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Sticky Institute’s Melbourne zine fair the ‘Festival of the Photocopier’ is happening early February and ZICS will have have a stall at the fair!

So any Brisbane (and QLD) zine and comic creators that would like us to showcase your zines/comics let us know! This is a great chance to highlight our local talents interstate as we build to ZICS 2014 later in the year!

If you’re not going (which you totally should by the way it’ll be awesome), we’ll collect and deliver the profits received from people purchasing your work at the ZICS stall.

The fair is on the 9th FEBRUARY and will be held at the MELBOURNE TOWN HALL.
More event info here


or simply post your work to the below address with a post paid self-addressed envelope for returns.

- PO Box: 387 Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006

ZICS Collective!

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Hand-Aid - Philippines Benefit Zine! Needs YOU!

"We wanted to help out with relief efforts in the Philippines, but we’re dead broke artists. All we’ve got are ourbare hands. So we’re going to produce an art zine in time for Christmas. It’s going to be beautiful and 100% of the profits are going to relief efforts. Here’s how you can help us. Can you put us in touch with artists who do truly amazing work? Street artists, illustrators, animators, painters, photographers, crafters, stitchers, recipe writers, chefs, poets, journalists, beer artisans, anyone who makes stuff with their bare hands. We’re running the theme ‘hand’ and it’s pretty loose but the work will be tight! It’s by invitation at this stage so what we need is for you to express interest (if you’re a creative who would like to contribute) or put us in touch with someone who does these things (even better if they have some profile) and would be willing to lend a hand. Deadlines are tight! send an email to and we’ll take it from there.” Hand Aid

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Festivals and Fairs: ANALOGIC & Wrecked ‘Em Markets

It’s an exciting time to be in Queensland, Australia. Since the success of ZICS, a number of relationships formed. Sparks flew and creatives have pulled their fingers out and even joined forces. The 2nd ANALOGIC is happening later in the month as well as the Wrecked ‘Em Markets put on by the self-professed cock-drawer and zine maker, Philip Dearest in November.

The Sunshine Coast Zine Institute & Zine and Indie Comic Symposium have partnered to present Analogic Stallarama as part of the Analogic festival.
Being held on the 26 October in Nambour QLD at the Old Ambulance Station!
The mini DIY market is open to all creatives of any medium and collectibles.
For all the info & to book a space please checkout the stallholders form:

With a new date and venue, Wrecked ‘Em Markets is hunting for distros/artists/zinesters for stallholders.

Being held on the 17th November, 5-8pm, at the South Side Tearoom. If all goes well, may turn into a monthly event. 

Zero table fee with tables/chairs provided, its set to be an awesome day!

Pre the markets, Philip Dearest is also hosting a craft day at the Tea Room on Sunday 10th of November, 5-8pm. Super casual with lots of craft-equipment available. 

For all the info hit up their FB event page!

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ZICS Needs Your Support!

The ZICS collective have launched a crowd funding campaign with tons of amazing rewards up for grabs. Rewards range from comic & zine packs from the Sticky Institute, Ashcan , Wellbound Productions, to temp tattoo packs from Pepper Ink, original artworks plus discounted tickets to the ZICS launch night. Plus one of the BIG exciting rewards comes from Luke Humphris from Drunken Comics. Luke will illustrate and print your comic ready for ZICS!

ZICS needs your support! Checkout the amazing video created by Age of the Sun Productions and the campaign HERE!

The ZICS collective have also done a major overhaul of their website with a massive FAQ and info about booking a table.

The Zine and Indy Comic Symposium is taking place at the The Edge, located on Stanley Place in the Cultural Centre at South Bank, Brisbane Australia from Friday the 30th of August until Sunday the 1st of September. 

Join the CrackBook event page for all the updates!

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ZICS 30 Aug - 1 Sept @ The Edge, Brisbane Australia

The Zine and Indy Comic Symposium collective has been meeting up, planning and socialising since October last year. But now it’s time to get the diaries out! The Zine and Indy Comic Symposium is being held at The Edge from the 30 Aug - 1 Sept. The Bedroom Philosopher is confirmed for the Friday night launch as well as a guest panelist on Saturday.

ZICS is a community created event and they would love your input. Fill in the survey before the 18th May for your chance to win a 1 of 3 ZICS-Pack:

Here’s a couple of great video’s that Luke Mysliwy and John Green from Age of the Sun Productions created which introduce the ZICS collective and how the Zine and Indy Comic Symposium came about.

Hope you can make it!

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Music Zine Workshop @ the State Library

Paper Cuts Collective co-founder Jeremy Staples is delivering a dedicated music zine workshop as part of Live! Queensland band culture.

Here’s your chance to discover the world of zines and learn how to create your own! A large range of music zines from across the globe and locally will be on hand to inspire your very own mini music zine on the day.

The full Live! QLD band culture program has been released and can be found here.

Workshops for beginners: Music Zines
When:Sun 28 Jul 2013, 10:00 am - 12:00 pmVenue:slq Gallery, level 2, State LibraryCost:$ or 3840 7768More information:07 3840 7768  

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Anonymous asked: Hi, I have just spent this morning delving back into the zine scene. For the first time in about 13 years. I have written a blog post just now and with this as my strength, to send it to you, as my first port in call. If you are able to give me any direction for my hunting heart, I would be most appreciative. Thanking you, Rochelle [Hearts are Hunters] I would love to share the link but you have set for no links or emails here.

Hi Rochelle,

Sorry about the belated reply! Awesome to hear your reconnecting with the zine community! 

You can get in contact with The Paper Cuts Collective on this email:

Also, you may be interested in knowing that we’re also involved with a up-coming festival called ZICS to be held in Brisbane later in the year:

All the best,

Staples + PCC

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ZICS Meet Up

The Zine and Indy Comic Symposium collective have been meeting up since October last year!

What’s ZICS you say???

ZICS is…
- Not for profit community collective
- Community created
- Promote/Support independent comics and zines
- Highlight Queensland/Australian created publications

Being a community created event, we need YOU!

The 3rd 2013 Zine and Indy Comic Symposium meet-up is being held on Wednesday, March 13, @ The Edge (South Bank - Brisbane) from 6:00pm till 8:00pm. Link to FB event

We have decided to make the next meeting more of a social event. So from 6pm to 7pm: Bring along your latest creation, current zine/comic, what you’ve been reading or work in progress! Meet, share and show off!

From 7pm to 8pm: We’ll get back to the regular ZICS business- updates, tasks, website, promo and venue update.

It would be amazing if you could make it along! If you have any questions, feel free to get in contact on: zics.bris @ and our FB page can be found here:

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QLD Indie Mags Need Your SUPPORT!

Who was it again that said “Print is DEAD!” ???

Two of Queensland’s finest arts mags: Blank Canvas & No Cure are on the mission to fund their next issues via crowdfunding. That’s right, you pitch in some pennies to help cover their printing costs and you’ll be rewarded with everything from a simple thank you email, copy of the issue or for the big spenders advertising space! 

They need your support and if they don’t reach their target they won’t receive a cent.

Support local indie mags!

Blank Canvas Magazine -


No Cure Magazine -


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QLD vs NZ zine trade – the reviews! Part 2

Many months have gone by and 2013 has shown it’s face! But as they say “Better late than never”. Thanks toSarah, Paper Cuts Collective member and former Transit Lounge Caboolture creative has sent through the final installment to the QLD vs NZ zine trade reviews that the Paper Cuts Collective organised with the Auckland Zinefest gang.


Permanent Vacation: A zine about this thrilling world we live in:

I really loved this zine, it’s chocka block of zine goodness. The ads in the inside of the cover are hilarious, the articles are all great to read (I’m enjoying the one by Emma Allen at the moment called 3 out of 4 ain’t bad, post cards which explain why staying at home is much better and cool collages and art work. It’s pretty much what a zine should contain - interesting and well written articles, art that’s a bit out of the box and it’s about stuff you don’t see in a mass produced publication (but rather pokes a bit of fun at those kinds of things). The lay out of it is really styling too and it’s got a glossy paper so makes you feel a bit posh while you read. PLUS IS COMES WITH A FREE MAGIC EYE BALL. If you’re after a zine which will take you a while to read through this is a good one. I’ve been reading it all week and I am still finding awesome things.


The Nightmare by Sadie Galloway

I love zines made by kidlets (my word for children) as I think stories told through pictures are the bomb, especially when they have witches, dogs called fish guts and a spell book being eaten. YAY to SADIE :)

Don’t be Sad
by thisrabbit (

This has to be the funniest zine I have ever read, everything about this zine made me giggle and show everyone around me how funny it was. It includes zombies, crying clouds, a tense scene between Scott and Soup (yes an actual bowl of soup). Read it.

The Vomits

Mostly collage / visual stuff it’s a quick read but fun to look at.


Health, Wealth and Happiness (

This is a another collage zine made out of found objects which have been run through the photocopier along with some short story / poem things. It’s a bit like reading through some ones visual art journal, some of it makes no sense to me but was interesting to look at and figure out what images / objects where.


Post a note in the box

with a … Funny thought, an intriguing dream or a secret you could share.

It’s a great concept but it’s the same notes photocopied a few times over and over so is a bit boring. Would be nice to see the project on a larger scale and get a few more notes included.

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QLD vs NZ zine trade – the reviews! Part 1

Do you remember the zine QLD vs NZ zine trade that the Paper Cuts Collective organised with the Auckland Zinefest gang? If not, check it out here.

Months have gone by and the Kiwis totally smashed us, well they did with getting our zines reviewed and online. (Who am I kidding, I have no idea/interest in our sporting rivalry). Tessa and the Auckland Zinefest crew got our QLD zine reviews online weeks possibly months ago. You can check them out here.

Thanks to Sarah, Paper Cuts Collective member and former Transit Lounge Caboolture creative oraganised all the NZ zines reviewed, scanned and typed up with help from other Paper Cuts friends.

Check out part 1 below…

Staples - Paper Cuts Collective

Staples from Paper Cuts Collective.

Tessa from Auckland Zinefest.

This is a bus

I love travel zines. Hearing about some ones adventures and reflections on life and their surrounds is a great escape. This is a bus contains short snippets of bus travel tales from in and around Auckland, photocopies of bus tickets, map of “places I go on buses” and my personal highlight, “Things I like and dislike about buses. I wish it were longer and went more into detail about their bus travels. If you’re chasing copies or have questions about catching buses in NZ why not hit up

- Staples

Presence #10 

Presence is a total pleasure to read and view. Simple but beautiful, it gave me a great insight into cultural going ons throughout NZ. Plus it’s free, you can’t go wrong! Think Vice meets a street zine without with out all the bullshit ads! Issue 10 is jam packed with interviews and art. Ranging from an interview with Zowie (you may know her as Bionic Pixie) to stand-up comic Guy Williams. For more info and where you can get yourself a copy check out

- Staples

The terrorist at the end of this book

Looking down at the bundle of zines I was immediately drawn towards the bright yellow zine with the title screaming “The terrorist at the end of this book”, curiosity got this cat by the tale.

The first page did not hinder my assumptions of forthcoming tales of peoples terrible experiences of terrorism however this dramatically changed after continuing to read. Sesame street character Grover begged and pleaded not to turn the page, with detailed drawings of walls attempting to stop the read from reaching the end. The zine was quite humorous, but the end had to be met, although Grover will not be happy it was quite worth it.

- Danni

All message play back – Lucy Meyle

This zine was a first for me, near to what they call an artist book, the images were quite diverse and interesting. With a story line of a young woman listening back to her voice mails, even a message from a video store, damn my DVD is late! With fancy paper engineering inside and some extra beautiful images. This zine was quite intriguing that I enjoyed reading and taking in the art. Though I must add the wrapping made me guilty as I unwrapped it as I didn’t want to wreck this piece of art!

- Danni

The honey poison by Esther Monnie Galloway

Not many 5 year olds can say they’ve written a zine, but Esther can, the story is about a princess and her father. And the evil plot of a witch who is jealous of the princess’s beauty. It’s a cute little story which I might add has no spelling mistakes. Gold star to Esther. 

- Sarah

RePublication 1 & 2 

These little zines sure are fancy, they are A5 sized and full color with a nice paper stock. The design is really smhick too. There are some interesting articles and it makes a quick read, however it’s also got lots of adds in it which so I’m never quite sure if the article I’m reading is an advertisement in disguise. 

- Sarah

Incredibly hot sex with hideous people #43 

This zine has extracts and newspaper stories from the writer’s life as just out of high school now to live my life but I’m broke age. It was a lot of fun to read and had some pretty hilarious moments such as the writer’s hatred of their job and the ejection molder that they had to work with. I love how the writer recounts their daily life, one entry may be about losing their virginity and the next is about eating crumpets.

- Sarah

10 22 38 Astoria

Astoria is about the history using xerox machines. It is made from cut out exerts and more abstract ways of using the tech, like doubling up the photocopy, pulling out photocopies half way through the copy, using scrunched up paper and  like. This seems to be more about ways to use medium than content. It is quite well thought out in its simplicity, but due to the lack of reading / written content, it really is just quick flick though.

- Adam

Exercises in futility Summer 2011/2012

As I started guessing from the name, it is rather bleak. It starts off with a little poems then flows from abstract imagery to poems then back to some more imagery. It slowly gets progressively more dark and disenchanted and ends with on the last page with “nothing matters”. This seems like a person venting out their worries and what is troubling them in a very personal way. I like the design and the content and really enjoy the look into someone’s psyche. My favourite quote in the zine is “everyone comes into the world without their consent” it sums up the feeling of the zine to a tee.

- Adam

Pre/post rapture:

This zine has a great aesthetic, its size is A3 folded in half and looks great next to smaller zines. It is a collection of contributor’s art, the visual, the written and sometimes a combination of both. It has some great content, but there is a slight lack of direction. It could be because of the name as half of the content was about rapture and the other was other half was very vague, but as a whole it was enjoyable. It has a well thought out design, some really great art and some well written stories.

- Adam

Stay tuned for part 2!