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Reviewed: Secrets of the Photocopier vs. Jutchy Ya Ya #48

David Prater just posted up a review of
all of the reviews his latest poetry book, Leaves of Glass, received in 2014
, noting that even though there were only 5 for the year, that’s a pretty good swag for a book of contemporary Australian poetry.

Many books never get so many as that. That they’re all effusively complementary, and placed in undeniably venerable journals, is certainly a bonus, David says.

It got me thinking about the world of the zinemaker and the even more precarious likelihood of anyone ever reviewing your work ever, ever. David may be rightfully stoked to have scored 5x reviews for his poetry book in a single year, but from my perspective I’m 100x more stoked when I hear about even one review of any of my zines in a single year.

No matter whether it’s negative or positive, the simple acknowledgement of existence that’s embodied in a zine review always leaves me with a warm glow. Hence this link to Secrets of the Photocopier’s review of Jutchy Ya Ya #48.

Elle may have concluded that my zine is trying so hard to be nice, quirky and humble that it ends up being smug and annoying, but I’m of the school of thought that this conclusion is largely a matter of taste, choosing instead to be pleased that someone took the time to read one of my zines carefully and with deliberation, describing it in enough detail that any independent reader of the resulting review could easily make their own mind up about whether or not to risk the time and effort it might take to chase down a copy so they could experience Jutchy Ya Ya #48 for themselves.

Which you can also do by clicking here, if you’re so inclined.

Edit: Elle read this and got in touch to clarify with me that she doesn’t think I’m trying to be nice – she thinks I am nice, which can still be annoying all the same. Which I totally understand and which is also very sweet of her.

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Jutchy Ya Ya #48: Though Their Eyes of Flame May Sometimes Prove Searchlights…


And here comes another issue of my Jutchy Ya Ya zine, #48 to be exact, hot off the presses and just champing at the bit to get into your hands/on your screens so you can:

  • Read all about JRR Tolkien’s take on Beowulf
  • Find out more about the story behind the naming of the city of Bendigo
  • Enjoy tangential references to various godly scribes from a range of mythologies
  • Revel in pun-based definitions of children’s mispronounciations
  • Soak up a long list of neopulp mashups of literary classics

All for free.

I’ve been getting proactive about distribution of my Jutchies of late, so if you’re looking to track one down you could do worse than try:

Or, if you want, you can contact me through this site and I could arrange for me to mail one to you. I’m good like that.

And if you want to check out some older issues, don’t say we never did nothin’. Check out the Jutchy Ya Ya page over here or the plethora of Jutchies on issuu.

The choice, as they say, is yours.

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Jutchy Ya Ya: On an As-Is Basis

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Jutchy Ya Ya
#47 is the forty-fourth-or-thereabouts issue of my occasional (and also free) zine, which I have been making since the turn of the century at ever-greater intervals. Sometimes I deliberately work toward a theme when I sit down to make a Jutchy Ya Ya, and sometimes a theme tends to present itself after the fact. This time around I’ve detected a slight theme relating to fine print/disclaimers/terms of usage, but also quite a bit of stuff about narwhals. So yeah, if you like the sound of:

  • Random facts about narwhals
  • Me talking about the time I interviewed Tori Amos
  • An email exchange I had with Cory Doctorow about the efficacy of ethically based boycotts
  • Random facts about pangolins
  • Cartoons of Narwhals and Pangolins wearing boxing gloves
  •  Reading fine print

This zine could be the one for you.

You can download or screen-read Jutchy Ya Ya #47 at issuu or on Scribd, or if you want one made of actual paper you can contact me at adamatsya [narwhal] gmail {pangolin} com or pay a visit to either ye olde Sticky Zine Store in Melbourne or yon venerable Format Zine Shop in Adelaide. If you’re in the Castlemaine area you might also keep an eye out for it at Castlemaine Railway Station or Wesley Hill Market.

Oh and ta muchly for checking it out. Hope you like it.

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Jutchy Ya Ya: Lorem Ipsum, Hats & Howard Jones

Here’s a couple of more-recent-than-the-ones-preceding-them issues of Jutchy Ya Ya for your perusal. Those newer to this blog might not have encountered one of these yet, so as they say in the Phantom comics: for those who came in late…

Jutchy Ya Ya is the irregular 8-page zine I’ve been doing on and off for the last (*gasp*) twelve years wherein I take the opportunity to fill said 8 pages with whatever takes my fancy at as quick-sticks a rate as I can manage. Back in the day that translated to a good way to spend a hungover Sunday afternoon, but these days it’s more about short snatches of time on intercity public transport.

Either way they seem to get done eventually, at which point I hand them out for free, leave them lying in public spaces for the curious to take home or the custodial staff to recycle, and upload them to the interwebs for downloadimation.

The latest two Jutchies to emerge from their hiding spot are issues 44 and 46 (yeah there’s a story behind that but I’ll save it for later), affectionately known around these parts as “the Lorem Ipsum one” and the “hats and Howard Jones” one.

The former is an exploration of the multiple applications of everyone’s favourite dummy text for layout testing, applying it to everything from comics to SMSes. You can read it online for yourself right here at issuu.com, or download a .pdf for reading on your offline technology of choice by clicking on the pic below.

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The latter features a personal essay about my late-in-life aquisition of the proclivity to wear hats upon my head, more photos of myself than I’ve run in one of my own zines for some time, some tips on hat etiquette and a quiz testing said tips, counterpointed with a small celebration of a Howard Jones gig I went to recently. You can read it online for yourself right hereat issuu.com, or download a .pdf by clicking on the pic below.

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There’s also a physical iteration of these suckers, which you will soon be able to chase down at Melbourne’s Sticky, Adelaide’s Format or Castlemaine’s Railway Station. Or if you ask nicely in the comments I’ll send you one in the post.

And if all that does is whet your appetite for more rambly 8-page zines, have we got a surprise for you! Bazillions more Jutchy back issues can be found elswhere on this site, but I’m not saying where (oh, okay they’re here).

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Jutchy Ya Ya: The Brain of a Robot

So at the start of the year I says to myself, I says, Adam, I says, why not aim to make up for the relative paucity of Jutchy Ya Ya production over the last few years, I says, why not make up for it by committing, I says, to making one issue a month? I mean, I says to myself, that’s not too much to ask is it? I says, one eight-page zine a month? I says, that’s two pages a week, how hard could that be? I says. That’s not a bad idea, I says, I might just do that and all, I says. Two pages? Sorted.

Come April and I’ve done two issues. The more mathematically minded among you have already done the calculations and are now shaking your heads at my inability to meet such a seemingly simple and straightforward goal.

The more charitable among you will murmur something kind about prolific zine production being the province of twentysomething unmarried childless freelancers and point out the difficulty that late-thirtysomething mortgagee public servants with two children under five have in finding time to dedicate to creative pursuits.

For which I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and in gratitude dedicate Jutchy Ya Ya #43, its stories about people I have met online who apparently lied to me about inventing action figures I loved as a child, its excerpting of bureaucratic guidelines re: arts funding and creative writing, and its photos of strange public art, to you.

As always, an online version of Jutchy Ya Ya #43 is available to read or download at issuu.com, or you can check out the JYY listing in the shop to find out how to get a print copy of your own. Options abound, from checking out zine distros that stock JYY to sending stamps or even taking out a 12-issue subscription.

Let’s see if we can’t pick up the pace as we head into mid-2011, and pick up the slack left by those two non-zinemaking months, shall we? All I’d have to do is just make three issues this month and we’d be square. How hard could it be?

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Jutchy Ya Ya: Presented by the citizens of Yapeen

I actually kind of forgot I had this one lying around here. I’ve been a bit remiss in the follow-through for my zines over the last couple of years, content to hand them to friends, post about them here and leave them at Castlemaine Railway Station, occasionally widening their distribution by dropping a handful at Sticky, and then otherwise calling it a night. I used to mail a bunch out to people too, but somewhere along the line I sort of stopped, mainly because money got a little tight for postage (yeah I know how crap that sounds, but there you go…).

Anyway I’ve resolved to re-embark on introducing the world to Jutchy Ya Ya and as such I’ve started approaching a few distros here and overseas to see whether I can maintain some level of actual distribution for these things, maybe have the occasional stranger read one, that sort of thing.

To that end allow me to announce issue #42 of my ten-years-and-counting “flagship” zine, this particular issue dealing largely with public plaques and contemporary dinosaur science, with a tip of the hat to some kids’ books I’ve enjoyed of late.

As always said issue is up at issuu.com, as are a few more recent back issues, to be read online or downloaded as a .pdf for later consumption, but if you want to hold a print copy in your own two hands you can always a) leave a comment here or contact me via the details in the right hand margin to discuss swappage, or b) head to the shoppage to score a copy or two, or a 12-issue subscription even.

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Bendigo zinesters + New Jutchy Ya Ya

Last month Lauren Mitchell from the Bendigo Advertiser interviewed me for an article she was putting together on zines in the local area. I had a nice little email chat with her and made a mental note to pick up the Addy on the weekend when the story was due to be published.

As I said to Lauren in an email after reading the article in question, too often articles about zines have an either bemused or befuddled tone to them, and this one had neither. It was a real pleasure to read, and an inspiration too – I’ll be trying very soon to find some time to track down the other zines and zinesters mentioned in the article (links to whom are contained at the end of said article – click on the pics below for readable embiggenation).

And while we’re on the topic of zines, witness the latest in a longish line of Jutchy Ya Yas, specifically issue #41, featuring ramblings about twitter, Christmas and apostrophes, as well as guest appearances by Andre Gregory, Ferris Bueller and the Venerable Bede.

Jutchy Ya Ya 41 - Forgettin' 'bout the ghetto and rappin' for the pop charts

As always it’s available for online reading or download from the lovely folks at Issuu, or if you want to hold a paper copy in your hand you can usually find them at Sticky in Melbourne, or at Castlemaine train station if you’re passing through. Alternatively you can always leave a comment below and we can talk swaps or even subscriptions if you’re that way inclined.


Ballarat Writers zine workshop

I’m heading back to the old home town for three consecutive weekends to run a zinemaking workshop on behalf of The Ballarat Writers Centre. The workshop will take place on Saturday mornings from 10-12 on the 22nd and 29th of May and the 5th of June. It’s all happening at the Ballarat Learning Exchange in Camp Street – number 36 Camp Street to be precise.

It’s rare to get six whole hours to run one of these workshops, so if you’re or someone you know is in the Ballarat area and you or they’d be interested in some lazy saturday morning zinemaking, then come along. Even if you can’t make all three workshops, you’re more than welcome to just show up for one or two.

We’ll be doing a bunch of writing, drawing some comics, reviewing other peoples’ zines, cutting up old books and magazines and (fingers crossed) even doing some actual live real honest-to-goodness photocopying.

Plus it’s free.


Who is Behind the Fat Man in Line?

I finished another zine last week as part of the latest round of Target 168, the “make a zine in 168 hours” project that the Sticky Institute runs every so often, this time around as part of the annual Festival of the Photocopier.

Once again, being unable to attend anything at the Eff-Oh-Pee because of geographical, familial and employment considerations, I participated remotely from my laptop and knocked up a wee 12-pager (including covers) in response to the theme du jour: question cards from some random 1980s video boardgame called Commercial Crazies.

This is not Commercial Crazies. This is Race Around the Pangolin.

Said 12-pager is a zine called Who is Behind the Fat Man in Line?, which I must say I’m happier with than my last Target 168 offering, which was part of last year’s Eurovision-themed round, mainly because this second bite of the T168 cherry features a good deal less snark and a lot more robots. Back in my personal comfort zone, I am.

Who is Behind the Fat Man in Line? follows a kind of six-degrees-of-separation stream of logic, jumping from the aforementioned Commercial Crazies boardgame to a make-your-own Trevor “The Buggles” Horn paper doll  via Harvey Birdman Attorney-at-Law,1960s Japanese cartoons, the use of the name “Tobor” in popular culture, fictional boardgames and the circa-1920 Czechoslovakian origin of the word “robot”.

If that sounds like something that you’d like to read, well you can. Either contact me here (in the comments or via the about me page) to talk swappage or purchasage of a print version, or head over to the electronic (and a bit in colour) version over at issuu.com.


workshop: zines at Signal – the aftermath

Did that zine workshop at Signal last night. Seven keen beans showed up and listened patiently to my ziney opinions, then played along with my zinemaking games.

We wrote rants and stream of consciousness diatribes. We reviewed zines from the pile I’d brought from my personal stash. We copied out recently-played lists from our iPods and funny texts from our phones. We cut up books about sharks and old Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books, back-issues of Dolly, Cleo, The Monthly and New Scientist and stuck things down to make pretty new juxtapositions.

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