New zines – Carla’s picks

Beloved by e.s. Fletschinger

Beloved is a comic’s zine about a grandpa who has just lost his partner. He’s sad and lonely, and getting used to his new life. This zine is really nice because it feels so real. It is a bit sad, but it does have a happy ending. Make sure you come to the library and check it out. It’s quite touching.

A rough guide to bicycle maintenance.

This is the famous DIY Portland based  zine on how to take care of your bike. The zine introduces you to bike-shop-politics, bike parts identification, how to fix a flat, an intro to the tools you will need, brake basics and further literature on repairs and maintenance. This zine is awesome because it is super useful! If you learn some new tips on how to fix your bike you can save lots of cash.

Obsessive consumption: what did you buy today? by Kate Bingaman Burt.

Kate is a really talented illustrator besides being an obsessive consumer. In this cute little zine you will fine drawings of Kate’s daily new acquisitions. This zine is cute funny. You can check out her drawing style here.

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New zines – Vita’s picks

If you’re looking for some whimsical ephemera to help wile away the holiday hours, we have HEAPS of new zines, including Wellington Zinefest purchases, on display in the zine collection on the first floor at WCL.  Here are some of my picks from the newbies…

bookofpoetryBook of Poetry and Short Stories by Zora Patrick. 
This was Wellington Zinefest 2011’s ‘Best of Fest’ winner, and as part of the erudite panel of judges for that award I’m possibly slightly biased, but I cannot say enough about how awesome this little zine is.  At just 11 years old, Zora has created a piece of self-published art that is funny, philosophical, original, weird, a little bit poignant, and downright lovingly crafted and beautiful.  Pretty much everything a zine should be, in my opinion. 

theyearimetelvis1984: The Year I Met Elvis – An Exhibition About Growing Up in the 80s by Sally Papps et al. 
Zine/catalogue of an exhibition by Sally Papps, Elvis is a memoir of teenage life in Nelson/Golden Bay in the 80s. A cute work of local history and a wonderful slice-of-life ethos.

dailysecretionDaily Secretion: Third Emission by Hannah Salmon. 
As delightfully transgressive and bad-taste pioneering as ever, the third installment of Daily Secretion answers all your questions on topics such as Paul Henry and thantophobia (fear of death or dying). The perfect Christmas present for grandma. 

whereyouatbroWhere You at, Bro? by David Merritt. 
David Merritt’s self-published travelling poetic ramblings are bite-sized but sturdily built.  While this is my favourite of his latest offerings, grab a few at a time – they are genuinely inspirational for writing, roadtrips and general Kerouac-esque badassness.

New Zines chosen by Carla

Statistical Analysis of The Things that happen but don’t make sense and everything else by Sarah McNeil
This zine is much more fun than taking a course in research methods or Statistics 101. Sarah has managed to find a very interesting use for statistics by collecting data on funny, mundane events and creating all sorts of graphs. In her zine you can find pie charts on “thoughts in thinking time”; as well as linear graphs of “uncomfortable ideas and feelings” set against “time looking at kittens behind the glass at the pet shop”. This zine is full of funny, cute and interesting diagrams and graphs.

imaginaryImaginary Lovers by Devon Smith
This zine is so romantic and funny! It is full of illustrations of people that Devon thinks are cool. All kinds of descriptions of imaginary lovers are included in this zine… but some of them are crossed out! I think I recognised one of them the other day… This zine deserves a “librarian’s choice” sticker ASAP!

application poemsApplication Poems 2010-2011 by Alex Mitcalfe Wilson
This is another awesome zine from Alex Mitcalfe Wilson, a well-known multidisciplinary artist from Wellington. Alex’s anthology of poems is quite unusual and original. I really enjoyed the poems inspired by the World Press photo exhibition and one called “Empire”. These poems were originally submitted in applications for various writing programmes, and they are really good.

cupcake13Cupcakemonsters 13 by Alex Mitcalfe Wilson
This is an upgraded/next-level-beats edition of the usual Cupcakemonsters. Alex has moved away from the usual dull winter-like colours to explore the contagious positivity of pastel colours. This pastel pink issue is bigger and feels nicer. This zine features three bands (Grouper, Martial Canterel & Captain Ahab) and it also comes with a really powerful poster of crystals.

pernicious anaemiaPernicious anaemia by Alex Mitcalfe Wilson
This zine is quite mysterious. The theme of the zine is black metal iconography and is full on scary logos and hilarious statements. There is a really funny list of Doom Band names. Come and check out this zine even if you are not into black metal.

postroastProtroast5 by Ya-Wen Ho and Makyla Curtis
This zine has a lot of cool stories written by various story tellers from all around the world. Some of these stories are accompanied by illustrations. There are some beautiful poems and nice comics. I wonder how the editors manage to get artists from Russia and Japan to collaborate on this awesome zine? Quite impressive.

Red, yellow, blue repeat AND Blue bits by Anthony Zinonos
I have been following Anthony Zinonos’ art for years, and I am so happy that we have 2 of his zines. Red, yellow, blue repeat is full of beautiful abstract collages; while Blue bits is a bit more conceptual and funny. Both zines are gems, especially if you like collage-montage art and Anthony’s style.

Trends for Winter!

Some Vanity Fair sass-bots can spot cool from a whole season away, but librarians are usually slower on the uptake.  In the spirit of staying on-trend, this month’s zine round-up is brought to you in the form of an arbitrary list of things I currently enjoy that maybe you will like too.

1.  Actually caring about stuff

Ambivalence is pasOut of Ordersé – just take a look at  these beautiful people who recently marched through the streets of Wellington for Queer the Night, a protest against street-violence against queers and a call to end all forms of discrimination against the queer community.  If that’s not enough to get your fists raised, have a read of Out of Order: Queer and Trans Youth Resistance! by Sarah Tea-Rex (ed.)  This little Canadian gem is probably my favourite queer-themed zine in our collection.  As well as being an introduction to queer and trans liberation, it has some really well written interviews and personal stories.

2. Zines as History

We see all different kinds of zines come into the collection, but the typampersande of zines that I enjoy most are the ones that give windows of insight into the author’s personal history – like Ampersand After Ampersand no. 3 by Amanda.  This issue of Ampersand is about author’s experience with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.)  In most forms of media, our history is created for us and taught to us,  and our autonomy to decide what is “historical,” “important” or “newsworthy” is appropriated from us.  Every zine we make, every story we tell about ourselves is a political act; our personal and collective experiences exist outside ourselves in forms that are more difficult to erase or silence.

3.  Wintry Adventures

Swaddle yourself in scarves and fight the urge to hibernate.  Fill a thermos with plunger coffee and find a good hill for mud-sliding.  Read the most recent issue of I am Camera (in Dunedin), in which our favourite Aussie zinester Vanessa i-am-a-cameraBerry stomps around Dunedin in hopes of finding the last ghosts of the Flying Nun era.  While the success of her quest is limited, in Dunedin is an ode to treasure-hunting and cold-weather travelling – definitely a hot pastime for the cool months.

Miscellaneous goings-up: crock pots, spooning, ginger crunch

Will never make this list: Flannel sheets, sorry.

New Zine Alert – Permanent Vacation!

Permanent Vacation Zine

“I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over.  Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.” – Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

So begins Permanent Vacation, the latest project from Kerry Ann Lee and a whole swag of other Wellington zine scene veterans.  I’ve had this zine sitting on my desk for a couple of weeks now, and it’s quickly become my favourite new zine to flick through over my mid-afternoon coffee and chocolate shortbread from Nikau cafe.

Permanent Vacation is like a coffee table book in zine form – big and shiny, full of both style and substance – the kind of treat you want to keep on hand to curl up with at whim.  With beautiful photos from exciting places like Tokyo and Upper Hutt, travel writing from Milford Sound, art inspired by the TradeMe discussion forums, musings on punk music and vernacular architecture – Permanent Vacation will transport you to a pretty place from your office desk or armchair.


I went to my first Richter City roller derby bout last year and it was amazing! So you can imagine my excitment when I spied a roller derby zine to add to our collection.

by Helen Nash, Poison Arrow and Sky RockitRollerama by Helen Nash, Poison Arrow and Sky Rockit is a zine from the UK roller derby scene but it has a global focus with articles about roller derby leagues in the US, Australia and Middle East. It also has a good mix of serious and fun articles, for example a piece on the growing number of skaters dropping their derby names (Helen Wheels, Dee Dee Capitator, Acid Reign) in favour of skating under their real names; roller derby etiquette and how watching The Breakfast Club can improve your game. For sure there is a lot packed into this zine for skater girls but also heaps to interest those of us who are most happy cheering from the sideline.

Issue one of Rollerama is out on the shelves now. Does anyone know of any other cool roller derby zines? Is there a Wellington roller derby zine? ‘cos if there is we would love to get our greedy hands on it!

first kisses

first kiss coverTavi, the coolest thirteen year old in the entire world ever, has a sweet round-up of the latest and greatest zines right here.

We especially love the idea behind First Kiss,  where people (including Tavi!) recount their very first kisses.

Look out for it in the zine collection soon!

Ysolda’s Here!

click for larger size imageThe brr has definitely descended on Wellington, but never fear! Your friendly zine library has two adorable solutions!

We now have both of knit blog megastar Ysolda‘s  collections of Whimsical Little Knits, chock full of gloves, scarves, hats, and yes, hedgehogs.Click for larger size image

Take them out and knit yourself warm again.

Found Mag!

found1Found Magazine was, er, founded one night after Davy Rothbart, Found’s point guard, discovered a note on his windscreen intended for someone else entirely. Inspired by the note’s ‘amazing mixture of anger and hopefulness’, he started  up a magazine chock full of found items, notes, photographs and drawings.

The library has six shiny new editions, some of which are replacing the well-thumbed copies we already hold, some we’ve never had.

found2The first issue contains gems like a hand-written pledge to find David Cross tickets, a stick-figure interpretation of Jesus and a heart-breakingly hopeful short story written on prison stationery. Issue Six has a finder’s spotlights on everyone’s favourite heroes Dan Clowes and Miranda July.

found4They are incredibly dense wee things, perfect for reading in your tea-break or on the bus. Come down to the WCL and take one home today!