Monday, 16 February 2015

Festival Of The Photocopier 2015.

Sticky Institute once again took over Melbourne Town Hall for its annual Zine Fair, as the closing event of Festival Of The Photocopier 2015. Over 100 zine stalls, run by zinemakers and distros from across Australia and The World, were present in Melbourne's biggest room for one afternoon only.
 It also gave me a chance to catch up with Geelong icon , all round top guy and artist Glen Smith who was there with long time associate and world renown ‘zine and group printing organizer/artist David Dellafiora
Glen Smith

On a day where the mercury was already smacking 30 degrees by noon the Melbourne Town Hall was a pleasant place to be. A line of punters was all ready to enter before the kick off and when I entered it was evident that this event had come along way since my first visit in 2008 when it was held on a Saturday morning in the Degraves St subway out front of the Sticky Institute.
Today there were rows of keen artists and activists all willing to show off their wares as well as publishers and comic artists.

I must state as my good lady wife pointed out that this was a collection of the friendliest group of people you could come across in a market type atmosphere. Everyone was pleased to meet you and encourage you to look through their works; many had freebies and special offers. Everyone was pleased to have someone view his or her work.
 No precious types here.
 I remember creating my first ‘zine back in the late 70s, it consisted of lots of glue, scissors and visits to the Mount Waverly library with a pocket full of 5 cent pieces. It was great to see that little has changed when it comes to the process considering all the social media tools at our fingertips.
A lot of people love the tactile and grass roots style of doing it yourself.

Steve and Antoinette from SCAR studios
Scarlette Baccini
Tim Malloy
 Highlights were of course catching up with Glen and his collected works. We met artist Tim Molloy and bought his Ledger Award winning Mister Unpronounceable for a bargain. Having a pleasant conversation with horror print legends S.C.A.R Steve Carter and Antoinette Rydyr. I also caught up with the lady embroiled in last years Supanova controversy when her book was removed from sale (mind you it was on open display today and no one gave a shit) Scarlette Baccini and bought her beautiful (and totally inoffensive) little book BUG, a mini comic dedicated to her little sister.
All up it was a wonderful couple of hours and when we left it was great to see the crowds had swelled immeasurably and local comic anthology Oi.Oi.Oi winning the Golden Stapler prize for best collective 'Zine. Congrats to Nat Karmichael for his excellent work.
Glen, David and the growing Town Hall crowd.

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