Words by Jordan Tucker
Photos by Dave Court
Have you ever been to an event where everyone in the room has some form of creative talent and has the drive to put that talent on paper for others to enjoy? That's what it's like going to a zine swap event like Thursday night at The Producer's Bar. This was the fourth in the series of events run by local creative Haneen Martin (aka "Zombie Queen"), with over 40 zinesters showcasing their work for Adelaide to pick up and read. With artists from all walks of life; screen printers, illustrators, graphic designers, photographers and even a lawyer, each one had a unique tale to tell in the form of print.
But what is a zine you ask? Zines are something that allow creative minds to freely express themselves in a way that they can share with the world. Each one is different, some showcasing art or photography, others contained purely creative writing. What do they all share in common? A story, one that each zinester wants to share with you, they can either be bought with cash or loose change or swapped for another zine/sticker/poster/artistic creation.
The long hallway the event was held in was packed not even an hour after opening at 6pm, it goes to show how strong the local art scene in Adelaide really is. Seeing everyone browsing and taking the time to look at each stall was a really amazing sight. The hard work that many of the creative's put into the work deserves a massive amount of respect, for not only the time and effort, but the talent too.
Vibes during the night where nice and calm, with music being played by a few local DJs and musicians, keeping the grooves going. Highlights of the night came from Bridget Fahey belting some tunes on her guitar and Daria HK spinning some classics that got everyone dancing and singing. It was hard to not enjoy yourself.
This was my second Zine Swap event I've participated in and this year was a lot bigger and better than the last, with word of mouth from the previous swap resulting in a larger turnout. I hope that not only the event can grow more but the local print scene too. So keep an eye out for the next installment, I hope to see you there!