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A discussion we need to have about Bird In The Hand Zine Distro

Over the past few months I have been to three zine fairs.  The first was the Impact7 zine fair at Monash University in Melbourne, the second was the This Is Not Art Zine Fair in Newcastle and the third was The Festival of the Photocopier Zine Fair at the Melbourne town hall.  At all three zine fairs there was formal discussion about what has happened to Bird In The Hand Zine Distro, has the distro closed and how are all the zinesters owed money by the distro going to be paid?   The suggestion in formal discussion at the Distro Discussion at The Festival of the Photocopier Zine Fair last weekend was that Bird In The Hand Zine Distro closed somewhere between twelve and eighteen months ago but there has been no formal comment from Susy Pow who runs/ran the disro.  Angry participants in the discussion said they had sent zines to the distro as recently as last week, having assumed the distro was still active after looking at the Bird In The Hand Zine Distro website.  Over the past few years I have stocked my zines with Bird In The Hand and enjoyed the distro immensely.  The current situation is unacceptable.  As well as stocking my zines with distro I have personally recommended the distro to as many people who would listen.  I want to publicly plead with Susy Pow and Bird In The Hand Zine Distro to make a formal public comment about the current state of the distro.  I have three questions I would like her to address:

1. Has Bird In The Hand Zine Distro closed?

2. If it has closed when did the distro close?

3. If the distro has closed then when will all the zinesters owed money for their zines be paid?

I hate having to act like the zine police and find this really uncomfortable but I think the situation is unacceptable.  At Sticky we have been receiving emails for weeks from zinesters who stocked their zines with Bird In The Hand asking what is going on.  I ask Susy Pow to start providing answers.  It is hard enough trying to get over-seas zinesters to mail their zines over to Australia without our distro's getting the reputation of being unreliable.

Luke Sinclair/Sticky Institute.

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This sort of happened a few years ago in the US, not with zinesters being owed money, but with orders being placed but not filled. I think the concern of the zine community was pretty crucial in making sure that accounts were settled. Has whomever is in charge not answered emails? How long has this issue been at hand? 

I think the physical shop closed well over a year ago but people I spoke to at the zine fair on the weekend were still sending zines as recently as last week as there has been no official announcement in all that time that the distro has closed.  Susy Pow has a Facebook page and I have been told by numerous zinesters that their posts demanding they be paid for their zines or have their zines returned to them are simply deleted and not responded to.   All I want is for Susy to come clean and come out and make an announcement about what is happening with the distro.  Luke/Sticky.

Sarah Arr! said:

This sort of happened a few years ago in the US, not with zinesters being owed money, but with orders being placed but not filled. I think the concern of the zine community was pretty crucial in making sure that accounts were settled. Has whomever is in charge not answered emails? How long has this issue been at hand? 

It's probably worthwhile to email Zine World so that they can publish your concerns. I think that's probably the most legit place to bring your concerns. 

Thanks Sarah.  I will do that.  Luke/Sticky.

Sarah Arr! said:

It's probably worthwhile to email Zine World so that they can publish your concerns. I think that's probably the most legit place to bring your concerns. 

Hi All,

Susy Pow from Bird In The Hand has posted a comment on the Sticky blog at www.stickyinstitute.com.  She said that Bird In The Hand closed last June and she is working towards paying all the zinesters who sent her zines.  Thanks for clearing up the situation Susy and good luck with sorting it all out.  Luke/Sticky.

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