The Manly Library will be hosting their 4th Annual Zine Fair on Sat 21 September. More info about applying for a table etc can be found on the FB.
A big congratulations has to go out to Sticky Institute for stocking their 10,000th zine! As many of you know, Sticky is a Melbourne zine distro located in the depths of Flinders St. They’ve played a vital part in Australian zine history and the fact that they are up to 10,000 is nothing to sneeze at. I actually think that Sticky were the first distro to ever ask us to stock Beef Knuckles and to three nerds from Sydney, getting that email was and still is a very big deal.
So congrats Sticky, and here’s to 10,000 more!
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.