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Zine fest this Saturday, Old Folks Ass., 8 Gundry St


This Saturday is zine fest, which is always a fun day and a chance to see all the local comics and zine makers. I’m going to be selling issues of Let Me Be Frank, issues 1-5, but then I had a panicky thought that it was not enough – I needed more. So I went back to my little hand-painted books. I’ve made six so far this week: four issues of FAME FAME FATAL FAME, and a monsters and fairies book for good measure.

Here is a spread from my Bloomsbury edition of the FAME book:



Lytton Strachey looks like my father – same nose, same beard, same book obsession, and this picture of Dora Carrington reminded me of Lena Dunham – didn’t she first find fame with a youtube clip of her topless in a fountain?


And here is a spread from my Dead Pop Stars issue:


I also have pop stars who died of cancer:



I can’t go past a Morrissey-themed book:




My final FAME FAME FATAL FAME book is a homage to some of my favourite lady cartoonists, although of course they draw themselves much better than I can draw them:





Today I drew some fairies to keep Violet happy, but she was pretty disgusted because they were the wrong kind of fairies:

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Fairies are apparently blonde and none of them have short hair or glasses. And I also drew some monsters for good measure because I can’t rely on everyone having the same fascinations as me – monsters are universal:

monster003Anyway, come on down if you’re keen to buy any of these – one-off! Hand-painted! Stitched spine! Signed to you! Only $25! Which is a total bargain given how much time goes into them, but then again zine fest is hardly the venue to charge high prices.


6 Comments leave one →
  1. 18/07/2014 6:30 am

    Oh hooray! We are coming up from Hamilton for the Zinefest with my zines, handmade books and letterpress so I will finally get to meet you! See you tomorrow (I’m with Black Fox Press, table 11).
    PS I like your fairies

    • Sarah Laing permalink*
      18/07/2014 8:59 am

      We are next to you – I am sharing table 12 with my sister Melissa Laing. Looking forward to meeting you!

  2. Emma Jean permalink
    19/07/2014 10:27 am

    I love those fairies!!!

  3. Dawn Walter permalink
    20/07/2014 9:43 am

    So pleased to have been able to be to buy LET ME BE FRANK in book form at Zinefest yesterday, and have all five collections! Hurrah!

  4. 28/07/2014 2:02 am

    HI Sara!

    I love your blog! It’s very cool!
    I’m from Brazil and I have a blog about English literature. I would like to use your Virginia Woolf like icon of my blog. You can visit me:


    • Sarah Laing permalink*
      28/07/2014 6:40 am

      Sure, that’s fine (as long as you credit me 🙂 _

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