A 12-hour festival for zines
-small handmade booklets, short for fanzines or magazines-will be held in Cebu tomorrow, April 16, showcasing the work of over 50 zine
makers from all over the Philippines and around the world.
We gained access to a trove of skate zines
that dated back to 1977 (Northwest Skateboarder) but also featured zines
that had come out the day before.
WHEN ARTFORUM INVITED ME to curate a portfolio for this issue, I pulled some of my favorite zines
from recent years, mostly titles I've come across since moving to New York in 2010 (and starting the 8 Ball Zine
Fair and the Newsstand, a store in a subway station that had shelves stocked with zines
and books instead of candy and newspapers).
Examples include flyers and posters from activist events, self-published material like zines
, and faxes publicizing events.
Though a little tricky to define, zines
do share a few common characteristics.
Most articles about zines
start by defining the term for the unfamiliar.
are much like any other small pamphlet or booklet, the important difference being that they are independent, noncommercial, and self-made, which allows them to be easily and inexpensively reproduced and distributed.
Artists AJ Garrett and Rebecca Little have been teaching folk how to make their own comic books and magazines - known as zines
in underground publishing.
The National Library of Australia has recently focused on building its collection of contemporary Australian comics, graphic novels and zines
In the United States, Great Britain and, to a lesser degree, Australia, both academic analyses and popular readers of grrrl zines
have played an important role in raising awareness about the subject.
(independently-produced magazines) provide an opportunity to explore cultural production by women which is unconstrained by corporate or institutional interests.
Note from Underground: Zines
and the Politics of Alternative Culture" traces the historical rise in zine
popularity beginning with fanzines of the 1930s, fueled in the 1970s by the punk movement, and reaching a height in the 1990s.