Campaign

    (Click on the image to go directly to the campaign page.)

    I love zines. You know how much I love zines because I prattle on about it in practically every other post here. They are my work and my pleasure in a world that doesn’t offer a lot of work to someone who has what I call my ‘quirks’. They are a mode of expression that has never been stolen from me by depression.

    I have two zines (including the long-awaited Dear Anonymous 4) ready to print as well as a couple more on the way. The thing is, I can’t print them – and won’t be able to do so anytime soon.

    Things are financially very tight right now (for reasons I can explain if you care to know them), and I don’t foresee me being able to get the ink and paper I need to be able to make Dear Anonymous 4 (and other zines).

    If you think you can help me out, be it with a like or share, or if you can spare some change, you can click on the image above, or you can click right here to go to the page.

    I appreciate any help in any form given. If there is anything I can do for you (be it in return gesture or in general), please let me know.

    I know money can be a sensitive subject. I hope none of you think less of me for asking like this.

    Most of all? I hope you’re having a fantastic holiday weekend. 🙂

  • Happy Mail

    Happy Mail!

    Ask and something nice might come your way.

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    I am soooo happy this little beauty arrived in my post box. I was beginning to think that it has been lost to the postal nexus. This is a part order, part bundle of fun (I love extras!) from MC Sunflower Jones on Etsy. How gorgeous and bright is this lovely envie?

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    Big fluffy hearts to MCSJ for doing this little thing: leaving a gap for an envelope opener. I love washi and stickers to the moon and back, but when envies are taped up super tight with no gaps, it’s a bit difficult to open them not to mention the danger of damaging paper items inside.

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    Holy zine bundle, Batman! So many zines – and stuff to go with them!

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    What’s more is that they are totally adorable tiny zines.

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    I had to grab myself the Leo and a Capricorn one for Wanderer.

     

     

    PS. That thing I was talking about yesterday was the possibility of making a video. I chickened out amongst other reasons for not doing it. But I still have plans for making videos.

  • Announcements,  Dear Anonymous,  My Zines

    WOOHOO!

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    Do you want to know what this is? No? Darn…

    Just kidding. I am so happy! This is a top view of Dear Anonymous 3! It’s finished! Kind of. I still need to make the master copy so I can put this away, make copies and print off the cover as well. But I’m very close to completely finished!

    If I recall my numbers correctly, this is twice the size of DA2. I’m still going with the less protective paper to cover it, though, because I can’t find minty/sea green cardstock for the life of me. Grr.

    Anyway, woohoo! It’s a touch after 11pm my time, and I’m happy about that. I was shooting for midnight.

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