a place for zinesters - writers and readers
A ziney bio
I first encountered zines around a decade ago (can't remember whether it was the Tasmanian 'The fall of because' or the mid-90s black metal relic 'Eternal damnation zine' that got in first, but they were near each other at least) when I was completing my VCE in rural Victoria (South Gippsland, to be precise... where the cows are). I wasn't sure whether I was heading toward photography, writing, or film-making, and thus applied for courses in all three areas. Writing, it seems, was the only discipline that would have me.
Around late 2001, I was completing a desktop publishing class, and wound up making my first zine. Didn't really properly grasp the term then, but it lit a bit of a fire in me. I printed out about 10 copies, forced them into the vaguely petrified hands of my TAFE friends, and then promptly went about other endeavours for the next year or so.
After finishing my second zine - a collaboration between a new writerly friend and I that took around about a year to get together (a production rate I sadly still adhere to at times) - I wound up in a very young Sticky nervously asking Luke if my friend and I could stock our lowly zine in there. He said yes (in hindsight, possibly bemused and amused - at the same time - at our youthful trepidation), and six months later I was one semester into my BA, and volunteering on a weekly basis in said awesome zine outlet. I learnt much in those days.
Sadly, after 3 1/2 years, I had to depart Sticky to make way for full-time work as a librarian... and for some silly reason, I had only produced one zine in that time (with the exception of submitting some pages to 'The fall of because' zine, queer collaboration zines at uni, and other places I can't clearly recall).
Two years after that, having talked about doing a mix-tape zine pretty much since leaving Sticky's volunteer ranks, I managed to churn out D90, which was quite distinctly different from my earlier efforts... and very, very badly photocopied. But, it got some positive reactions, and that kept me going. Around Valentines Day the next year (2009, that is), I churned out issue 2, and set about starting up a weekly zine called 'Dilettantes & heartless manipulators' (or 'd&hm', for short), which was based around a mixture of my love for music, eccentricly cryptic anecdotes, and mailing lots of letters on a regular basis.
Now, I'm glad to say that I'm at it quite regularly with d&hm, even if a fair chunk of the issues do sound/look/feel about as rushed as my earlier efforts have been (last minute person, sadly... well, it's not unheard of in the zine-iverse, but... ah well). Anywho, it's weekly, so, ya know... with any luck, the crap period will at least be shorter... right? (EDIT August 2011: D&hm is now no more, ending on the last Monday of July 2011).
More came after... like D90#3, my Target 168 zine 'Moldovan Metal', my WeMakeZines mini zine folks group swap #2 zine 'True', and more thought on an elaborate one-off project I've been vaguely talking about for a little while now.
Since April 2009, I've been doing keyboards, programming, bass, and spoken word for Melbourne-based zinester shitcore noise punk outfit The Church of Hysteria. Recordings have thus far been quite frequent.
Since November 2009, I've been doing much the same duties for Melbourne-based gore-doom noise-metal group Colostomy Baguette?
In August 2010, I started a solo noise project called Shallow.After releasing three business card sized CDrs in 2010, a 7" was made in 2011 in a small run of 21 copies. All releases have been given simple number according to when they were released.
All musical recordings will eventually be held at the Australian National Film and Sound Archive.
spurzine [at] gmail [dot] com
PO Box 41
A selection of zines of my making (excluding most group efforts I added to):
NOTE: For more info on each title, click on the thumbnails in my Zines photos albums. Click on the titles themselves to track down copies of the zines in libraries around Australia (all of them should be available within the State Library of Victoria's Rare Printed Zine Collection in Melbourne, Vic, Australia and the Octapod Zine Library in Newcastle, NSW, Australia).
Strap and buckle - spring edition
As yet untitled
Asinine - issue 1
D90 : a mix-tape zine #1
D90 : a mix-tape zine #2-3
Dilettantes & heartless manipulators #1-43
'I know everything'
One dollar pornography
Travesty : musings on being a transvestite metalhead #1
Dilettantes & heartless manipulators #44-95
Travesty #2 : more musings on being a transvestite metalhead
Note to self
Is this still you today?
Blue floral gusset
8 jokes that end in violence