Zines are the pop-tarts of literature. Homebrew issues that expound the independent, the underground and the bizarre. It’s publishing with DIY ethics. Smells Like Zines distro is named after that smell of wet ink and glue during a marathon cut and paste session.
Smells Like Zines is a Toowoomba / Queensland-based Artist Run Initiative. It started in my bedroom at home in 2010, before growing and developing into a zine physical shop @ 4/203 Margaret Street (Across from the Tatt’s). Open since 27th March 2011, the shop has seen artist residencies and exhibitions, zine launches and acoustic nights within its walls, with much more to come. Now run by Steve Towson as the Australian Cultural Library, open the first Wednesday of the month and well worth a look.
I’m passionate about setting up mini zine hubs in ARI’s, library’s, archives and alternative spaces across Australia and beyond.
Blockwork, Toowoomba, QLD currently have a zine exhibition up for November with typewriters, Hypotheticards, and zines a plenty. Check it out while you get a chance.
The distro is on hiatus while I travel around Regional VIC with Jeremy Staples and the BIZOO Book. Check out the tour schedule here for the whole tour schedule.