To me, zines are so NOT about competition that I can't help but take it light heartedly, while still respecting Simon Grey and his zine related adventures!
I think being in self contained circles is something that I love about zines- that your zine doesn't need to reach everyone, it doesn't have to be in every shop that wants to sell zines, that you can cast the nest big or keep it small.
Zine celebrity, to me, is always a bit of a crock, because the most beautiful part of the whole zine process, to me, is so quiet and slow and private. Making them in your bedroom, quietly photocopying and collating them, making a quiet personal connection with readers on a very deep level.
Anyone else? If you're reading, please feel free to chime in. We are australian zine culture. You *are* qualified to voice your opinion, so do, if you wanna!
On 7/6/11, Eloise Peace <three...@gmail.com> wrote: > There's something about voting for your zine mates in a popularity > contest that makes me feel distinctly uncomfortable. And it > feels...nepotistic. I may just be in my own isolated bubble feeling > this. One of the hard things for me with zines is always being alert > to avoiding falling into self contained circles or cliques. We're all > guilty of this to a certain degree, it comes with any small sub > culture. For me, a competition like this just reinforces a crappy > notion of zine celebrity. Like a "who's hot who's not". Which for me > is really distasteful. Am I alone in this? Just wondering what others > thought? > > On Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 7:39 PM, <zines-au...@googlegroups.com> wrote: >> Today's Topic Summary >> >> Group: http://groups.google.com/group/zines-aus/topics >> >> Preliminary Voting [1 Update] >> >> Topic: Preliminary Voting >> >> Simon Gray <yummyl...@gmail.com> Jul 05 08:37PM +0930 ^ >> >> Hello & thank you for nominating for the 2011 Golden Stapler Award >> >> The awkward preliminary voting is up on the webpage now: >> http://goldenstapler.tumblr.com/ >> >> I say awkward because this is where the larger list of every nominee >> gets shortened via the voting to the more exclusive, more voted for, >> short list. If the Golden Stapler awards were a reality show, this is >> the painful elimination episode. >> >> If you're a nominee, I'd like to strongly suggest to make sure you stock >> your zines in available zine shops, for which I have included some >> contact details for below, from the zines shops we're aware of. There >> are also some great distros out there you can find to stock with as well. >> >> con...@format.net.au >> PO Box 8119 >> Station Arcade >> Adelaide 5000 >> South Australia >> http://format.net.au/ >> >> zine...@gmail.com >> http://www.zineshop.com.au/ >> >> downs...@stickyinstitute.com >> Sticky Institute >> PO Box 310 >> Flinders Lane >> Melbourne, Victoria 8009 >> http://www.stickyinstitute.com/ >> >> chris(at)thepapermill.org.au >> contact(at)thepapermill.org.au >> The Paper Mill >> Ash St, Shop 2, 1 Angel Pl >> Sydney NSW 2000 >> Australia >> http://www.thepapermill.org.au/ >> >> In theory, people can access & read your zine from here & make an >> informed vote. >> Of course, at this stage, I assume you can also spam the hell out of >> your friends & try to get votes that way. You yourself can vote as much >> as you like. Short of assembling a national zine awards jury, the >> uninformed popularity vote is the best we have to go on to dole out the >> 2011 Golden Stapler Awards. >> >> GO BANANAS >> >> >> >> -- >> You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups >> "Australian Zines and Small Press" group. >> To post to this group, send email to zine...@googlegroups.com. >> To unsubscribe from this group, send email to >> zines-aus+...@googlegroups.com. >> For more options, visit this group at >> http://groups.google.com/group/zines-aus?hl=en. >> > > -- > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups > "Australian Zines and Small Press" group. > To post to this group, send email to zine...@googlegroups.com. > To unsubscribe from this group, send email to > zines-aus+...@googlegroups.com. > For more options, visit this group at > http://groups.google.com/group/zines-aus?hl=en. > >