My zine is now available online here.
Things I've learned from making my zine on Japan: ramen vans are the country's equivalent of ice-cream vans (complete with ramen-van theme song), Kit Kat flavours are oddly educational (like an edible Wikipedia of Japanese customs) and there's a bakery in Tokyo that has a seven-year wait for its bread.
My zine doesn't only reference food, though - there's mention of everything from Miyazaki to abandoned theme parks and there is the hard-to-ignore impact of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. It also features the talents of Ebony Bizys, Amy Richardson, Mark Drew, Justin Norrie, Nick Coldicott, Hon Boey, Will and a lot more. You'll see here my friend Grace Lee's illustrations of her favourite bakery in Tokyo. (She's not the only fan. The head baker of Bourke Street Bakery in Alexandria likes it, too.)
I'll be selling my zine (Speak-easy #13: the Japan issue) at the MCA Zine Fair at the Museum of Contemporary Art in The Rocks from 11am to 5pm tomorrow if you'd like to check it out. I'll be sitting with my friend Jon Valenzuela, who does the brilliantly funny Tilted Page comic. You'll be able to spot my zine because the cover should look a little like this …
Maybe see you there?
MCA Zine Fair, Sunday May 20, 11am-5pm (but the earlier you get there, the better – things do sell out), Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George Street Sydney NSW (02) 9245 2461 www.mca.com.au/events/zine-fair. My zine is now available online here.