who / what is vampire hag distro??!
tukru tabling at Weirdo Zine Fest Leeds 2020.
vampire hag is a little zine distro run by me, tukru, and we’re based in chatham, kent in southern england. the distro was started one fine wednesday afternoon in early may 2009 while trying to find new jeans for my partner carl with no success. i was jokingly toying with the idea and carl thought it was a good idea. we started the distro because there are so many amazing zines around but not enough distros, especially on this side of the pond. the distro was originally called vampire sushi after a song by old time relijun, but i changed it in the beginning of 2019 to vampire hag. i had been thinking about changing it for probably 2 years because it had not felt right for a while, and also it didn’t seem right since i’m a white european person who doesn’t even eat sushi. but it took me a long time to do it because i didn’t know what the knew name should be, and i was worried about the logistics of changing the name and maybe loosing all the hard work i had been putting into the distro under the old name and i would have to start from the beginning again. but then vampire hag came to me, and the rest is history ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
we’ve been officially open for business since halloween 2009. selling zines online + tabling at as many zine events and things as possible, like london zine symposium, brighton zine fest, girl germs club nights, girls get busy zine fest, south east london zine fest, bristol radical zine fair, ladyfest eastlondon, leeds zine fair, sheffield zine fest, northwest zine fest, weirdo zine fest, glasgow zine fest, rochester literature festival garden party and many more as well as occasionally running zine making workshops in medway and that time at Southbank Centre in London.
What is a ZINE?
zines are self published independent booklets. the content varies depending on the writer(s). it’s too bloody hard to explain, buy some and find out yourself, ha! for more info, visit zines on wikipedia & zinewiki
our table at glasgow zine fest 2018.
SUBMITTING YR ZINE
we like zines! our favourite kinds are perzines (all sorts; feminist, mental health, queer, the list goes on forever) food zines & some art zines but we’re open to everything, though we’re not super into poetry or music zines, but there are always some exceptions.. nothing racist, girl hatey, homophobic, misogynist, transphobic, cissexist, hateful etc stuff though! those are a definite no-no.
we will need a finished copy of your zine to read properly to make a decision (which we can’t return unless you provide return postage.. sorry.) we now have access to zine printing at home so we will also accept pdfs and scans, but physical zines are more fun <3
please email us at vampirehag at gmail.com for address and/or more information. let us know your name, zine title & issue, short description, retail & wholesale (usually 50% of retail for physical copies*) prices when you send us the zine. we’ll let you know if we want to distro the zine. if you don’t hear from us, it’s most probably a no. (though we do occasionally take our time deciding.)
* we can also print the zines here ourselves, and pay you for each copy we make & sell, but i have no figured out what the % should be. if you’re interested in being a guineapig / help us figure out a new thing, please email us!
all orders are sent via Royal Mail standard 2nd class post (UK) or Airmail printed papers (everywhere else)
according to Royal Mail, the delivery times are usually:
2 – 3 working days to UK
3 – 5 working days to Western Europe
5 – 7 working days to Eastern Europe
7 – 10 working days to the rest of the world.
however our post office runs are somewhat erratic sometimes but we usually post everything the same week / go to the post box once a week. when the order has been sent, we will mark it as completed and you should get an automated email notification.
if you haven’t received anything after 2 / 3 weeks, please email us at vampirehag at gmail.com.