Zine Review: stolen sharpie revolution 2

Stolen Sharpie Revolution2

Title: stolen sharpie revolution 2
Author: Alex Wrekk
Type: 10.6×13.8cm book
Author Site(s): http://alexwrekk.wordpress.com/

Review: I bought this little lovely on Etsy, and I am glad I did. This zine is a book to the point of having an actual ISBN. It’s full of pretty much anything and everything you might want to know about not only making a zine but spreading it around, running a distro, and more. I’m the kind of person who worries about doing things ‘right’ (which, I know, is not exactly singing to the zine-making tune), so this little book gave me some reassurance as well as ideas.

It’s not a ‘must have’ because, I think, zines are about freedom and innovation. But, it is a good resource if you want one.

STATUS: For Keeps

Sewing or Staples?

I have always sewn my zines together because I am an impatient person and staples were pissing me off. Plus, I think sewing looks nicer. However, a lot of people staple their work, and they do it well.

What I am trying to say is that I don’t have a problem with stapled zines; I have a problem with me stapling zines.

Anyone care to weigh in? Does it matter do you? Have you spared a thought toward it? Do I really, really need to get healthy so I can stop spending so much time thinking about this stuff?


Just as I was gearing up and getting organised… I had to go to hospital. I’m home again, but I’m sore because I had to get my appendix taken out.

Bear with me. I’m getting there.

Call for Submissions! Dear Anonymous 3

So… I really didn’t mean to disappear for a month. How did time go by so fast?! Damnit. Anyway, submit to my zine. Do it!

Dear Anonymous 3 is on its way and I’m looking for letters!

These letters can be confessionals, but they can also be whatever you like them to be. Write to your life, write to your cat, write to your past or your future… Dear Anonymous is about writing the letters of the things you can’t say for whatever reason.

Basically, you’re right in the 1 – 500 words range, but shorter is better. BUT, this zine is about expression, and I don’t want to force anyone to clamp down on their passion just for me. I’m flexible.

Send letters to theauthor at inkyblots.com If I don’t respond to you within a few days, comment here.

All contributors will receive a copy.

Zine Review: Brainscan 25.5

Brainscan 25.5

Title: Brainscan 25.5
Author: Alex Wrekk
Type: A6
Author Site(s): http://alexwrekk.wordpress.com/

Review: I bought this little lovely on Etsy and have enjoyed reading it a few times. Though it was created in a 24 hour zine challenge, it shows no lack of quality or content. In fact, it is the content that keeps me coming back. In this edition of Brainscan, Alex talks about life and mail. I love mail, and I like reading about other people’s lives, so this was always going to be a winner for me.

She goes through the various post boxes she has had over the years and the stories associated with them. I easily identified with her, as she used mail as a sort of SOS to the world. The same goes for the zines she makes. I quite like this zine and recommend it.

STATUS: For keeps

Zine Review: Spring in Headville

Spring in Headville

Title: Spring in Headville
Author: Colin Tedford
Type: 1/4 page
Author Site(s): http://colintedford.com/

Review: I think I got this zine as a mail trade.

A text-less zine, I quite like this. The drawings are small but detailed, and they tell easy-to-follow stories. These kind of zines make me wish I had some sort of artistic abilities. It’s a very cute zine, but not ‘cutesy’ – if you understand the distinction. I’m interested in checking out more from this guy.

STATUS: For trade

Zine Review: Let’s Go To Space!

Lets Go to Space

Title: Let’s Go to Space!
Author: ?
Type: 1/4 page
Author Site(s): ?

Review: The thing about not having any sort of contact details whatsoever – or even an author name – is that you have people like me who often forget where they got their zines… So it goes.

So, I have no idea who made this, when it was made, or even when I received it. I can say pretty firmly that I didn’t buy this one, given the lack of price sticker and the fact that space isn’t really my theme. At least, not in this context. It’s a bit silly and fun as the author examines what it takes to go into space. But the text is a little light on and, while zines are often smashed together, this one is almost a little too smashed together.

Basically, it looks like it was put together in five minutes, and that doesn’t help.

STATUS: For Trade

Zine Review: Instructions for surviving the ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE: In rhyming couplets

Zombie Apocalypse Couplets

Title: Instructions for surviving the ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE: In rhyming couplets
Author: Elizabeth Tan
Type: A3
Author Site(s): ? zombiecouplets@hotmail.com

Review: Bought from Sticky Institute

Sometimes there is elegance in simplicity… and sometimes there is a lot of humour in it, too.

I love this scene. It’s simple, there isn’t a lot of text, and the drawings are neat and cute. Pairing something like the zombie apocalypse and rhyming couplets was pure genius. I smile every time I read it – and I’ve read it plenty of times. If you see it, grab it.

STATUS: For keeps

Zine Review: KILLHOPE #1

Killhope 1

Title: KILLHOPE #1
Author: Rieka
Type: 1/4 page
Author Site(s): ?

Review: This one came from a mail swap. Because I am reviewing this and fill out the ‘metadata’ first, the first thing I’ve noticed is that the website in the back of the zine is cut off. zouksingapore is listed as the Twitter handle, but that led me to a nightclub in Singapore… So I’m not sure. Moving right along.

More text than art, the style suits this journalistic type of zine. Rieka’s wandering thoughts on herself and life – with a bit of Singapore thrown in – are easy to read. She has a writing voice that brings you in gently. I like memoirs, so this sort of writing suits my tastes. While she seems a little nervous in her intro and conclusion, that doesn’t come through in the writing.

Overall, I quite like it, and I like her style. I’m curious to see how she grows as a zine writer.

STATUS: Not for trade