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Sticky Institute

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Published July 12th 2011
If you're looking for new writing, comics and art that are both figuratively and literally underground, you can't go past Sticky Institute. Situated in Degraves Subway, just under Flinders Street, Sticky is a hive of activity, where zine-makers, badge-makers and other creative types can create and stock their work.

A zine is an independent, usually hand-made publication, generally photocopied cheaply and stapled together into a booklet. Zines can be about anything: punk, art, librarians, feminism, fictional characters, comics and landscape gardening are some of the topics of the zines I have encountered at Sticky.

It's great to pop into the Institute on a Saturday afternoon, to browse the plethora of unusual and hilarious titles, make some badges, use the Institute's typewriters or do some photocopying and make a zine of your own. Most zines cost between $1 and $5, making this a very affordable outing.

Even if you can't make it in to the Institute, you can still share in the endless celebration that is zine culture, as Sticky operates a mail order service, found at

Sticky Institute is open from 12-6pm on Wednesday to Friday, and 12-5pm on Saturday. It can be found in Degraves Subway (enter through Degraves Street or Flinders Street Railway Station), or online at
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