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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.
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Latest Activity: Jul 12, 2014

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Comment by Lindsey The Smingit on September 5, 2012 at 1:52pm

I went the Alt Press fair in London recently and it really brought home to me the difference between self-published comics and DIY zines. Just because you make something yourself doesn't necessarily make it DIY - practically everything is made by somebody somewhere.

BZF had a small table there and it was mostly taken up with either cutesy stuff or artsy stuff, which is OK, but lacks the depth of zines. Zines tell you stuff - personal stuff, educational stuff, political stuff, it doesn't matter what type of stuff but they have a little more weight to them than "here is my shiny shiny colour pamphlet of adorable cat doodles"

I'll probably go to BZF, and if I do I'll probably buy some cat doodles, but I expect the zine table to be the focus of my attention.

Comment by Sarah Beth (Ellipsis zine) on September 3, 2012 at 1:54pm

I am going to be selling my zine on the shared table at this event and although I am happy that something like this is happening in Birmingham I do have a few misgiving as well.  I didn't manage to get to the first years event as it was my Mum's birthday so last year was my first experience of it.  I had a really good time and thought there was a reasonable mix of different type of zines. 

For me, I enjoy a lot of indie/self published comics but can usually only afford to buy one or two at an event and am more likely to be buying up perzines instead.  I do think £40 for a table is WAY overpriced for a lot of people and definitely excludes a lot of people who are selling zines for 50p-£2.  Then again, if people are willing to pay it, I guess it can be argued there is a market for it.  I hope the people who have paid for full tables have a successful day and get enough back to cover the costs.  

I think maybe keeping the name was a bit of a mistake, but that's just my feelings on it.  Again, if it's mainly going to be illustrators and comic artists there, a change of name might have helped get in a crowd more in favour of this.

What do other people think?

Comment by Matthew Mu on September 3, 2012 at 1:42pm


An interesting opinion on the Birmingham Zine Festival, which some people on here were/are involved with organizing. Thoughts? (I think it's absurdly expensive.)

Comment by Kate Hinksman on September 3, 2012 at 10:27am

Hey fellow Midlands zinesters! I'm based in Leamington & write a zine called Second Hand News (http://secondhandnewszine.blogspot.co.uk/ 1st & 2nd issues on sale now in the online shop!) Looking forward to checking out everyone's stuff -I'm already a big fan of Ellipsis & Elderflower Tea ^_^ 

Comment by Sarah Beth (Ellipsis zine) on July 30, 2012 at 11:59pm
Hello all - new issue of my zine finally finished! Picture on my page. Open for trades etc. just drop me a line!
Comment by Sarah on July 30, 2012 at 3:31pm

Just reminding you guys that Little Zine Party is this coming Saturday in Birmingham for any folks who are interested. http://littlezineparty.tumblr.com/  

Comment by Lee Taylor on July 29, 2012 at 3:24pm

Finished a 24 hour zine if anyone fancies a swap..? Just stuck some pictures of it up on my page :)
Hope you're all well!


Comment by Lindsey The Smingit on July 17, 2012 at 2:06am

I am totes up for swaps - though when I tried to make my first copy yesterday my printer had a strop and demanded ink, slight delay until that lands in my letterbox...

Comment by Lee Taylor on July 16, 2012 at 3:25pm

Woop, well done Lindsey! :D if/when I finish mine, would you like to swap? :) if anyone else gets one done, maybe we could all do some more swap / trade-age...

Comment by Lindsey The Smingit on July 16, 2012 at 9:17am

I have a 24hr zine!


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