Zinefest is less than twenty-four hours away and again I’ve left this until the last minute. Don’t fret though, I am trying to cultivate my unreliability into an attractive character trait. If I keep going people will call me spontaneous and creative and no one will feel let down when my output is late and underwhelming.
To celebrate, I have prepared a brief showcase of some of our stockers who will be at the event! Off we go:
Hayden Currie, Book No 1 You may know Hayden’s work from Zinefest’s poster this year. You may also recognise his witty, irreverent style from various gig posters around Wellington. He’s kind of a big deal, and for good reason. His work maneuvers itself beautifully between bathos and complex, layered humour. He’s warm and charming and sometimes ridiculous, and sometimes he appeals to a certain kind of immature humour you’d thought you’d grown out of. It’s difficult to categorise Book because there’s so much going on, but I promise at least some of will appeal to everyone.
Lucy Meyle, Good Grief I spend a lot of time thinking about Lucy Meyle. More than I’d like to admit. I wrote a thing about her in Salient (http://salient.org.nz/arts/lucy-meyle) once. He work is at times sparse and quiet, epigrammatic aphorisms and half-drawn limbs combine to make brief, breath-taking narratives. At times is filled with fury, and thick, black ink. It’s evocative and subtle and I’m worried that if she found out how much I love her she’d issue a restraining order. She also won Best of the Fest at Auckland Zinefest this year, so clearly I’m not alone.
Potroast I’m going to begin by telling you that I heard once that Emily Perkins provided testimony for Potroast’s Creative New Zealand funding application. That’s a big deal. Nothing can top Emily’s seal of approval so I needn’t say anything more. But I will. It would be enough for Potroast to consistently publish engaging, diverse, and demanding work from established and emerging writers and artists from New Zealand and abroad, but something must be said for the care they take in presenting this work. Each issue is a work of art, both compact and sprawling, pleasing to the eye and challenging. They have recently released their 12th issue and they remain as dynamic and energetic as ever. And they’re super, super nice people to talk to.
Those of you I’ve missed out, and there are many, I sincerely apologise. It is because of my poor planning and ineptitude, I promise. Hayden, Lucy and Potroast will all be at Zinefest on the 24th November at James Cabaret (5 Hania Street). Matchbox will also selling a selection of zines from our stockers who couldn’t make it to the event including Sarah McNeill, Little Caravan Publications, Hue & Cry, Seraph Press and (I’m so sorry for this. Like my unreliability, I’m trying to sculpt my self-indulgence into something more palatable) myself.