For many years I bought up zines whenever I saw them in my local independent record shops (hey, remember that concept?). I loved them, but to my mind at the time they seemed to portray a world I would never be able to either fully understand or be a part of; I read (and squinted at, for the print was shite) pages and pages of in-jokes, personal digs at folk I’d never met … [Read more...] about Zines and the importance of poo
Beat Motel was a zine that I published for a number of years and I was always quite proud of the fact I made a real effort with the cover art. Well to be honest I figured out from the off that there are far more talented artists in the world than I, so here's a little gallery of all ten covers with credits given to the artists who created them. by Jim of … [Read more...] about Beat Motel zine cover art gallery
The glorious 'Sticky Institute' (a.k.a. Sticky Distro) in Australia put out a call to zinesters they have stocked asking them to make a special edition zine to raise some cash to keep their doors open. There really is nothing like Sticky in the UK (certainly not that I know of) so by my reckoning it ought to be supported by anyone who has ever read or created a zine. … [Read more...] about Lost in words – a Beat Motel special edition
Salford Zine Library asked me to film a short talking head bit for a documentary they're putting together on zines. I shot this video when my daughter (Issy) was six days old, and needless to say I hadn't slept for quite a while. I'd like to think I'm saying this so that you understand why I look rough, but to be honest I look much like this all the time. … [Read more...] about Why zines are important.