Coin-Operated Press is an artist-led organisation established in 2020. We are based in Scotland and run by zine-makers Katie Mayes and Chloe Henderson. We host workshops, run zine fairs, create educational online content, produce, publish, and distribute our own collaborative zines.
We aim to welcome our own community of an open and fluid collective of people of all genders, sexualities, ages, races, abilities, and backgrounds to get involved in Coin-Operated Press. As a company, we strive to be as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible. We value intersectional feminist culture and are especially interested in working with the LGBTQ + community and marginalised folks.
We believe everybody is an artist, and all you need are the right tools and a little encouragement to have your voice heard in your own handmade publication.
We have published 13 zines as Coin-Operated Press so far, and quite a few of our own as individual creatives. Our collaborative zines span many topics and themes, with a new call for submissions launched every month. We encourage people to submit poetry, art, photography, painting, illustration, comic book panels, essays, short stories - any media that can be put onto paper. We really love seeing the variety of work submitted, and it's wonderful to see how far-reaching our little organisation is! We've had contributions from Nigeria, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, France, America, and we delight in them all! Some of our favourite zines that we have worked on include Earth Zine, Vacczine, and Hallowzine, but our top fave is Quaranzine - mostly because it was the first ever zine we made as Coin-Operated Press. We are currently on our 3rd print run of that zine, and it also has a home in the Wellcome Collection Museum and Library, along with our Vacczine.
We celebrated our first Birthday in May, and we are really proud of all that we have managed to achieve so far! We can't wait to see what our next year of Coin-Operated Press will bring!
Themes include: collaborative zines, the environment, spookyness, the Covid-19 pandemic, art, festivals, poetry, LGBTQIA+, and more!
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