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MCA Zine Fair 2010

This afternoon I went to the MCA Zine Fair. I didn't have a table because they sold out in 90 minutes. Almost nobody else I know in the zine scene got a table either so it wasn't a case of being tardy. Chris Mikul (Bizarrism) missed out. SCAR managed to get a table but they only got it because they went onto a waiting list after missing out and luckily for them somebody dropped out. The problem is that it's not just a zine fair, they let craft people book tables. Exhibit A:

This table just had stupid badges. Why couldn't this table go to somebody who makes zines? I guess one argument could be that this kind of variety brings in more people. I don't buy it. When people who have been making zines for years can't get a table at a zine fair because it went to a badge seller, there's something wrong. I'm not criticising the badge seller, just the way this *Zine Fair* is organised.
Another problem I had is with the kind of prices people are charging for their zines. Exhibit B:

There were zines on this table selling for $10.00. They were just regular zines. Just small digest sized paper booklets. Why would they charge ten dollars? Was it a joke? I wonder if anybody fell for it?
Thankfully there were some actual zine sellers there like the Sticky folks from Melbourne:

Their table is always groaning under the weight of thousands of real actual paper zines, mostly selling for a buck fifty. There should be more of this and less of the badges and ten dollar zines. I bought a couple of comix zines from them (Goblins, Super Weenie) made by a nine-year-old boy (reviews forthcoming in the next couple of days).
I did find a handful of zines to buy, the best one of which was a zine called Waku Waku, a zine about Japan (review also forthcoming). I bought it from the dudes pictured above centre. They also do a zine called Beef Knuckles with really nice covers (you can see them in the pic, the ones with the red on 'em). I asked them if they were screen printed, they said no they were made using a Japanese printer called a gocco, a device that combines the basic principles of screenprinting and rubber stamping.
I also had a chat with Vanessa Berry and bought her latest zine I Am a Camera #14. Vanessa was sharing her table with a girl who runs the Australian Zines Email List and she gave me a flyer and encouraged me to join. (I think I already joined but just never comment there...)
Well, after all that I bumped into Chris and Cath and we realised that it was beer o'clock, so we went around the corner to the Fortune of War (Sydney's oldest pub) for a few beers and a meat pie.

[Apologies for the crappy photos. I used my mobile phone. Really gotta get myself a proper digital camera.]


May. 23rd, 2010 08:56 am (UTC)
Sorry I didn't make it today, I was quadbiking of all things! Sounds like I (sadly) didn't miss heaps though... did the other zinesters manage to have a picnic outside or were they rained out?

Fuck craft people at zine fairs, seriously. They've ruined the NYWF zine fair -- oh, I'm sorry, "artists' market" -- and the Kinokuniya zine fair (it's on Free Comic Book Day so where the fuck are the comics, or the zines for that matter?!). Like someone said on the zines-aus group ages ago, "I don't turn up to your craft fair to sell my A5 photocopied shit so what are you doing at a zine fair?"

And buh, $10... you know me, I'd pay that for something cool with high production values, but a photocopied booklet? Really?? Looking forward to the Waku Waku review though. ♥
May. 24th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
Quadbiking? That sounds awesome. Doesn't quadbiking involve sand dunes?
Yeah the *crafty* development is a shitty one. That "I don't turn up at your craft fair..." line is excellent.
Hey when is the Kinokuniya fair? I've never been to that one. I might try to get in on that one since I missed out on the MCA.
I'm gonna do the Waku Waku review tonight. The zine fair was worth it just for that.

May. 24th, 2010 09:57 am (UTC)
It was really awesome! More mud than sand dunes, though :) We were in Glenworth Valley, which is all valley and farm and a quadbike track.

Unfortunately the Kino fair was a few weeks ago... it's at the beginning of May. Like I said, their fair kinda sucked too, but that's because a lot of their staff are craft types and get preferential tables. But I want to buy zines and comics, not tiny little clothespegs with Scrabble tiles glued to them!

Next one is NYWF in October, I guess? I think (hope) I'm on their mailing list so I'll post as soon as I hear about it!
May. 24th, 2010 10:19 am (UTC)
Well, mud sounds like fun too. Heh heh.
I forgot to answer your question about the outside, picnic zine fair that was suggested on the zine forums. It never happened, it was too rainy.
Funny you mention scrabble tiles glued to clothes pegs. Somebody was selling those at the MCA on Sunday XD



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