Zine Fest Kuching

UPDATE: The fest would be postponed to 14th September 2013. Date is confirmed. More time for you to work on your zine!! Sorry for any inconveniences!

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The Future Belongs to the Independents!

You probably have noticed the trend already that independently produced materials, be it an album or a (fan/maga)zine is now gaining momentum. Small independent book publishers are popping up everywhere, steering themselves away from the hierarchical, creativity-restrictive “big” book publishers. The very same thing that you can observe over at the music scenes. There are of course various factors that lead to that, prominently the accessibility to tools provided by technology along with the global communications it enable.

This is the age of the independents.

The global punk community, if we may say it, pave the way towards this zeitgeist of seizing back the means of production lost by the ‘little people’ since Industrial Revolution. People became consumers rather than producers and the punk subculture has provided a living example, a model, a framework to produce independently without any reliance to fat funds, hence the “Bibliopunk”. The punk community has been churning out their own communicative media before the days of blogspots, mailing lists or forums: they did it by producing zines.

In this convention we celebrate zines as a grassroot, counter-hegemonic and self-liberative publication. Zines are akin to leaflets or flyers distributed during a revolution, the difference is it is more ‘periodical’ than an ad hoc leaflet. While we are at it, we are celebrating the print form to (as opposed to the ‘digital form’ of blogs etc- yes, we realise the irony of promoting it online) partially because of nostalgia (punks love traditional format- tapes? vinyls?) and partially because of pleasure, the tangible feeling of holding, smelling, reading a book is not the same as reading from a Kindle or iPad.


That should suffice for introduction.

This event will be held at Phantom Limb, Kota Samarahan on the 4th May 2013(Postponed till further notice). Among the suggested activities are:

Zine/Book Talk: featuring zine makers from the whole Southeast Asia, hopefully friends Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia and elsewhere could participate. Will try to get a few “established” writers to be on the roster, if any of the Lejen are interested. Talk can be organised in the form of Forums/Panels with moderator.

3-Hour (because 24 is too much) Make-A-Zine: making a zine on the spot together with other friends and get it copied immediately (we will try to haul up a photostat machine to out venue at 2nd Floor)

Zine Readings: Zine makers read from their selected writings.

Writing workshop: learn it from the pros. Yes, zines should have no rules to it, but hey, you wouldn’t know what the “teachers” could teach you in improving your input!

Buku Jalanan Booth– we will try to bring good Street Library people (also Occupy Kuching) to our venue to share their pick of books with us.

Zine-Trade areas: Trade your zines in this area! Give it out for free! Trade zines with kisses and hugs!

Zine-on-Screen: screening of documentaries on zines.

Zine-sing: erm, acoustic segment where people sing about zines, anyone?

Book swaps: Books on your shelf are not going anywhere after you read them, why not swap it? Why not lent it out?

Foods, drinks, music and potlucks!



This would not be a one-off activity. Longterm plans “might” include:

1) Fortnight Reading Circle- Marxism, Postmodernism, Philosophy- whatever you fancy- each member could be distributed a Chapter to read beforehand, and have the content discussed. “Expert” moderator from nearby University is highly possible to be invited to guide our understanding.

2) Literacy Programme: teach kids nearby Samarahan to read, write and maybe, make their own zines.

3) Zine distro: we could form a team when like-minded individuals gather… and maybe, establish a zine library at Phantom Limb, if there’s people to run it.

Date is also tentative & subjected to change. Keep yourself updated.
Volunteers are especially welcomed! Contact for details.

DIY/independent Book Publishers interested to sponsor Books or like to have their promotional material distributed or provide any form of assistance is most welcomed. Books not Bombs!

Further info: midinrecords(at)gmail.com

Further interactions/latest announcement: Facebook Event Page


All-original artworks by Wukhard (flyer), Shieko Reto (mastheads) and Vitro (school owl).