Bombinate #1: bees by Toby Buckley

For a reason I can't quite articulate a section of Fionn O’Shea's'helo this doesn’t have a title'has set up home in my brain:

"there was a post I saw a while ago how you can see in google stats that in every single language that google supports, someone has searched 'where do the birds go when it rains'. The post was about how it's nice that everyone everywhere hopes that the birds are ok when it rains. I hope the bees are ok when it rains." 

The wonderful Nathan Penlington over at Syndicated Zine Reviews has written a lovely review of Bombinate Issue #1: Bees! Read his piece in full here: 

Submissions are now open for Issue #4! by Toby Buckley

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We're feeling spooky!

Bombinate Issue #4 submissions are now open

Greetings, Bombineers! Issues 1, 2, 3 and 3.1 have been and gone – yep, I know we already asked for submissions for Issue 4, but that turned out to be 3.1 due to time constraints so HEY IT'S ISSUE 4 ROUND TWO HIT US UP

Issue #3.1 was launched with a bang at the Belfast Zine Market last month, and Poetry with Pride is over for another year. Summer is also coming to a close. It's raining outside for the first time in centuries. Halloween is next on the agenda, so it's time to get spooky. 

Note: If you're looking for a taste of Bombinate, you can buy our previous issues through our Etsy store

So, without any further ado, submissions are now open for Issue #4 of Bombinate! Details are as follows:

Theme: GHOULS! Send us your spookiest poems, your creepiest drawings, your scariest existential crises. Make our skin crawl! 

What do we want? I’m looking for submissions from every genre, provided I can feasibly print it in a zine (so feature films may be tricky, sorry). If you aren’t sure if what you have would be suitable, try checking out the submission guidelines or email me at bombinatezine@outlook.com.

I’m especially eager to include lots of illustrations and doodles in this issue, so please throw any relevant art my way! 

Submission Deadline: 1st September, 2018.

Submission Guidelines: Right here!

#IZM2018: A Letter by Toby Buckley

Dear Bombinate Readers, 

We're nearing the end of International Zine Month, and it's been absolutely fantastic. I'm itching to get started on #IZM2019. Today it's Day 30, and our challenge is to write a letter about how International Zine Month has gone for us. This is my letter. 

On Day 1, our challenge was to read a Canadian zine. I didn't have a Canadian zine, so I spent some time searching around on the Internet and came across Static Zine. Issue #10 of this zine arrived in my mailbox a few days later. It's beautiful and I love it. 

The next day, our challenge was to re-read an old favourite, so I revisited AppleCoreThing's Unpredictapple zine. I've written about this zine in my post about favourite zines. It's super good and high in vitamins. 

On Day 4, we were challenged to read American zines, and once again I did not have an appropriate zine. Thankfully, Sea Green Zines had written a post for the day and recommended "This Asian American Life", so I ordered that and once again did not regret it. 

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On Day 5 I wrote a review of "Vanishing Nature" and on Day 6 I started colouring in some of Ren's "Queer Porn Colouring Book". 

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I hadn't reviewed anything in over a year and hadn't done colouring in for a whole lot longer than that, so they were both fun and surprising activities. Then I wrote a letter to a fellow zinester, Mot Collins. She got the letter a while back. Hooray! I also wrote a lil postcard to Sadhbh, who made "Not Butchers" zine. 

I got to explore ZineWiki, which I hadn't known existed. Bombinate now has a tiny listing there

Day 15 was Free Zine Day, so I gave out 5 free zines. I was really surprised and pleased about how eager people were to get their hands on a zine! 

Then I got to make a list of all the reasons I love zines, which was good fun and made me fall in love with the medium a little more. And I had to make a flyer for Bombinate, which meant fiddling around on a free designing software which is always fun. 

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I tried to set up a zine trade with another zine-maker, but they never got back to me. Instead I traded my copy of "Vanishing Nature" for Conor's copy of Charlot Kristensen's "Black Women in History". Then I sent a few issues of Bombinate to Pen Fight Distro and Edinburgh Zine Library for consideration.  

For Day 24, the challenge was to teach ourselves a new skill, so I learned how to use Issuu and made Issue #1 of Bombinate available online. Then I organised all the zines I could find in my room (pretty sure there are some missing though, hmm!) 

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Finally, for Day 29, our challenge was to take a photo of ourselves with all of our zines: 

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International Zine month was such good fun, and really made me do stuff I wouldn't have considered otherwise. If you have a zine, I'd really recommend getting involved next year. And if you missed this year, why not just do it a month late? It's zine culture – nobody's judging, we're all just rooting for you! 

I hope you've all had a fantastic July and continue to have a wonderful 2018. 

I'll see you next year.

All my love,
Toby Buckley x

#IZM2018: Some of My Favourite Zines by Toby Buckley

It's pretty difficult to rank zines against each other, because by their very nature they're all completely different, finished to different standards and talk about different things. In any case, I've selected three of my personal favourites and if you haven't read them you should find yourself a copy and get readin'! 

How I Lost My Queer Street Cred: A Personal Rant Zine about Trying to be Good with a Bad Brain

TW: Sexual abuse

I only got this zine last week, and only started reading it yesterday but it is so good. I love this zine's design, overall aesthetic and homemadeness, but more than that I love its contents. 

There are no bells and/or whistles to this zine, it's not pretending to be anything more than it is, and it's perfect. It speaks so honestly about the experience of struggling to fit in in queer circles when all that you are and all that you've been through fights against that. I've tried before to write about how challenging it is to be sex-positive when you've gone through sexual abuse and controlling relationships, but the words never came right. This zine puts it all perfectly. 

The key points this zine covers are: 

  • Too traumatised to be sex positive; 
  • Too anxious for the night clubs
  • Too depressed to be vegan
  • Too insecure to be polyamorous
  • Too male to be a good person

I really think this is a zine everyone should read, it explains so many things so well. 

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Hatchette

Hatchette is a lovely little series of zines, and I love them because they're homemade and because their contents are fab and because the gal who puts them together is just the best. 

Their creator, Mot Collins, sent me them along with a few bee-illustrations when I put out a submission call for Bombinate Issue #1, and it was such a lovely gesture. What a fab person, I can't even begin to explain. 

Unpredictapple

Unpredictapple was put together by my lil brother Fionn, and is the first zine I ever read/owned/submitted to/got published in. It is about apples, and there's so much great stuff in it of so many different genres. It also has two little comics that are sort of separate because they're printed separately but they came all tucked in and are also about apples. 

I really love this zine. It gave me the courage to do zine stuff. 

Twitter: @AppleCoreThing 


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#IZM2018: Why I Love Zines by Toby Buckley

Monday, 16th July 2018. 

It's Day 16 of International Zine Month, and today's task is to make a list of reasons you love zines. Let's do this! 

10 Things I Love about Zines

By Toby John Buckley, age 22 and a half. 

  1. Anyone can make a zine! You don't need an MFA or a whole lot of money, all you really need is paper, pens and ideas. I love zines because they bring art and creativity back to what I think it should be: A way for everyone, regardless of circumstances, to express themselves and make themselves heard. 
  2. There are LOADS of different types of zines - perzines, fanzines, infozines, submission-run zines. You name it, there's a zine about it. 
  3. Zines are GAY. Not every zine is run by queer people or deals with queer themes, but definitely the majority of zines I come across are made by members of the queer community and other marginalised groups. Which reminds me...
  4. The zine-community is fantastic. Everyone is so supportive of each other, and so enthusiastic about the littlest things. 
  5. Somehow, nobody really agrees on how "zine" is pronounced. I always thought it had to be pronounced like ~ZEEN~ because it's short for "magazine", but so many people pronounce it like ~zyne~ and I find that hilarious and wonderful. 
  6. Zines are political AF. Because their production is so casual, they don't have to worry about trying to be centrist for the sake of not offending people. Even the least political zines are pretty political. The first zine I read was about apples but so much of it was about abortion. It's great. 
  7. Zines all look different. Some zines are a single piece of paper all folded up, and some are big thicc booklets, and all zines are beautiful. 
  8. Zines mean you don't have to stop doing dumb arts and crafts when you leave primary school. You can make something that doesn't really serve a purpose or sell for big bucks! 
  9. Zine events are freer than a lot of literary events, and don't have to follow this set formula for formal readings. Bring felt-tip pens! Bring your dogs! Bring your gran! 
  10. Zines can have a message, or they can just exist for the sake of existing. They're a wonderfully free medium, and I love them almost as much as I love bees. 

 

The Zine Scene in Belfast by Toby Buckley

There’s a growing zine scene here in Belfast. My life has been almost entirely digital for the last decade, and I think we’re all just a little fed up with micro-blogging, aren’t we? Zines are an antidote to that! 

Read more on this and get some more information about upcoming zine events in Heather’s blog post by clicking on the button below!

Poetry with Pride by Toby Buckley

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Poetry with Pride: COMING OUT

Submission Call & Event Info

Belfast Pride is now seeking your submissions for ‘Coming Out’, a limited-run pamphlet celebrating original, queer poetry in Belfast.

We want to build on the success of ‘Demand Change’ last year – we held an evening of poetry readings from some of the best and brightest of Belfast’s LGBT+ poets to a full house at the Sunflower and sold out our pamphlet of original LGBT poetry and earned a GALAS Awards nomination for Arts and Literature for organiser, Toby Buckley.

The event will be back this year on Wednesday 1st August in The MAC and we are preparing the pamphlet now. We’re especially eager to publish poetry by members of the LGBT+ community in Belfast and Northern Ireland, but submissions are open to everyone.

The pamphlet will be available for purchase at Poetry with Pride on the 1st August, with remaining copies available through Belfast Pride. All profits will go towards poetry events at Belfast Pride Festival 2019!

Submission Guidelines: Poems to be no longer than 30 lines, with a maximum of three poems per submission.

Deadline for submissions: 22nd July 2018.

Please email your work as a Word doc or pdf attachment to:

toby.buckley@belfastpride.com

and just get in touch with any questions.

Zine Review: Vanishing Nature by Jacek Matysiak by Toby Buckley

Thursday, 5th July 2018

ZINE REVIEW

It's Day 5 of International Zine Month, and today's task is to Review a zine online or write a review to share. So without further ado... 

VANISHING NATURE by Jacek Matysiak

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Blurb

Depicted in a series of landscape illustrations, this book plays a homage to the region I grew up in and serves as a serious reminder to how quickly our beautiful nature is disappearing.

Item Description

Produced on good quality paper with texture. 210x148mm. €12.

Review

Sometimes we all need a bit of a rude awakening. Vanishing Nature provides just that through its tranquil landscape illustrations interspersed with warnings about what’s happening to nature as a result of our own actions. The realities of climate change can be a bitter pill to swallow, but it’s a necessary one.

The beauty of Jacek Matysiak’s writing is that it doesn’t get caught up too much in the statistics, and the spooky hypotheticals about things that will happen long after this generation is dead. The writer knows that as much as we all care about the world and the future, we care about ourselves more. The illustrations of the impact we’re having on the environment are more solid than that. These are things that are happening right now, changes that have occurred within our lifetimes.

This book doesn’t deal with what will happen if the oil runs out or what will happen if the ozone layer disappears or what the world will look like in 100 years if we don’t stop this. It deals with something easier to picture: a summer with too many flies, less snow in the winter, a lake that’s been poisoned and dredged to destruction in the last 20 years.

And then you have the backgrounds, illustrations and designs. Each double-page spread is another beautiful scene of a meadow, a forest, a marsh or a lake. The animals in the images are just going about their business, as they should be able to do. And there’s the odd house, church and fence here and there, because the message isn’t that people are bad and evil and the world will never be good with us here. The message is that we can do better, that we must do better. The booklet acts as an advertisement for being a decent, environmentally conscious human being.

Vanishing Nature is a gorgeous little book, easily one of the loveliest items at the Belfast Zine Market. The contents are attractive and informative, but the book as an object is just as pleasurable as the book as a reading experience. It’s printed in rich, eye-catching colours and on strong textured paper. It’s the sort of book I’d give my mam.

You can get a copy of Vanishing Nature from Jacek Matysiak through their Etsy store, TheOrangeNestShop.

Review by T.J. Buckley 🐝x

 

Issue #4 Call for Submissions by Toby Buckley

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It's Party Time!

Help Bombinate celebrate its birthday in style 

Greetings, Bombineers! Issues 1, 2 and 3 have been and gone, with #3 being easily the prettiest Bombinate to date thanks to our incredible cover designer Dearbháil Clarke. 

With Bombinate's first birthday on the horizon, the time has come to turn out attention toward a fourth issue, which will be launched at Bombinate's Big Birthday Party & Zine Market on Saturday, 21st July. This will be our first real life launch event, so we're pretty pumped!

Note: If you’ve ordered a copy of Issue #1, #2 or #3, it should be with you very soon. Thanks to the new website's real-life e-commerce setup, sales are now smoother and easier to process. No more weird Paypal invoicing! Hooray!

And if you haven’t ordered any of the previous issues? Well, that’s a little rude really. Please do fix that by following this link.

So, without any further ado, submissions are now open for Issue #4 of Bombinate! Details are as follows:

Theme: First Birthday! I want any work you might have that's themed around birthdays, anniversaries and/or the number one. 

What do we want? I’m looking for submissions from every genre, provided I can feasibly print it in a zine (so feature films may be tricky, sorry). If you aren’t sure if what you have would be suitable, try checking out the submission guidelines or email me at bombinatezine@outlook.com.

I’m especially eager to include lots of illustrations and doodles in this issue, so please throw any relevant art my way! 

Submission Deadline: 9th July, 2018.

Submission Guidelines: Right here!

Belfast Zine Market by Toby Buckley

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Bombinate's First Belfast Zine Market

at the Belfast Book Festival

On the 16th of June 2018, Bombinate organised the first Belfast Zine Market. We had some incredible exhibitors including Charlot Kristensen, The Lifeboat and Playtime zine, and gave the masses their first chance to get their hands on Bombinate Issue #3!

Our second zine market on Saturday the 21st July to mark Bombinate's first birthday. This time, the Crescent Arts Centre were kind enough to host us! 

If you’re interested in getting involved in future events, please get in touch!

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Issue #3 EXTENSION by Toby Buckley

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Hello friends! A massive thank you to everyone who’s sent me work for the new issue of Bombinate – I’ve got some really exciting content that I can’t wait to publish. For exciting reason’s I’ll go into later, the launch of Bombinate #3 has been pushed back to Saturday, 16th June.

This means that we have longer to prepare the issue than previously planned, so I’m extending the deadline for the issue to Wednesday, 16th May. Please continue sending us as much work as you can – it’s turning out to be a really interesting collection so far!

 

As with before, if you wish to order either of the previous issues you can do that by following this link.

Submissions are now re-opened for Issue #3 of Bombinate! Details are as follows:

Theme: Recipe. I want all of your poems, stories, drawings and other media that ties in with the topics of food, recipes, instructions and rituals. Get cooking!

What do we want? I’m looking for submissions from every genre, provided I can feasibly print it in a zine (so feature films may be tricky, sorry). If you aren’t sure if what you have would be suitable, try checking out the submission guidelines or email me at bombinatezine@outlook.com.

I’m especially eager to include lots of illustrations and doodles in this issue, so please throw any relevant art my way! 

New Submission Deadline: 16th May, 2018.

Submission Guidelines: Right here!

Issue #3 Call for Submissions by Toby Buckley

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Hello friends! Issue #s 1 and 2 have been and gone, and while I was very pleased with what we were able to put together there were certainly some hiccups along the way – namely, the timing. Due to a number of contributing factors (my own mental and physical health, finishing a degree, getting a new job, moving house) there were some big old delays between each stage of the editorial and productive process for Bombinate #2.

So, I say, no more! Issue #3 is on its way, and I’m going to be making a couple of little tweaks to make this one run a little more smoothly. The main change will be that I’m going to get a real life printer to put together the physical copies rather than stitching them myself, meaning you get a glossier, prettier zine and I get more time to work on other important things – like content! We love content!

Note: If you’ve ordered a copy of Issue #1 or #2, it should be with you very soon. The last of the orders went out two weeks ago, so if you haven’t received yours yet and don’t over the next week, please do get in touch.

And if you haven’t ordered either of the previous issues? Well, that’s a little rude really. Please do fix that by following this link.

Submissions are now open for Issue #3 of Bombinate! Details are as follows:

Theme: Recipe. I want all of your poems, stories, drawings and other media that ties in with the topics of food, recipes, instructions and rituals. Get cooking!

What do we want? I’m looking for submissions from every genre, provided I can feasibly print it in a zine (so feature films may be tricky, sorry). If you aren’t sure if what you have would be suitable, try checking out the submission guidelines or email me at bombinatezine@outlook.com.

I’m especially eager to include lots of illustrations and doodles in this issue, so please throw any relevant art my way! 

Submission Deadline: 1st April, 2018.

Submission Guidelines: Right here!

Issue #2 is Here! by Toby Buckley

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It’s been a hectic couple of months of reading and doodling and bullying people for not reading and doodling things they said they’d read and/or doodle, but Bombinate Issue #2 is finally here and ready for your hungry eyes to devour!

This issue features some great prose from Kate Kiernan, poetry from Conor Cleary, Saul Philbin Bowman and Julie Anne Gilligan (among others!) and some silly little doodles too. I can’t wait to share it with you.

Issues are £1 again, but postage from now on will be a little more expensive (*shaking fists in general direction of post office*). Use the contact form below to order!

Issue #2 Submissions Now Open! by Toby Buckley

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Greetings, zine fans! I’m amazed and touched by the success of Bombinate #1, but it’s time to move on… to the next issue!

Note: If you’ve ordered a copy of Issue #1 and it hasn’t arrived yet, don’t fret! Postal orders were delayed by a horrific slump in my finances, but rest assured your zine is on its way and will be with you soon. And if you haven’t ordered a copy of Issue #1, what the hell?! Get a move on!

Submissions are now open for Issue #2 of Bombinate! Details are as follows:

Theme: Vine. We’re talking jungle vines that Tarzan can swing on, lil vines in your garden, grape vines, video-sharing web service Vine or any other connection you can think of. Get creative!

Submission Deadline: 1st September, 2017.

Submission Guidelines: Right here!

Issue #1 is Here! by Toby Buckley

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It’s been an exciting months of reading with an unexpected number of submissions, but Bombinate Issue #1 is here and ready for your hungry eyes to devour!

This issue is a happy mix of jokes from Cat Beal, prose from Fionn O’Shea and Niall McKenna, poetry from Rosa Jones, Jo Burns and Conor Cleary (among others!) and some stunning illustrations from the wonderful Mot Collins. I can’t wait to share it with you.

Issues are £1, with an additional £1 postage & packaging for those outside the UK and Republic of Ireland. Use the contact form below to order!

Issue #1 call for submissions! by Toby Buckley

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I have wanted to start a zine for what feels like goshdang near ages (though mostly it’s only been for a year or so, ever since Keiler Roberts’ exhibition in the Naughton Gallery) but have finally been prompted to act on this whinging by the impending release of Fionn’s new zine, Unpredictapple. So, without any further ado…

Submissions are now open for Issue #1 of Bombinate! Details are as follows:

Theme: Bees! (what else?)

Submission Deadline: 1st July, 2017.

Submission Guidelines: Right here!