Margate Zine Club

I moved house last week back to back with coming back from Germany, and am exhausted, but here I am organising events. A little zine meet up in a lovely local cafe/record shop/yoga studio- plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. Free entry, and step-free, but sadly no disabled toilet (the toilets are upstairs).

Find out more info here.

Zine orders close for summer 21st May

I’m going to be away a lot over the summer, so I’ll be closing my online shop down (until probably September) next Wednesday the 21st of May at 3pm GMT. This means that if you want some zines you need to order this week or wait several months. It also means I can only really do trades within the UK. As well as zines I’ve also got various badges, patches, prints, lengths of vintage ribbon etc. You can find the shop here. There are also wholesale prices available for distros.

What I currently have:
Being Editors 1– essays about children’s writer Diana Wynne Jones
Best of Fanzine Ynfytyn– collection of articles from issues 1-13
Colouring book zine– guess what? you colour it in
Keep It Clean– low stress cleaning/household tips
Film Photography 101– does what it says on the tin
Fanzine Ynfytyn 14– Vienna- all the schnitzels and dumplings you can eat
YF 15– Pointless board games and bad French jokes
YF16– Grandparents and their weird habits and people I wanted to be when I grew up
YF 16.5– 24hr zine about El Topo and Sedmikrasky and hometown boredom
YF 17– Why Mr Frosty sets are disappointing as an adult and lists about J.Mascis and cats
YF 18– 80s video hire and a delicious lasagne recipe
YF 19– Bulgaria and glasses wearing
YF 20– North Korea (a place I have not visited) and winning competitions
YF 21– Paris on a low-to-no-budget
YF 22– Foxes and being in charge of a maze
YF 23– Illness and trying to avoid “wellness culture” bullshit
YF 23.5– 24 hour zine about bees, quilting and modular synths
YF 24– Mirena IUDs in combo with PCOS and Prednisone
YF 25– Our Maxim from Almaty, and exploring the world of the ceiling
YF 26– The strange world of French campsites
YF 28-Japan on a budget
YF 29– Italy in the 90s and today
 

Hello again

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So I haven’t updated here for over a month, and updates have been thin on the ground all year. That’s mainly because I spent most of January and February working in Austria, most of March in Japan without a computer, and have been busy since I returned just over a week ago. There’s lots of photos of both countries still to come, once I finish sorting through the huge selection of them. You can see lots of pictures on my Instagram account now however.

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I have also written a zine about Japan, which is available from the shop now. Features Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, the Ghibli Museum, Seto Inland Sea and some very tame rabbits and deer.

Zines! Zines! Zines!

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I return to the UK from Austria for just under a week this weekend, so I’ve re-opened my online shop for zine orders until Tuesday the 7th of March. All orders will be sent out by Weds the 8th of March. The shop then closes again while I’m in Japan, until further notice, so this is your chance. All prices include UK postage. International postage is extra, and automatically calculated by weight.

Available:

Colouring book zine
Fanzine Ynfytyn 12.5– 24hr zine about charity shop bargains
Fanzine Ynfytyn 14– Vienna- all the schnitzels and dumplings you can eat
Fanzine Ynfytyn 15– Pointless board games and bad French jokes
Fanzine Ynfytyn 16– Grandparents and their weird habits and people I wanted to be when I grew up
Fanzine Ynfytyn 16.5– 24hr zine about El Topo and Sedmikrasky and hometown boredom
Fanzine Ynfytyn 17– Why Mr Frosty sets are disappointing as an adult and lists about J.Mascis and cats
Fanzine Ynfytyn 18– 80s video hire and a delicious lasagne recipe
Fanzine Ynfytyn 19– Bulgaria and glasses wearing
Fanzine Ynfytyn 20– North Korea (a place I have not visited) and winning competitions
Fanzine Ynfytyn 22– Foxes and being in charge of a maze
Fanzine Ynfytyn 23– Illness and trying to avoid “wellness culture” bullshit
Fanzine Ynfytyn 23.5– 24 hour zine about bees, quilting and modular synths
Fanzine Ynfytyn 24– Mirena IUDs in combo with PCOS and Prednisone
Fanzine Ynfytyn 25– Our Maxim from Almaty, and exploring the world of the ceiling
Fanzine Ynfytyn 26– The strange world of French campsites

UK & Ireland zine directory

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I’ve recently started a directory of zines in the UK and Ireland. People can submit their zines, and categorise them according to the topics they cover, making it easy for readers to find new zines that cover the topics they’re interested in, and help zine librarians stock their collections. It’s also useful for zine even organisers, helping to find people in the local area to invite wh.

At the moment it’s a humble web form that feeds into a spreadsheet that people can search and filter but not edit. Hopefully in the future it will be possible to turn it into a fancier website.

All the details can be found here.

Zine Prize Draw

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(Please note- the competition is now over, and winners have been drawn)

Win 5 zines of your choice and a giclée print of Valentina Tereshkova! There are 3 sets of prizes to be won, and entry is open both in the UK and internationally.

I recently added a subscribe by email box to the blog (you can see it to the right in the sidebar), but the subscriber list is looking a bit sad, because it’s new.

To enter the draw, sign up to receive blog posts via email.

Your email will not be sold or shared with anyone, and you won’t be spammed or signed up to any mailing lists.

The only thing you will receive in your inbox is new blog entries. And if you don’t like the blog, well, you probably won’t like the zines either, seeing as I write both of them.

Competition ends on the 31st of August, when I will pick three lucky people from the subscriber list.

Two new zines

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I’ve got two new zines out- Fanzine Ynfytyn 23 & 25 (21 and 24 are still in the works). If you’re new to my zine, and are curious about the name, the explanation is here. Both zines are £2 including UK postage (international postage extra), available here.

Ynfytyn 23:
24 page 1/4 sized perzine on purple paper

  • Our Maxim from Almaty
  • Exploring the World of the Ceiling
  • Small pleasures
  • Crispy Teriyaki Tofu recipe

Ynfytyn 25:
24 page 1/4 sized perzine on blue about trying to be healthier after long-term illness and realising how superficial and gross I find a lot of fitness and health culture. (Note- numbers related to weight or calories are never mentioned).

  • The joys of multiple bouts of shingles
  • “Clean” eating is a terrible concept
  • Attempting to take up yoga
  • Trying not to creak like an old lady

(see more pictures under the cut)

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How I Make my Zines

This is how I personally make my zines. There’s no right or wrong way (aside from doing things like accidentally making it unreadable once photocopied or forgetting about your margins and cutting off half the text). If you want a more in-depth guide to all things zine-related, I can recommend Stolen Sharpie Revolution. You can see all the back issues of my zines on my website.

What I put in my zines:

notebooks

I have these two notebooks. The small one is for jotting down ideas. When I think of things, it’s usually not when I have the time to actually make them. If I don’t write them down, I tend to forget.

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