The Other Worlds Zine Fair
May 25, 2014, 11am – 4pm
Level 3, Central Park Retail
28 Broadway, Chippendale (Opposite UTS)
Zine (/ˈziːn/ ZEEN; an abbreviation of fanzine, or magazine) a small circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier.
The Other Worlds Zine Fair is an alternative to the MCA Zine Fair, consisting of over 65 zine makers and distributors and filling over 50 tables.
The MCA is sponsored by Transfield, a corporation that operates service contracts in the detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru. Over 65 zine makers and distributors from Australia have decided to boycott the MCA Zine Fair in 2014 and to provide an alternative event on the same day. The Other Worlds Zine Fair will be held at Level 3, Central Park Retail, 28 Broadway on 25 May, 2014 (Opposite UTS). It will run from 11am to 4pm.
The organisers of the event believe an alternative fair will give zinesters an opportunity to show their protest while still enabling them to sell and swap their zines. It is also a demonstration that the zine community can organise their own event, on their own terms – ones that explicitly reject association with the detention industry.
It is also hoped that Other Worlds will provide a space in which to initiate discussions and raise awareness of how the system of mandatory detention manifests in our everyday lives – how we are all implicated in it, how else we can resist it, and how we can help end it.
The Sticky Institute.
Based in Melbourne, Sticky is the biggest zine store in Australia. From their public statement they state, “We believe that participation in the (MCA Zine) Fair would contribute to the creation of cultural value and validation for Transfield Services, a company whose profits partially derive from the mandatory detention of people seeking protection from abuses of their human rights. We will instead be having a table at the Other Worlds Zine Fair on May 25.”
The Refugee Art Project.
RAP are a group that have produced a series of zines that display the artwork, stories and poetry of refugees and asylum seekers in the Villawood Detention Centre. These include short comics about the day-to-day experiences and trials of life in indefinite detention.
The Rizzeria is collective of Sydney-based publishers and print makers. The group own an RP3700 stencil press which is available for public use through open-print sessions, and holds workshops.
In addition to the zinemakers there will also be a zine vending machine provided by the Canberra Zine Emporium, as well as the Counter-Revolution crew who will be selling vegan Mexican salad rolls (and a gluten free option).
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