SIGN OF THE ZINES: Copier Jam curator Jeremy Staples prepares for an exciting exhibition showcasing zines from across Australia. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
SIGN OF THE ZINES: Copier Jam curator Jeremy Staples prepares for an exciting exhibition showcasing zines from across Australia. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

Learn about the world of zines

FROM the bedroom floor to the gallery wall, a new exhibition will get your creative juices flowing.

Copier Jam! curator Jeremy Staples said his exhibition would highlight the humble print publication called zines and feature the works of more than 20 artists from across Australia.

Zines are an art form that encompasses a range of mediums and creation tools.

"I've been making zines since early 2000," Staples said.

Staples said zines were not usually the glossy magazines found in newsagents.

"Zines are produced by anyone with something to say or share on any topic imaginable. They can perfect handmade tools to build and support community, as well as a great voice for the voiceless," he said.

"I've put in a lot of effort to make the exhibition as hands-on as possible.

Staples said zines originated in the '60s and '70s with fans creating magazines for their community covering niche topics.

"Zines and independent comics are about engaging with a physical publication, so I strongly suggest you make the time and soak up all these unique voices from across Australia."

But in the digital age do zines still have a place in our community?

"Absolutely," Staples said.

"What's changed is that it's grown because people can now meet and connect and get their work out there like never before."

Staples said Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Pokemon both started as zines.

"Both these publications were printed, hand-made and became monstrous household names," he said.

The official opening of Copier Jam! will take place as part of the Childers Festival at the Childers Arts Space (CHARTS) on Sunday, July 26, at 10.30am.

Staples will open the exhibition with a discussion on the art form, called the Staples Session: Zines and Indie Comic.

"I hope people are inspired and go out and make their own zines," he said.

Brisbane artist Philip Dearest will run a doodling and t-shirt making workshop from 10am-1.30pm.

Andy Paine will deliver a hands-on zine workshop from 12.30pm.



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