The Zine Machine is at Arapaki!

Image of the Zine Machine at Arapaki Library

Image of the Zine Machine at Arapaki Library

The Lucky Drop Zine Machine is back, this time you can find it at our Arapaki Manners Street branch! This little zine machine will be at Arapaki for the next eight months, before heading on to the next destination in its grand tour of our library branches.


Photo of Zine Machine

The Lucky Drop is a vending machine, run by the local zine organisation Wellington Zinefest, which sells zines made by local Wellington zine-makers. The zines are priced between $1 – $5, and are sold in A6 and A7 sizes. If you are interested in having your zines stocked in the machine, please contact Wellington Zinefest on their site: https://www.wellingtonzinefest.com/luckydrop

Every time the Lucky Drop changes location, it gets a shiny new look! This time it has been painted by Jewelia Howard (@glaciars), who has several of her zines for sale in the machine. Jewelia is an artist and creator based in Wellington. Her work is mainly focused on painting, drawing and digital creation, though she also enjoys experimenting with new mediums and trying different things. Jewelia is active in the New Zealand zine community and a member of the board of Wellington Zinefest. Her work mainly focuses on themes of nature, magic and folklore, with the occasional pop culture thrown in.”

Art by Jewelia Howard Painted on zine machine


As well as the Lucky Drop Zine Machine, Arapaki is also home to the largest zine lending collection in the Wellington City Library network. Our Newtown  and He Matapihi Molesworth Library branches also have zine lending collections. Our zines are free to borrow for three weeks, and can be renewed for another three weeks.

So what are you waiting for? Visit Arapaki today to read a zine or buy a zine! The Lucky Drop is the place to get your zine fix if you want to take them home forever!

 

New Zines!

The most recent Zinefest to be held in Wellington was in July. This time it was a one day event at the Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation. Most of Wellington City Libraries lending zine collection is bought locally at Wellington Zinefests. So here are some selected highlights of zines purchased from the Winter Zinefest. They will be available for borrowing soon from the Arapaki Manners Street, He Matapihi, and Newtown branches.

There were several new zines from Zinefest regular, Jewelia Howard. They include a bright pink zine which reviews some of the Barbie Doll movies, and a zine of comfort movies, which lists Jewelia’s favourite “chick flicks”; and my personal favourite, “Hairy Styles”, an illustrated zine of Harry Styles’ hair styles, from 2011 – 2019.

Sally Bollinger also provided several new zines. “The Flat of Whimsy” is an illustrated collection of scenes from her flatting life. While “Menaces and Maledictions” is a cartoon about a vampire in early colonial New Zealand. Plus Bollinger wrote two zines about role-playing games (RPG), and Dungeons and Dragons: “The Adventure Zine” and “A Basic Handbook of our Players”, respectively.

RPG and Dungeons and Dragons was a theme at this year’s Winter Zinefest. @feydayarts has created an extremely fun “Choose Your Own D & D Character” with 12 possible endings. While well-known cartoonist, Dylan Horrocks, has “Secret Door”, a  whimsical zine about a role-playing game on nostalgia and memory.

Another prominent New Zealand writer and artist, Tara Black, was also there with several zines. There were two collections of live drawings done at the Auckland Writers’ Festival 2021, and Featherston Booktown 2021. Plus Black wrote two volumes of cartoon zines about Ana, who is a teenager who lives with her mother and sister. One day she wakes up to find two “Book Dragons” under her bed. They are obsessed with books, and they are actually badgers!

There were also zines featuring local content. David Tulloch’s zine, “Regurgitated Recipes”, which collects recipes from six old New Zealand cookbooks, going back as far as 1944. And also Andrew McCauley’s volume 1 of the “Wellington Grave Explorer’s Guidebook”. This first volume focuses on Karori Cemetery, and highlights the graves of prominent people in the organised labour movements of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. And finally, @Badbroidery has produced a cute zine for “cat lovers and the zodiac/ horoscope curious” which matches cute line drawings of cats with their zodiac traits.

The Lucky Drop zine machine comes to Johnsonville

The Lucky Drop zine machine is now at Johnsonville Library! The Lucky Drop is a vending machine which sells zines made by local Wellington zine-makers. The zines are priced between $1 – $3, and are sold in A6 and A7 sizes.  The Lucky Drop is run by the local zine organisation Wellington Zinefest. If you are interested in having your zines stocked in the machine, please contact them on their site:
https://www.wellingtonzinefest.com/submissions

The Lucky Drop will be doing a tour of Wellington City Library’s branches and community centres, so look out for it around the city later this year. Each time it changes location the Lucky Drop gets a new design. Currently it features the talents of zine maker aappapappa. Visit the Lucky Drop at Johnsonville Library today!