September 7, 2009

Sorry guys, that this has taken so long to get online. After wading through the hundreds of photos of the event taken by Cross Street resident artists Melissa Jenkins and Zara Sigglekow, we can finally present you with pics from the event. Yay.

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Feedback on AK Zinefest 2009

September 1, 2009

A few excerpts from feedback submitted to us by stallholders this year.

"It was very inspirational to meet other equally motivated people with similar interests and talk shop about zines – from production issues to readership to the content being published – and all this knowledge will become very useful later.Overall, I would say that Auckland Zinefest 2009 was: Fantastic! A great people meeting opportunity!"

The workshop and talks area was so well set up, I thought it all worked really well in that space and was a non-threatening environment for people to get involved."

A++. Really good vibe, everyone was so supportive and friendly of each other. Beautiful!"

We really enjoyed it and would love to hold a stall next year if it happens again!!"

"I believe it was successful, I was surprised at how much interest it received and it was a good friendly crowd too. Lot's of questions and interest in the zine(s) and the process behind them etc... All I can really add is thank-you for having it and I'll be looking forward to the next one."

If you would like to fill out a feedback from and let us know what you thought about the event, please email us at for us to send one to you. It's as anonymous as it can be by email, and we encourage your critique.

Thanks, guys. We really appreciate it! :)Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Timetable Announced

August 11, 2009

12:00 pm
Intro with our lovely MC, miss Bridget Walsh.

12:15 pm
Talk with Bryce Galloway
"Bryce Galloway will talk about his experiences making the long running and regular-as-laxitive zine Incredibly Hot Sex with Hideous People, now in its 34th issue. The zine is a Wellington based quarterly, free from Cuba Street at time of issue. Galloway - 43, NZ male and balding - takes to the perzine genre, usually the territory of North American teenage girls."

1:00 pm
Workshop with Dane Taylor
Creating new publications from existing publications (cut and paste).

1:45 pm

Talk with Liam Bowen
Sequential art theory.

2:30 pm
Film screening: '$100 and a T-shirt'
Documentary about zines in the Mid-North West of America by Microcosm Publishing.

"A cultural analysis of what causes zine makers to tick; what the hell zines are, why people make zines, the origin of zines, the resources and community available for zine makers, and the future of zines. Interviews with about 70 zine makers, ex-zine makers, and readers from the northwest. Featuring footage of the Portland Zine Symposium, a zine bicycle tour of Portland, and activities bringing zine culture to life."

3:30 pm
Workshop with Kylie Buck
Basic Zine Binding workshop

"An overview of the different ways of binding zines, with a 3 and 5 hole binding workshop and how to make a one page zine. There will also be instructions to take away."

4:15 pm
Talk from Alex Mitcalfe Wilson
Zines as Freedom of Expression

"I’ve heard that there was once a time when the only way you could find out about anything exciting was by reading a Xeroxed piece of paper someone had stolen from a squat. I may not have been alive back then but, in that pre-blog age, zines formed a central and essential part of many artisitic cultures outside the mainstream. From Hip- Hop’s ‘factsheets’ to the photocopied diaries of romantic Goths, zines were the communicative medium without which those communities could not have survived.

But why bother with them now? In an age where a paralysing quantity of information about new music and art, the traditional staples of zinedom, is available on the internet, what role can zines still play? I believe the unique qualities which define zines; their non-profit status, their limited communities of interest, passionate creators and freedom from advertiser pressure make them an ideal vehicle for cultural communication. My talk will share my thoughts about those points and hopefully explain why I think zines are freedom of expression at its most simple and honest."

5:00 pm
'Zine of the Year Award' is presented by Mikel Krumins, our international judge.

Day event ends just after 5pm.

10:00 pm - 3:00 am
After party