About a week ago I was lucky enough to have a day off so that I could head to Melbourne town hall to see my first ever Zine fair. A zine is a self published small book of work usually reproduced using a photocopier. They can cover all kinds of subjects from feminism to vegan food, comic books and poetry.
After being too keen an arriving an hour early I went and got Starbucks and waited patiently near the Melbourne town hall for the doors to open. Such a Zine uber geek.
The first zine that caught my eye was Mini Cat Zine by the very rad Li-Kim Chuah. Her work is obscure decoupage often with vintage images of animals, meat and people. This little gem came with bonus copies of some of her cat artworks. The zine itself is great. It contains stories of cats Lil-Kim has met in her life and includes a little illustration of each cat and breed information. As a vet nurse I was drawn to this and really related to the stories. I can't wait to grab some more of Li-Kim Chuah's work.
Oh Peader Thomas. How did I not know of your awesome comics before now. I picked up his comic Everything I Touch Turns To Dog, and regret not buying more. I laughed soo hard on the train home from the fair especially at the 18 panel gem titled "Thing's I don't own". I am soo keen to pick up the two volumes of the epic Spaceman Spaceman next pay.
Meet the adorable Tasha. I have been obsessed with her little zine Petless since I held it in my hands. I love the crude drawing of animals on the front and the honesty of her writing in reference to past pets. I also picked up another rad local comic by her husband Matthew about love in the face of becoming a zombie. How love can concur all but death. Mega deep and beautifully written.
To get your hands on Petless head to The Sticky Institute and to grab Our Love Will Never Die, But We Will visit Matthew's Facebook page.
Oh Smells like Zines, you touched a special part of my heart with Complaint letters. I always feel I need to write letters like this but never do (especially to Bunnings after my eye accident). I am envious that you has written so many and gotten so many replies that you could make a zine about it. So many great moments. And It was not until I got home that I saw the back cover staring my all time favoutite super lady, She-Hulk. Bonus points.
To grab a copy of the best rant you will read in ages head to Smells like zines.
The very last zine's I got (at this point I had run out of money... sad day for Nerd Burger) are from the amazingly talented Gemma Flack. I purchased all she had to offer. The Girl With The Pigeon Tail is a heart warming story of a girl learning to love herself. I also really enjoyed H Is For Handmade for it's quirky ideas of an ABC and rad illustration. The cherry on top of this already delicious treat was the epically awesome About The Artist. I'd never really read anything like it. A bok of interviews with all types of creative types from porn writters, ukeulele musicians to arcade table makers. Each interview is paired with a fantastic illustration by Gemma. This was a really inspiring read and to be honest gave me the final push to start my YouTube. Thank you Gemma.
To pick up a bunch of rad stuff head to Gemma Flack's website.
So I'm absolutely broke now but rich with the abundance of zine's. Hurrah!
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