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…
Here’s the numbers so far:
1000 zines total
500 to the post office and various places around the world
100 still in the box
and 400 distributed in Hong Kong because I live here and it’s not the cultural void that everyone says it is.
Here’s where I put them [the international ones will come up in the next few weeks] so if you’re in HK, go to one of these places and pick one up.
HK READER, Mong Kok
I’ve always said this place needs a decent designer to come in and sort it out, but it’s got a decent selection of books, mostly philosophy and politics, so I’m not exactly sure why they take our zine, but they always do. Maybe cos it’s free.
KONZEPP, Sheung Wan
It’s got a funky yellow entrance and lots of stuff that’s completely non-zine related, but it seems to be a popular place in HK. Their FB page has something like 180,000 likes, which means they either have a lot of friends or there are 180,000 people in HK who like the shop. Read more…
After a year of doing nothing zine-wise, we’ve woken up and made a new one.
No. of pages: 56
Cover image: our own version of the menu screen from Mega Man 2 [see above]
Print run: 1,000
That’s a lot to get rid of, so if you’re interested in spreading some around for us, send us an e-mail and we’ll mail you some.
We’d really like to have a crack at South America this time as we’ve never put any zines there…if you’re in Chile, Brazil or Argentina or anywhere really, let us know…
Man, even if you’re in Hull or Lands End, let us know, we’ll send almost anywhere…
What’s in the zine this issue?
Better stuff than last time.
Tomomi Leung in Berlin making a film with Richard Kelly called ‘The Sucking’
Marc Horne and Japanese revenge Read more…
Place: Zines of the Zone [not a place, but a travelling zine tour around Europe]
How do they travel? Slowly. In the Mystery Machine.
Is Chevy Chase with them? Nope.
Beverly D’Angelo? Nope.
Note: I haven’t been to one of their events because I live in Hong Kong, so this interview was done mid-distance in Tehran, with all of us wearing ‘Argo’ beards, even Julie.
Oli: You’re taking zines all around Europe…will you be visiting every country [even Ukraine]?
Julie HASCOËT & Guillaume THIRIET: We really wish to explore every country – and not only in Europe.
From January to July 2014, we organized a tour across Europe and stopped in about 30 countries / 60 cities. There are still a few European countries that we did not / or could not visit (for one reason or another), and Ukraine was one of these countries.
We really wish to organize a trip around Belarus / Ukraine / and Russia in the future. We have contacts (in both the 3 countries) that are excited about this idea, and who wish to help us organize a new tour.
Julie: We would love to discover every different zine scene from all over the planet. If there is no zine scene, our aim is to share our collection with local people, and maybe open new perspectives for them to create, self-publish, experiment. In Ukraine, for example, there is a very interesting photographic scene, but (if we refer, for example, to this interview about young Ukrainian photographers – published by Miniclick: http://miniclick.co.uk/2014/08/25/interview-roman-pyatkovka-of-upha), it appears that the zine scene in Ukraine is not that developed – and it could be very interesting for us to collaborate with local structure, photographers and people.
Oli: When I put zines somewhere, I usually focus on the capital cities first. In your experience so far, is this the best tactic, or is it better to aim for smaller cities/towns/fields? Read more…
Nagi Shoku-do, Vegan Zine place, Shibuya, Japan
Just dropped off some gupters, planet rasputins and automatic assassins. Time to eat.
Hmm…guy in Jinbei pajamas with blonde hair and a cat-full-of-milk face is talking to what I have to call acolytes.
“Why you think I’m a smart guy?”
“Well, actually I don’t like that word smart, but…”
“I’m a smart guy because I know Newton’s law. Yeah. Everything gonna change. Steve Job. People don’t want new… people want better. I’m gonna control your dreams. Yeah. Silicon valley, I go tomorrow. You know why. My new technology…shhh… secret. I know your dreams. People want it.”
“Wow! You are so charismatic!”
“Yeah. You know why. I am the son of the god.”
[Embarrassed but aroused laughter]
“Look at picture of me in Korean newspaper.”
Then he holds up his phone and shit he’s waving at me.
“Very handsome. What do you do here?”
Me: “I dropped off some zines and novels…”
“You a writer? That’s why you eat alone. You so full of the world you got to be alone.”
“You a writer so you think. You got to know the meaning of things. Tell me. What is the difference between ‘destiny’ and ‘destination.’”
[Shit…got to perform here. Got to deliver. But I don’t believe in Destiny.]
“Um. Destiny is like…something people make up after something big happens. Like, it was Hitler’s destiny to rule Germany. After he does it. Destination is like… where you actual decide to go.”
“Hmm. You famous writer? Your books bestsellers? We heard of you? No. Why? You don’t know difference between destiny and destination.”
Then he gets back to talking these guys into working for his company where ‘thinking=fucking’ and they use the 24 clock only because…I guess…day and night are for pussies or something.
Oh the answer to destiny vs destination is “Destination+Destination+Destination+Destination [long pause] Deeeeeeeeestiny.”
Photos turned out s-h-i-t because that asshole was bugging me again, but it’s great place I would recommend it. He’s in silicon valley now so you will have an easy time there.
for Location see the link below