Occupying My Mind

I know I haven’t been there for ages, and I’m not sure if anyone is listening anymore. That’s okay; I wouldn’t blame anyone for that. Illness and depression took me away from zine making for a long space of time, and even I am hesitant to now say that I am back for the long haul.

But that’s what inspiration does; it grabs you and forces you to pay attention…

I am tentatively thinking about putting together an ‘Occupy Melbourne’ zine, so if you attended that or an Occupy movement near you, please leave a comment. I’d love to get some quotes, pictures, letters, etc.

Here are some pictures from Day One of Occupy Melbourne.

Sea Green Zine Ninja

Remember Purple Moose?

Well, being a favourite, erm, ‘companion’ of both my cat and my puppy, Purple Moose has seen better days. He has decided to retire from the trials of being a zine mascot and to pursue things like bookshelf life and knitting.

However, he did not leave me completely alone. Say hello to the Sea Green Zine Ninja:

The zine ninja and I spent the afternoon of my birthday together. It turns out he’s just as fond of hotel rooms as I am.

And strawberries.

And stealing hotel room bikkies. He doesn’t eat the bikkies, mind you. It’s the stealing that is the enjoyable part.

Hopefully you will be seeing more of the Sea Green Zine Ninja while we get to know each other, hopefully decide on a much shorter name and make zines.

Dear Anonymous

I’m finally moving on from Dear Anonymous by creating a batch for sending to a zine library in the UK. It’s my first library submission, so I’m quite happy about that.

Having finished those, I’ll finally be concentrating my efforts on this site and Dear Anonymous 2. I also have Sirius Rising, but the focus of that has taken a dramatic change so I’m putting that on the back burner for the moment.

I feel so good getting back to zines.

More Than Zines

I want my zines to have awesome packaging, too.

Okay, so maybe it was my first try and I can’t really fit more than one or two zines into the bigger envelopes but…

Look! I made envelopes!

Sirius Rising

Various life things have made zine making/reading/drooling/etc lower on the priority list than I like. But, I have managed to start putting together my first perzine Sirius Rising.

I wish I had a strong theme to it, but really, it’s just a mash up of things. Where I am in my life seems like such a mash up anyway, so at least it is reflective of something. There are bits and bobs of plenty of stuff, separated out into sections of past, present and future. I wish I could say I know where I’m going with the rest of it, but I truly have no idea.

More to come…

First Letter of Dear Anonymous V2

I promised myself some ‘relax and zine’ time this weekend, and I actually managed to keep the promise to myself. Here be the first letter laid out for Dear Anonymous V2.

Of course, it won’t look this way once it’s has been copied, but I sort of like this original with ends sticking out because I only stuck down enough for it to stay put in the copy machine.

With Dear Anonymous, I always start with the letter that goes in the middle of the edition – what I think of as the ‘feature letter’ because it stirs the most emotions in me. This letter – actually three pages long – is a bit different from the last issue. People who have DA V1 will see that I’ve changed things up a bit…

When I receive a letter for Dear Anonymous, I usually immediately ‘see’ what should go with the letter. The pictures that accompanied the letters in DA 1 were ‘flashes of insight’ that I followed. Sometimes much to my annoyance, as I am in no way good at drawing. But the flashes never failed to come, so I went with them.

The moment I read this letter, I knew I wouldn’t be handwriting it. I couldn’t. I couldn’t add my personal flavour or touch because it needed to stand on it’s own. This letter needed to be heard. I still consider the arrangement of the words to be art, but secondary to the letter as it should be.

When you read the letter, you’ll understand why.

So here it is, a peek into DA2 along with a little insight into the process that goes into putting Dear Anonymous together. This issue is going to be bigger and a bit different to DA1, so I hope you enjoy.

And, as always, I’m looking for submissions.

Dear Anonymous V1 Sneak Peak

This is a page I finished that is simple, but I love it. It’s less serious than a lot of the letters.

I didn’t get to work on things last night because puppy – by accident – sunk his tooth into my thumb. It seems find today, though, so if I can just get the scanner working, I should be right to go for sending volume one out next week.

I already have letters for volume two, so keep sending those letters in! Volume two is probably going to be done on the computer instead of being handwritten like this one. Mostly to save time and because my mad drawing skillz are severly lacking.

Dear Anonymous Evolution

This is the original cover for Dear Anonymous when I first started putting it together. At that point, I’d only received a few short letters, so they all fit in perfectly. However, I received one longer letter and rather have to force that person to severely edit the letter, I decided it would be better overall (especially because I want this to be a series) to move from a mini-zine (one page folded up) to a half-fold zine.


It’s not as cute as the other one, but I’m really not that great of an artist so computer printing is a good thing. This is not the final product (as you may have guessed from my handwriting on it), but it’s pretty close. And it’s green! (Inspiration for the title of this blog, anyone?)

Not only does computer printing the cover (well, most of it) make it easier on me, but it will make it cheaper in the end. This first volume has all colour pages which is going to make copying expensive, but I wanted my first one to be exactly the way I wanted it. We’ll see where the next one takes me.

I am still looking for letters, so leave a comment if you’d like to take part. If you’re not comfortable with that, it’s all good. I’ll have a dedicated email for zine things as soon as I sort out whether I want to make this a .com or not.

Purple moose says, “Dot com!” But purple moose doesn’t have to pay any bills, so we’ll see.

My First Owned Zine

If there is anything I have learned during my snooping around zine creators and communities is just that; it’s a community! So what better way to start getting to know the community than by buying some zines!

There are plenty of places to get zines for free or for trade, but I like supporting zine makers when and where I can. Etsy is a good place to find quite a variety of zines if you don’t care to join wemakezines.ning.com right now. It’s through Etsy that I bought my first zine that came in the mail. Yay!

Bum buh da dah!

The Nutella Cookbook by Anna Williams
Buy it at Etsy!

As a maker of awesome peanutellas (peanut butter and nutella bikkies), this zine was a natural buy for me. I love the result, too. The whole thing looks great and I can’t wait to try out the recipes.

I will be featuring each and every zine I receive, trade for, buy, etc here on the blog. So while I don’t have a finished zine for trading at the moment, just let me know in the comments if you are up for a future trade.

The purple moose approves!