Sunday, 27 December 2009

This is...

Em Ledger, she's reet good. This is her in Diva magazine talking about the important thing in life (Katie & Peter). She was instrumental in bringing the Sister Spit tour to the UK.
Anyway, the other week (probably month now!) sat in a Donny boozer she asks about something I hope everyone would have forgotten, the fact that at the start of 2009 I made an extremely bold statement, nothing new for me, but this one was a,little silly.
The statement that I would be making 12 zines in one year! I managed like 4 actual zines and probably 3 and 1/2 almost zines. For the most part of 2009 I have been unemployed, which means I have had a lot of time to fanny about making zines, this also meant I couldn't afford to get them printed. So when I did eventually get a job, I have had hardly any time to sit and make zines.
I sat and thought about it, and felt a little like a failure, not even half of what I promised. I then remembered it's 2010 next year, a WHOLE NEW decade, a decade since I started making zines and you know what, I probably have only just made 12 in that decade!!

In fact let's have a brief round-up of the zines I have made....

THE DAY BOB 1-3: this was I think my first zine, I co-wrote the first 1 or 2 with Holly, the third was awful, full of teenage writings, I think (and hope) only 3 people read this.

DOLL ZINE: this was beyond terrible, came with a free story tape, thankfully only Holly read this.

then came a selection of terrible mini zines that again probably only myself and Holly read!

KANDI AND THE CASIO KIDS 1: An A4 affair, I don't really like A4 zines, I even interviewed my band mate of my non existent band! Number 2 sits upstairs in a drawer 3/4 finished, which is sad as no one will ever get to read my theory that PJ Harvey predicted 9/11 with her Mercury award winning (won on 9/11!!) album Stories From The City....

Think Holly made a Radical Cheerleaders zine, don't know if I contributed to this. I then realised my writing pretty much sucks and think I'm too old for zines.

DOTTIE AND CLARA 1-2:perfect excuse to get back zining was making one for the then fashion label I was 50% of. I got to interview my friends in bands and bang on about the stuff I always bang on about.

CANDY POP SHOP 1-2: I made two mini zines for my sweet shop, the fist one came with a mix tape with sweet related songs, the second one saw me trying to make friends with all the 15 yr old EMOs by reviewing three Panic At The Disco shows!

SUGAR PAPER 1-4 & SEASONAL: So far my longest running zine series, this is made by Kandy and I, we have made four 20 things to make and do and one seasonal 10 things to make and do, this blog is the offspring off that zine, I like this one, I reckon this one could be made into a book!

EMO ZINE (A RIOT GRRRLS GUIDE TO EMO): again an attempt to befriend all the customers in my shop, I was also trying to teach them the way of the zines by selling them in my shop. This my talking about the three waves of EMO and how I love EMO bands, I was also trying to teach the kids about liking awesome grrrls, sadly I think just my loser EMO twenty something friends read it WIN!

LA AIN'T NO GREAT PLACE TO BE: and edgy zines named after a Help She Can't Swim b-side, this was a handwritten zine about my four week and two day trip along the west coast, it's mainly about what I cooked for tea and living on Sleater-Kinney road. apparently hard to read because I write badly.

BREAKING DOWN: this is a novellazine, this is me going stir crazy being a jobless fool who got sucked into the Twilight saga and then re-writing the third book, as you do!


supercasio said...

Wow I think I have every zine you've ever written. One day when I have my own zine library they will be collector items and will go in the Special Collections.

mybestfriendlesleysays said...

haha i only just saw this! katie and peter are my life. eventhough i now hate katie, i love hearing about how much of a horrible bitch she's not even ashamed to be. can't wait for alex to leave big brother and see what horrible things she'll probably say to him on live television.

im sorry if i made you feel like a failiure by bringing the 12 zines... issue up. i didnt mean it that way. i tell you something, quality not quantity. never have i even seen such a fantastic novella zine as breaking down, the sister spitters were loving it, we read it over 2 nights and an overnight van drive from edinburgh to londres.

IM A BIG FAN OF YOURS. i believe in you. i recently said my favourite zine was 'the riot grrrls guide to emo' in an interview ha! two of my favourite things collide!

i want to see you again soon! come visit gran again and lets jukebox the day away!!! xxx