About The Zine
The zine is called On Anthroposcenery. It’s a bummed-out sort of fanzine about recent Bjork, Radiohead and Bad Seeds releases, and it’s also about personal writing and the relationship between biography and art. Get in touch if you want one, because they’re exclusive except in my house.
Q & A
Rebecca Cheers is a writer and third-year BFA student at QUT. She writes mostly for print and theatre and has edited Woolf Pack, a Golden Stapler-winning zine publishing femme and non-binary artists, since 2014. Her theatre work has been featured in the Anywhere Festival and Fresh Blood Festival, and she has contributed to Voiceworks, the QUT Literary Salon and Yarn Storytelling.
Why did you start creating zines?
I had the classic origin story where I was told to visit Sticky Institute around 2013 and had my mind permanently blown. After than, I looked around at my brilliant friends and noticed that some of us weren’t making things, and some of us wanted to but weren’t sure how or who with. So zines became this site for creative collaboration. I was also starting to chase my Writing Dreams, but hadn’t enrolled in my BFA yet or really talked to anyone about it, and was understandably being rejected by publications a lot. So zines gave me a refreshing agency.
What is your experience of the community?
The first zine we made, Woolf Pack #1 was collaborative, so it came with a community built in. But a lot of us hadn’t made zines before. We mostly found other zine people through the Zine and Indie Comics Symposium, flying down to Sticky Institute for Festival of the Photocopier, and places like Junky Comics. Zine people throw very nice parties and are understanding when I leave them early.
What advice would you give?
Immediately just do it. I know that’s annoying advice in most contexts, but in zines it’s justified. There’s no writing-related medium more suited to flinging things of various stickinesses at the wall, and there’s no one to ask for permission to do it even if you wanted to. This zine in particular is one of those things that was haunting my brain and that had to I violently exorcise in the course of an evening. That’s not the way everyone does it, but in any case I don’t think it’s romanticising to say that zines are a good time to abandon perfectionism and just get stuck into something.