Zine: Moss Piglet
Brains behind it: Becky Nosiara
Genre: Experimental sci-fi
Where to buy: either in Melbourne zine shops or here
Oli: Moss Piglet doesn’t sound very sci-fi, where did you get the name from?
Becky: It’s actually ~the most~ sci-fi. It’s a nickname for the Tardigrade, a tiny little creature that can remarkably withstand very high levels of heat, cold, pressure and radiation. It’s able to live naked in the vacuum of space with something like 3% body water. It very easily could have come to earth on an asteroid.
And it looks like a pig bear and lives on moss. You can see a drawing of one on the cover of issue #1.
I had no idea that moss piglet was actually a space creature! Was that glowing space whale in Star Trek TNG a giant moss piglet too?
I don’t think so. Or if it was it didn’t look much like one. Plus it was wayyyy too big.
Did you ever consider Space Piglet?
Do you headhunt contributors or open for subs?
I just open for submissions. I print out flyers and leave them in zine shops and my work, and sometimes bookstores. Actually, there’s one illustrator that I followed on instagram and then asked to contribute. But I don’t know where to find most sci-fi writers, I think they’re hiding.
I think most sci-fi writers a] don’t care about zines, ha, and b] orbit around mags like TOR, Lightspeed, Black Static etc. Have you tried those ones?
That could be true! I don’t tend to read ones from overseas, even though I could order them obviously, I mean this is the future. But I’m really interested more in the local writers who I can get in contact with, and starting a local scene rather than just joining an already established one overseas. Something in my personality makes me have a childish tantrum when I think about trying to infiltrate things that are already established. It makes me go, “I don’t need your crappy thing anyway, I’ll make my own.” Even if it’s good, which is ridiculous.
Issue 3 had a story I liked about a washing machine that was someone’s child, but it was only 2 pages long. Will there be a sequel? Read more…
I don’t like doing reviews, so here are my thoughts on the cometbus//green day zine that you can still buy at microcosm publishing [should still be in stock]
In the spirit of the Gupter Puncher zine, I added Blake’s 7, zine shop portals and prague into this thing to try and hold your attention…
Lisbon London Zagreb Ljubljana none of them had cometbus on tour with green day in china so I ended up at the cross club in prague with Joanna.
Avon’s book said it was famous for creatives & socialists & sometimes anarchists and if you went at the right time of day they might have the cometbus zine you’re looking for.
I didn’t go there first – I trusted Avon, he wasn’t moral, he was going to shoot Vila and dump his body off the ship just to reach escape velocity in season 4 episode 11, and he did shoot Blake [at his most Mexican-looking], but he had no reason to lie this time – I went to another place that sold zines but that was closed so I left one of my mega man zines under their shutter blind and headed to the cross club.
The other zine place never got back to me, fuckers, even though I left my e-mail. I try not to dwell on things like this but it’s hard, especially when I wrote the word ‘e-mail’ in Czech.
The Cross Club…
it was well-designed and the floor was sticky from the night before and I guess it was the right time cos they had the cometbus zine, issue 54, and more than that, they had a portal in one of the back rooms that led to other zine stores including one in Hong Kong that I’d never heard of, and from that portal you could even go further, to all the planets in Blake’s 7, which never looked that Read more…
While doing almost nothing on this site for 6 months, we’ve been busy doing another zine elsewhere…we’ll still put stuff on here from time to time and use it as a base of some kind, but if you wanna keep up to date in a faster way then go here:
Zine: Psycho Holosuite [Issue 1]
Pages: 80 [print version], 90 [e-version]
Contributors: Berit Ellingsen, Frankie Sachs, Soren Melville [cover artist], Thomas Stolperer, Marc Horne, Tyson Bley and me [Oli].
Release date: Sept. 1st 2015
Publication: Every 3 months hopefully
Unlike the Gupter Puncher zines I’ve done before, I really like the name of this one.
The issue number was going to be higher to give the impression the zine’s been running for longer than it has, but I scrapped that idea and just went with ‘1’.
80 Pages isn’t that many, even with 6 other contributors.
The first issue of this zine will deal with a] authenticity and b] dread.
The stories will be alive and integrated fluidly into the zine, not just put down on the page to be admired.
There will be e-mails and comments and tangents all over the place.
There will be time travel and dying astronauts and riker from Star Trek [barely] and a hybrid designed specifically to colonise Mars.
There will be a Ray Bradbury piss-take.
There will even be notes for most of the Freddy films written by me pretending to be Robert Englund. Read more…
The bouncer wouldn’t let him in with the bag.
He didn’t want to go in anyway.
It was Friday night, there was no space inside, and it was some part of London he didn’t know or care about. Jay wanted to come here, not him.
‘I told you, not with the luggage, mate.’
‘There’s nothing in it.’
‘Just some books…’
‘Not with the bag.’
‘…not…I’m not doing anything with it.’
‘I’m not telling you again.’
‘Okay, relax, man, I’m going…see, I’m going.’
Billy tried to go, but there were too many people to get past.
A few seconds later, the bouncer put a hand on Billy’s shoulder.
‘Move to the side, mate.’
‘You’re in the way.’
‘Man…’ Read more…
NOTE: I’ve never been to Sticky, but I have mailed zines there 3-4 times.
Oli: You’re based in Melbourne, in a subway tunnel as far as I can tell [I might be wrong]. Is it a good place for zines?
Sticky: We have been based in the tunnel under the main train station in Melbourne since 2001. It took a while to get the word out that we are here but we have been around so long now that people know where to find us. I spent the first few years writing letters to as many zines as I could find asking them to send zines to us, I don’t have to do that any more as the zines come to us.
Oli: I remember you said you could only take 10 or so of our zines as your shop was so small. There’s a record shop in HK that can only fit 4-5 people in at any one time. Is yours on that level or bigger?
Sticky: The shop is very small. Maybe the size of a living room. But we have managed to support over 12,000 individual zine titles from all around the world since we opened in 2001. And the rent is very cheap. If we moved above ground our rent would literally be 10 times what we currently pay so we are happy to stay where we are.
Oli: I live in Hong Kong and I found you. Do you get a lot of people from different countries sending you stuff?
Sticky: We get a lot of Australian zines, New Zealand zines, American zines, Canadian zines, UK zines, one of our best sellers is the Latvian comics collection ‘Kus’.
Oli: Do you focus on political zines, perzines or Jim Jarmusch style zines? Read more…
You can download the PDF of this issue for free right here – Gupter Puncher Issue 16
In this issue, if you haven’t picked up a print copy yet, is:
Tyson Bley and Menace High
2 Star Trek poems
Marc Horne vs Shenmue
Paul Mannering saying why he wanted to slaughter babies in ‘Tankbread’
Mario vs Brian Oliu
Mega Man 2
Tomomi Leung in Berlin with Richard Kelly
Ti West vs Beach Sloth
and other stuff
As you can see from the names, some things in this were written by Tyson Bley, Tomomi Leung, Beach Sloth, Brian Oliu, 2 Takes Frakes and Marc Horne
Marc Horne is a shitty TV scriptwriter in LA. He wrote ‘Two Broke Girls’ and ‘Holy fuck, justice, what are you doing here?’ He also wrote Automatic Assassin, published by zizek press.
Brian Oliu is a guy from Alabama who wrote a book about Nintendo games. Look it up. He also likes WWE Raw.
Beach Sloth writes very short poems and flies the flag for alt-lit.
2 Takes Frakes is a guy I found on a star trek forum who is a decent writer, wrote the 2 trek poems and probably existed before I found him.
Tomomi Leung is an actress who never seems to get any parts.
Tyson Bley is an ‘anti-universal translator’ poet living near Hamburg.
* Next issue will be available probably in January. Maybe.
Name: Black Star Books
Where? Dunedin, New Zealand
What kind of zines? Anarchist, feminist, perzines, Xena fan fiction
Doesn’t NZ only have around 5 million people? Possibly. But you don’t need that many to keep an info shop running.
Do they have a life-size replica of Lucy Lawless next to the counter? Nope, not that kind of shop.
[This is one of those places I’ve never been to, but I heard about it from others so I e-mailed Black Star and asked some questions…]
Oli: Most small book shops in Hong Kong look pretty bleak. Zine stores and info-shops in general, too. Your place is the opposite. Why so colourful?
Black Star: Colours are rad.
Oli: You use the name ‘Black Star Books Collective.’ Does it have anything to do with science-fiction?
Black Star: Nope… we are a collective which strives to operate along anarchist principles such as anti-authoritarian consensus decision making processes and other fun things like that A black star is an anarchist symbol…
Oli: Wikipedia says Dunedin has 127,000 people. Not tiny, but not huge either. Is it a struggle to get people into your shop? Read more…