The Lonely Vagabond
“Easily the best zine out there. Entertaining. Hip. Well written.”
Jessica, Aviva & Melody were interviewed prior to the release of the third issue on taking culture offline.
“Their art exists between the lovingly stapled pages of cut-out collages. They say Static is just one in a multitude of fledgling cut-and-paste publications, and they’re determined to broaden its scope of influence. Just check out the ever-expanding page counts of each new issue of Static, or their rising distribution numbers.”
Alan wrote a blog post about Static’s place as a zine in Toronto.
“A trio of friends in Toronto are trying to bring back classic ‘zine culture wtih Static, which celebrates culture and art in the city.”
Open Book Toronto
Toronto writer Jessica Westhead took over Open Book Toronto’s Writer-in-Residence station in June, where she profiled the first issue and conducted our first interview.
“Static Zine: Toronto Arts & Life for Locals & Visitors (#001, June ’11, NXNE Issue) is energetic, funny, and generous, full of helpful tips and tricks and goofy opinions and wry observations and great illustrations. And a maze! And graphs measuring the relative hangout-ability factors of various Toronto Public Library branches!”
- We were delighted to be asked to contribute to Broken Pencil’s July web series on International Zine Month. Jessica, Aviva and Melody gave their responses as to why they make this zine.
“We make zines because we like gluing things. We’re not talking jerk adult glue: hot glue sticks, rubber cement or archival paste. None of the hard stuff. We’re talking grade-school-approved, sticky-hands, push-up, lose-the-cap-under-your-bed glue sticks. The real stuff. We wouldn’t have it any other way.” – Aviva Cohen, Managing Editor
- Aviva’s story on napping at concerts was excerpted in Broken Pencil‘s issue 52.
- Static Zine’s Issue 2 launch party was covered by Ryan Bolton for blogTO. Includes photos and an interview with Jessica.
“It’s called Static Zine, a self-described “Toronto arts and lifestyle zine,” and it is mixing things up a bit. Last night, for instance, around the firepit in Dufferin Grove sitting on giant logs, had bands like The Wilderness of Manitoba, Parks & Rec, The Fires Of (bands, of course, all appropriately titled for the evening) serenade about 60 or so zinephiles. It was endearing, oddly soothing as a number of non-protesting individuals took up another Toronto park to celebrate arts and culture. And a campfire avec s’mores in downtown Toronto is just badass. The milieu was only interrupted when a car passed along Dufferin pumping bass-heavy rap, which is understandable.”
- The Issue 2 mixtape was also given a shoutout on one of Aldrin Taroy’s Neighbourhood Mixtapes (disclosure: Aldrin was also a contributor to that issue) for Shawn Clarke’s song “Corners of Your Mouth.”
The Daily Planet
Jessica was interviewed by Humber College’s newspaper The Daily Planet on the importance of zine culture before Canzine in October 2011.
Static Zine was one of the two zines given a shout out by Broken Pencil editor Lindsay Gibb on who to check out at Canzine 2011.
“A mini magazine in its own right…”
Tunes in T.O.
Mechanical Forest Sound
Joe Strutt came to the third issue’s release party and recorded a live song of the show’s headliner, The Ruby Spirit.
Andrew Williamson filmed a live song of The Ruby Spirit at the third issue’s release party.