as you may know we had to recently turn off eu postage while figuring out how to deal with changes to EU import VAT and IOSS blah blah blah. well, sadly i still don’t know how to do the IOSS / VAT thing without moving the shop to a platform that’s already registered for it, like etsy. and i don’t like etsy due to the fees + doing accurate postage is impossible on there for orders of more than one item, i’d rather not.
i’ve spoken to some other UK small businesses and fellow distro’s about it and asked how they’re dealing with it and have come to the conclusion to just not do it? apparently that’s an option. however from now on EU customers will be liable for any VAT and handling charges on their order. i have sent some mail to EU countries and so far there haven’t been any fees? i wish there was a better solution but apparently not. but anyway EU shipping is available again if you wish to be a guinea pig 😀 if there are lots of issues, i might end up opening an etsy shop for the distro with limited stock in the future but we’ll see.
i’ve put added a note about the vat situation to the mainpage AND the top of the shopping basket page so hopefully it won’t be a surprise to anyone?
DEAR EU CUSTOMERS: due to recent EU import VAT changes, customers from the EU will be liable for VAT and handling charges on all orders when they enter their destination country. by ordering from us your accept responsibility for these charges.
hiya pals, i have some bad news. i’ve had to turn off shipping to EU / Europe for the time being due to the EU VAT changes etc that came into place on July 1st. it’s super confusing and it’s unclear if WooCommerce which i use to run this shop has signed up for IOSS which you apparently need for EU mail. i’ve got some personal stuff on my plate at the moment so i don’t have the mental capacity to properly look into it until the end of next week (after july 15th) i don’t even know if any of this applies to me because someone said books and magazines are exempt but who knows, and i rather play it safe until i know what i’m supposed to do. if anyone understands this / knows what’s up, please let me know (vampirehag at gmail dot com is the email, no reply guys though, please.) i might have to move the shop to etsy, just to make that simpler cos they do that VAT and IOSS codes for you, but the fees and a bunch of aesthetic issues. we’ll see.
in the meantime, you can sign up for our mailing list, i will definitely send out an update on there when i figure things out. as well as any other BIG NEWS, so i definitely won’t be clogging up your inbox lol. i’m working on a bunch of new stuff though, so there will be news soon, I SWEAR.
ok so we are already HALFWAY through april but better late than never. this month is glasgow zine fest month! obviously we can’t be doing zine festing in person, so glasgow zine library decided to make the zine fest online again this year, but instead of just the weekend, they made it THE WHOLE MONTH. and we’re there again because glasgow zine fest is one of the highlights of our year even if we can’t do it in person. they have a lot of online activities like workshops and panels and talks and stuff, + an online zine fair. you can see me have a big silly ramble on in a video on our zine fair page.
probably should have posted about the online zine fest before, but i guess i wanted to also have some new zines to share with you! and now i do!
ever since i got sexie lexie our crowdfunded laser printer / photocopier, i’ve been wanting to organise printing other people’s zines for the distro, but i’m a world class procrastinator and i wasn’t sure what would be the best way to do it, and i’ve finally sorted out half of that project and i have some new distro zines i print here at Vampire Hag HQ instead of getting the zinesters to make copies and send them in. i still pay the zinesters for their work, but a little less since i’m doing the hard work of printing, and they don’t have the printing costs. saves me the trouble of ordering more in when i run out 😀 it’s an especially handy arrangement with zines from outside UK. my first testers for this arrangement are Nina of Echo Publishing and Different Worlds Same Heartbeats and Alex Wrekk of Brainscan zine, Portland Button Works and Stolen Sharpie Revolution.
i also have a little fundraising print going on, because i need a new PROPER GOOD paper trimmer, since alex’s zines are formatted for US paper which is a different shape from our beloved A-series, so i have a bunch of excess paper to trim off the edges 🙁 i have a shitty little paper trimmer carl brought home from his charity shop but it’s so bad i rather use my scissors, and while scissors were fine for cutting my own zines, they’re no fun for trimming off 4cm from 18 sheets of paper just to make one zine D: so i drew my scissors and some of my favourite zining supplies (pens and spooky stampers) and made it into an A4 print you can buy for £5 to help my buy one. the paper trimmer i have my eye on is a Fiskars Surecut A4 Paper Trimmer and it’s £30. that means just six people have to buy the print.
hi it’s been a while, but i’m here with you a small update of some new stickers, and a handful of new and back in stock zines <3 we’ve been open through most of the pandemic, par the months of september and october because i had to travel to finland for a family emergency (my mum died of surprise cancer, not covid etc) everything is very strange and terrible so i’ve been extra not great at keeping on top of things, which is ok (except when i do it according to my brain) but i’ve been slowly posting orders as i’ve got them the next time one of us has gone outside, because i’ve been using click & drop and printing the postage at home, so all i need to do is put the mail in a post box if it fits, and our orders are rarely so big they won’t fit in. i’ve been posting everything 1st class because i felt bad about the delay posting, but i doubt it makes that much difference to the speed of delivery at the moment so i’ve decided to change the postage to 2nd class to save a few pennies. as you might suspect, money is not abundant but thankfully c’s furlough + my uc pay the rent, bills & grub at the moment, and that’s nice. we’re surviving. hope you are too. x
the latest (and final, honest!) deadline for the issue one of our Faith the Vampire Slayer fanzines, FIVE BY FIVE is getting closer and closer! so it’s time for an official reminder over here in the n e w s bit!
FIVE BY FIVE – a Faith the Vampire Slayer fanzine
because why should Buffy get all the love and attention?
we’re looking for anything Faith Lehane related, really. fan art, essays, lists, fanfic, w/e – SEND IT OUR WAY to firstname.lastname@example.org. even just email us if you have an idea/any suggestions, even if it’s one you feel like you can’t execute yourself. you can also use the contact form, that’s one of the reasons it’s there for.
we have a handful of great submissions already but we still need more! especially fan fic/more queer content (i think you know exactly what i’m talking about..) non essays, and we definitely need MORE ART to make it all look good etc!
Here’s some more topic suggestions
Faith & queer rage/betrayal
‘go ask malice’, the diaries of Faith Lehane
Angel & Faith comics
how This Years Girl/Who Are You are A LOT especially when you read being a slayer as a metaphore for being queer.
ARTWORK INFO_the zine is going to be A5 (148mm x 210 mm / 5.8 x 8.3 in) and mostly in black and white + it will be a photocopied zine! i might include a couple of colour pages, but i’m not sure yet. minimum 150dpi. any further questions, email us or use the contact form, again.
THE DEADLINE IS MARCH 31st 2020!
i really really REALLY want this zine done and ready to ‘launch’ at Glasgow Zine Fest 2020 which is 18th & 19th April, so please get writing, drawing, whatevering for it. luckily i can now print at home (yay!) so i can be somewhat flexible with the deadline, but please let me know if you’re planning to make something but need a few days extra.
UUSI VUOSI, UUDET KUJEET ~ (new year, new tricks) as we say back home in finland. i have a bunch of fancy plans for the year and i’m working on it, even though i’ve had a bit of a knock back with being made redundant from my day job and sadly zine stuff really does not pay the rent. i want to do maximum zine fest, and start offering zine printing services to other zinesters (still figuring out pricing etc, sorry) and just other craft things too. so keep your eye out for us. x
ps i don’t know if you noticed, but the NEW IN STOCK includes our 10th year birthday zine, finally. it has actually been done since before christmas, and listed on here but i just havent promoted it in anyway because.. i honestly don’t know why. but here it is! with orange covers (thought it kind of looks red, but the seller said orange!) 48 pages, with 8 of them in full colour, wow!
also i’ve gone and had a diddle with the website layout because i’m just never entirely happy with it (i miss the old days of just HTML when you could pretty easily alter website templates, if you knew what you were looking for. i suppose it still probably is, but i just don’t know what i’m looking for or where to find it anymore.) but i think i’m pretty close now? if there’s any issues with the new layout, please let me know. that’s what twitter and the contact form is for (though most of the time the contact form mail is spam about working with instagram influencers or SEO services that are just not relevant to a little old zine distro) also instagram and facebook, but i’m less likely to see messages on there for some reason…
Weirdo Zine Fest is a self-publishing fair celebrating DIY cultural production by radical and marginalised people. Preference for tables goes to women, queers, people of colour, disabled people, trans people, fat people, sex workers and anyone who is otherwise marginalised.
This year’s fair will be held in Room 700, Leeds Central Library, between 12 and 4pm. There will be 30 stallholders, selling zines, art and merch.
Accessibility info is available on the council’s website here: https://www.leeds.gov.uk/leisure/libraries/central-library. We’re hosting the event in Room 700 which is on the first floor (near the art library). The art library has ungendered toilets and the whole library is wheelchair accessible. We’ll make sure there’s a quiet space available on the day, and there’s food available from the tiled hall cafe downstairs! Please feel free to message me with any additional questions and I’ll get them answered ASAP.
The space for this fair has been provided by the lovely folks at Leeds Zine Library! Here’s some info about them: Leeds Zine Library is an archive and reference library of contemporary zines. Browse through our ever growing collection of DIY publications made by local and UK zine makers. zines on a wealth of subjects including books, art, society and politics. Submit zines to Leeds Zine Library, Leeds Central Library, Calverly Street, Leeds LS1 3AB @leedslibraries #LeedsZineLibrary
Weirdo Zine Fest is a self-publishing fair celebrating DIY cultural production by radical and marginalised people. Weirdo Zine Fest has previously taken place in partnership with DIY Space for London, the National Trust and Leeds Libraries. This year we’re returning to London as part of Science Gallery London’s ON EDGE season to run an edition of the fair which focuses on zines exploring anxiety!
For this edition of the fair, preference for tables goes to anyone who has experience of anxiety, but as always women, queers, POC, disabled people, trans people, fat people, sex workers and anyone who is otherwise marginalised are particularly encouraged to apply!
Since 2008 artist Cian McConn has been continuously compiling a list of words. Struck by the letters that people choose to “exhibit” in public on their clothing, he is interested in how the words we wear and the statements we dress ourselves in affect our first impressions. Adding a daily word to his list became a way to pour out his frustrations, desires and fears, thinking about what it means to be political, outspoken, disliked or judged, and claim some sense of authority over the social world.
A new iteration of The Infinite Label List features in the ON EDGE exhibition. In this workshop you are invited to participate in the work by choosing a word from the list, or adding your own, and hand painting it onto a T-shirt. The T-shirt will be yours to keep.
Pushing Through Imposter Syndrome Ground floor: 14:00 – 16:00, FREE
A rotation of fun drawing, writing and speaking based activities led by Emma Falconer to boost your confidence in being creative and sharing your creativity with others. Suitable for all ages and level of experience. Drop in, and join in.
Anxiety is Political! Common Thread, First floor gallery: 15:30 – 16:30. FREE
Anxiety can be a lonely experience. Join Charlotte Cooper, a psychotherapist working in East London and cultural worker, for a gentle discussion about tactics for handling and understanding anxiety, sharing what we know, and being together in solidarity. What are the social contexts in which anxiety arises and how could concepts like Neorecovery, Mad Pride and resources for accessing (free/cheap) therapy help? Anxiety and its remedies are political!
Admission Entry to the zine fair and exhibitions at Science Gallery London is free.
Accessibility All areas of Science Gallery are accessible by level access, by lift and by wheelchair. Wheelchair-accessible toilets are located on the ground and lower ground floor of the Gallery and the First Floor Studio. The Wheelchair-accessible toilets located in the first floor studio are outside of the main Gallery visitor access areas. Please contact a member of staff if you require assistance during your visit.
We will be using a room in Science Gallery London as a quiet space (location tbc closer to the date). This room will also contain zine making supplies to allow for people in the space to make things away from the busy zine fair.
There are both gendered toilets and accessible unisex/gender neutral toilets available in the building.
this is so embarrassing.. today i realised all the new stuff i got for and at northwest zinefest was still in my drafts, and i hadn’t actually ‘published’ any of the product pages! no wonder no one had bought any of the new stuff! jesus christ, what am i like? can i blame my absent mindedness on the crowdfunder and photocopier business?
speaking of which, the photocopier is here! thank you so much for everyone who supported the crowdfunder and/or shared posts about it. we couldn’t have done it without you. i haven’t got the rewards sorted yet, but i will get to them soon, i promise <3
last but not least it’s our TENTH GODDAMN BIRTHDAY THIS MONTH! we’re making a birthday zine, please don’t forget submit something spooky for it. and better late than never, here’s a birthday discount code = get 10% off your order with the code VAMPIREHAG10 until november 13th (a month from today)
THIS HALLOWEEN is 10 YEARS OF VAMPIRE HAG (née Sushi)
we officially opened for ‘business’ on October 31st 2009. and what better way to celebrate the birthday of a zine distro than make a compilation zine?
so here we are, it’s a call for submissions! we want your art (drawings, paitings, comics, photos) spooky stories, reviews of spooky things, spooky lists, spooky crafts, vampire hag fan art/love notes, anything spooky because halloween is our birthday and we love being spooky bitches!