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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | June 2, 2020

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Zine fair at Southside Tea Room Brisbane

Lyneta Darlington

Picture this; Sunday afternoon, a sea of good-looking people, overflowing beverages and stacks of interesting zines and comics to peruse and purchase at your leisure. Where is this niche fantasy location you ask? It’s the Zine fair at Southside Tea Room, of course!

Zines, for those who may be questioning the term, are generally self-published works of original texts and images. Usually printed as cheaply as possible, zines may not be as glamorous as their glossy, newsagent counterparts but their content is always unique, often intelligent and occasionally downright weird.

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Being a smaller city, Brisbanites could be forgiven for thinking these publications are few and far between, or that there is little content worth compiling together, but stalls by Bad Teeth, UQ Women’s Collective, Nancy Zine, Slubs, Phatsville Comix and a few more have proved that Brisbane’s zine collective is alive and well. Moreover, many of the artists produced more than just traditional zines and comics. Badges, holographic cards, sketches, matchbox issues and recipe books were also available for purchase.

Put together by Nancy Zine Editor, Holly Riding, in conjunction with the kind folk at Southside Tea Room, the event was a success for Brisbane’s creative population. Miss Riding hopes it inspires more people to get involved.

“It was great to see so many Brisbane creatives together in one place. I hope it encourages similar events or even more people to try and make their own zine,” she said.

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Be sure to check out the links for more info about the zines. You can also pick up copies of Nancy Zine at Brew café, Atavist Books, and Southside Tea Room.

Southside Tea Room has been using events like the zine fair to carve its name as one of the city’s most vibrant new venues. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for a whole range of cool things like standup comedy nights, mortal kombat tournaments and music gigs.