Yesterday I missed a day but it’s still International Zine Month so what was and is on the programme for the 19th and 20th?
- July 19 – Send your zine to a distro for consideration in the distro
- July 20 – Zine Shop Appreciation Day! Visit your local zine shop!
Well, there is a kind of zine shop called Riot in Ghent so I heard but I think it’s more an artist books shop with expensive designy publications so not really my thing. In Antwerp the bookshop De Groene Waterman sells feminist zines too (including some of mine) but that’s it for Belgium as far as I know.
The only (not online but real brick & mortar) shops where I’ve ever bought zines are in other countries:
- Housmans (London)
- The Feminist Library Shop (London)
- 56a Infoshop (London)
- Black Cat café (London)
- Het Fort van Sjakoo (Amsterdam)
- Other Nature (Berlin)
I hope I didn’t forget any! Let me know if you know of other zine places in those cities as I try to travel there quite regularly.
I’d like to visit the Penfight shop in Manchester some day soon and hopefully one day Quimbys, Bluestockings, The Sticky Institute, and other zine shops in the US and Australia (when they invent a train-like alternative for airplanes because I hate flying).
So I’m going to skip the “zine shop visiting” activity and do the activity of yesterday today as I have more time now to prepare a parcel for a distro (or 2?). I already compiled a list of distros (and shops and libraries) where my zines are available but I would love to have my zines stocked in more distros. OK, let’s get on with it!
PS. If anyone knows of zine shops or other zine-related places in Freiburg or Basel, please let me know!
To read all my posts about International Zine Month, click here or here.
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