Bianca valentino + ZICS

Last weekend was the very first, Zine and Independent Comic Symposium (ZICS) in Brisbane, Australia at The Edge. It was a 3-day event that provided a forum for independent publishers to get together, meet one another, and showcase their wares to the greater public. There were a range of workshops and panels for folks to take part in—beginner guides on how to make your own zine or comic, to advanced master classes. Plus, Mystery School and The Bedroom Philosopher performed live (Jhonny did DJ mashup sets too) AND the launch night featured impressive live art battles courtesy of the awesome Scribble Slam peeps and ZICS artists. The event featured The Golden Stapler Awards (it’s the first time they’ve been held in QLD); I presented the award for Australian Zine Maker of the Year. There was also an interesting ‘Show Us Your ZICS’ show & tell portion of the program, where zine makers and comic creators gave a presentation shedding a little light on what they do. I especially enjoyed 90s zinester Vanessa Berry’s talk about the mail she’s received over the years while making zines; I think it was a little special for me because Vanessa made one of the first zines – Psychobabble – that I ever picked up when I first started making zines. All in all I had a really wonderful time. I can’t wait to do it all again next year!

ZICS in pictures:

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Mystery School soundcheck.

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Me and Wasted Opportunities zine creator, Justin George. I LOVE his zine’s thoughtful interviews.

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ZICS vs. Scribble Slam Battle I – Tom Magee vs. Luke Double  (his art in progress pictured above).

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Luke Double.

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Tom Magee’s art in progress projected on the big screen.

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Tom Magee.

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My favourite person ever! Jhonny <3 …so in love with this man.

Mamath & Rosek vs Scribble Slam + ZICS

Art Battle II – Mamath + Rosek (pictured above) vs. Diz Deltanine & Illma Gore

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Scribble Slammers – Illma + Diz.

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Psychobabble zine creator Vanessa Berry presenting a Golden Stapler Award.

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The Golden Stapler Award organiser and Darling zine creator, Simon Gray.

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The Bedroom Philosopher live.

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I bought TBP’s book. I just started reading it, so far so good.

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Art Battle III – Luke Humphris (pictured above) vs. the Blu Art Ninja

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The Blu Art Ninja in action.

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Jhonny & my table at the ZICS zine fair.

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One of ZICS organisers (and my fellow PCC founder + zine creator) Jeremy Staples.

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Fox & Owl zine distro goodness.

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The lovely Annette Learey + zine creator/artist Philip Dearest.

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My pal Aaron providing the zine fair jams.

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Zines glorious zines.

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Simon with Adelaide’s Format Collective stall.

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Rad art featured at The Time Machine’s stall.

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Bree-ann and Benjamin (co-owner of The Time Machine + Swampland zine creator). Two of the nicest people ever!


Me + artist/zine maker E J ‘Filka’ Zyla. So happy we shared a table!

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Comic creator and Viper Syndicate member, Ryan Vella.

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Artist Alisha Jade. Peep her work it’s super cool.

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Vanessa Berry’s zine table.

If you’re a zine maker, comic creator or artist I’d love to hear from you. I’m always looking for awesome people doing awesome things to interview and feature on


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