Mini-Zine Review: A History of Abandoned Hobbies

A History of Abandoned Hobbies

A History of Abandoned Hobbies
Jane Cantwell
https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/AdventuresinKindness
#luckyjarzines

I got this, A Guide to Being Cool, A Guide to Letter Writing, and A Guide to Op Shopping as a lovely little bundle.*

The moment I saw this zine, I got to thinking about all the hobbies I’ve started and later abandoned through forgetfulness, negligence, etc. What a fun topic for a zine.

This is a lovely full-colour A7-sized zine. It’s a mixture of art, solid squares of colour, and words. I love how it’s all laid out, and Jane had me from “I bought a book. i never read it.”

I’d love to see an even bigger version of this.

PS. If you ever see this, Jane, I totally hear you on poetry.

*The links will only begin working as the other reviews are posted.

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Mini-Zine Review: A Guide to Being Cool

A Guide to Being Cool

A Guide to Being Cool
Jane Cantwell
https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/AdventuresinKindness
#luckyjarzines

I got this, A History of Abandoned Hobbies, A Guide to Letter Writing, and A Guide to Op Shopping as a lovely little bundle.*

A Guide to Being Cool is a full-colour, A7-sized zine that is a lot of fun. I wasn’t sure what to expect with zine given the title, but I quite like it. I think there is a cheeky undertone to the “guidance” inside – a message that isn’t stated outright but can easily be taken. I quite like that element to things.

Plus, as it turns out, I’m already pretty cool. Haha.

Another cute offering from Jane Cantwell.

*The links will only begin working as the other reviews are posted.

Mini-Zine Review: A Guide to Letter Writing

A Guide to Letter Writing

A Guide to Letter Writing
Jane Cantwell
https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/AdventuresinKindness
#luckyjarzines

I got this, A History of Abandoned Hobbies, A Guide to Being Cool, and A Guide to Op Shopping as a lovely little bundle.*

I’ve been writing letters since I was a kid, so I don’t exactly need help in that department, but I do like having ‘sets’ of zines, so…

A Guide to Letter Writing is a beautifully bright full-coloured, A7-sized mini-zine. I love all the beautiful colours in this zine. It makes the whole thing more fun and nice to look at. Another pleasant surprise to be found inside was that, instead of list of tips and tricks, it’s set up like magnet poetry words on a fridge. Each page has a header (like “How to Decorate a Letter”) with the typed suggestions all pasted in at different angles below.

Very fun.

*The links will only begin working as the other reviews are posted.

Mini-Zine Review: A Guide to Op Shopping

A Guide to Op Shopping

A Guide to Op Shopping
Jane Cantwell
https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/AdventuresinKindness
#luckyjarzines

I got this, A History of Abandoned Hobbies, A Guide to Letter Writing, and A Guide to Being Cool as a lovely little bundle.*

A Guide to Op Shopping is an A7-sized zine in full colour with maps as backgrounds. (Love it.) You definitely get the sense that Jane is a serious op shopper and likes to hunt down a bargain. I’m not much of an op shopper myself, but her zine (and my wallet) make me feel like I should really get into it.

Though I am familiar with op shopping, I did learn something in that I didn’t know a student card could possibly get you discounts. That’s definitely good to know.

The little note on the back (I won’t spoil it) made me smile and wrapped up the whole thing nicely.

*The links will only begin working as the other reviews are posted.