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.