The new year has brought a whole new round of zine fairs occurring in the next few months. The biggest is definitely the MCA & Sydney Writers’ Festival Zine Fair occurring on Sunday 22 May. Applications for stalls are currently open which you can access through the link. This fair holds a special place for us because it’s where we launched Beef Knuckles #1 nearly two years ago.
The closest fair coming up is the Anarchist Summer School Zine Fair happening at Stucco ‘(or in the park across the street if it’s a nice day)’ from 3:30-6 or later, Sunday 20th Feb. BYO picnic blanket/table/zine hocking facilities
On Saturday, 9 April we’ll be in Canberra for the Canberra 2011 Zine Fair. It’s being held at the Gorman House Arts Centre. We were down there last year and had a great time. Make sure to say hi if you’re around.
And finally, the Format Zine Shop in Adelaide are holding a fair on Saturday 26 February, 12-5pm. We won’t be there but can’t wait to see photos of the event.
We are nearly through Sticky’s I am Typewriter Festival which culminates in a big zine fair on Saturday 12. If you’re in Melbourne you should definitely check it out – there have been a bunch of zine launches and workshops with zinemakers from across Australia, including Vanessa Berry who had this to say about typewrites on her blog:
When I was a kid I loved typewriters in the same way I loved sewing machines – I liked the ribbon/thread running through them, and I liked to think of all the parts working together to make a complete machine. When I got a bit older I’d type out letters for my grandfather – to the council and the local paper – and imagine myself an efficient junior secretary. I didn’t get a computer until after I left high school, and when I typed essays for school I did so on an electric typewriter, so, for me, typewriters haven’t seemed particularly ‘retro’ until reasonably recently! I lived in a world in which all these things were still useful, a world of the past, which I guess is what happens when you grow up with your grandparents. Perhaps this is why the contemporary time never seemed to fit with me very well (even when new technology was the VHS player)
Our buddy Pat Grant has been working on a graphic novel for nearly a year now and has put some pages online for us to marvel at. From his email that he sent around:
After working for about eleven months on my graphic novel. I have finally got something online for people to look at. http://www.boltonblue.com It’s not finished, of course, but I have about 80 pages of penciled comics that I’ll be inking, colouring and posting onto the webpage at a rate of about three a week. I don’t really expect anyone to read through a whole graphic novel on the internet but the plan is to drum up a bit of interest online then release it as a book later this year. So if you’re interested in reading long stories online you can see the thing unfold as I draw it. If you’re like me and you couldn’t bear the though of reading a long comic on a computer then I suppose you can get a feel for things and wait for the book. It reads pretty well on an ipad for those well heeled and inclined toward early adoption.”