We are a collective trying to build a community of zine makers in Singapore. The Singapore’s zine culture has been hidden, and almost forgotten a few years back, and even more so during this digital age.
Squelch Zines hope to gather as many zinesters in Singapore to form the community, and ultimately be the bridge that connects them to the rest of the zine communities around the world. With that, we also want to encourage more people to continue or start making their own zine. The zine is such a wonderful and versatile communicative medium, and it could be in so many different types of form and made with countless of ways! Everyone’s zine(s) is what they make of it.
Squelch Zines was founded by Nicholas Loke and Janice Chua in 2013. The collective is now a tetrad along with Hafiz Syukri and Alif Seah.
Squelch Zines’s approach has always been experimental, as we try to make every zine experience Squelchable with everyone whom we have come across. Amongst some of the things we have are: The Zine Library, Zine Jam, Zine Swap, and the Squelchable Starter Pack, which we bring along with to our pop-ups, exhibitions and events such as the annual Singapore Art Book Fair.
Squelch Zines have also been working on the next evolution in the zine culture.
Many feels for the zine culture here in Singapore and rest of the bloody world. Too poor to travel and explore so he wants to make it happen here.
Started making zines because got no money to publish his works (macham famous only). But his love for zines is tremendously unstable. Dreams of a fuck ass solid zine culture and community in Singapore.
Say hi to him and he will give you a hi-5 for sure.
Loves the experimental approach lor. No ceiling means no limits. Also means zines mah. Breaking boundaries of zines, and exploring the beauty of it. Means hor, bringing Zines to a digital platform.
Then also he quite humorous and serious like split one. The epitomy of Shrooks is astonishingly obnoxious, fake one, as the resemblance is uncanny.
A very young and crafty boy lor. Loves customising his work. Like to sewing his work maciam an aunty. Bringing fresh and new crafty perspectives into the zine culture.
Very shy and quiet but not fierce one hor but dont like people pronouncing zines as ‘zynes’.
She loves the form of the zine, because it is a medium that is so versatile, and so cheap to produce. She also likes that there is a choice to stay as an anonymous creator.
When asked how to make a zine, she sometimes tell people this: "Want to make a zine, then just go make one. No need to think so much. Just put all your shit in there first."