Gupter Puncher Issue 16 around Hong Kong
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.
The staff in the picture didn’t seem too enthused about the zine, and had no idea who mega man was, but she was probably just being coy. Everyone knows mega man. Anyway, she was still kind enough to let me take a picture of her trying to make sense of the thing.
HOMEI CAFE, Sheung Wan
It’s a cafe in Sheung Wan, it’s tiny, and that’s pretty much all I know.
BOOM GALLERY + CAFE, Sheung Wan
The owner was decent. One of the only ones in HK who asked what the zine was about.
WHITE NOISE RECORDS, Mong Kok
This place is quite famous in HK. It’s where everyone goes to buy tickets for the indie concerts that play at Hidden Agenda. They’ve also been around for a while, which in HK means they’ve had to move location a lot due to ridiculous rent hikes.
ZOO RECORDS, Mong Kok
Another famous record shop, this one is amazingly small. You could probably fit about six people in there, but it’s still decent.
THE COMING SOCIETY, Wan Chai
Actually, it’s halfway between Wan Chai and Causeway Bay, which isn’t the best location to be in during the thirty three degree summer heat. It takes 15 minutes to walk there, and another 15 minutes to find the right stairwell to go up.
Still, it’s quite a big space, and they are the only place in Hong Kong that sells zines. Not a huge collection, maybe 10-15, but it’s better than nothing. I still can’t believe zines haven’t really made it to HK yet.
CLUB 71, Soho
With the death of Phonograph in Tsim Sha Tsui, Club 71 has been elevated to best bar in HK [by me]. I’ve read in other mags that it’s a place where political radicals hang out, but I’ve never seen any. That must mean other mags are full of shit.
CAFE CORRIDOR, Causeway Bay
Another tiny place, this one at the end of a long, narrow corridor that most people miss even though it’s on one of the busiest streets in HK. I wish there were something interesting to say about my visit there, but like most other places, they just said yes to the zine straight away and returned to making coffee.
STAR CROSSED TATTOO, Tsim Sha Tsui
I’ve always found tattoo places to be good for zines, and this one’s no different. One of the places I’ve had feedback from, as in someone found a zine there and e-mailed me to say they liked it. And I only put the zines there once before, so that’s one for one as it stands.
ABOVE SECOND GALLERY, Sheung Wan
The owner was a bit unenthusiastic about the zine the last two times I’d been to this place, but she wasn’t there this time. This gallery seems to be well-regarded in HK, and the art work I saw on the day was nice to look at. They took twenty of the zines so that’s good. Not sure what else to say really.
TFVSJS CAFE, Ngau Tau Kok
This place is quite tough to find. It’s on the tenth floor of a warehouse just past Kowloon Bay station, but the advantage of being where they are is that space is cheaper to rent, so it’s bigger than most of the other places I put zines. The design is quite nice too. Nothing flashy, but not green walls like a hospital either.
Apparently it’s run by a post-rock band, though they weren’t there when I was.
Okay, I think that’s all for HK…not the greatest place in the world to put zines, but not terrible either.