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What are Zines?
What are Zines?
Zines are self-published, low circulation works. Most resemble mini-magazines or newsletters, though they can take on other forms. They may be monographs, having only one issue, or they may be serials consisting of several issues or even volumes. Some are made using cutout piece from other works assembled on a copy machine, while others are made on computers using desktop publishing software. Some have simple, hand-drawn art, and others have full color photography.
Zines reached their height of popularity in the late 90's and begin to decline with the growing popularity of the Internet and tools to create websites and blogs. Zines have experienced a renaissance in recent years, with the form being celebrated through festivals like Zine Fest Houston.
Why do people make Zines?
People make Zines for any number of reasons:
- Fanzines/Fanfiction - usually unauthorized and non-canonical, these celebrate a particular literary work, movie, or tv show with ether analysis of the work or by extending it through fan created fiction.
- Political Protest - marginalized groups use Zines to draw attention to issues affecting them and to make their case for change.
- Art - Zines can be used to share art that hasn't found mainstream acceptance.
and ... JUST BECAUSE!
Where can I see zines?
Here are a few digital archives where you can view scanned copies of zines.
The Broken Pencil
Since 1995, we have been a mega-zine dedicated exclusively to exploring independent creative action. Published four times a year, each issue of Broken Pencil features reviews of hundreds of zines and small press books, plus comics, excerpts from the best of the underground press, interviews, original fiction and commentary on all aspects of the indie arts. From the hilarious to the perverse, Broken Pencil challenges conformity and demands attention.
Internet Archives' Zine Collection
A large collection of digitized zines spanning several decades.
Sea Green Zines
A blog of zines and more!
Sherwood Forest Zine Library
Large collection of zines hosted out of Austin, Texas. You can scan and send your zine to them for inclusion in their archive.
Xerography Debt is a zine about zines.
We've been partying like it is 1999 since...well, 1999. We've even been described as the PBS of review zines.
Each e-mail will feature a zine from my collection, a review, some scans, and where to buy it. Maybe I'll add some additional zine related content! Maybe I'll have a consistent send schedule! We'll see how this goes.
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