A small feature on Matsumoto Taiyo and his new English release Sunny, in the Japan Times.
Told in six chapters originally serialized in IKKI, “Sunny” captures one moment in the lives of each of the orphans fostered at the Star Kids Home (Hoshinoko Gakuen). The “cover orphan” of the new graphic novel, is Haruo, also called Shiro (White), for his shocking white hair. The new kid, Sei, walks the reader through the induction phase of foster care, and a supporting cast of playful misfits exhibit the textbook behavior of abandoned kids such as petty theft and school delinquency. “Sunny” itself refers to the run-down 1970s Datsun the kids use alternately as a confessional and stationary amusement ride.
Great news! Our friends over at Take Care Zine Distro have opened up a physical zine shopfront at their studios, Junior Gazette. Located at Level 1, 91 Railway Pde Marrickville (opposite Sydenham station) they’ll be open for the next few Sundays, from 12pm – 5pm. Peep the above flyer for details. Get more info from the Junior Gazette website or directly from the Tack Care site.
Can’t wait to head down! This is a really great initiative and a big thank you has to go to the Take Care crew for making it happen.
A big happy birthday has to go to Newspaper Club who just turned 4 this week. When we first put out The Ball Street Journal we got a lot of questions on who our printers were. We were always happy to recommend Newspaper Club. They were one of the few printers we could find who print low run jobs on newsprint which was perfect for us (I think we only did 200?). I remember we got them our files for their Tuesday print run and we had our box on Thursday!
So happy birthday Newspaper Club and congratulations on your fourth year.
Vanessa Berry has a new zine out that she’s put together with Katie Haegele. You can purchase them from her Etsy store.
Man, it’s not a good sign when your last post was from the 2012 MCA Zine Fair. Anyway, 2013′s was awesome. Thank you so much to everyone who bought and traded for a copy of Beef. It was great meeting everyone and seeing old friends.
We just managed to get BK#7 out which you can see up top. We sold out of our initial run of 50 but we’re going to do 150 more in the next week.
Also, we made a pact that we’re going to spend more time on this blog this year so please come back and visit! We’ll put out a post on all the zine swag we got on the weekend.
A bit late but thank you to everyone that came along to our table at this year’s MCA Zine Fair to have a chat, a browse and even pick up an issue of BK, Ball Street or Bryn’s amazing Slimer print. It’s unbelievable how happy you make us when you stop by and look at our stuff and ask us how we’re going. Anyway, here’s a photo from the day and I’ll post up some shots of the latest BK#6 as well as BK#5 which we put out last year.