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Cheaptoys #24

$3.50AUD/A6/136 pages

 

Cheaptoys usually follows the peripatetic life of Giz, but this issue, made during 2020's coronavirus lockdown, contains less punk travel stories and more interviews conducted from Giz’s bedroom – mostly on the subject of professionalisation of DIY pursuits, mostly in French but some in English. Also includes a full-colour photo insert. This issue has beautiful hand-sewn binding and a hardback, boxboard cover.

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Cheaptoys #23

$3.50AUD/A6/124 pages

 

This issue of Cheaptoys comes wrapped in a sandpaper cover, an ode to the Situationist International. In that vein, Giz writes about the city he currently resides in, Marseille, 'the second largest city claimed by the State of France': its radical history and the ongoing struggles against gentrification that go on there. Includes an account in English of the Assemblée de La Plaine, a community action against a gentrifying development of public space, and punk travel stories. Comes with a folded A4 supplement: an Anarchist Filmography. As always this zine contains writing in both French and English.

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Cheaptoys #22

$3.50AUD/A6/64 pages

 

"Lately, I've been trying to figure out better what anarchism means to me ... Knowing better what it is that I want to go towards, instead of endlessly reading and halfway supporting wannabe political leaders till I get the catch ..." The northern-winter 2018/19 issue of Giz's bilingual (French/English) self-described 'anarchopunk zine' contains tour notes, a discussion about Detroit's Printing Co-op, and more.

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Digging #2

$2.00AUD/10x10cm/40 pages

 

The second issue of a zine made nearly ten years ago by Emma D. The first issue of Digging was written while Emma was a student at Sydney College of the Arts (SCA), and is about work that she was making and thoughts that she was thinking then. For the second issue she revisits SCA and the parkland that surrounds it, and revisits the themes of the first Digging: art, ghosts, ancient monuments, Ireland, time, gardens, motorbikes and memories.

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Para no sentirme solo/Typing Pool

$4.00AUD/42x14.7cm/42 pages + A5/8 pages

 

"During a week-long residency at Frontyard Projects (30 July – 5 August 2018) I made a 'Simultaneous Collaborative Writing Machine' by looping a long strip of paper between two typewriters. I invited people to come and type with me, and this is the result." Typing Pool is accompanied by an eight page zine titled Para no sentirme solo, a piece that was also written during the Typing Pool residency, and which is mostly about working in a post office.

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Plastic Knife #17

$3.00AUD/A5/124 pages

 

Plastic Knife is a description-defying zine of humorous, absurd and/or macabre observations, aphorisms and statements, or, as we recently heard them described more simply – poems. If you are familiar with the work of Ivor Cutler, Mark E Smith or Yoko Ono, and you are sympathetic to the general aims of conceptual art, you will understand Plastic Knife. If not, you will not understand – but don't let that deter you.

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Not to Attach Any Fixture: A Social History of Blu-Tack and its Uses and Abuses Among Members of the Renting Classes, With Slides and Commentary

$5.00AUD/A5/116 pages

 

Not to Attach Any Fixture is a groundbreaking lecture and slide presentation by Sydney-based mysterious, revolutionary feminist art gang Dexter Fletcher. The lecture was first presented in October 2017 at Melbourne Festival, and an abridged version was performed in May 2018 at Read to Me, Sydney. This zine version reproduces the original, unabridged palm cards and accompanying slides. "In our contemplation of Blu Tack, we have come to understand that the possibilities for living are infinitely greater than the conditions that we now endure."

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Huffin' Textas

$5.00AUD/A6/104 pages

 

Huffin' Textas: A Secret History of Dexter Fletcher is a cut-up memoir by Sydney-based mysterious, revolutionary feminist art gang of two, Dexter Fletcher. They splice the common elements of their formative influences together to form a single narrative about punk, dada, art school, Manic Street Preachers, the Mekons, working in shops, meeting each other, gangs, grief, Billy Casper, and the 1984 British Miners' Strike. A zine dedicated to childhood (and childish) dreams (so hard to beat), where every 'I' becomes 'we'.

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Cometbus #51

$4.50AUD/13.5x19.5cm/96 pages

 

The Loneliness of the Electric Monorah. "Once upon a time in Berkeley, two incredibly difficult, stubborn men decided to go into business together." A social history of the independent booksellers of Telegraph Ave, Berkeley.

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Cometbus #52

$4.50AUD/13.5x19.5cm/65 pages

 

The spirit of St, Louis, or How to Break Your Own Heart, a tragedy in 24 parts. "There were only two types of job available in St. Louis. Bartending, for the elite, lucky few – and for the rest, joining the military."

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Cometbus #54

$4.50AUD/13.5x19.5cm/96 pages

 

In China with Green Day?!! "What happens when friends grow up together but make choices that lead them down fundamentally different paths? Can they still travel together, despite their differences?" Again, Aaron asks the eternal questions, which apply whether your friends are members of Green Day or not.

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Cometbus #55

$4.50AUD/13.5x19.5cm/72 pages

 

Pen Pals. "In the summer of 1988 I spent an inordinate amount of time in downtown Berkeley, just smoking and sitting on top of the newspaper machines. It was then that I noticed one newspaper stand unlike the rest." The story of Yula – one of my favourite issues of Cometbus; aching in all the right ways.

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Cometbus #56

$4.50AUD/13.5x19.5cm/112 pages

 

A Bestiary of Booksellers. This issue, published 2015, profiles the used-booksellers of New York, of whom Aaron is one.

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Cometbus #57

$4.50AUD/13.5x19.5cm/100 pages

 

The 35 anniversary issue of Cometbus, first published in 1981! This issue contains interviews with independent cartoonists: Gabrielle Bell, Robin Enrico, Adrian Tomine, and more.

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Cometbus #58

$4.50AUD/13.5x19.5cm/44 pages

 

Zimmerwald. Aaron looks back to San Francisco: "a foggy, boggy, lost outpost full of cult leaders and leather daddies, more Asian than European, ans so removed from East Coast tradition as to be not just a different coast but a different planet."

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Cometbus #59

$8AUD/13.5x19.5cm/139 pages

 

Post-mortem. The latest issue of Cometbus, published (pre-pandemic) 2020! In this issue Aaron interviews participants in the underground and DIY scenes who have achieved lasting success (in the various ways that can be defined) or longevity: Thrasher magazines, Bound Together (an anarchist bookstore), Epitaph records, C Squat squatters, and more. How do we move beyond our mistakes, losses and failures to recognise and nurture what we have?

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Enthusiasms

$3AUD/A5/32 pages

 

Enthusiasms is a zine by Emma D. "It seems like everyone I know is up to some sort of project or another. The idea of this zine is to document some of those projects." This first issue contains interviews with Melbourne performance artists/band Plastic Rupert, You Need To Practice More records, and members of Wollongong-based political/organising collective Gong Commune. Also contains book reviews and artwork.

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I wear your clothes like armour

$6AUD/A5/46 pages

 

A collaboration between Vanessa (I am a Camera) and Chiara (Rhetorical), about their shared love of the band Throwing Muses. "The Muses are mine. Maybe they're yours too, in which case you know exactly what I'm talking about. They're a special band. They're knotty. Messy and surreal. Can you be a casual Throwing Muses fan? I don't know, I don't think so." Whether you're a fan of the Muses or not, or even if you don't know anything about them this zine can be yours – a perfect perzine, as much about a friendship as it is about a shared enthusiasm.

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Refugee Art Project zine #2

$10AUD/17.5 x 11cm/106 pages (single sided)

 

The cartoons of Mohammad, published in 2013. "All of the drawings in this zine were made by Mohammad, a Burmese refugee who has been held for over four years in the Villawood detention centre ... Mohammad came to Australia by boat from Indonesia and was granted refugee status by the Australian government only to have his security clearance rejected by ASIO ... Because ASIO is under no legal obligation to divulge the reasons for its decision, refugees have no clue as to why they are rejected ..." All proceeds to the Refugee Art Project.

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Refugee Art Project zine #3

$10AUD/17.5 x 11cm/58 pages

 

Tribute to Ahmad Ali Jafari (20 February 1987 – 20 June 2013), published in 2013. "This zine is a tribute to Ahmad Ali Jafari, an Afghan asylum seeker who was a close friend and member of our weekly art classes inside the Villawood detention centre. It features the reminiscences of his friends in detention as well as those of Refugee Art Project volunteers." All proceeds to the Refugee Art Project.

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Refugee Art Project zine #4

$10AUD/17.5 x 11cm/82 pages

 

The art and story of Murtaza Ali Jafari, published in 2013. "My name is Murtaza Ali Jafari and I am a Hazara refugee from Afghanistan. I don't know exactly when I was born but I am roughly 25 years old. My family feld Afghanistan because of the Taliban and settled in Quetta, Pakistan, when I was very young ... I came to Australia looking for protection but politicians have kicked me like a soccor ball ..." All proceeds to the Refugee Art Project.

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Refugee Art Project zine #6

$10AUD/17.5 x 11cm/94 pages

 

Women's art zine, published in 2013. "The drawings, comics and testimony in this zines are by refugee women who we met in the Villawood detention centre and in our workshop in the Western Sydney suburb of Parramatta ... Our art workshop seeks to provide refugee women with opportunities for creative self-sexpression, a time to socialise and for women who live in the community, a change to create a sense of belonging." All proceeds to the Refugee Art Project.

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It Didn't Exist Yesterday and Today It Does

$6AUD/3 zine pack/approx 10 pages

 

It Didn't Exist Yesterday is an irregular zine series by Anwen. To mark the making of a brand new issue, the first two issues have been re-printed, and all three are available to buy together as a pack! A personal zine from a long-time Sydney zine maker. Read these zines to remember why you got into zines in the first place, or to learn why you should.

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