Uhh Sorry for the lack of posts recently, life got busy.... But we are back with a bang and this week we take a look at aussie produced Death Zine! Check out our Q&A with the guys behind this cool & interesting zine....!!
AB: So, Who are the team behind Death Zine?
DZ: DEATH is made by two Melburnians. Dan administrates files in the archives at the Architecture & City Planning Society. Cameron works in cotton & fabric wholesaling.
Hi Dan & Cameron! Nice to meet you!
AB: How did it all begin, Tell us how Death Zine became a thing?
DZ: DEATH zine became a thing because we interested in the idea of punk; the different meanings that has for people and what the common aspect was that everybody shared. What did we think was important about punk as an idea? Because to us, it was about enacting yourself, impressing yourself upon things and that vitality was really important. The drive towards living that way comes from death, the presence of this idea of dying.
We wanted to explore that, though writing, and we wanted to do something that felt punk to us, without thinking 'what should punk look like?'
AB: Do you guys collaborate with other illustrators/designers or content creators or is it a more “In-House” production?
DZ: The first issue is all in house. The second issue is at least half from other contributors, which is great because they've all come from online. We haven't met any of them, we've just had people respond to submission call outs, or we've tracked people down if they have cool content up.
AB: You guys, I believe, are based in Melbourne, Australia. How is the zine scene out there? Do you guys have a big local community of fellow DIY creators and zine makers?
DZ: Death is mailed out from where we make it, which is in a garage in Melbourne suburbia. We don't stock it in the stores in Melbourne, because at the moment, it's a special thing that you can only get in a crisp orange envelope through the mail.
But Melbourne has an ultra active zine community, with stores and events going on all over the place. We have an annual Festival of the Photocopier just for zines.
AB: What is the main theme behind each zine? Do you have a continuing theme or tone of voice or do you feel like it changes per issue?
DZ: Bringing in outside contributors means the tone will have to change. We think of death as punk literature. But it's become its own thing a bit. Death as an idea sets the overall tone. I think that's a deep enough topic that it can sustain itself over times and issues.
AB: I see you only have two issues up on your shop at the moment. Is there a 3rd issue on the way? Can you give us any sneak peeks as to what it is all about?
DZ: At the moment we have issue 1 of death, and we have a one-off called Badass Motherfucking Colouring Book. So issue 2 is on the way. We'll show you the cover, which is looking awesome. It's carrying a similar tone; do things, be, break things, die.
That motherfucking colouring book does look pretty badass.... think I need a copy :D
AB: Where do you want or see Death Zine going? Do you think it could reach magazine level and readership, or do you want it to hold onto its zine roots?
DZ: We definitely want it to get bigger. If we could print it as a magazine, we would. At this stage, though, we'll probably aim for five or ten issues and have it as a discrete project, where we can reach and end point and feel good about having done something. It's good to have good things end sometimes, so we want it to be something good when we end it.
AB: Are there any other zines out there that you guys at Death Zine admire or look up to. Any inspiring & cool zines we should check out?
DZ: I'm sure there are, but none I can think of. Our local record store has a shelf for zines and for home-made cassettes. Those are the kind of people that inspire us. People who do something, just go and do it. It's cool to make your own music and record it onto a cassette and sell it for $8. Find those people. They are around.
AB: Are there any specific sources, designers, illustrators etc that have particularly inspired the artistic direction of the zine? Or is it more of its own creative entity that really just formed its self?
DZ: Music was a big one though the zine isn't about music. Gorilla Biscuits, Two Nuns and A Pack Mule, Big Black. Those are some bands/works that have the same kind of energy we have.
AB: To round it off, 3 words that describe Death Zine to anyone who may not have read an issue, or know about you guys.
DZ: break. the. trees
Well there it is guys! Go break the trees!
If you like what you see here, i'll link below to there shop & social media so you can keep up on all things Death Zine.
Cheers for the Q&A guys.....mucho appreciated!
Check out a sneak peek of there next zines cover below.....