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.

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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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#IZM2014 Review: I really really like you

For International Zine Month 2014, Gemma from Instagramazine has 
done a daily zine review. Gemma has kindly let us repost them here.

Name: I really really like you

Media/publication details: 24 pages, square book, iridescent cardboard cover. Illustrated
artwork, narrative, by Ayano Takeuchi, $6 (available here)

Issue/series: none

Summary: Wordless short story about a girl, a book, a boy and feelings.

Should you read it? Yes. Why? I’ve read/looked through it a few times and keep picking up more of the ‘narrative’ There’s two sections: in the first one, it looks like a child is reading a book and imagining *that* narrative in her head. The second section seems more obscure: a young woman is trying to explain something to a young man and seems to panic as the end approaches; you’re never really sure if the woman is recalling childhood or if we’re seeing her the way she sees herself. But, oh gosh, the artwork. It’s stunning.

That’s *your* opinion. Why should OTHERS read the zine? it’s wordless, you can’t really be sure what the definitive story is, and other readers might come up with a completely different interpretation. I have previously mentioned that I’m a bit dense with word­free narratives, so you should probably seek out a copy and decide for yourself.

Contact info for the maker/s? www.theotheraudrey.com (which includes contact details for the artist)

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#IZM2014 Review: Qwerty & You

For International Zine Month 2014, Gemma from Instagramazine has 
done a daily zine review. Gemma has kindly let us repost them here.

Name: Qwerty & You

Media/publication details: A4 pages folded into A5 book, full colour, poetry, prose, artwork, Sept 2010, $5

Issue/series: issue #1. ­A look at Little Red Riding Hood, a short story, a recipe, a paper toy & artists images, all for you.

Summary: Inaugural issue ­ variations on the theme ‘Red Riding Hood’, the tale’s history,
retellings and possible interpretations thereof…

Should you read it? Yes, but when you have time to attempt all the awesome
activities/suggestions included. It’s excellent rainy day reading ­ with the biggest teapot nearby. Why? It’s very interactive ­ a paper­cut­out toy wolf, a sewing pattern of sorts for your own Red hood, a recipe. There alone I have cited three possible ways in which a clumsy person (well, me) could meet death. Unsanitised discussion or creative work on fairytales will never go out of fashion (probably because they’re so damn gory and creepy…) and neither will hunting for whatever the hell the original story is supposed to ‘teach’ kids.

That’s *your* opinion. Why should OTHERS read the zine? You may be less clumsier and adept at cutting paper, baking bread goods and are more likely to consider the sewing pattern a ‘creative hack’ if you have a few minutes of free time and the right odds and ends around, those of whom I am indeed jealous.

Contact info for the maker/s? Editor Andrew Weatherill here.

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#IZM2014 Review: Ladybeard 2

For International Zine Month 2014, Gemma from Instagramazine has 
done a daily zine review. Gemma has kindly let us repost them here. 

Name: Ladybeard 2

Media/publication details: typewritten text, cursive, illustrations, A5, $2 AUD.***

Issue/series: no. 2 of 2 so far ­ ‘Transhistorical’

Summary: After hirsute self ­acceptance (as detailed in the first issue), the maker learns more about gender re-­education (the term used in the intro to this issue), talks more about beard pride, hormone levels and choosing an identity that fits, rather than one defined by society.

Should you read it? Well duh, yes (I shelled out for the first one, so obviously by buying this one). Why? I was curious to know what happened after the first issue was made and am a sucker for non­stereotypical happier endings.

That’s *your* opinion. Why should OTHERS read the zine? There’s lot of interesting information and observations about gender and sexuality identification, queer and intersex identities. If you read the first one, then you’ll probably want to read this too. There’s a bit of discussion about polycystic ovarian syndrome (which show up on a ‘female’ body as hair usually associated with adult/post­pubescent males). That sounds a lot more overwhelming than it should ­the zine­maker does an excellent job of presenting all this in a much friendlier, less convoluted way than I just did.

Contact info for the maker/s? Email ­ bastian.fox.phelan @ gmail.com
[***The maker states that earlier versions of material in this zine appeared in ‘The Scavenger’ and ‘Femme a Barbe’]

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Guided tour of Tonerpalooza by Dr Anna Poletti

The Queen’s Hall is pretty huge and some people can feel a bit intimidated by how much zine action happens at zine fairs, so we have the solution!

Zine academic Dr Anna Poletti will be doing tours of the Tonerpalooza fair at 1pm and 3pm, if you want to have a more informed trip around the many zine stalls that will be there tomorrow.

Dr Poletti is the author of authoritative zine tome Intimate Ephemera and writes extensively on the practice of zining.

1pm and 3pm!

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Tonerpalooza Maker Day – full workshops & talks timetable

Here is the full program for Tonerpalooza’s Maker Day, Saturday 21st June at 12-4pm, in The Courtyard of the State Library of Victoria.

12.30pm
A ZINE THING workshops
Frankston-based zine-facilitator extraordinaire A Zine Thing will be holding the group compilation zine projects ‘The Big Draw’, a ‘Black Out Poetry’ collection, and a general ‘Ask a Zinester’ workshop. A few nice ice-breaker zine group projects that any age or zine-experience level can contribute to.

1.30pm
LUKE SINCLAIR presents A Hundred Zines Currently Available In Sticky In Under An Hour
Luke Sinclair, a co-founder and current co-coordinator of Melbourne’s ‘ardent defenders of zine culture’ Sticky Institute, gives a presentation on a hundred zines you can just waltz into Sticky and buy right now. Likely to include journals, punks, comix, bakery, politics, cats, beards, sex, sorcery and chips.

2.30pm
AYANO TAKEUCHI & BECKSLEY FELIX dual zine workshop
Ayano Takeuchi, creator of wordless narrative comics such as ‘Audrey & Audrey’ and ‘I Really Really Like You’, and Becksley Felix, creator of perzines such as ‘Macarons Are Not Macaroons’ and ‘Ganache Is Not Spelt Ganash’, join forces for a workshop encouraging the personal voice in zines. Whether it be trivial or momentous, what compels someone to write or draw about their own lives in the zine format? Why is it something that’s often recommended by other zinemakers? And how would you go about getting started structuring your finished zine?

3.30pm
THE RIZZERIA hops over to Melbourne
The Rizzeria is a collective of self publishers and print makers in Sydney who own an RP3700 risograph stencil press, which they make available for public use through open-print sessions. They’re visiting with some of their zine wares for Tonerpalooza, and their own Jasha will be giving a brief talk on the work they do ‘up coast’ and presenting some of the goods they’re brought to Melbourne for Sunday’s fair.

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A Zine Thing at Tonerpalooza

The first workshop happening at Tonerpalooza maker day (Saturday 21st February, as it happens) is from Frankston-based facilitator extraordinaire A Zine Thing.

From 12.30pm, in the State Library’s Courtyard (don’t worry, it’s inside), they will be holding the group compilation zine projects ‘The Big Draw’, a ‘Black Out Poetry’ collection, and ageneral ‘Ask a Zinester’ workshop. A few nice ice-breaker zine group projects that any age or zine-experience level can contribute to. And it’s free!

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TONERPALOOZA 2014

Tonerpalooza is this weekend.

By the way, this beautiful poster is by Katie Parrish. Thanks so much Katie <3

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