The National Library aims to comprehensively collect works published by Australians or about Australia. For items published in Australia, we have legal deposit to help us in this task. However we also undertake the even greater challenge of trying to track down those elusive Australian authors/illustrators (including expats) whose works have been published overseas, either in English or in translation. In addition, we search for works about Australia that are published by overseas authors. In our global hunt it is amazing what we find!
On Saturday 22nd March, the Fire up the Carousel: a zinester slide show organised by the Canberra Zine Emporium (CZE) was held just outside The Cupping Room in Canberra and featured 10 presentations from zinesters, distros, a hacker and more.
In the days before TV or DVDs, when the only documentary moving images widely available were Movietone newsreels, how did young aspiring cricketers perfect their style? Just looking at a photograph or drawing in a book might provide the basics, and those step-by-step instructions of course gave the theory. But how did the backyard bowler or batsman see the real technique and flow of a perfect pitch or cover drive? How could they see it repeated over and over again in fast or slow motion until they felt the rhythm in their arms?
Saturday May 25 dawned bright and clear - just another glorious Autumn day in Canberra! Which was completly wasted on us as we would be inside making zines and having fun thanks to a travelling Zine workshop taken on the road by Eloise Quinlaven & Jeremy Staples.
Eloise & Jeremy and THE HISTORY of ZINES
We came, we listened, we saw ...
Here is part 2 of a little photo essay on our visit to the "You Are Here" Zine Fair back in March. Part 1 can be viewed here. The last few tables we visited were occupied by an Indie pubulisher, a Graphic novelist and a Manga creator, oh no!
Canberra turned on another gorgeous Autumn day for the "You are here" festival's zine fair. The fair was excellent and we enjoyed it muchly - even if we arrived only in time to catch the last part of the boy 'Go Go' dancers act. Lucky for us we remembered we were there to work so we collected a great selection of zines for the National Collection. Here is part 1 of a little photo essay of the day and of some of the zines we collected.
Zines are a wonderful way to show your creativity and express your thoughts and ideas. They can range from the very simple, to something more elaborate. From black and white pages to sheets folded into beguiling shapes, sprinkled with glitter, or with "found items" glued in.
I enjoy cataloguing our collection of zines, I am always surprised by the variety of illustrations that we get from simple line drawing to beautiful art work. Some are a little shocking, or rather confronting, but can be done so well.