If zines are your thing, then meet Squelch Zines, curators of this year’s Zine Room that saw multitudes of submissions, the world over.
This year’s Singapore Art Book Fair was such a hit and we’re here to bring you our favourite bits and people from the festival. It is an understatement to say they’ve grown their roots wide and deep, not to mention, utterly indie.
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What is Squelch Zines in a nutshell and how did it come about?
Our first experience with zines was about seven years ago in school. That led us into experimenting more ways of making a zine. It was also one of the cheapest methods, so win-win for broke students. In between making and collecting zines, we realised that the zine scene in Singapore was very underground and undiscovered. We decided that maybe, we could try to create something that could help build a zine culture in Singapore. That dream was made real with the support from friends we made along the way. Five years on, Squelch Zines is growing bigger and funnier, with the team now made up of Janice, Nicholas, Alif, and Syukri.
What’s your ethos?
What really pushes us every time to do what we do is the zine community itself. It is very motivating to witness how much Singapore’s zine culture has grown since we started Squelch Zines. We have the faith and the passion to pull together a strong zine family that we can all call ours. It is a big dream, but who is to say that it is not possible? Apart from this, we just want to have pure fun doing it at the same time. A zine culture is not a potential business model to drive profits, but a place where folks alike can come together to share, to inspire each other, be heard and most importantly, to be yourself.
Tell us about your participation in SGABF, what were you most excited about presenting at the fair?
The Zine Room!!! It was Reneé Ting, the festival director, who gave us this wonderful opportunity to curate the Zine Room for SGABF 2018. That was a dream of ours that came true, thanks to her! This sort of opportunity is rare for us, so the last thing we want was to disappoint people. It was ALL IN or don’t do at all. We were in such a “flow”, it was almost nothing could stop or fail us (say real one). We’ve really, really, REALLY put in all that we’ve got into the Zine Room.