Tuesday, May 25, 2010
This tiny gem of a zine is the story about a boy who turns into a monster and eats everything, including your dumb star. 44 pages of goodness squeezed into a mere 2.875" x 2.125", this book was "drawn in one feverish and sleepless night".
A classic must-have for any serious zine collector. Get your copy here before it runs out!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
24 pages in 24 hours - this is the challenge the writer set for herself in creating this zine. In this issue, she writes on a variety of personal musing, from buying a ridiculously impractical bike and trying to learn to like gin.
To read more, get your copy from her shop here.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
As described by the writer, this little zine "is an alphabet book of terrible advice. Showing this to children might be the worst thing you could do. Or the best, depending on what kind of kids you are trying to raise, I guess."
Each one of these inspiring, 26-page 5.5" by 4.25" books is made by hand and staple-bound.
Copies available from bigstonehead on Etsy.
The second issue of the fabulous German zine Human News is an all-screenprinted issue printed in an XXL format.
Only 47 copies were printed, so hurry over to the ÉDITION BIOGRAFIKTION site and order your copy before they're all gone!
Monday, May 10, 2010
This peculiar zine is made with library issue cards collected by the creator. Each copy is entirely unique.
11 cards are bound and slipped into an envelope. $5 per copy, available from Felt.
Also check this out (probably the world's smallest zine), from the same creator.
PostScript is a 16 page (+ covers), quarter-sized zine that is not only all about postcards, but IS a postcard! The zine comes in a cunning self-mailer, with your address handwritten onto the back cover (see 2nd photo above). There is no reduction in postage cost if you buy this item along with others from my store, as I will mail it separately from the other items, so that you still get the full postcard 'effect'.
Inside there is lots of stuff about why postcards are such an eco-friendly mode of communication, international postcard projects you can sign up to, and a 'postcard recycling kit'. The recycling kit consists of self-adhesive postcard labels, 4 containing postcard-related craft projects, and 4 with the address/note side, so that you can recycle postcards you have received (or photos), or turn any random piece of scrap card into a postcard greeting.
All printed on recycled paper (except for the labels :-( ), and with a simple hand-stitched binding. Copies available from TangleCrafts.
Zine World (by Jerianne Thompson) is packed with zine reviews! It's your portal to a hundred different worlds, some familiar, and some beyond your experience. What is mail art like in Japan? How hard is it to get a bees nest out of your house? Can you eat pie for breakfast? How many movies can one person watch in a year? Zine World gives you the information you need to contact zine makers and get all the answers. Also, zine news, where to send your zines for review, and a classifieds section.
$4 - available from Microcosm.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
What got my attention to this mini gem of a zine is its cover, which is letter-pressed in a limited edition. Inside this 60-page zine , the writer asked a bunch of her friends to tell her about their home towns, about staying in one place, moving away or returning to the place you are from.
Each person included a photo of the place they talked about. Available from gutwrench.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Culture Slut is by Canadian Hello Amber. A self-proclaimed queer, feminist, small-town enthusiast, she also wrote a zine called Fight Boredom.
Culture Slut #18: The Polaroid Issue was compiled early in the spring of 2009, using various Polaroids that were taken since 2005. It features 44 full-colour reproductions of Amber's favourite Polaroids of her friends, graffiti and various interesting signage, as well as stories that were written on a manual typewriter. Stories about road-trippin' it through Canada's East Coast, taking a Greyhound to Toledo, Ohio, and just plain loving life.
You can get a copy from her Etsy shop.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Cometbus is a punk zine started in Berkeley, California in 1981 by Aaron Elliott. Writing under the pen name Aaron Cometbus, Elliott has self-published his usually handwritten zine ever since, despite a few breaks. The name "Cometbus" was coined by Gregg Turkington during the early days of the magazine when the name changed from issue to issue. Cometbus consisted of band interviews, personal diaries, artwork, and observations on the punk subculture in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.
Check out the latest issue of Cometbus here.
Back issues are available from Microcosm, the nonprofit, collectively-run publisher and distributor of cool zines!
Artist and illustrator Bunny Bissoux's unedited Journal from her trip to Japan, Purikura highlight gallery and bonus kareoke and film list. Each copy has full colour purikura print for you included on the back cover.
40-page A6 size fanzine. First printing limited and numbered to 25 copies. Available here.
Needles and Pens is an emporium of zines, d.i.y. goods, and an art gallery. Located in San Francisco's Mission district, the space aims to provide an affordable place where like minded people from the community can display and sell their own home-made goods, home-published zines, and art work. The items we stock are predominately recycled, silk screened, cut-up, re-sewn, photocopied, hand-made, and hand-published.
Needles and Pens was a wouldn't it be great if... idea. The type of dreamy fantasy scenario that two friends discuss over coffee or beers in the park - the type that rarely goes further than conversation. However, Needles & Pens was one rare pipe dream that actually came to fruition. It all began in October of 2002, shortly after completing a year of coordinating Maximum RocknRoll, fanzine enthusiast Andrew Scott (editor of sobstory? zine) joined forces with thrift store junky, seamstress, and Strandid Clothing designer Breezy Culbertson to form a new type of retail space. Their idea was to create a space that embodied both the ethos of the punk do it yourself spirit and the creative aesthetic of SF's art scene.
Photo by Angel Carter
A zine is most commonly a small circulation publication of original or appropriated texts and images. More broadly, the term encompasses any self-published work of minority interest usually reproduced via photocopier on a variety of colored paper stock.
A popular definition includes that circulation must be 5,000 or less, although in practice the significant majority are produced in editions of less than 100, and profit is not the primary intent of publication.