Monday, 23 September 2013

State of the 'Zine

What are you doing on October 13th? Cancel it. The people behind the brilliant Spiel Magazine and the super talented OWT Creative people have joined forces to organise a football zine fair and zine making workshop at the National Football Museum as part of the Manchester Weekender. Here's some blurb:

"Irreverent, insightful, crass and crude – during the 70’s and 80’s the Zine emerged as a key part of grassroots football culture and became a match day staple. To celebrate the unique footballing insight provided by lo-fi fan-publishers we are opening up the museum collections to the unique brand of analysis and polemic which characterised the football fanzine.

Football 'zines have always been DIY and using the tools of the zine-maker - typewriters, photocopiers & cut-out text - we are inviting visitors to produce their own football Zine engaging with the culture of fanzines and with insight from the museum archive.

A selection of contributions produced on the day will later be assembled into a limited edition print, for sale in the Museum shop."

You can find out more about the event by clicking here.

We're hoping to have some of the zine library's collection on display at the event, providing inspiration for budding zinesters taking part in the workshop. We've been getting lots of really cool football zines recently (Keep checking this blog/the shelves for new stuff!) and it'll be good for them to stretch their legs for an afternoon.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

New in: Headpress 2.1 and 2.6

"The infamous Headpress flagship quarterly, the Headpress journal, is available both online as an outrageously free Headzine and also a collector edition. The collector edition has exclusive content, is a full colour limited edition hardback of 250 copies only, with each one individually stamped and numbered."

Issue 2.6 is "a Holiday Special bumper edition of Headpress. Part one is devoted to the contemporary Grand Guignol, and the second part the landscape of the counterculture by way of some of its books and publishers."

New in: Beaney: A Short History

Beaney: A Short History by Jacob Louis Beaney, writer of Modern Moral Subjects, is an autobiographical comic that documents various periods of his life. Usually in quite graphic detail!

New in: Opinionated Nobody #5

Opinionated Nobody is a personal zine written by Rebecca, who lives in Barnsley. This is the fifth issue of the zine and features articles on growing vegetables, Ryan Adams, Sheffield Zine Fest, douchebag comedians and the alternative to douchebag comedians and lots more good stuff.

New in: The Shrieking Violet #21

The 21st issue of Manchester's favourite The Shrieking Violet marks four years of the zine. Editor Natalie Bradbury has compiled contributions from the likes of Dominic Oliver, Roxy Brennan, Cherry Styles, Paul Gallagher and loads more talented people. There are 28 pages of photographs, articles, illustrations and recipes.

The zine is available to view, for free, online.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

New in: Gaudy Verse

Gaudy Verse is written by Orla Foster and contains poems about things like "the pleasure of piling gherkins between three slabs of bread", looking for jobs, gap year students and Chris Martin.

You can buy a copy from A Closed Caption's Etsy page.

Red All Over The Land - A Liverpool Fanzine: Issue 189

Red All Over The Land is a Liverpool FC fanzine that's been going for over fifteen years. The 189th issue features reports from pre-season friendlies, previews of the forthcoming Premier League season, comics and articles about the club.

Subscriptions for the fanzine are available online and copies are available to buy from around Anfield and away matches before kick off.

New in: Sense/Memory

"Sense/Memory is a collection of essays, collage work, and satirical musings that attempt to dissect the fine art world as it transitions into pure digitalization.

Alternative Currents Collective is a close-knit group of like-minded new media artists, filmmakers, and musicans based in Los Angeles, CA - dedicated to the goal of merely existing. Though the actual collective fluctuates in numbers, at its core are Christina Santa Cruz and Daniel Watkins who create both collaboratively and independently under the Alternative Currents umbrella."

New in: Good Feet For A Big Man Issue 2

Good Feet For A Big Man is a "new collaborative DIY football fanzine, featuring a variety of articles about issues concerning the sport". The second issue features articles on football and television, the Championship, goal music, Derry City, cult footballers, goal-line technology and Paolo Di Canio. And Mark Viduka is on the front cover! Incredible.

New in: Hand Job Issue One

Hand Job is "a literary zine based in Notts that collects work from around the UK (featuring our own writing as well) to try and showcase the British writing that we love and that we also feel is often overlooked."

They are always looking for my submissions and information about contributing to the zine cane be found here.

New in: Fanzine La Raya presents #Pussy

A Spanish zine! Amazing! 

"La Raya is a fanzine made in the Canary Islands (Spain) by Ida Galvan and Sara Perdomo. We're into a wide range of topics, including queer issues, bizarre stuff and pop culture. Our zine has a monographic approach: each issue focuses a different topic interpreted by our collaborators and ourselves through illustrations and texts. #Pussy is our first issue"