A busy week

January 21, 2009

On Monday night I went to Skeptics in the Pub where I heard a talk by Rebecca Watson (from Skepchick and the Skeptics Guide to the Universe) on Women’s Intuition and Other Fairytales. It was really good.

Last night I had a dinner with work people. At least I got free food!

Tomorrow night I’m going to a talk by Virginie Despentes called Exploding the Myth of Femininity. Virginie Despentes wrote the novel and film Baise-Moi (currently banned in Australia, I believe), a violent, rape-revenge fantasy that contains ‘actual sex’, OMG! I am planning on watching the film tonight so I’ve seen it before seeing her talk. She is actually talking about her new book on feminism called King Kong Theory.

On Saturday there’s a Zinefest at the Women’s Library which sounds quite fun. The Women’s Library currently has the exhibition Between the Covers: Women’s Magazines and their Readers (Until Wednesday 1 April 2009, entrance free), and as part of the Zinefest on Saturday, there is a comics exhibition and stallholders selling zines and comics (and other DIY media, I imagine) and workshops.

Details:
Zinefest
The Women’s Library
25 Old Castle Street
London
(Aldgate and Aldgate East tube stations)
Saturday, 24 January, 2009
12- 4pm
Free

Workshops:
12-1.30pm Self-publishing 101 (seminar room)
12- 2.15pm Screen Your World -Printing Desire (activities room) I believe the screen-printing workshop is booked out now.
1.30-2pm and 2-2.30pm Zine Tour (meet at reception)
2.30-4pm Radical Publishing Panel (seminar room)
12-4pm Comic Exhibition (cafe space)
12-4pm Stalls (mezzanine)

Check them out on myspace and We Make Zines on ning.

I don’t really make zines anymore and hardly read them, so I’m looking forward to picking some up on the weekend. I want to get back into making zines this year, so hopefully this will help kick-start it.


The London Zine Symposium

April 24, 2007

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I attended the London Zine Symposium on Saturday 21 April, 2007.
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It was held at an old horses’ hospital near Russell Square.
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Springtime in London: Friends, zines, art, picnics

April 23, 2007

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Sitting in Russell Square after going to the London Zine Symposium nearby.
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Lucy N and Tina chatting.
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(left to right) Adam, Di and Lucy N.
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Lucy R and my flatmate Will.
I have had a fantastic last few days of hanging out with friends, going to events and enjoying London. It’s been good.
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April 13, 2007

Tomorrow I’m going to an event called This Is Our Punk Rock, and it sounds like it will be an audiovisual extravaganza! I’m particularly excited about seeing Alec Empire perform. Yay!

Paul sent me a link to a review of the new Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix computer game for the Wii (which my flatmate has – he has the Wii not the game!). It sounds quite cool. There is quite a funny comic on Penny Arcade about it. Those guys are funny geeks. Most of their stuff is about computer games (which I don’t really play) but after being with Paul for two and a half years (and he’s a big fan of computer games) I get a lot of the jokes now.

Also, our flatmate has ordered a large, flatscreen TV which should arrive next week. OMG how exciting. I may start watching a lot of TV and films again.

Lucy is coming down to London (from Edinburgh) next week which is very exciting. It will be so much fun to hang out and spend time together. The Saturday she is here, we are going to the London Zine Symposium which should be lotsa fun. I am hoping to have a new zine to take.
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Oh, and Lucy recently posted a comment on my myspace with a picture of us four years ago when we first knew each other!

I wonder how Paul is going. His work is having ‘Bring your kid to work day’ today. They have a big open-plan office that is going to have forty-something kids in it today. Lol. Should be interesting.


DIY publishing

July 31, 2006

I should have my website back online soon (www.zinegeek.com). I certainly hope so. It’s just taking a while to get it uploaded here at the internet cafe. It’s being hosted by halftheory which is owned by a friend of mine and he likes to help out artists. Hopefully the site will be online soon but I actually want to redesign it and change it anyway.

Yesterday I went to Publish and Be Damned which was an independent publishing fair. It was cool – a lot like the zine fair at This Is Not Art in Newcastle, NSW, Australia, but not as big and with more books and music. I only spent £10. I could have spent heaps more.

I have another interview with a temping agency on Wednesday but this agency just deals with charities and non-profits so I think I might like their jobs a bit more. I hope they have some work for me. I need to start earning some pounds! It seems to be way out in the middle of nowhere – I have to get the national rail cus the tube doesn’t go there! They said most of their jobs are in Central London.

Paul starts his job tomorrow and although it will be a shock for him getting up so early EVERY DAY I think he is looking forward to the job and the company. The job is way out on the west side of London so we’ll probably look at getting a place out that way. We got the tube out there on the weekend and got some buses around the place to see what is was like. It seemed ok.

We recently borrowed the whole first season of Lost from the library. We are nearly through it. I’m really enjoying it. Don’t watch it though if you don’t like flashbacks!

Anyway, better get back to checking on my uploading!


Me, my zines and why*

December 27, 2003

Six years ago at a feminist student conference (the Network of Women Students in Australia, NOWSA, held at QUT, Brisbane in 1997) I came across a little photocopied booklet called Feel the Word. It was by a woman from South Australia and it included her descriptions and opinions of feminism, activism, the world and her life. On the cover were hand drawings of a punk-looking young woman with a NOWSA shirt and Lisa Simpson holding a grenade. The price was “$1 or trade”. Inside it said: “I am a writer with a need to express myself. I love zines because they are inexpensive and wonderful. I love to share”. Further down the page it said “WHY DO THIS? Why not? Like I said, I love to share. Welcome to Feel the Word. And please, feel free to write to me.”

This was my introduction to the world of zines. Since then I have acquired over one hundred zines, I have produced nine of my own, I have met many people involved with making zines, distributing zines, studying zines and the “zine scene” (if such a thing exists), I’ve spoken on panels at arts festivals about zines and I’ve even done a university cultural studies essay on zines. But why do I do it? And do I achieve anything?
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