Today is the last day of IZM aka International Zine Month. What have you been doing this month? Have you started new creative projects? Finished and printed a zine? Wrote in your journal? Visited a zine library? Read self-published comics? Rested to recharge your battery?
How is International Zine Month going for you? Today is a more virtual day with a prompt about ZineWiki:
“ZineWiki Day! It’s a wiki just for zines! Add to or update listings to the new and improved zinewiki.com“
I love ZineWiki! It’s a great resource to find out more about specific zines or zinesters and it contains a lot of entries and information about now out-of-print zines.
Anyone can add or edit pages! It’s really easy to work with the wiki system once you get the hang of it. You need to make an account and there are some easy tutorials to get you started.
The ZineWiki website crashed a while ago and recent edits had been lost so I decided to edit the pages of my zines that were still there today. Unfortunately my own zinester page which I had put quite a bit of work in, had completely disappeared and I don’t remember at all what I had written on that page. 😦
Check my zine pages:
- Flapper Gathering (I’ll post more about this ancient zine soon)
- Same Heartbeats
- Scissors & Chainsaws
And my new zinester page:
Maybe I’ll still keep editing a bit more today and in the next days. Once I get into it, I find editing and writing in ZineWiki quite addictive. 🙂
Do you have a page on ZineWiki too? Please share it in the comments! I’d love to check it out!
I’m going to skip a few of the next IZM prompts and take a little break but if you want to know what’s coming up, check out the list on Stolen Sharpie Revolution.
In last Monday’s ZineWriMo post I was talking about music as brainfood and that same day I bought 4 CDs from two CD/record shops in Brussels! I went to a legendary music store called Caroline Records and to a cute small metal shop called Elektrocution. In those shops, I got two CDs by Veruca Salt that I had been searching for forever (well, since after the 90s as I remember spotting them in CD shops in the mid/late 90s but I lacked cash then) and two by Yngwie Malmsteen (for my zine research because I’m that dedicated :-p ). A few days later I also bought “Jagged Little Pill” by Alanis Morissette. Always fun to find good second-hand 90s / early 2000s CDs!
One of my goals for ZineWriMo was ticked off last week:
I finished Guitarrr #2!
Woohoo! That’s a least one zine that I made and finished this month. Phew! It is the follow-up of my Guitarrr #1 mini-zine and it explains a bit more advanced guitar (and bass) stuff. If you fold the mini-zine open you will see a poster with drawings of different brands and types of electric guitars and basses and who plays them. I’ll post some more info about this mini-zine and about how to order it soon on this blog.
Last week I also neglected or skipped several ZineWriMo prompts: for example updating my Zinewiki page(s), making zines together with friends and reading zines (apart from a few pages), but I hope to make up for at least that last prompt this week. I guess I was a bit too busy making music instead of zines because my band Lavender Witch played two concerts last week! (See photo)
Something I did do last week was taking part in a panel discussion about radical books and zines. It took place in ACU in Utrecht in the Netherlands on the 25th and was organised by the Barricade Book Café (as part of their 2nd year anniversary event) and the anarcha-feminist podcast Bloed aan de Muur. The discussion was also recorded for the podcast which made it extra exciting! Rymke of the eco-anarcha-feminist publishers Atalanta, a member of Barricade, and poet Stella took part too. We talked about our books/zines/poems/collectives, why we think they are needed in this day and age, inclusivity, self-organisation, and more.
July 12th is ZineWiki Day: “Add to or update zinewiki.com“.
ZineWiki is an amazing resource for zinesters and zine readers. And it’s cool that you can contribute and help build the website yourself!
So today I added a page for myself as author, woohoo! I had already added some pages for some of my zines in the past but no zinester page yet. It still needs some editing and creating of non-existent links but I hope to do that in the next few days.
Some things I did for International Zine Month the last few days:
Day 4: read a zine from another country
Today I read the zine Sugar Paper #10 from the UK. It has a cover made from real sugar paper and hand-printed letters! Sugar Paper is a craft zine with 20 craft recipes ranging from party food to glitter shoes. #10 is the party issue.
Day 5: teach yourself a new zine skill
I tried to do some basic book binding and made a travel notebook! I always loved hand-made notebooks and these skills can come in handy for making zines too!
Here are some youtube clips to teach you some book binding skills:
Day 6: update or add info about your zine on ZineWiki (= wikipedia for zine land)
So I just added my zine Same Heartbeats to ZineWiki and edited the old entry for Flapper Gathering. ZineWiki not only lists a giant number of zines, but also contains information about zine libraries, zinesters (= zine makers), and more about the “very small press”. So go check it out!