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