Second Circulation

Sticky is proud to be associated with Second Circulation, an exhibition opening this week at Verge Gallery in Sydney.

“Second Circulation is an exhibition of zine makers who are also art makers, and vice versa. There are tensions between the underground status of zines, the resistance of zine makers to recuperation by the professional art world, and the appearance of zines in galleries.

This exhibition will showcase zine-making artists who negotiate these tensions. It will explore the liminal space that zines inhabit between professional practice and DIY, and the role that zines have within the individual practices of the show’s participants.”

Curated by Dexter Fletcher, the show will feature:

The Newport Dolls
Luke You
The Thomas Ferguson Band
Vanessa Berry
Samantha Riegl
Miss Helen
Tim Ungaro
Emma Davidson
Dexter Fletcher

Paul Byron, Jessie Lymn
Ideal Type

The show opens Thursday April 2nd at 6pm, but there will also be a day of public programs on Saturday April 11th featuring:

* Mini zine fair with Sticky Institute, Take CareHello Hallo and the Rizzeria.

* YOU zine-making marathon: YOU is a free, weekly, anonymous, paper zine that has been made in Melbourne every week since November 2001. Come along to the YOU marathon to help produce an issue of the zine that will be released upon the world the following week.

* DISCOnference: informal discussions on zine-making and zine practices, open to audience participation. Facilitated by Miss Helen, Paul Byron, Jessie Lymn and Dexter Fletcher. Discussion topics will include: zines and fandom, zines collections and zine-making practices.

* Live performances by enigmatic zine maker Plastic Knife, zine supergroup The Newport Dolls and Canberra based writer and zine maker Ideal Type.

Plus! On Saturday 25th April Dexter Fletcher presents the artists’ talk: Not to Attach Any Fixture: A Social History of Blu-Tack and its Uses and Abuses among Members of the Renting Classes, With Slides and Commentary

Exhibition runs until April 26th. Follow Second Circulation here.

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Easter opening times

Next weekend we will unfortunately be closed because of this guy (Jesus, that is, not Andy Paine). Easter opening times as follows:

Open as usual, 12-6pm

Closed – sorry about that.

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Andy Paine + Plastic Knife instore gig

Zine-rockers Andy Paine (from Brisbane) and Plastic Knife (from Valhalla) are both playing an instore at Sticky, a week later than Friday 13th so as not to unnerve their triskaidekaphobic fans (i.e. Friday 20th March, 6-7pm).

This is an all-ages event and entry is free. There will be orange juice and vegan muffins available too.

Listen to Andy Paine here.
Listen to Plastic Knife here.
Facebook event here.

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Nicole J Georges (USA) and Katie Parrish zine reading in Sticky

American zinester Nicole J Georges, known as the maker of the zine Invincible Summer, is heading to Sticky.

Nicole started Invincible Summer in 2000, but also became a zine champion when she helped co-found the Portland Zine Symposium. NJG has even published a graphic memoir called Calling Dr Laura. Nicole will be reading from her zines and talking about her zinemaking experiences.

Also reading on the night will be Melbourne’s own comics genius Katie Parrish.

Poster by George. Facebook event here.

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Sticky represented at ‘Keep Running’ in Paper Mountain

Sticky Institute presents: the return of

Representing Sticky at Perth’s magnificent Paper Mountain for Keep Running, a showcase of Australia’s artist run initiatives. Details here.

To try out this revolutionary piece of office equipment, visit TTHP at the opening of ‘Keep Running’ on March 6th. Facebook event here.

Read an interview with TTHP from 2012 in Three Thousand here. Order the user manual for TTHP from Sticky here.

With thanks and love to Paper Mountain.

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Festival Of The Photocopier 2015 – full program announced

View the full line-up of events for Festival Of The Photocopier 2015 – taking place between February 12th and 15th – here.

View the advert here.

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Festival of the Photocopier 2015 official LAUNCH PARTY!!

Join us for the official Festival Of The Photocopier launch party at the magnificent Tote!

With golden sounds from
Empat Lima
The Shabbab
Holy Lotus
The Girl Fridas

Thursday 12th February, doors 8pm, $8 entry.

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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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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 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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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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