New Zealand Zine Review

A review blog of New Zealand Zines

Bubblegum Links - A Romance
by Kim Rose Wigmore
$3 or trade, custom cover colours also available
Contact kimwigmore (at) gmail (dot) com

Bubblegum Links tells the story of a girl falling for her tattooist named Bubblegum, and the romance that follows. I really enjoyed the candour and light-heartedness of the zine - it infects you with its overwhelmingly positive attitude, like someone giddy with a new-love.

The design is mostly text but uses dozens of typefaces in a playful way, which adds character while also emphasising different parts of the narrative.

At the end of the zine, it’s left ambiguous whether or not they are still together - but leaves on a rather ominous back page: “No-one wants to fall in love with a girl called Bubblegum.”

-TS

Posted at 9:40am and tagged with: bubblegum links, kim rose wigmore, fiction zine, romance zine,.

Bubblegum Links - A Romanceby Kim Rose Wigmore$3 or trade, custom cover colours also availableContact kimwigmore (at) gmail (dot) com
Bubblegum Links tells the story of a girl falling for her tattooist named Bubblegum, and the romance that follows. I really enjoyed the candour and light-heartedness of the zine - it infects you with its overwhelmingly positive attitude, like someone giddy with a new-love.
The design is mostly text but uses dozens of typefaces in a playful way, which adds character while also emphasising different parts of the narrative.
At the end of the zine, it’s left ambiguous whether or not they are still together - but leaves on a rather ominous back page: “No-one wants to fall in love with a girl called Bubblegum.”
-TS

Home/Land
by Ash Spittal
$5, all proceeds to Rainbow Youth Aotearoa
Available via his online store http://felt.co.nz/shop/ashspittal
Contact ashspittal (at) gmail (dot) com

This zine features illustrations and anecdotes involving several buildings on Auckland’s K’ Road. The clean design provides a nice juxtaposition with the ‘griminess’ of the street’s reputation as historically a red light district.

This short and simple zine touches on moments of Ash’s journey as a transman, ending with his first visit to the Rainbow Youth drop in centre.

What I found interesting while reading this zine was the concept that buildings themselves hold connotations that can be intimidating to the uninitiated, or to someone who perceives themselves as an outsider.

I feel that by sharing these stories, Ash is carving out a space for himself as a young person in the city, while also discovering a different meaning of the word ‘home’.

-TS

Posted at 9:11am and tagged with: ash spittal, home/land, rainbow youth aotearoa, k road, karangahape road, illustration zine,.

Home/Landby Ash Spittal$5, all proceeds to Rainbow Youth AotearoaAvailable via his online store http://felt.co.nz/shop/ashspittalContact ashspittal (at) gmail (dot) com
This zine features illustrations and anecdotes involving several buildings on Auckland’s K’ Road. The clean design provides a nice juxtaposition with the ‘griminess’ of the street’s reputation as historically a red light district. 
This short and simple zine touches on moments of Ash’s journey as a transman, ending with his first visit to the Rainbow Youth drop in centre.
What I found interesting while reading this zine was the concept that buildings themselves hold connotations that can be intimidating to the uninitiated, or to someone who perceives themselves as an outsider.
I feel that by sharing these stories, Ash is carving out a space for himself as a young person in the city, while also discovering a different meaning of the word ‘home’.
-TS

The Terrorist at the End of This Book
by Treason Seditio
$2.50
Contact treasonouspastimes (at) gmail (dot) com
Available from Freedom Bookshop, 162 Riddiford St, Newtown, Wellington or email freedomshopaotearoa (at) gmail (dot) com

This zine uses the children’s picture-book The Monster at the End of This Book to satarise the U.S. war on terror and the subsequent overuse of the word ‘terrorist’ as a buzzword in the media. The opening page tells a young girl’s first-hand account of the Operation 8 ‘anti-terrorist’ raids in NZ in 2007, before launching into Grover from Sesame Street’s farcical journey to find the ‘terrorist’. The zine itself is very simple, though cleverly executed - without deviating too much from the original work, it highlights the effect labels and stereotyping can have on a reader’s perspective, while also calling into question Operation 8’s legitimacy.

-TS

Posted at 9:11am and tagged with: the terrorist at the end of this book, sesame street, treason seditio, operation 8,.

The Terrorist at the End of This Bookby Treason Seditio$2.50Contact treasonouspastimes (at) gmail (dot) comAvailable from Freedom Bookshop, 162 Riddiford St, Newtown, Wellington or email freedomshopaotearoa (at) gmail (dot) com
This zine uses the children’s picture-book The Monster at the End of This Book to satarise the U.S. war on terror and the subsequent overuse of the word ‘terrorist’ as a buzzword in the media. The opening page tells a young girl’s first-hand account of the Operation 8 ‘anti-terrorist’ raids in NZ in 2007, before launching into Grover from Sesame Street’s farcical journey to find the ‘terrorist’. The zine itself is very simple, though cleverly executed - without deviating too much from the original work, it highlights the effect labels and stereotyping can have on a reader’s perspective, while also calling into question Operation 8’s legitimacy. 
-TS

OMG are you’s twins? The official conversation
by Callum Alexander Devlin

$1
Contact calldtco (at) gmail (dot) com
callumsphotoupdate.tumblr.com

This mini zine is a hand written conversation between the zine author and another person about the author being a twin. The conversation is written over colour photographs of the twins in question and highlights the moronic and irritating questions people ask twins. The images are grainy and hard to see, though this was probably on purpose, but me being nosy would like to see the images clearly. I enjoyed this zine mostly for the simplicity of the idea, and a the chance to have a snapshot into someone else’s experience. $1 is a good price for this little snippet of real life.

-KB

Posted at 9:29am and tagged with: special interest zine, Callum Alexander Devlin, OMG are you's twins?,.

OMG are you’s twins? The official conversationby Callum Alexander Devlin$1Contact calldtco (at) gmail (dot) com callumsphotoupdate.tumblr.com
This mini zine is a hand written conversation between the zine author and another person about the author being a twin. The conversation is written over colour photographs of the twins in question and highlights the moronic and irritating questions people ask twins. The images are grainy and hard to see, though this was probably on purpose, but me being nosy would like to see the images clearly. I enjoyed this zine mostly for the simplicity of the idea, and a the chance to have a snapshot into someone else’s experience. $1 is a good price for this little snippet of real life. 
-KB

The World Stinks But Art Stinks More #1: The Armpit Issue with re-issue of Tron by Armpit CD
Published by Root Don Lonie For Cash
$5 
Available to purchase from rootdonlonieforcash.blogspot.co.nz
To view as part of the Audio Foundation Zine Collection

The first in a series of fanzines for bands from the epically prolific Root Don Lonie For Cash record label, this issue collects together the kipple of the band Armpit. This is a straightforward method to put together a zine. Bands fall easily into pages of paper with set lists, posters, lyrics, tape covers, hand drawn maps and letters between members cumulating. Collaged, these scraps of paper give an image of Armpit as Waikato/Dunedin/Hitching/Auckland noise punks not letting anything go to waste. There are poetic folky touches with the tribute to dog friend Ringo and the transcript of a dictaphone recorded conversation where the band members talk about living by the motorway. The combination of jokes, grittiness and slight melancholy is also found in the Oats Comics publications by Armpit members CJA and Sugar Jon. The zine features a gentle sparse comic by CJA called “Mantis” where two angel kid punks have a dreamy conversation “But your eyes are just skin and water” and the other replies “To you”. You can listen to the accompanying CD while reading the zine. This works particularly well as the zine doesn’t follow strict page orientations and in the same way the Armpit music uses the loosest of song structures. I’ve noticed that the “The World Stinks But Art Stinks More” statement title is a real honey pot on zine stalls like it’s this mantra-joke that makes perfect nonsense. Look forward to seeing more band kipple from the Don stable.

-DM

Ducklingmonster is one of the curators of the Audio Foundation Zine Collection and publishes the zine Space Surveillance Network.

The Audio Foundation Zine Collection is a community collection of publications with a focus on independent and adventurous visions, creative engagement and critical enquiry in sound and music practice in Aotearoa/NZ.

Hours: Tues - Sat, 12 - 4 pm
Sub-basement of the Parisian Tie Factory, 4 Poynton Terrace (Off Pitt St or behind St Kevins Arcade), Auckland Central.


Posted at 9:28am.

The World Stinks But Art Stinks More #1: The Armpit Issue with re-issue of Tron by Armpit CDPublished by Root Don Lonie For Cash $5 Available to purchase from rootdonlonieforcash.blogspot.co.nzTo view as part of the Audio Foundation Zine Collection

The first in a series of fanzines for bands from the epically prolific Root Don Lonie For Cash record label, this issue collects together the kipple of the band Armpit. This is a straightforward method to put together a zine. Bands fall easily into pages of paper with set lists, posters, lyrics, tape covers, hand drawn maps and letters between members cumulating. Collaged, these scraps of paper give an image of Armpit as Waikato/Dunedin/Hitching/Auckland noise punks not letting anything go to waste. There are poetic folky touches with the tribute to dog friend Ringo and the transcript of a dictaphone recorded conversation where the band members talk about living by the motorway. The combination of jokes, grittiness and slight melancholy is also found in the Oats Comics publications by Armpit members CJA and Sugar Jon. The zine features a gentle sparse comic by CJA called “Mantis” where two angel kid punks have a dreamy conversation “But your eyes are just skin and water” and the other replies “To you”. You can listen to the accompanying CD while reading the zine. This works particularly well as the zine doesn’t follow strict page orientations and in the same way the Armpit music uses the loosest of song structures. I’ve noticed that the “The World Stinks But Art Stinks More” statement title is a real honey pot on zine stalls like it’s this mantra-joke that makes perfect nonsense. Look forward to seeing more band kipple from the Don stable.

-DM
Ducklingmonster is one of the curators of the Audio Foundation Zine Collection and publishes the zine Space Surveillance Network.
The Audio Foundation Zine Collection is a community collection of publications with a focus on independent and adventurous visions, creative engagement and critical enquiry in sound and music practice in Aotearoa/NZ. 
Hours: Tues - Sat, 12 - 4 pmSub-basement of the Parisian Tie Factory, 4 Poynton Terrace (Off Pitt St or behind St Kevins Arcade), Auckland Central.

Buildings to Look Out For Around Ponsonby (New Zealand)
by Rickitinic Productions
$2 or trade (map zines)
Contact info (at) nicolabradystudio (dot) com
www.nicolabradystudio.com


One page fold-up zine by illustrator Nicola Brady, this is a short and to-the-point zine. It features a full colour illustration (and map) of six buildings of visual and historical interest in and around the K Road area in Auckland. Nicola has illustrated the architecture in her characteristic intricate line-drawing style - the only let-down is that there is not more of this zine to devour. Alternatively I would have liked to have seen some history or context to why she has singled out these buildings in particular, but that might be the challenge for the reader - to pick it up and go exploring in our own backyard.

-TS

Posted at 7:02am and tagged with: illustration zine, map zine, rickitinic, nicola brady,.

Buildings to Look Out For Around Ponsonby (New Zealand)by Rickitinic Productions$2 or trade (map zines)Contact info (at) nicolabradystudio (dot) comwww.nicolabradystudio.com
One page fold-up zine by illustrator Nicola Brady, this is a short and to-the-point zine. It features a full colour illustration (and map) of six buildings of visual and historical interest in and around the K Road area in Auckland. Nicola has illustrated the architecture in her characteristic intricate line-drawing style - the only let-down is that there is not more of this zine to devour. Alternatively I would have liked to have seen some history or context to why she has singled out these buildings in particular, but that might be the challenge for the reader - to pick it up and go exploring in our own backyard.

-TS

Moments in Japan

by Linda Lew
$2 or trade
Contact lightning.linda.lew (at) gmail (dot) com

This delightful perzine was made last year at the 24-hour zine challenge in Auckland. It follows Linda in her recent travels to Kyoto; each page offers up some magical moment or observation she has made about the city. Often these are things that might otherwise go unnoticed; Linda retells them with honesty and charm. The official narrative in the zine follows a typewritten account, while a handwritten scrawl accompanying it might contradict or offer a humorous add-on to this story. Nothing but good things to say about this zine, I eagerly await news of Linda’s future zine-making endeavours.

-TS

This review is also published in the New Zealand Zine Review Zine Annual Issue 1

Posted at 7:02am and tagged with: perzine, travel zine,.

Moments in Japan 
by Linda Lew$2 or tradeContact lightning.linda.lew (at) gmail (dot) com

This delightful perzine was made last year at the 24-hour zine challenge in Auckland. It follows Linda in her recent travels to Kyoto; each page offers up some magical moment or observation she has made about the city. Often these are things that might otherwise go unnoticed; Linda retells them with honesty and charm. The official narrative in the zine follows a typewritten account, while a handwritten scrawl accompanying it might contradict or offer a humorous add-on to this story. Nothing but good things to say about this zine, I eagerly await news of Linda’s future zine-making endeavours.
-TS
This review is also published in the New Zealand Zine Review Zine Annual Issue 1

Meaty Deluxe
by Hana Aoake aoake.hana@gmail.com
Available to view as part of the Audio Foundation Zine Collection

Meaty Deluxe is single edition collage zine. Hyper-orange pink gloss print photos of meat are glued and stitched on to the pages and given googly-eyes and teardrops. This is a very textural zine that employs touch in the reading process. The googly-eyes and unappetising orange shades give the images the gross out goofy quality of a Troma film or Meatwad from Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Underpinning the playing with food gags is a fetishisation of bodies and meat. This is an idea that Aoake has explored in her recent performance practice and has written about for Stockings, a NZ based intersectional-feminist zine. Where there is text in Meaty Deluxe it is stitched and monosyllabic which lends a slightly brutal feel to the pages. In other zines Aoake has often used dried flowers and as here I really like the tactile reading experience this creates. There is a biophilic interchange of stitched page to stitched meat to stitched skin in Meaty Deluxe that’s like a BBQ cookbook talking back at you asking “Do what now?”

-DM

Ducklingmonster is one of the curators of the Audio Foundation Zine Collection and publishes the zine Space Surveillance Network.

The Audio Foundation Zine Collection is a community collection of publications with a focus on independent and adventurous visions, creative engagement and critical enquiry in sound and music practice in Aotearoa/NZ.

Hours: Tues - Sat, 12 - 4 pm
Sub-basement of the Parisian Tie Factory, 4 Poynton Terrace (Off Pitt St or behind St Kevins Arcade), Auckland Central.

Posted at 7:02am.

Meaty Deluxeby Hana Aoake aoake.hana@gmail.comAvailable to view as part of the Audio Foundation Zine Collection
Meaty Deluxe is single edition collage zine. Hyper-orange pink gloss print photos of meat are glued and stitched on to the pages and given googly-eyes and teardrops. This is a very textural zine that employs touch in the reading process. The googly-eyes and unappetising orange shades give the images the gross out goofy quality of a Troma film or Meatwad from Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Underpinning the playing with food gags is a fetishisation of bodies and meat. This is an idea that Aoake has explored in her recent performance practice and has written about for Stockings, a NZ based intersectional-feminist zine. Where there is text in Meaty Deluxe it is stitched and monosyllabic which lends a slightly brutal feel to the pages. In other zines Aoake has often used dried flowers and as here I really like the tactile reading experience this creates. There is a biophilic interchange of stitched page to stitched meat to stitched skin in Meaty Deluxe that’s like a BBQ cookbook talking back at you asking “Do what now?”
-DM
Ducklingmonster is one of the curators of the Audio Foundation Zine Collection and publishes the zine Space Surveillance Network.
The Audio Foundation Zine Collection is a community collection of publications with a focus on independent and adventurous visions, creative engagement and critical enquiry in sound and music practice in Aotearoa/NZ. 
Hours: Tues - Sat, 12 - 4 pmSub-basement of the Parisian Tie Factory, 4 Poynton Terrace (Off Pitt St or behind St Kevins Arcade), Auckland Central.

Juggling the Rainbow (issue three) - even more personal writing on non-monogamous relationships
Published by Polly Amore
$2
Available for free download here
Buy from Matchbox Studios - 166 Cuba Street, Wellington
or contact - jugglingtherainbow (at) gmail (dot) com

This zine is a collection of stories and thoughts on being poly, not a ‘how to’ but raw and honest stories that do offer insight. I think what stands out about this zine (and the other issues) is the amount of honesty employed by the people who have written pieces. It takes a certain amount of guts to put your thoughts, feelings, experiences and failings out there for the world to read. I wouldn’t say this zine would be only for people interested in non-monogamy, but would be of interest to anyone with an inquiring mind.

-KB

This review is also published in the New Zealand Zine Review Zine Annual Issue 1

Posted at 7:02am and tagged with: polyamory, non-monogamy, Polly Amore, juggling the rainbow,.

Juggling the Rainbow (issue three) - even more personal writing on non-monogamous relationshipsPublished by Polly Amore $2Available for free download here Buy from Matchbox Studios - 166 Cuba Street, Wellington or contact - jugglingtherainbow (at) gmail (dot) com
This zine is a collection of stories and thoughts on being poly, not a ‘how to’ but raw and honest stories that do offer insight. I think what stands out about this zine (and the other issues) is the amount of honesty employed by the people who have written pieces. It takes a certain amount of guts to put your thoughts, feelings, experiences and failings out there for the world to read. I wouldn’t say this zine would be only for people interested in non-monogamy, but would be of interest to anyone with an inquiring mind.
-KB
This review is also published in the New Zealand Zine Review Zine Annual Issue 1

Reading Log List Zine
by Kirsty Win
Trade, supply postage
Contact Kirsty Win, P O Box 911-118, Auckland Mail Centre, Auckland 1142, NZ
litbitszine (at) gmail (dot) com

In Kirsty’s signature ‘all-in’ style, she reviews books, zines and comics she has read in the past three months. This is part of a personal attempt to clock 100 books in a year, motivated in part by the desire to clear space on her bookshelves (for new books)! I also get the sense that she genuinely loves reading, and wants to share this passion with us. Kirsty has varied tastes in reading fodder; from hip-hop to the dewey decimal system. Coming away from this zine I felt more motivated to get stuck into all those half-finished books on my reading list myself.

-TS

This review is also published in the New Zealand Zine Review Zine Annual Issue 1

Posted at 7:40am and tagged with: perzine, book zine, reading zine, kirsty win, reading log list zine,.

Reading Log List Zineby Kirsty Win
Trade, supply postage
Contact Kirsty Win, P O Box 911-118, Auckland Mail Centre, Auckland 1142, NZ
litbitszine (at) gmail (dot) com

In Kirsty’s signature ‘all-in’ style, she reviews books, zines and comics she has read in the past three months. This is part of a personal attempt to clock 100 books in a year, motivated in part by the desire to clear space on her bookshelves (for new books)! I also get the sense that she genuinely loves reading, and wants to share this passion with us. Kirsty has varied tastes in reading fodder; from hip-hop to the dewey decimal system. Coming away from this zine I felt more motivated to get stuck into all those half-finished books on my reading list myself.

-TS

This review is also published in the New Zealand Zine Review Zine Annual Issue 1