Zines have been popular for a long time now. With specific York publications existing for many years, they have, however, not had a home. Places like The Inkwell have always been well stocked with local offerings, as have Bison Coffee. Sumena Owen has had enough of this slightly low-key explosion and wants to do something about it, and it is for this reason she is hosting her first Zine get together: JUICE #1 at Harper + Carr on Fossgate on 6 Aug (6pm - 8pm).
Recognising the zine scene in other cities Sumena says " I thought it was time that York had an event that could showcase what the city has to offer in terms of independent/small press."
Sumena, inspired by the small zine stand on record store day, says, "There was such a good turnout and people loved the abundance of art: it was so nice to meet new people who made art of all types. If the event had more publicity and was separate from the gig (which is what people were mainly there for) then it would have had an even better turnout, hopefully… hence why this event is set to be such a success." Sumena therefore wants it to be a nice, relaxed and inspirational atmosphere where people feel comfortable to interact with everyone, have a flick through the books and admire the art on the walls!
With the exception of the above, and Travelling Man (which Sumena puts down to CJ Reay being really enthusiastic and up to date), Sumena detects a gap in the market: "Zines can be a great thing: they are cheap to buy, made with care and love by creative people who are passionate about the zine/book that they are making! They’re often very personal too and I’m hoping to give artists etc an opportunity to showcase their work, discover/meet others who do similar things to them and even introduce this form of art to people who’ve never come across it before."
Aside from JUICE #1 Sumena us also launching her and her friend Molly’s Children’s book on the night. The book is titled ‘The Rather Colourful Story of Ernest Grey and the Extremely Large Puddle.’ Sumena’s writing partner Molly Hughes is the brains behind the idea and the story, while Sumena does the illustrations and makes/assemble the zines, each hand-bound and made with love. Also, not just for kids but for adults. (The duo’s motto is to make children wonder and adults feel like they’re kids again).
They are taking submissions of zines to sell up until 28 July: emails are to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with a little info about said zine and any relevant links.