May & June 2021 Updates

A few words from Katie…

We’ve had such a busy couple of months! I can’t believe we’re one year old already. I know I go on about it all the time, but that’s because I am truly blown away by all of the support and love you continue to show us. Starting this company during a pandemic could have just seen us fall flat on our faces, given that we couldn’t engage with folks in the traditional manner of distros, zine fairs and workshops. But thankfully you totally embrace us as we go on this wacky adventure, figuring it out as we go along. Our plans have changed as lockdowns ramped up, and then eased, and then we found ourselves restricted once more. We are hopeful that there is light at the end of the tunnel and we can’t wait to see some of your faces in-person very soon! 

But for our first birthday shenanigans, we had to hold them entirely online…which was actually amazing, because it meant that we got to meet so many wonderful zinesters from all over the world, and that wouldn’t have happened if we held an in-person event in Scotland! Our first birthday zine fair was the second online zine fair hosted by Coin-Operated Press and it was really great to see how far we have come, and the lessons we have learnt along the way. It was important to us that we made the application process more stream-lined (something that we now do with all of our monthly call-outs too!), and I was really impressed with the website Chloe put together too. Ridiculously, our first birthday was the first time ever that me and Chloe had done any Coin-Op work together, in the same room! I travelled to Edinburgh for the day and we did some admin, artwork, and filming together, before going on a birthday treat to the National Galleries Scotland, to see an incredible Ray Harryhausen exhibition. 

We had so many amazing zine-makers take part in our zine fair. Some of my favourites include: Canto Cutie, AIWS (a queer artist who makes zines about neurodivergence), Sapphic Writers, and anarcho-feminist zine-maker Echo Zines. You’ll be seeing some reviews pop up on our youtube channel over the coming months, featuring many more zine-makers we admire. 

June, of course, is also Pride Month. We were hoping we were going to get to do Edinburgh and Dundee Pride events this year – I met my fiancee at Trans Pride Scotland in 2019, but we haven’t been able to attend a Pride event since then! It was looking likely, and we booked tickets this year to go to Grampian Pride. Unfortunately, all of the in-person events in Scotland were cancelled again this year…it was super disappointing, but understandable. I did really enjoy attending some of the online events hosted by Sapphic Writers, Hysteria Aberdeen, and a bunch of shows by Jamie McCormick. Coin-Operated Press also held a call-out for poetry from LGBT+ folks, and we held a little competition for our followers on Instagram and Facebook to name the zine. ‘A Pride of Lines’ (named by Jackie Clewlow) is available in the Coin-Operated Shop now – check it out here

We were really thrilled to meet (and surpass!) 1000 followers on Instagram this month. It felt like such a milestone to us, as we wanted to celebrate that with you by doing a massive giveaway. Tonnes of you entered, and the grand-prize was won by Ellen Mellor. We went a bit wild, and gifted Ellen a copy of every single one of our zines, badges and stickers! We will be doing more giveaways in the future, so do be sure to check out our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @CoinOpPress

Recently we found out that we have been accepted into a few zine fairs, including Queer Zest Zine Fest, happening in August, and Hackney Zine Fair, which will be taking place in September. We are so thrilled to be involved, and can’t wait to check out all the other zinesters we will be exhibiting alongside. All of these events will be online, and we’ll share more details soon!

Coin-Operated Press won’t be posting zine prompts everyday for International Zine Month this year – I’m getting married at the end of the month, so I can’t commit myself to producing content every single day – however, we are looking forward to seeing all of the art you come up with for our Zine About Zines. Our July call-out is up now, check out our FAQs for more info on how to submit.

A few words from Chloe…

Hello awesome zine folk!

Coin-Operated Press turned 1 in May! and I am completely blown away by the amount of support and interest we have had in our little zine venture since we launched last year. Hitting that launch button during the start of a worldwide pandemic seemed like a risky move, but 1 year later I am so proud of everything Coin-Operated Press has achieved. I would like to thank each and every one of you for making us what we are today!

We celebrated in style with our virtual zine fair, hosting interviews with our stallholders, organising a zine swap, filming an AMA, and launching our first ever Annual!! Here is to another year of awesome, I can’t wait to see everything that Coin-Operated Press achieves next year! Hopefully we will start being able to see you in person!

Our Earth Zine also launched this month, and we put out a callout for our fourth poetry collection. This poetry zine is in celebration of Pride month and it has just been listed in our store, so do pop on over and check it out, and give the Earth Zine a good nosey too!

In July we are celebrating two awesome things – it’s International Zine Month and Katie is getting married!! We are not putting out a prompts list for IZM this year as there will be a lot of wedding happenings throughout the month… when I’m finished writing this I’m off to organise some exciting things for us to do at Katie’s hen-do!! We are still celebrating the spirit of IZM, so do stay tuned on our socials for all of the wonderful things we will post throughout the month as well as an exciting zine callout coming soon! Stay tuned…

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