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!

New Zines!

The most recent Zinefest to be held in Wellington was in October 2020, and once again it was a big one. It was held over two days, this time at the Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation, with different stallholders on both days. Most of our lending zine collection is bought at the Wellington Zinefests.

So where can you borrow our zines from? You can find them at three of our branches: Arapaki Manners Library, Newtown Library, and He Matapihi Molesworth Library at the National Library. Our zines are free to borrow for three weeks, and can be renewed for another three weeks.

Here are some selected zine highlights from the October 2020 Wellington Zinefest. These will be available for borrowing, so look out for them on our shelves.

Unsurprisingly, zines about quarantine and lockdown were a big theme this year: Miles Davitt created Quarantine Comix about the experience of being in quarantine in both Australia and New Zealand; Aotearoa: A Herd of 5 Million is exactly what its subtitle suggests: “a pictorial investigation into the collective consciousness of 21st century New Zealand (the farming colony)”; Humans in Lockdown is a satirical take on various personalities, and how they experienced lockdown, by Daniel Vernon; while Hamish Wilson’s An Airport Journal of remastered sketches has a section on Covid-19; lastly Els. continues her ongoing series Fancy Ladies Being Salty with a special lockdown edition as it applies to nineteenth century illustrations of fashion.

Another strong theme was zines about Wellington, and about birds in Wellington and New Zealand: Charlotte Page has written a small, short, black and white zine about being Gothic in Wellington, called Wellington Gothic; while David Coyle has written a collection of poems, a couple of which are devoted to Wellington, in Cuba Street and Other Poems. Catrina S. and James H. have collaborated on a tongue-in-cheek bird guide in their A Guide to Wellington Birds; while immigrant couple Zach Mandeville and Angelica Blevins have bravely created A Non-Native Guide to Native Birds.

Other themes include illustrated explorations of topics, such as death and sinning, by Davin Richardson in A Fright-ful Book About Death, and The Seven Deadly Sins respectively; and by Chantal Mcilraith in The Seven Deadly Stages of Procrastination. There were several delightful wordless, or nearly wordless, comics such as Moon Bandits, by Myrjam Van de Vijver, about an astronaut who finds that the moon is not as empty as she was expecting; and two about cats: Probable Claws by Chantal Mcilraith, about a very brave cat, and El Sueño del Gato by Abigail Sucsy, about what a cat gets up to at night while its person sleeps. There were also a couple of colouring-in books: Finding Karl by Eshant Gandhi, and Pigment of Your Imagination by Bhavya Ahuja.

Finally, we have a fanzine by Els. devoted to Carly Rae Jepson; Issue 4 of Overcommunicate, a “Magazine for LGBTQIA+ women, non-binary folk, gender diverse people, and friends”; Issue 73 of Incredibly Hot Sex With Hideous People by Bryce Galloway; a new instalment of Sock Review, this time reviewing the different options for supporting a broken ankle; and The Princess Bride told entirely in film stills and emojis by Willow Scarlett.

New locally made zine

The Archive is Alive: Exploring Aotearoa NZ’s Queer History is the latest zine added to our lending zine collection. Launched on Friday 2nd October 2020, it is a Wellington made zine based on the Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand (LAGANZ), and reflects on the importance of local queer history. The zine contributors explored the LAGANZ archives as a group, and photocopied posters, leaflets, and photos of queer history and culture in Aotearoa. It was made as a collaboration between LAGANZ and Wellington Zinefest, with support from the Alexander Turnbull Library and Wellington City Council Creative Communities. 

For more info and related content check out our database Archives of Sexuality & Gender, it spans the sixteenth to the twentieth century and is the largest digital collection of primary source materials relating to the history and study of sex, sexuality and gender. Highlights include New Zealand periodicals Pink Triangle and Out! New Zealand’s Alternative Lifestyle Magazine.

We want your zines!

Are you a zinemaker? Or perhaps you got creative during lockdown and made a quaranzine? Here at Wellington City Libraries we have lending zine collections at three of our branches: Newtown, Arapaki on Manners, and He Matapihi Molesworth Library. We are happy to take donations of zines for these collections, especially if you made a quaranzine during lockdown. A combination of “quarantine” and “zine”, quaranzines are creative expressions of people’s thoughts and feelings experienced during lockdown.

If you do want to donate a zine, then please drop your donation into any of our branch libraries. It will then get sent to be processed with our zine stickers and added into our catalogue, before joining the zine collection at one of our three libraries.

Zines come to Arapaki Manners Library

Our CBD branch, Arapaki Manners Library on 12 Manners Street, now has a zine collection! Zines are self-published and independently produced print publications. Zine (pronounced “zeen”) comes from the words “magazine” and “fanzine”. Zines come in many different shapes and sizes. They can be handwritten, or computer-printed, and are made by people of all ages. Zines come bound in different ways: some have bindings like books and even ISBN numbers, whereas others will be stitched or stapled together.

The zines are free to borrow, and are issued for three weeks, just like books! Most of the zines in Arapaki’s collection are brand new, and were acquired at the Wellington Zinefest held in November of last year. Nearly all the zines are written by local New Zealand authors and produced in New Zealand.

Our zines are loosely categorised into 6 topics identified by coloured dots on the covers: Comics are orange; Literature, such as poems and stories are green; Personal zines, about the author and their life, are blue; Art zines featuring drawings, photography, etc, are yellow; DIY zines about how to make or do things are black; and lastly, zines about politics, history, and everything else are white.

We also have zine collections at our Newtown and He Matapihi Molesworth branches. So check them all out and get borrowing today!

New Zines!

The last Zinefest in November was the biggest one to be held in Wellington so far. In addition to opening night festivities, the marketplace ran over two days at Te Auaha, with different stallholders on both days.

Zinefests in Wellington are normally held twice a year, and Wellington City Libraries always attends if possible. Most of our lending zine collection is bought at the marketplace. So where can you find zines now that the Central Library is closed? Our new zines are being added to Newtown Library’s collection. A collection has been based there for a while now, and Newtown is now the main source of lending zines for Wellington Library borrowers. So pop-in to Newtown to browse and borrow!

Here are some selected highlights from the November Wellington Zinefest, which will be available on Newtown Library’s shelves:

“Overcommunicate” is self-described as a “magazine for LGBTQIA+ women, non-binary folk, and friends.” Written by a variety of contributors, it is a collection of art, writing, and poetry. We have Issues 1 and 2 available to borrow.

The Crispin series. This is a set of four little zines about Crispin, a yellow, smiley-faced blob who goes on a series of adventures including: “Crispin goes fishing”, “Crispin has a series of close shaves”, “Crispin in Monday’s child”, and the “Beginners guide to drawing Crispin.” Each one is hand-coloured by the artist.

Three new zines by Willow Scarlett. Artist, writer, and learner of Latin, Scarlett has created three beautifully produced zines that combine art and writing. Their first, “Gutter Flowers volume 1” is an A5 sized, stitch-bound, black-matte covered zine with raised gold lettering. Inside are full-colour illustrations with more raised, textured lettering. The other two are A6 in size: “blood stained stairs”, and “death and beautiful illusions.” Both are short horror stories printed on thick red paper, and stitched together with gold thread.

Our final new zine was not bought at the zinefest, but was sent to us as a donation from Newtown School. It is called “Kids Write: A journal publishing awesome authors and artists.” We have Issue 1, which was produced in Term 3 of 2019. It features illustrations and writing from children aged 5 – 11.

Wellington Zinefest 2013

Poster by Hayden Currie
Poster by Hayden Currie

Wellington Zinefest is only two weeks away now and as the first public library in New Zealand to have a zine collection we’re really excited. It’s not just about the main event though, there is a zinesational, extensive public program leading up to the BIG DAY, including:

Monoprinting for Zines – November 8 @ 6pm
Monoprinting is a fast and flexible way to introduce colour, design and expressive linework to your zines. You will get to try a range of monoprinting techniques that you can easily use at home – no printing press or expensive paper required. Learn how to add spot colour to B&W covers and pages, create one off or repeat prints and utilize patterns, lettering and stencils.

Materials supplied but do bring along imagery and zine ideas for inspiration and different paper types to trial. And wear old clothes!

Workshop limited to 6 people. To book, email: treasonous.pastimes@gmail.com

Demystifying the ISBN: A panel talk – November 14 @ 5:30pm
Librarians love zines. Librarians love zines with ISBNs even more.

We invite Amy Joseph (the National Library), Monty Masseurs (Wellington City Libraries) and Claire Harris (zine-maker) to talk us through why an ISBN is useful, and how to get one.

The librarians will also cover useful topics including the pre-publication cataloguing service, legal deposit and public lending rights for nz authors.

@ the Pipitea Seminar Room, National Library

Getting the Party On: DIY bunting & cardboard letters – November 15 @ 6pm
The festival is just around the corner (next week!) and we need your help to make the festival look, well, festive.

Expect materials to include many wondrous, colourful things!

@ Matchbox Studios

Zine Maker Talks – November 22 @ 6pm
Pens down, folks. Let’s kick back and remind ourselves why we make zines: to meet cool people & learn cool things.

Our line-up of speakers are all cool people, wanting to share cool things with you (watch this space, updates coming).

We hope you can join us.

@ Matchbox Studios