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.
Rollerama 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!
Kim from the Wellington Zinefest Committee 2010 (also Lady Fest co-organiser) very kindly answered some of our questions about all things zinefest.
How did Wellington Zinefest get started?
In New Zealand there had been zine events, such as Auckland’s Small Print, but never much in Wellington. In 2007 Kylie Buck was working at the Wellington City Library, they had just started their zine collection and she and I organised the first Wellington Zinefest, which was also a nice welcome platform for the Library Zine Collection.
What is most challenging about organising an event like Zinefest?
There hasn’t been any notable struggles this year really, there are four of us on the team this year, three of us have organised Zinefest in previous years, so we know or at least sort-of know what to do now. The first time round was the hardest probably because everyting was new
What are zine people like to work with?
Zinemakers are all kinds of people, there are nice reserved thoughtful types, but there are also those who got into zines through punk music like me….
What cool things will be happening on the day?
There is a workshop about interesting zine construction methods and a chat about the history of zine events, distros and people in New Zealand over the last few years. The Comics Show, which is a documentary about comics in New Zealand will also be screening throughout the day, and once again the lovely folk of Wellington City Libraries will be present with some of their zine collection. There is also an afterparty at Watusi with bands Teen Hygiene, Widows, Paper Ghost & Natural Glow all of whom have close ties with zine-making and self-publishing.
Why do you think there has been such a revival of zine culture?
I think there has been a real turn towards DIY culture in general, particularly with crafts but also with music production and other creative arts. People realize that it is an easy and empowering and inexpensive way of sharing what they do. I think the presence of zines in Wellington, through the library collection, the annual Zinefest, and shops in New Zealand like the High Seas (sadly about to close ) must be very encouraging too.
Are there any zines you are hanging out to see/buy at the Fest?
I’m looking forward to the third Book, a comic made here in Wellington which is being unleashed at Zinefest. Infinity Bag has new work that I am really excited about seeing too.
News on the street is that this zinefest will be the best one yet! There will be an opportunity to make your own zine, zine/comic movies to watch and of course many many awesome zines and CDs to buy – including the world’s smallest zine!
We are super-duper excited to be bringing zines from our collection of over 1,000 to join in the fun and creating a comfy reading area for you to relax and recover from all the DIY fun. If you are gonna be there this Saturday, make sure to visit Jeremy, Vita and I in the zine reading area.
So it’s been a looong time since our last zine interview, but Carla was lucky enough to catch up with Yelz recently (of Around 21 fame) and asked him a few ziney questions.
Describe an average day:
After a hearty and oaty breakfast with lots of honey and raisins I tend to doodle some stickers to loosen me up and prep me for the day.
If I’m working a full day at ‘work’ I usually don’t get too much drawing or painting done, and I spend the day daydreaming about what I want to be doing the rest of the week. This might involve looking for walls to paint, and sketching and painting if I have a commission or there’s a show coming up. I like street-art missions the best during summer and tend to paint more in the studio during winter.
How did you first get into zines?
I don’t know if I’m that ‘into’ zines yet. Lately my girlfriend has been getting them out of the library though, and she has great taste so they are a growing sensation. I get very excited about the little wee booklets now.
Also this year my friend drypnz started creating his ‘massage’ zines with PNTR. This immediately spoke out to me and I realised I had something public and personal to illustrate as well, so the zine process began.
What do you like about zines?
Raw thoughts, poetry, pictures and doodles
Is there anything you don’t like about zines as a medium?
How do you get inspiration for a zine?
I have to feel like something that I’m doing is vital to public interest or appeal, or to my own I guess. For “around” it was very easy to get inspired, when your doing an arty info zine about endangered animals, those feeling fuel you through the process pretty easily. I’d like to keep collecting data and doing sketches, and do an ‘around’ zine perhaps for every country I reside in for a while. It seems it’s a good way to learn about a place and its natural history.
Tell us about some of our favorite zines…
There’s some pretty cool zines lying around at the mo –
‘The Ultimate questions’ – a collection of humorous and sadistic Kiwi collages.
‘Massage magazine’ filled with the best upcoming NZ street artists, photographers and the like
‘The weakly mushroom’ is also present in my room, filled with philosophical thoughts and doodles.
And there’s some issues of ‘around’ left, if you would like a copy send me a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A brand new addition to our zine collection is Around 21 by the very talented Yelz. Yelz moved to New Zealand a few years ago and quickly found a strong connection with native birds. He started to illustrate them with an amazingly unique style. The first page of this zine has a listing of all NZ’s native birds that are quickly disappearing. This zine is beautiful and meaningful. I wonder if Yelz knows how highly talented he is and how moving his art can be. This is for sure another Librarians’ choice!
Looking for something cool to do this Saturday? Well then, you should pop along to Fred’s Fair. I’m not sure if Fred himself will be there, but a diverse range of artists (including some well known zinesters) will be!
The fair is a collaboration between the Adam Art Gallery and the Frederick Street Sound and Light Exploration Society and was put together to pay tribute to musicians and artists who are committed to the production of the ‘object’ as a means of communication and connection to the community. Understandably, the ‘object’ is something that we ziney folk are very fond of!
So come and join in the festivities as local musicians, writers, artists, poets and publishers join together to present their wares.
Frederick Street Sound and Light Exploration Society
46 Frederick Street, Wellington
Saturday 9 October 2010