Back in the first post I said Malaise was “back” and that I was busy conceptualising just what form it would take moving forward. I stated with much confidence that it wouldn’t be making a print comeback, that the fanzine was dead.
I’m that kind of indecisive person who spends a lot of time reinventing to, I hope, not too much of my own detriment. Dwelling on this idea, what it could be, what it’s been, it’s become clear to me that there really is no other way I’d want to do it other than a physical print publication. Hand xeroxed, personally distributed and all.
Back when Malaise was already in print and I was just starting to collate the second issue, I made the decision that this was just not going to work if I did it all myself. Real DIY is an ethic, it’s a conscious decision where you dedicate your efforts to a quest in unlocking your potential, and I think if done correctly the potential of others. On top of a stressful relationship, studying to not be an animator and volunteering with ZICS, that conscious effort just got too much and I laid the tools down. Mostly, the reason it ended was because I lacked to time and therefore energy to put into producing a 36-page fanzine all by myself.
That was the low note, here’s the high.
I’m really excited to share this sort-of epiphany that with the help of my brother Liav Shalev, long time supporter and good photography guy, is starting to shape into a full on concept. Malaise will be a regular zine again. New foundation, new direction; same passion, same zero dollar cost.
The revised Malaise will be just one A3 sheet folded in half, two-sided print. The size is important for the same old reason which is that there are heaps of really good zines out there that have skating in them but we wanted to do something where the format follows the content and is truly a skate zine of skateboarders. I figured bigger was better and minimal was key. One sheet is easy enough to fold into your pocket, so you needn’t think twice about picking it up. And also if I’m going to be honest, there’s a lot less hairpulling pulling just two pages of content together under a bi-monthly/monthly (we’ll see how we go) deadline.
There’s heaps more in the works and heaps more that we have to do to build up momentum for a soft May release of the first issue. But as always I extend the offer to get involved in whatever way you feel you can! The zine will be free which means we’ll be doing all the work for free, so volunteering to help out is ace and I encourage it.
Lastly, I want to reiterate that at the heart of this idea is the need to coalesce skateboarders who produce creative work out of love, intrigue or labour. Because simply put, even in skateboarding creative work is undervalued. The new Malaise is heavy on the art side of things but I don’t want that to mean exclusive of filmmaking, writing, making music, the act of skateboarding itself. It’s a zine for those who are as much skaters as people.