Last Thursday the lovely, vintage tiled cellar space of 2022NQ very kindly played host to the X Small Press Zine and Print Fair. The event was organised by second year students as the culmination of their Unit X course in which they had been tasked with writing, designing and producing their own zine publications.
The quality, variety and imaginative force of the zines was amazing, as was the turn out. The space was crowded throughout the 3 hour fair, with some exhibitors sell out of their wares.
In all around 20 different publications and many more prints, badges, postcards etc were on sale. Sadly I only have space to mention a few highlights here:
Misty’s Mum, a zine made in tribute to the 1970’s supernatural girls comic Misty. Misty’s Mum (aka Joanna Ortiz) was there to offer free Tarot reading and spooky jelly sweets.
Banana zine , perhaps not surprisingly a zine all about banana’s made by Abigail Woodhouse and Steph Coathupe – top (if a little mystifying) banana fact “It takes 30 Bananas to kill a full grown man”…
Stomach Pump, Callum Higgins was so inspired by his Dad’s Sci-Fi zine from the 1980’s he decided to recreate it for 2013, including an editorial from his Dad Steve Higgins.
-/-, a zine investigating communication and miscommunication, would get my vote for best presentation, with the creators Kayleigh Haydon and Charley Beddows constructing a themed environment including special lighting, vintage typewriter and fax roll print outs.
Beer Mat, a zine all about pub games, comes with a free beermat art work, by Caitlin Giligan, Sarah Casebury and Stephanie Wain.
Exhibizine, put together using the Surrealist technique of Exquisite Corpse, by Rachel Taylor, Olivia Patterson, Lipmunn Tang and Kate Ashcroft.
Drifter, tracing wanderings and evoking certain places through drawings, by Bea Shireen, Bethany Thompson, Stephanie Shaw, Harry Fryer and Jessica Ip.
By Rosemary Shirley