various titles – zines for the days of january 2014

I got a selection of copies through the zinemaker at Sticky’s zine fair for AUS 50c each
no contact details in zines.

A collection of micro personal/comic zines that are all numbered and form a series of complete days for the month of January 2014. Some are personal accounts and others dedicated to random themes. They include comic formats, writing and illustration.

How I found this zine: This girl with an American accent had a table at Sticky Institute’s zine fair and she had all these A7 micro zines, each individually numbered, all over her table, forming a zine calendar. That is amazing. She was selling them loosely for around 50c but there was also a highly impressive accordion zine of all the issues held together with coloured elastic bands of the full month. It was impossible not to make an ‘ooooh’ sound.

Same but different: Obviously these zines work as individual little entities, but they take on a broader meaning in their complete collection. Visually you immediately recognise that the zines form a series, but there’s no written indication of this. Each zine is simply numbered with it’s own title and, gorgeously, labeled according to genre -like ‘research’, ‘comic’ and ‘personal’.

Each day is: From what I could tell from the few I picked out, they’re a mix of fun, light personal stuff like food diaries or a day-in-the-life-of-the-zinemaker content. Each issue is eight pages, so they contain little observations or a run down of interesting facts. It’s all quite throw-away and ephemeral but precious at the same time. Little simple pen and ink line drawings of avocados from food shopping, lightening bolts for headaches. Pretty drawings of crystals.

Simple yet highly awesome: The concept of this zine series. It’s like an idea that gets mentioned at a party but never actually eventuates. Well, it’s materialised! And when you see them en masse you appreciate how incredibly labour intensive it must have been (or still is) – I think after a few weeks of doing this it could possibly kill you, all the thinking and drawing and creating and copying and folding. Spread out chronologically on a table – it just looked fantastic and very inspiring (“Hey, I could do that!”). Bunched into a conjoined rubber band folio for the month, it looked fantastic and utterly overwhelming (“Oh my God, someone did that?”)

Super cool: As a form of chronicling a month into little paper objects, this zine wins hands down. And what a great format/concept to steal for yourself if you wanted to document small things in another country or travelling and motivate yourself to learn about different things. On the 13th January, Georgi tries to explain how cricket works from an American’s interpretation and that was pretty great. I don’t understand cricket either, as an Australian, so it also made me feel a little better about myself. Bonus!

My only stupid gripe: The advantage with the format of this zine is that it’s folded in such a way that you can open it out to the original A4 sheet and see how the whole eight pages have been copied on to one side of the paper (see how here). This means the reverse side of the paper is left blank and once it’s folded – nobody will know. But why leave something blank when it could be a secret pin up poster or fold out or crazy filler? arg! precious subversive opportunity wasted!