Chimp frenzy

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Chimp frenzy #1

Chimp frenzy (2002) was an anthology of excerpts from Australian zines - and an experiment in zine distribution. Two issues of Chimp Frenzy were produced. The zine was conceived by Natasha Cho, coordinated by Natasha Cho and Bernadette Fitzgerald (of Footscray Community Arts Centre) and edited by Adam Ford.


Chimp frenzy #1 contained excerpts from the work of 20 Australian zinesters and was distributed as a free-standing insert in a print run of Beat Magazine - a free street publication with an average print run per issue of about 30,000 copies. Printing was sponsored by the School of Education and Institute for Youth, Education and Community at Victoria University; the Australia Council and City of Maribyrnong contributed funding for other parts of the project. The first issue also contained a form enabling readers to buy the zines featured in the anthology via mail order, and discount vouchers for zine purchases at a variety of zine stockists in Melbourne. Zine excerpts featured included:

A photo of 'Chimp Frenzy' (actually, editor Adam Ford, who dressed up especially for the launch of Chimp Frenzy #1)

Chimp frenzy #2 contained excerpts from the work of 8 Australian zinesters and was produced as part of the literature programming for the City of Boroondara. It was distributed using point of sale-style racks at four McDonalds restaurants in that locality (Camberwell, Hawthorn, Kew, and Balwyn). The City of Boroondara paid for the printing of the zine and jointly produced the project with Footscray Community Arts Centre and the production team. Zine excerpts featured included:

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