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 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 vehemntoolbox.blogspot.com
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 www.presencemagazine.co.nz
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stay tuned for part 2!