Tag Archives: ZICS

Sober Bob at ZICS 2017


When I attended the 2016 ZICS, I had no idea what kind of path my budding-zine-creator self would be taking over the next 12 months. Sitting at my little half table, with my handful of zines and some cute patches, I was met with friendly faces, keen to see some new stuff – some people had seen me before at the GOMA fairs, and I felt giddy being recognised as my artist name Sober Bob.

For those who are unfamiliar, Zines and Independent comics are self-published, independently created works usually produced in small amounts, made for passion over profit, and are about a diverse range of topics from music to politics and everything in-between – you generally won’t find any caped superheros amongst the world of indie comics and zines.

I fell into zine making and the arts after leaving a messy job and flunking out of university. After much research, I discovered Copy and Destroy, a zine library and free printing service for the youth of Brisbane, and to my glee, was able to print off enough zines to launch myself into the scene.

After ZICS, I just wasn’t content to let zines fall to the wayside in my life. I began collecting and researching, along with making and distributing my own. And with that hard work, I became the “Zine Librarian” of Copy and Destroy, with the support of Visible Ink.


Sober Bob at the GOMA Zine Fair


Copy and Destroy started as a small zine library, liberated from being thrown to the bins, by Adam L. (Obscene Fanzine), and kept up by many dedicated volunteers over time. Along with being an accessible zine library, Visible Ink houses it with printing and art services to help young people get their projects off the ground.

And now, at the 2017 ZICS, I’ll be hosting my own table, participating in the C+D table, and helping with workshops and event coordination. So many times I have heard people attending ZICS wondering how they could begin their own projects, and I hope I can ensure that more people are able to express themselves in this liberating medium.

If you’re coming down to ZICS on the 19th or 20th, come visit our tables and see what Copy and Destroy is all about. Or you could also come along to our panel ‘C+D Zine Librarianship Panel’, with Johnny Valkyrie, former Librarian of the Australian Cultural Library zine collection, and Bianca Martin from Melbourne’s Sticky Institute on the 19th, from 2pm on the Mezzanine level at The Edge.


Guest Blog post by Sober Bob


2017 Zine & Indie Comic Symposium

We kick off on the Friday 18 August with our Drink’n’Draw Pub Scrawl, which commences at Betty’s Espresso & Bar, West End at 6pm.

The festival will continue at The Edge on Saturday 19 August, celebrating self-publishing and print culture with a series of panels, workshops and mixer events held over three days.

Free entry to the Zine and Indie Comic fair, workshops, and panels ranging from gender identity to copyright and is repeated on Sunday.

Capping off the Saturday festivities for the very first time, ZICS is throwing the party of 2017: The ZICS Party Boat! Leaving from the Cultural Pontoon that’s located opposite The Edge at 6pm. Dinner and a full evening of all things self-publishing. Tickets $25 on the day which includes dinner. Meet 5pm at The Edge.

ZICS poster



Zine & Indie Comic Symposium is back for its fourth and biggest year!

Image Credit: James Hornsby, Cult Carousal. On display at The Edge for the Zine and Indie Comic Symposium 


This coming Friday, 19th of August, the Zine and Indie Comic Symposium (ZICS) will return to The Edge for a three day celebration of independently published zines and comics.

The three-day long festival (now in it’s fourth year!) will kick off with a Pub Scrawl on the Friday evening at Green Beacon Brewing, Tenerife and will continue on with panel discussions, table fair and workshops at The Edge until 5pm on Sunday afternoon.

Matt LynchJust to back track a little, and give you all an idea who we are and what ZICS is all about, firstly let me introduce myself. My name’s Matt Lynch (on the left there) and it’s actually my first year doing work in this collective and it’s been nothing short of a grouse experience. ZICS is a collective comprised of local Brisbane zine and independent comic creators aiming to create a yearly community focused event celebrating everything that encapsulates self-published work.

The Symposium will run from 12pm – 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday and will feature a 50 table fair in The Edge’s Auditorium, panels hosted by ZICS members, and special outside guests such as Alisha Jade and Nat Karmichael. Workshops will be presented by the WendyBird on zine basics and, and the Golden Stapler awards will be announced on Saturday afternoon.

Once the event finishes up on the Saturday, we’ve organised a FREE AFTERPARTY GIG at New Globe Theatre in Fortitude Valley with The Flangipanis, Gravel Sandwidge, and 2 Chevron all bringing the party.


So, if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, come down to The Edge and check out Brisbane’s best gathering of artistic communities and get some hands-on experience in creating your own DIY product and get involved with the Symposium.



Bedroom Philosopher at ZICS

As part of the Zine and indie Comic Symposium on 31 August – 1 September, The Bedroom Philosopher will be coming to The Edge to present his only Brisbane show, as well as popping up as a guest panellist on Saturday as part of the ZICS program. As a warm-up, he had a chat to the ZICs crew about creating and becoming a sharehousehold name.

What do you create/do and why?
I write songs that have funny, thought provoking lyrics and cracking melodies, having grown up on a diet of Beatles, Beck and Bonzo Dog Band. I also write hard hitting gonzo-memoirs about my ridiculous sojourns up and down Australia’s eastern seaboard. I do this because I have to. It’s the only thing I’m really good at and the only thing that makes me truly happy. It also makes me truly broke and cynical but it’s a rich tapestry, y’know?

How and  where do you like to work and create?
I get a lot of writing done at my desk, in my dingy apartment in Thornbury. I’ve been known to pull out the guitar and sit in front of the laptop and piece together a song. Noodle noodle. Tap Tap. Write Write. Rehearse rehearse. Record Record. That sort of thing. I also make a lot of notes on my iphone app while on public transport. There are 700 at the moment. I find travelling stimulates the brain and fires up a different range of missiles from the lotto barrel of infinite dreams.

Why are you involved with ZICS and what do you hope to get out of ZICS?
My friend Vanessa Berry told me it was cool, so that was good enough for me. I have a lot of respect for the Zine community. I wanted to get in on that cool scene but the ladies at Sticky looked at me funny and went all quiet when I told them I had an e-zine. An EZINE! Trust some former bogan from Burnie to try that on. Anyway, the more I struggle and battle to forge a semi-career here and solidify my position as a sharehousehold name – the more affection I have for those toiling in near-obscurity. The comedy industry is commercially focussed and it’s all about getting on TV and stamping out the competition (the music scene is equally as competitive, in its own way) – but with small scenes like zines and comics, as my friend David Blumenstein says “there’s no industry to be competitive about.” Artists write zines and make 100 copies and give them out and they do this because they want to share and they want to give and they hope it might make a stranger sigh in a beautiful way and they might dream a little lighter at night. This is a wonderful thing – and it brings creativity back to its roots and gives it an integrity and an honesty that you lose when you’re counting up your Facebook fans and swearing into your breakfast.

What or who inspires you?
I’ve been writing a book about being an artist in Australia for the last year, so I’ve read a lot of interviews and spoken to a lot of artists. I get excited when I hear people say things like “do it no matter what” and “I might end up broke and dead and unknown but….what else are you going to do?” And people like Marina Abramovic and the documentary ‘The Artist Is Present.’ It reminds me that it’s okay to take your craft really seriously and to be prepared to die for it in a way – or if not physically die, then sacrifice things like financial stability and emotional comfort and, y’know – dignity! I’m 33 and I’m still getting Centrelink and perhaps on certain days I feel a sense of shame about that – but after hearing another artist talk about the importance of KEEPING GOING, I think ‘yeah f*** it, I’m doing it for my art, man – I’m living on the edge and I’m gripping onto the one thing that makes sense in my life.’

This is counter to the ideals we are brought up on in Australia like ‘never try’ and ‘low aspirations rock’ and ‘work a s*** job cos that’s what everyone else does.’ So for the past year I’ve been filling my artistic pot (which was pretty empty) with lots of good, wholesome sentiments and reminding myself of the eloquence of action and NOT GIVING UP no matter how overloaded the credit cards get, or how many 11pm drunks at that Hobart pub are haunting me in my dreams. I think most artists in Australia are just searching for respect – either from themselves or those around them – and it’s f***ing hard getting it from either. I’ve realised how important it is to respect myself and…look, I’ll say it….love myself. Being able to inspire yourself is a good thing. All right vegemite.

If your life was a zine or a comic what would it be called?
The surprisingly okay sexual adventures of a sensitive new start guy.

Catch The Bedroom Philosopher at the Friday night launch of the Zine and Indy Comic Symposium (30 Aug 6-11pm). Tickets $15 pre $20 at the door if remaining.