Happy Mail Monday – Fritkot Edition

Welcome back to another Happy Mail Monday! This week I talk about photomontages, comic perzines, and show some awesome mail.

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Thank you so much for watching.


Awesome People/Places/Spaces Mentioned:

*Antek – https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/pleasetakeonebooks
**Learn English With Mr. Wood Review – https://seagreenzines.com/2021/10/01/zine-review-learn-english-with-mr-wood/

*‘Museum’ should rhyme with ‘amusement’: the credo of a toy collector Video – https://aeon.co/videos/museum-should-rhyme-with-amusement-the-credo-of-a-toy-collector

*M Elias Hiebert – https://www.instagram.com/eliashiebert/
**https://spideroak.com/browse/share/eliashiebert/tapes/SATURATED_FAT_TAPES/ (DM for password)


My PO Box:

Nyx
PO Box 378
Murray Bridge, SA 5253
Australia


You Can Find Me At:

seagreenzines@gmail.com
https://seagreenzines.carrd.co

Done, Doing, Dreaming – May 2022

Hello friends! Grab you hot or cool drink, settle in, and let’s chat. Today I’m relaxing and talking about some changes to Missives mail outs, setting up a Ko-Fi, how I’m still dreaming about the podcast returning, spoonie life, and more.

Like what I do here? Consider supporting me and Sea Green Zines on Ko-Fi: https://ko-fi.com/seagreenzines

Thank you so much for watching.


Awesome People/Places/Spaces Mentioned:

*Juuniper Bunny – https://juuniperbunny.carrd.co

*Billy – https://www.patreon.com/iknowbilly
**https://www.youtube.com/user/iknowbilly


My PO Box:

Nyx
PO Box 378
Murray Bridge, SA 5253
Australia


You Can Find Me At:

seagreenzines@gmail.com
https://seagreenzines.carrd.co

Happy Mail Monday – Water Under the Bridge Edition

I am back again, friends, with a lovely zine and new book (!) from Jen at Three Chairs Publishing. Check out the beatiful zine, beautiful book, and beautiful words this week on Happy Mail.

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Thank you so much for watching.


Awesome People/Places/Spaces Mentioned:

*Jen Payne – Three Chairs Publishing – https://www.instagram.com/3chairsbooks/
**https://linktr.ee/jenpayne
**https://3chairspublishing.com/manifest-zine/

*Zine Review – Manifest Zine #1 – https://seagreenzines.com/2022/01/13/zine-review-manifest-zine-1/


My PO Box:

Nyx
PO Box 378
Murray Bridge, SA 5253
Australia


You Can Find Me At:

seagreenzines@gmail.com
https://seagreenzines.carrd.co

Happy Mail Monday – She’s Back! Edition

Hello zine friends! I am back after my long break with an extra long Happy Mail Monday video to share with you. There are stickers, zines, postcards, and all sorts of goodies to enjoy.

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Thank you so much for watching.


Awesome People/Places/Spaces Mentioned:

*5:46 – Vixxie – https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/VixxiesShop
**Vixxie Plans – https://www.youtube.com/c/VixxiePlans

*13:50 – Anna Gecko – https://oleandrsstudio.carrd.co

*21:40 – True Zine Marin – https://www.instagram.com/truezinemarin/
**Nite Owl – https://www.streetartsf.com/tag/nite-owl/
**Sticker Robot – https://stickerobot.com
**KDHume – https://kdhume.com
**Lara Sidra – https://www.etsy.com/shop/ShoeboxZines

*27:56 – Sarah Hoffman – https://www.sarahehoffman.com

*37:37 – Victoria (Screaming Monkeys) – https://www.instagram.com/ilovescreamingmonkeys/?hl=en
**https://linktr.ee/ilovescreamingmonkeys

*45:57 – Purple Bat Press – https://www.instagram.com/therese__walton/
**https://theresewalton.gumroad.com

*53:12 – Kendy MissMuffCake – https://linktr.ee/Missmuffcake
**Twenty-Two Zines (Wesley) – https://www.instagram.com/twentytwozines/
****https://twentytwozines.storenvy.com

*1:00:00 – Connor Ovenden-Shaw – https://linktr.ee/connorovendenshaw

*1:06:31 – Myth & Lore – https://www.instagram.com/mythandlorezine/
**https://geistart.bigcartel.com/product/myth-lore-zine-issue-1-pre-order


My PO Box:

Nyx
PO Box 378
Murray Bridge, SA 5253
Australia


You Can Find Me At:

seagreenzines@gmail.com
https://seagreenzines.carrd.co

Call for Submissions: Elegies for Hallownest

Seeking poetry submissions for a poetry fanzine inspired by the world and characters of Hollow Knight!

Hollow Knight is a game that’s lore and dialogue reads like poetry and that’s storytelling leaves lots of space for speculation.

Elegies for Hallownest is a community project that seeks to gather work from writers who have been inspired by the game’s aesthetics, themes, characters, lore, environment, and dialogue.

Your work can take any aspect of the game for inspiration, so long as you can picture yourself stumbling across it within the world of the game, on a lore tablet or in a wanderer’s journal (though, if your piece gets a little more meta, please still send it in, I’d love to see if we can make it work).

Poetry is defined as broadly as possible; your work can be as structured or unstructured, rhyming or discordant, stanza-based or prosaic as you’d like.

On Twitter: https://twitter.com/elegieszine
On Tumblr: https://elegieszine.tumblr.com/post/674660777927606272/seeking-poetry-submissions-for-a-poetry-fanzine

The Possibilities of Zines Are Endless 

I’ve been making zines since 2016, currently under the moniker Milky Breath. I live and work in Naarm (Melbourne, Australia) on unceded Wurundjeri land. Upon reflection, I’ve been making zines since I was around 10, I just didn’t know it. They helped me to express myself. I value accessibility and as someone who has never had much money to buy art supplies or be involved in exhibitions, I appreciate zines for their accessibility and possibility.

As a non-binary zine maker and a mental health advocate, I try to use my zines and my media platform to speak candidly about my mental illness to encourage others who are struggling to reach out when they need help and to show them that they’re not alone. I use my art as a way to overcome the stigma that surrounds mental illness.

I began my creative journey in 2016 when my psychologist suggested that I start drawing pictures and comics as a form of mindfulness. I always enjoyed drawing, I just didn’t think I was any good. When I had enough drawings, I turned them into my first issue of Fully Sick, Chronically Sad, my ongoing comic series about living with Borderline Personality Disorder.

My friend Ziggy (@ziggyfilth on Instagram) was my inspiration to begin making zines, she gave me the idea and encouraged me to put my drawings into a zine in the first place. I can’t thank her enough. Zines are such a huge part of my life. I’m grateful to have met so many new creative and kind people. My boyfriend, Michael, also inspires me, I wouldn’t be able to create without his constant love and support.

The possibilities of zines are endless. They can be in any format, about any subject – no matter how niche. My mum thought she couldn’t make a zine because she doesn’t draw, but we just made a zine together this year. Zines don’t have to ‘be’ anything, which is the greatest part about them.

AJ Dance is a chronically ill zinester and writer living on unceded Wurundjeri land.
Instagram: instagram.com/milky_breath
Shop: milkybreath.bigcartel.com

How to Start Your Own Zine Fest By Maira McDermott

I started making zines in late 2013, after visiting a handful of zine fests (the first I ever went to was Portland Zine Symposium) and realizing that I could definitely make my own. I was intimidated at first, but soon fell into an exciting new world of self-publishing my thoughts and feelings. After making my first perzine, I was smitten. I tabled my first zine fest in December 2014 at the East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest, which I would later start helping organize two years later. In August of 2016, I saw a Facebook post calling for organizing help for EBABZ, which was across the bridge from me and I loved attending/tabling at. When I signed up to help, I had no idea the course of my life was about to change.

EBABZ 2016 was a very special and strange experience for me. A week before the fest, our lead organizer tragically passed away in a disaster that rocked the entire Bay Area. At this time, the organizing team found out that our venue had not been secured. We had to pivot incredibly last minute, all while grieving this huge loss to our community. Thanks to another organizer’s work hookup, we secured a beautiful venue a few days before the fest was scheduled to occur. Now it was time to get the word out, and fast! A handful of folks still showed up to the venue that had been previously advertised, but we had so many people come through to the new event space that we actually had to limit capacity and we had a line out the door (unfortunately it was also pouring rain – belated thank you to everyone who waited)!

A few weeks later, I sat in my bedroom in San Francisco and thought, “What if we took EBABZ but made it queer?” This was the first spark of what would quickly become Bay Area Queer Zine Fest. I was amazed that the Bay Area didn’t have its own queer zine fest, given its rich queer history. So, I took to social media and started to recruit a team. While it’s absolutely imperative that you have a good idea of what kind of event you’d like to put on, a good organizing committee is also essential – you don’t want to end up doing all the work yourself!

At the beginning of January, I felt impulsive and created an Instagram account for the fest – @baqzf. And I started posting that it was “coming soon.” Putting things out into the world is my favorite way to motivate myself, because once people know about it, I feel bad going back on my ideas. And so, the seed for BAQZF was sown. Our team came together, and we started meeting, scheming, and dreaming up what this first fest would look like.

When you’re assembling a team, make sure you get at least one person who is good at PR and communications. We got a lot of really great media hits our first year and people were really, really excited about what was to come. Getting people stoked about your idea is CRUCIAL, because if no one is excited, no one will show up or apply to table. We ended up getting way more applications than we could feasibly handle and had to turn some people away. We also learned the very, very valuable lesson of always bcc’ing when communicating with tablers. The team also started fundraising – we threw a benefit show at a local queer bar and did a few zine readings to raise money for the fest – and soon we had money to secure a venue.

Choosing the right venue is an important part of any event planning process. You want to make sure it’s accessible: is it close to public transportation? Is it wheelchair accessible? Are service animals allowed? Have you considered other access needs, like being scent-free? Does it have enough room to move comfortably in? The venue we held our first fest in touted itself as wheelchair accessible but ended up not being ADA-compliant once we got there on the actual day of the fest, which was a huge bummer! No one using a wheelchair came to the fest, but we still wanted the option to be available.

Day-of operations can feel really stressful as an event host. Make sure you’re drinking water, taking breaks, and stretching, and advise everyone tabling to do the same! It’s a great idea to periodically check in with all the vendors to make sure they’re doing okay and not encountering any issues. Step outside if you can and get some fresh air!

After the fest is over for the day, thank everyone profusely, clean up, go home and maybe (probably) cry because you did it! Rest up after what I’m sure was an exhausting few months of planning. In a few days, follow up with everyone via email and ask for feedback. First year fests are hard, but there’s nowhere to go but up, so it’s important to get any feedback you can to make your fest better.

To this day, Bay Area Queer Zine Fest has not had the bandwidth to host panels or workshops, but we’re hoping that we can eventually. Our organizing team numbers have dwindled significantly and it’s really hard to find committed individuals during such uncertain times. I feel incredibly lucky to have two friends that I’ve been working with since the beginning still with me on this weird and wild journey. We’ve had to pivot to virtual festivities due to the pandemic, which has lowered our participation numbers significantly, because a lot of people simply don’t have the capacity to be online all the time, which I totally understand.

TL;DR – love zines, go to other fests and get inspired, pull what you like from them, round up some homies, start planning, and do the damn thing! Make sure you’re having fun, too, because if it’s not fun, it’s not worth it.

Maira McDermott is a zinester living in the Bay Area, CA. They make zines and produce a podcast about zines under the name Long Arm Stapler. You can find more of their work on Instagram (@lngrmstplr), on their linktree (http://linktr.ee/lngrmstplr), and their podcast is available most places you can find podcasts. They used to organize the East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest (http://ebabz.org), founded and currently organize the Bay Area Queer Zine Fest (http://bayareaqueerzinefest.com), and help out the Rock Paper Scissors Collective Zine Committee (http://rpscollective.org).