Festival Of The Photocopier Zine Fair 2015 – Stall Callout


Sticky’s Festival Of The Photocopier 2015 is happening on February 12th-15th, with the massive zine fair in Melbourne Town Hall happening on the Sunday.

So that’s:

SUNDAY 15TH FEBRUARY from 12-5pm.

We are now taking applications for zine stalls.
It is free to have a table / half-table but space is limited, so you must apply in advance please. The sooner you apply the more likely there’ll be space left, obviously.

Just to make sure you know: we will only accept zine stall applications. It is a zine fair. We are a zine shop. It is a zine event. If you are planning on mostly having a stall selling records or ‘Keep Calm’ tea towels or knitted Morrisseys* or whatever, this is not the event for you. ZINES! Please. Thank you.

Please email downstairs@stickyinstitute.com with your name and the zine(s)/distro you’ll be representing, with the email subject ‘ZINE STALLOUT’ – it’s like a cross between zine stall and callout, see.

Thankyou! We can’t wait. And THANK YOU to Ashley Ronning Design for that save-the-date. Lovely.


*although if you do make these please get in touch anyway, we’d like one.

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‘Chelsea Stories’

We’re back open today! And one of the zines we’ll have on the shelves is Chelsea Stories.

As a tribute to his long-distance friendship with video-store clerk and aspiring stand-up Chelsea Hopper, Tristan Fidler (of A Rich Tapestry) has spent the past few years illustrating her anecdotes that have brightened his day via phonecall and text. They’re now collected in this zine, with that sweet-as tribute to Hopper’s favourite movie Dirty Harry on the cover too.

Much like with A Rich Tapestry, T-Fid’s comics celebrate everyday quirkiness and the tiny things that make life excellenter. Plus, how he manages to make a story about Hopper spotting a Keep Calm & Carry On sleeve tattoo charming rather than deeply dispiriting is beyond me.

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POLITIKO! The Card Game of Malaysian Politics – launch + tutorial

Nine, creator of zines such as Sex Industry Apologist and If Destroyed Still True returns to Melbourne to introduce…

Politiko: the card game of Malaysian politics!

Steal voters with cash handouts, control the media, set your opponents up with murder scandals, and play the royalty card to get out of anything. If you win the election fair and square, it’ll be a miracle.

Come and learn how to play on Friday 5th December from 6-7pm in Sticky! No prior knowledge (of card games or Malaysian politics) necessary.

Find out more about the game here.

Facebook event here.

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Film Stock #1 zine launch

Part interview anthology, part film discussion and part choc-top appreciation fest, FILM STOCK: ISSUE I is the print record of the first ever season of Film Stock on SYN 90.7FM.

Featuring the Girls On Film FestivalProjector Bike and Filmme Fatales among many more, ‘ISSUE I’ is a celebration of the big screen small enough to fit in your pocket!

Facebook event is here.

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Zine workshop at Emily Floyd’s ‘The Dawn’

Sticky is honoured to be part of the launch of Emily Floyd’s new exhibition The Dawn at the National Gallery of Victoria’s Ian Potter Centre. 

As part of the show, Floyd has included a space called ‘Small Press’, where visitors are encouraged to make their own ‘manifestos’. We’ll be holding a zine workshop on Saturday (Nov 22) at 2-4pm in this space. All ages welcome/encouraged.

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Rain Supreme: a 30th anniversary tribute to ‘Purple Rain’

‘Rain Supreme’, the launch of Prince fanzine Fulsome Prism #6 / YOU and accompanying tribute album, is happening next Thursday at Bar Open. There’s eight artists performing and it’s free!

Featuring The CasuistThe Church Of HysteriaColostomy Baguette?Miles Cosmo & Gemma FlackPlastic KnifeShallowSlow Process, and The Artist Formerly Known As The Thomas Ferguson Band.

Prince has stated in recent years that covering his songs is tantamount to destroying them. Therefore the dress code for the evening will be ‘purple wake’.

Thursday November 20th, doors 8.30pm
Bar Open, 317 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Free entry all night!

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Warning Warning This Is A Bad Girl Warning – the melbourne zine launch

We have a very special guest visiting from Canberra – and Canberra Zine Emporium – to launch her zine in Sticky. Let’s let her explain:

we’ve all had a crush right?
a secret fantasy about that special someone.
but what if that special someone is fictional?

nat clark – co-founder of the canberra zine emporium – invites you to traipse the underground of degraves subway and plonk yourself fairly and squarely in the zine shop that plied her zines – the sticky institute – to celebrate the launch of the first zine in a series on fictional female tv/ book/ movie characters that inspired who & in some ways, what, she is today.

warning warning. this is a bad girl warning.
issue one. marmalade atkins.

zine launch. zine readings. AND the luanch will officially be… well launched by the lovely tasha – founder of ‘a zine thing’, mother of two, musician and all round fabulous lady! it’ll be an afternoon of general zine merriment!

The launch takes place Saturday 27th September, 1:30pm onwards. Facebook event is here.

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Piss Factory / YOU split zine launch

As part of Melbourne Fringe Festival 2014, Sticky Institute presents the launch of a split zine about sweet Australian rock&roll by Piss Factory (NSW) and YOU (VIC).

Featuring live musical performances from Piss Factory and Plastic Knife. Plus zines.

Fringe page
Facebook page

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NZ Zine Correspondence – Auckland Zinefest Special

By our New Zineland correspondent Bryce Galloway

The real Auckland Zinefest 2014 Best-Of-Fest Winner – Ash Spittal

Early afternoon, I handed in the institutional forty-page promotion application that had had me sleep-deprived all week, then jumped straight in the car to drive the 650 kilometres to Auckland Zinefest. Before you crucify me for acts of ecological terror, I must inform you that a single-passenger car uses less fossil fuel than an aircraft full of people. Shocking!

I stretched my legs in Otaki and found a $2 CD of Trans Am’s Who Do You Think You Are? at a local op shop. A soundtrack for the Desert Road. I got as far as my octogenarian olds’ in Hamilton. Auckland Zinefest didn’t start until the following morning. I’d drive refreshed.

Auckland Zinefest had relocated to the Auckland Old Folk’s Association. Was I in the right part of town? Did I just drive past Sticky’s own Luke You? Surely not. Then I recognised the telltale goth rock attire of artist/zinester/musician/legend Andrew McLeod, and knew I must be in the right neighbourhood.

Co-organiser Linda Lew

Every time I referred to the Auckland Old Folk’s Association, locals corrected me… EMPHATICALLY. “It’s the Auckland Old Folk’s Ass!” And so it is. Such is the want of zinesters and their abject ilk. A fanzine is like a pair of wrinkly old ass cheeks. Well, maybe the better zines.

The venue appeared smaller than Auckland Zinefest’s previous home at St Kevin’s Arcade. It may well house more stalls, but as we’re hemmed in, the impression is of their being less stall space. But if there’s something in a namesake then perhaps the Old Folk’s Ass is preferable to St Kevin, the Irish wanker sainted for drowning the woman who attempted to seduce him.

It doesn’t take long for Auckland Zinefest to be abuzz with stallholders and punters. It’s the familiar mosh we so love. There are new faces. The women either side of my stall are from a Devonport community arts initiative and a letterpress club, respectively. Both are new to Auckland Zinefest and surprised by the large and enthusiastic audience assembled for the occasion. “Is it always like this?” one of them asks, slightly overwhelmed. “Pretty much”.

David Merritt stall

There’s always but always too much to do and see. How to talk to patrons/punters/public AND get around the stalls AND buy stuff AND swap stuff AND attend talks and workshops. Still, I manage to squeeze in a little of all those activities. This might be the first ever zinefest where I’ve left my stall to attend a talk.

Indeed It WAS Luke You from Sticky I saw earlier. There he was on the tiny stage, armed with data projector images and the intriguing story of the evolution of Melbourne’s Sticky Institute. It’s a great story. It shows how an impetuous idea can ride out the many and varied changes brought about by shifting friendships, funding and institutional allegiances. 13 years later and the Sticky Institute is still going strong. Applause.

As the zine market winds down I get chatting to Meliors Simms – another letterpress enthusiast – whom I met earlier in the year at Hamilton Zinefest. Meliors is enthusiastic about the wonderfully inclusive energy of Auckland and Hamilton Zinefests. She tells me that this is her return to the New Zealand zine scene after an extended hiatus. She favourably compares the inclusiveness of the contemporary scene to a time when angry male energies made the scene less hospitable for women.

I find this fascinating. It supports conjecture on the elusive history of the NZ zine scene; what it might have been like before the Riot Grrrl years.

It was also great to hear because it made up for a small personal gripe that had grown over the course of the day in response to a perceptible rise in a genre I refer to as “frankie-hell”. I use the term to describe zines made up of twee and overtly crafty illustrations of girly-girls, bunnies and tea parties. Perhaps I should accept the blossoming of the “frankie-hell” genre if it’s symptomatic of the scene’s greater conviviality. Perhaps I shouldn’t.

Anyways, Meliors has been encouraged enough to now be threatening a
Tuaranga Zinefest!!! Bring it on!

[Editor's note: Sticky loves you twee zinesters, you are rad and cute as hell - Thomas]

Auckland’s own zinefest had burdened a shrinking committee in 2014. A big round of applause needs to greet the ears of Lucy Meyle, Makyla Curtis and Linda Lew for taking on the extra weight. Lucy Meyle also brought her signature-style hand-hewn elegance to the awesome event poster. And Ziggy Lever created a Best-Of-Fest trophy that challenges the ceramic prowess of Wellington Zinefest’s own.

Poster and Committee

The Best-Of-Fest trophy winner was announced at an intimate after party at the Carwash. Plastic Knife performed his ridiculously gloomy acoustic guitar mantras in the build up. Plastic Knife finished with audience participation AC/DC in the form of It’s A Long Way To the Top. Every able body (that hadn’t already run screaming) joined in.

Luke You then presented the awards. The Sweet Zine section went to Lauren Stewart’s Imperfection (A Guide To Help You Through The Dark Days). Best FANzine went to Anna Duckworth for The Tiny Zine Of Peen. Solace by Cole Meyers took out the Perzine section. David Merritt won best Literary Zine for Taumaranui Railway Station #1. Best Art Zine to Tessa Stubbing and Damian Golfinopoulos for Health, Wealth & Happiness #4. Runner Up to the Best-Of-Fest went to Miriam Collins for an untitled entry, and (drum roll)… Ash Spittal took out the top award with Fags/Freaks/Rebels/Geeks. I won diddly-shit but posed with the trophy to fool people back in Wellington.

Bryce Galloway with somebody else's trophy

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HUFFIN’ TEXTAS zine launch

Sticky is honoured to be the venue for the Melbourne launch of the zine HUFFIN’ TEXTAS, an extraordinary biography of the art collective Dexter Fletcher.

There’ll be the debut screening of their film Friday Night Theory, readings from the zine by special guests and a musical performance by The Newport Dolls.

Saturday 16th August, 4-6pm in Sticky Institute.
Facebook event page is here. Follow @fletcherdexter on Twitter.

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