a place for zinesters - writers and readers
So last month was jam packed with zine stuff in my city. The organisers of Auckland Zinefest and other ziney people put on a full calender of fun things. These are the things I attended.
24 Hour Zine Making Workshop
Held at Tangleball and starting at noon Saturday, going through til noon the following day (Sunday).
I got there around 11.30am and registered while my partner played some games on Tangleball's arcade machine. I had tried my hardest not to think about what to write in the lead up to the workshop but I had decided I wanted the zine to be an issue of On A Sugar High zine.
When I started working on the zine I decided on using the theme 'Memories, thoughts and too much information' though as the night wore on it became a random mishmash of things.
I had a lot of fun making backgrounds for some of the pages and decorating pages using some of the stickers I had brought along with me and cut outs from magazines/advertisements that I had saved over the years.
I ended up getting all the writing/layout done around 9am-ish Sunday morning. Then had stress of getting the photocopier to copy it onto the A5 paper I had brought along. In the end one of the other participants helped me out by taking me to her Dad's office to do my photocopying.
I made 7 copies to start with and then some more copies over the following few weeks. Sent a copy out to the 24 Hour Zine Thing and gave people copies at zinefest and other events.
Issue 1.5 of On A Sugar High is quarter sized with writing about
Zines For The Revolution/Black Heart Cafe
There was meant to be a zine making workshop at Black Heart info shop the day after zinefest but ended up just chilling out due to not many people showing up. There was a talk later in the day: - Mellow Yellow: behind the zines.
The writers of Mellow Yellow facilitate a discussion, and talk about the importance of sharing their stories, writing, creating zines, and connecting with other Asian feminist anti-racist activists.
One of the writers of Mellow Yellow I have known since I was a 16/17 year old getting into zines for the first time. The talk was incredibly interesting and inspiring, opening up some ideas for a zine discussion group in the future which I will be very keen on attending.
The Black Heart Cafe was in the evening so we ate some delicious food and played an interesting game where you do performances/dares as cards dictate. Then when it came to the Open Mic portion of the evening I put my name down to read a piece from my zine.
I ended up sitting on the floor to read, I figured it would hide my nervousness (I had never done a reading of my own writing before) and read my piece on writing and inspiration. I paused about halfway through and asked if I should read more (didn't want to bore anyone) and then when I had finished that piece I read the procrastination bit.
If I had of known what a buzz reading my stuff out loud would give me I would of done it earlier.
The other performances that I saw were a mix of musical, skill (chatter-ring demo put to music!) and readings of poetry, prose and other interesting things.
I gave away/swapped some more issues of my zine and talked about working on a collaborative zine project about inspiring women of television with a few other people that were there. Seems so many zine ideas and not enough time to do them all!
Part two blog of International Zine Month events coming soon.