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Midlands Zinesters

A group for people in the Midlands who make zines. We are friendly and organize meetups and events. Next one's in Birmingham.

Location: Midlands, England.
Members: 33
Latest Activity: Jul 12

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Comment by Sammy Borras on July 12, 2014 at 1:09am

https://www.etsy.com/shop/sammyborras

$4.18 = £2.50 (approximately)
$2.50 = £1.50 (approximately)
International Shipping: $7

Gorillaz Fanzine includes illustration, cosplay, articles, comics, gig sketches and puzzles!

Contributors A-Z: 1000014, Abi Le Guilcher, Arthur Goodman, Chyphens, CJ Barrett, David Tolu Graham, Foxeye, Giuseppa Barresi, Gray Porter, Homiboo, Jules Valera, Kodi Kat, Laura Watton/PinkAppleJam, Morti, Rebecca Horner, Saffron-jay, Sammy Borras, Sarah Fogg & Toria McCallum

A5
20 pages
Black & white
Blue card cover

Confirmed events (find the Sammy Borras & Sarah Fogg table)

Comment by Hand Job Zine on June 22, 2014 at 12:58pm

The Long awaited issue 5 of Hand Job is now available for you to buy!

The contributors copies will be in the post tomorrow. We know that everyone will love it as it is the biggest and best to date. Get one now and feed your addiction.

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The Hand Job house special is even better than your local chippy. You get the whole five issues of the zine along with a special Hand Job Zine balaclava for you to show off to your Mam in ‘cos your mad.

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So get over to handjobzine.bigcartel.com and get yourself a copy or five!

 

ANARCHY & FREEDOM

Comment by Pyook on June 19, 2014 at 4:45am

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

Based in Nottingham!

PYOOK is a new zine focused on glut and excess, the sickly, extravagant, flamboyant, needless, splashy, theatrical, the gross and greedy.

To submit, please send photographs, text, artworks, prints, drawings, collages to 123pyook@gmail.com


Comment by Hand Job Zine on January 17, 2014 at 4:46am

 

 

Call for submissions!

Are you a writer? Poet? Artist? 

We are looking for submissions for further issues of Hand Job Literary Zine, email examples to handjobzine@gmail.com

To see what we are about visit www.handjobzine.wordpress.com

UK submissions only, we are a British zine celebrating Britain. 

Issue 3 has just been released, go to www.handjobzine.bigcartel.com to buy one or email handjobzine@gmail.com to arrange a swap.

ANARCHY & FREEDOM

Comment by Hand Job Zine on August 16, 2013 at 5:17am

First issue is complete at last if anyones interested check out http://handjobzine.wordpress.com/ or email handjobzine@gmail.com. New Notts zine.

Comment by Sammy Borras on February 10, 2013 at 1:25pm

I'd like to hang out :)

Comment by Lee Taylor on February 10, 2013 at 6:54am

Woo that's a start! We should start thinking about location then. So far we've had Nottingham, Birmingham, and Coventry; any suggestions anyone..?
xox

Comment by Hannah Robinson on February 8, 2013 at 7:11am

YES!

Comment by Lee Taylor on February 4, 2013 at 3:18pm

...is anyone ready for a fourth We Make Zines Midlands Zine Meet yet..? :)
xox

Comment by Sammy Borras on September 5, 2012 at 11:18pm

ok, other long post about the blog post.... so I usually attend comics events - most I've paid for a table is probably around £120 for 2 days - I've been to several up and down the country every year since 2008. but anyway, I was really excited to apply for a table at the BZF because it's so local and we went with 1 comic on the communal table last year and had a lot of fun. But I've never been through the process of applications being reviewed, all the comics events are first come first serve and that seems to make sense with a product thats so expensive. But the process of reviewing applicants made me assume that they were going to do non profit table prices which would give the benefit of curating having only the very best quality exhibitors. but then the prices were more than some of the comics events, which surprised me (but as you can see - still affordable by comparison of a lot of comics events).

So I had spent a lot of time assuming making zines was about getting off your backside to make something or say something really important to you - not really about high quality products in any way. so I assumed it was more of a 'HEY ANYONE CAN DO THIS!' attitude - which doesn't fit if you're going to choooosee who gets a table and who doesn't. I did look up other zine events and noticed this was standard procedure for zine events and I was still surprised by it. One thing I had found comforting about the zine event is that people don't seem to be chasing a career like they do in the comics community. But this process of someone choosing which are the best to get a high quality event seems like a completely opposite attitude.

err and my last thing to say is that while I agree with some of the stuff in the blog - perhaps writing about it publicly in this way is damaging to the exhibitors involved and the local area?. if people are going to 'boycott' because they read the post it only harms the event further? at least thats been my experience of similar problems with comics events.

oh, and I will be going. I applied on behalf of the comics collective I'm in, we pitched with a zine I contribute to - this totaled far more than 15 publications and we overfill a table at events. we were only offered only half a table because they want to get more people in at the event, which is good. but there's about 15 people who will be sharing this half a table. we're only going to be able to take half the stuff we've spent hours making. I'm both excited and disappointed by everything thats been going on with this event.

 

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