About the Zine
“The Adventures of the Outer-chain” details my character’s experiences with the ‘Outer-chain’: a ‘fictional’ organisation that delivers social payments and services to those in need. A compulsory part of The Outer-chain is attending S.C.A.M Employment, an employment agency, who ‘help’ their clients find work.
Anna Jacobson is a poet, writer, photographer and artist. Her poetry has been published in zines including SpeedPoets Zine, The Tundish Review and Underground Writers Zine, as well as in literary journals and anthologies. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with studies in Creative Writing and Graphic Design from QUT and a Bachelor of Photography with Honours from the Queensland College of Art. Anna was shortlisted for two categories in the 2017 Queensland Literary Awards: her unpublished memoir How to Knit a Human was shortlisted for the Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award and she was also shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Young Writers and Publishers Award. She is currently undertaking her Master of Philosophy (Creative Practice), specialising in poetry at QUT. Anna’s website is www.annajacobson.com.au
Why Did you Start Making Zines?
As a poet and artist, I’ve always been interested in the play between words and the visual. The wonderful poet and performer Pascalle Burton first introduced me to her fabulous zines: Zine-in-a-Matchbox and ‘Today, the voice you speak with may not be your own’. I also attended a workshop by lovely poet Tamryn Bennett at the Queensland Poetry Festival- “Comics Poetry: the Art of the Possible”, who inspired me to experiment more with the form.
I was inspired to create ‘The Adventures of the Outer-chain’ to give a voice to my anger and disillusionment about organisations that are created to supposedly make life easier but really only cause stress. The zine form is so accessible and the process of creating it makes my experiences feel validated and hopefully others can relate to it too. These are experiences often hard to express in any other form.
What is your Experience of the Community?
I found my local zine community by attending poetry events. Pascalle Burton performed at one of the Couplet poetry events, held at the Brisbane Square Library and sold copies of her zine ‘Today, the voice you speak with may not be your own’. Each issue contains a bonus artefact, such as free movie tickets from 1953, a bonus beard, and vintage fortune ticket readings.
Recently at the 2017 Queensland Poetry Festival, there was a Zine fair at the Bloodhound bar with many talented zine makers. I found zines through open calls for submissions online. If you’re in Brisbane, also keep an eye out for the “Zine and Indie Comic Symposium” at The Edge.
What Advice Would you give?
Create something you are passionate about- something that gives you a voice. Try experimenting more with text and visuals- it’s an exciting area full of possibilities.