I have heaps of respect for people who invest the time and effort needed to produce a zine. It's a process of transferring a concept in your mind - usually art accompanied by minimal words - onto paper for others to pick up and appreciate. The best thing about zines is there's no criteria for what a zine is - meaning there could be a zine with the word ‘shit’ on the front and inside you might find a photocopied drawing of a dick riding a skateboard. Some people might think that's weird and inappropriate, and yeah, it's meant to be. That's a zine, man.
Last night I wandered into Ancient World for Zine Swap 3 - though I am passionate about print, art and Adelaide this was my first time at the event. The dingy underground venue that is Ancient World (located off Hindley Street down an alley-way and then round a corner) is the perfect match for the scraggly, hand stapled zines lurking below.
It was hard to not bump into someone I knew; first it was an old drama teacher from my high school, then a friend from uni, a former work colleague and a couple of YEWTH contributors (you get the idea, Adelaide is small).
It's crazy the amount of people who crammed into the tight and dark venue - it was really heartwarming to see everyone stopping at each zine stall, admiring everyone's work and celebrating the fact that print has a throbbing heart that clearly isn't dead.
Another highlight that lifted the mood from good to great was Bridget Fahey taking a break from her zine stall to step up to mic and share her talented music abilities on the gee-tar. Good vibes.
The idea behind Zine Swap is you can either buy a zine for around $10 or trade a zine you desire for something else. In my case I swapped zine I wanted for a beer and $3 change I had in my wallet. If you’re heading to the second night of Zine Swap tonight, remember to bring cash! (Only the bar takes eftpos).
My favourite zine of the first night was called something along the lines of 'Stuff Adelaide motorists yell at cyclists.' Retro images of people on bikes photocopied onto an A5 zine with statements like "Real men ride women," had me laughing out loud. Classic.
You can catch the second night of Zine Swap 3 tonight (29th of Jan) at Ancient World 116a Hindley Street from 6 till 9pm.