Sunday, 15 May 2011

manchester zine convention & new posters

Yesterday Twigs and Apples held a table at the Victoria Baths Fanzine Convention, Manchester - many thanks to Natalie of The Shrieking Violets for inviting us along! This was the first proper convention that we've been involved with and it was a good chance to get some work out and have a chat with people there.

The venue couldn't have been more unusual or beautiful - a Grade II listed Edwardian Baths centre built in 1906.  The zine fayre part was held on the balcony, with Future Everything hosting an odd selection of tables below.

Adjoining the main hall are two of the swimming pools, with original changing rooms, seating areas and features. Each hosted an artwork - 'Physical Oscillators' by Antony Hall (beautifully simple) installed in one, and performance by Yu-chen Wang (less impressive..) in the other.

I think having Future Everything stuff at the same event brought a different mix of a crowd, as quite a few people had no idea what a zine was (!) - but most I spoke to seemed to really like the DIY ethic of it.
Strangely though zines were what we sold the least of. Our free bits were very popular, (thanks to Jill of Hello Vegan zine - all the way from Toronto for some issues!) and we were very chuffed that our new screen-printed posters sold well, and my new Camus - inspired mini-comic!


Sunday, 8 May 2011

Zine Convention - may 14th manchester

Twigs & Apples will be holding a table at the Victoria Baths Zine Convention, Manchester, this week! 

There's far too much exciting stuff to mention (tables, speakers, vegan food, workshops, art....) so see here for details:

or: for the facebook page.

It's held in an old 'Edwardian swimming pool and Turkish bath complex' building, which looks really beautiful and I can't wait to explore it.

We'll have a few issues of our title zine available, plus a couple of solo/special issues, hand screen-printed posters, and maybe a few other bits and bobs.

Make sure you come and say hello :)

Sunday, 1 May 2011

twigs and apples issue four

Issue Four - front and back cover

A long, long overdue post about our new issue - which came out just over a month ago...! The first run sold out quickly at Albany Road Fest - but we recently (finally) got the second run out...

Issue Four includes:

  • Film reviews of 'Black Swan' (2011)
  • Vegan recipes: mango salsa, soup, ravioli and jambalaya and two types of stew!
  • Ideas for free and radical education, and reform of the education systen
  • 'Behavioural Cut-Ups' - social/personal acts of subversion of the everyday, from Crimethinc
  • Photographs and illustration
  • ..and more!

A slight change of design this time around as we have a wraparound cover, full-bleed pages and slightly-smaller-than-A5 size! 52 pages in black and white, and the bargain price of £2. As usual this just about meets our costs - we're not doing this for profit, but to provide an outlet for creative talents of all kinds of disciplines.

Currently stocked at:

  • Beautiful Planet Green Centre, Preston
  • Cornerhouse, Manchester
  • Picadilly Records, Manchester
  • Good Grief Zine Shop (at the Soup Kitchen), Manchester
  • News from Nowhere, Liverpool
Or you can order it direct from us (50p P&P). Submissions for future issues are open and ongoing!