The meritless lawsuit brought against us by Microcosm Publishing is going to trial next month and we need your help!
The trial is happening in Portland and we are desperately trying to get funds together to get our family and our lawyer out to Oregon so we can defend ourselves in court. (To give you an indication of how dire our situation is, we received a “final notice” from the IRS today warning us that they are going to levy our assets because we haven’t been able to pay our quarterly taxes.)
As we’ve said before, we aren’t looking for donations, but if we’ve got a book or zine you’ve been eyeing, we could really use your support right now. To sweeten the deal for you, we’re doing CONTEST MANIA for the rest of the month.
Everyone who orders from Pioneers Press this month will get entered into a drawing to win one of four $40 Pioneers Press shopping sprees! We’ll announce one winner every Sunday afternoon.
AND if you reblog this here plea, we’ll enter you into a contest to win our new titles including Big Diamond, Simple Steps to a Life Less Shitty, and the Good Luck Not Dying book!
We’re kind of freaking out right now about getting through the next two months (both financially and emotionally). We didn’t start this fight, but we’re damn sure gonna see it through to the end. Any help, hugs, signal boosts, etc would be much appreciated. We definitely can’t do this alone.
The 3 day celebration of the zine and comic mediums is upon us! ZICS is a gathering to meet with other fans and creators from the local and interstate scenes. Its panels and workshops where you can learn about the Zine and Indie Comic community and the craft, it’s a marketplace where you can acquire the hard to find zines and indie comics, its an exhibition space where you can see original art!
The Copy & Destroy Zine Library has been an integral part of the Visible Ink Space for many years and it’s just had a well deserved makeover! With the help of the Nathan of the ZICS crew we will be relaunching the library and giving the collection a new lease of life.
Come and join us celebrate zine culture, with food, poetry, music, some impromptu zine making and experience a unique collection of local, national and international stories and perspectives.
The ZICS collective have reached over 82% of their crowd funding goal with over 60 supporters on their Pozible. Only FOUR days remain to jump on board, grab launch tickets, zines, shirts or book a stall to sell your zines or indie comics. Let’s support these guys and get them over the finish line.
The Zine and Independent Comic Symposium, or ZICS, is a three day event run in the last weekend of August (29th-31st) at The Edge, Southbank, Brisbane QLD, Australia. The ZICS collective aims to support local & interstate zine and comic creators by providing a forum to meet, talk, and celebrate the diversity within our mediums.
Comic Creation Seriesis a four-week course led by Ashcan Comics co-founder as well as a founding member of the Zine and Indie Comic Symposium, Zac Smith-Cameron. Over the four workshops, Zac will help you to discover the fundamentals of writing for comics and graphic novels, from structure, storyboarding and panelling through to characters, themes and story arcs.
ZAC SMITH-CAMERON is an illustrator and graphic designer who has worked in the creative industries for a decade. Cofounder of Ashcan Comics , he also writes scripts for comics.
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 http://www.facebook.com/events/527480444026590?_ft_&_rdr
FOR SUBMISSIONS E-MAIL: zics.bris @ gmail.com
or simply post your work to the below address with a post paid self-addressed envelope for returns.
"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 email@example.com and we’ll take it from there.” Hand Aid
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 ZICS workshop program! Most of the workshops you can simply rock up but you’ll need to book in for the Paper Making ($16 on the day.) http://bit.ly/18gZ8bg & Speed mentoring with Vanessa Berry! http://bit.ly/17iu8J1 Places are limited!
The ZICS collective have also done a major overhaul of their website with a massive FAQ and info about booking a table. www.zicsaus.com
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.