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  1.  (3218.1)
    I'm curious now. Anyone here making zines? I mean, your proper photocopied handbound paper zines. Anyone? Show me.

    -- W
    • CommentAuthorinkstuds
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2008
    You should check out - not only is portland a home for tons of great alternative comix folks, but they have a thriving zine scene. there are lots of great art zines coming out of Vancouver. Jason McLean is one of my favs. Perro Verlag does some neat stuff.

    and if you want mini-comix, Colin Upton has been making them for 25+ years.
  2.  (3218.3)
    Colin Upton's still around? Cool. But, um... don't try to educate me too much about people who started doing minicomics 25 years ago, okay, guys? Somewhere I still have Chester Brown's first minicomic. I've been around a while too...
  3.  (3218.4)
    I don't know if you're familiar with sf/fantasy zines like Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Electic Velocipede, Flytrap, or Sybil's Garage, but they're producing a lot of great quality work. I have my own little twice-yearly, Kaleidotrope, which also skews pretty heavily towards genre. Lots of resources, with other listed zines, at places like Ralan's Webstravaganza, and Duotrope's Digest, although those are aimed more at writers look to submit than readers.
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2008 edited
    i used to do my own called GEEK for all of six or seven issues, but that was a few years back. in the past year i have contributed four comic columns to MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL (which just reached its 300th issue a few months back, still diy as fuck)and i contributed recently to the forthcoming issue of a hardcore zine called NEUTRAL WORDS. my article is about newer crazy ass comics, so of course it focuses on NEXTWAVE, CASANOVA ,and the UMBRELLA ACADEMY.

    i love zines, predictably...
    • CommentAuthorinkstuds
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2008
    In that case, here are some of the more impressive mini's i have come across over the last year.

    Sean Ford - Only Skin

    I came across this and was blown away by the first issue - Chuck McBuck - Snake Oil

    Aron Nels Steinke does some little mini's that are really smart.

    Robin Enrico - Controller
    - who doesnt want a mini in the shape of a nintendo game.

    I've got tons more that people send me. kids be doing some good shit.
  4.  (3218.7)
    Not exactly zines, but close... me and my girlfriend both self publish mini comics when we get the time, printing and binding them at home :) We were both selling at the last Bristol, although I had to go through lulu that time round, so that wanders even further from zine territory. I can't really show any examples, since what we've done has had to be ridiculously limited run.
  5.  (3218.8)
    Does ELECTRIC VELOCIPEDE count as a zine? They sent me a copy, and it looks more like a full-fledged magazine to me, complete with pro print job and binding...
    • CommentAuthordustbin12
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2008
    i've been printing little dada tracts, with my illustrations, writing and randomness for the past few years. i pass them out at shows, hand them strangers on the street, leave them on public transportation, etc. my scanner isn't working so i can't show you them on line, just tell me where to send them and you can put yr dirty little hands all over them.
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2008
    Making 5 pages of a 'zine / mini comic on the theme 'play' for a brief in the illustration class I'm doing this week

    'tis fun

    will post my bits when I can get them to a scanner

    My collaborators are two bizzarely stressed ladies of more advanced years than myself - very interested to see how everything looks all stapled together.
  6.  (3218.11)
    I guess it depends on how narrowly you define "zine." I obviously can't speak for Electric Velocipede (or any of the other publications I linked to above), but yeah, if taking it to a print shop, or a Kinkos or whatever, and having them reproduce and bind it together for you means it's not a zine, then I guess those aren't zines. Neither, by that definition, is Kaleidotrope, even though practically all the money for it comes from out-of-pocket and it's a one-man operation. John Klima went with a perfect-bound, digest-sized format for the latest issue of EV, so it may not have the traditional Xeroxed, home-brewed look of a zine, but I think it qualifies by any other definition. And certainly, within the field -- in many best-of-the-year anthologies, etc. -- EV, LCRW and the rest are often enough called zines.
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2008
    I hate the word "zine" something about it irks me to no end. Regardless of this me and a friend are in the process of making our own "zine", if you will, although he's using some website to print it and bind it. So it's glossy colored cover may eliminate it's "zine" status. Regardless, it's an out of pocket project and is only being run by two guys in a shit hole town(and only one of us is paying for it). Anyway our area is a cultural abyss and we're hoping to put something together as a sort of wake up call, we don't expect it to work but it's been a fun project thus far.

    We're calling it "Fractured", it started life as simply "Fracture" until we found out there was a roller derby lifestyle magazine that already had the name. We're going the general, "artistic" route. Though we'd like to focus on short stories, we're pretty much just taking what we get at this point. Each issue will be loosely thematic so hopefully we can get a wide variety of work.

    However at this point we very badly need, submissions from anyone and everyone who's willing to throw us something. So far it's a friend of a friend deal, but we'd like to get more. Ideally we want to have our print mag every month and then have a web section for other things such as music and videos, or just various artwork we couldn't fit in the printed version (we only have the outside and inside covers for art). So check out our myspace for details on submitting anything or what the latest issue is going to be about. For the anti-myspace faction visit our Tumblr For the same info. The Tumblr will be our main website once we get some content going. I'll be sure to send a copy your way once it's done Warren.

    Ugh, I hate to sound like such a promo, but we really need some submissions.
    • CommentAuthorKradlum
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2008
    Electric Velocipede changed it's format with the latest issue, it was very zine like to begin with and has gone through a couple of format changes along the way. Gosh! normally has a selection of zines on the till and downstairs in a rack.
  7.  (3218.14)
    I don't make it, but Hub City is a good read, out of New Brunswick, NJ. Your photocopied kind, just a few pages long. The content has been weird and neat. One featured an IM conversation between two folks with regard to an art opening they'd just seen in town.

    There's no website, but you can write to them for a copy. Here's the address and a review:

    HUB CITY: OUT OF THE BASEMENT #1 and #4 (PO Box 1561, New Brunswick NJ 07093)

    New Brunswick is such an anomaly: A university town filled with tens of thousands of people aged 18-30, Brunfuss only has one official live music venue (although there is a thriving basement-show sub-culture) and not a single record or music store. And until recently, not even a fanzine. Jarrett and Marrissa from the Screaming Females have thankfully filled that last gap with Hub City: Out of the Basement, which includes interviews with bands from the local scene as well as musings and opinions about crucial indie-rock issues. Issue #1 includes a long interview with local scene stalwart Mikey Erg, Jarrett's musings (following a national tour) on this country's antipathy to all-ages venues, and a rundown of some out-of-town bands coming through town. Issue #4 has an essay by Marrissa on her experiences discovering punk culture and a long interview with the band Hunchback. This is a great start and I hope they keep it up. One suggestion: How about an ancillary website or MySpace page with an up-to-date calendar of New Brunswick shows (especially the basement shows, which usually have to rely on flyers and word-of-mouth?) It would also be nice to see contact information on how to get a show at The Parlor or Court Tavern for bands planning on passing through the Hub City. Just a thought. - Jim Testa
  8.  (3218.15)
    I hate the word "zine" something about it irks me to no end

    Get used to it. It's been around longer than you have.
  9.  (3218.16)
    And certainly, within the field -- in many best-of-the-year anthologies, etc. -- EV, LCRW and the rest are often enough called zines.

    This would be the same field that calls INTERZONE semi-professional, right?

  10.  (3218.17)
    Like Paul, not really a zine but I'm doing a 16 page minicomic every month for the next year. I'm leaving them available online as well as print though. They're specifically made for print, the electronic versions were an afterthought really. Oh I'm also providing a print-your-own PDF. Print versions become available first or second week of the following month. Mini-a-Month
      CommentAuthorJeff Owens
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2008
    You have a copy of Screw Jeff Owens from when you came to Mesa, AZ a bit ago. I still print it every month (though I am super late right now) and sell them for $1 each. (Though I honestly give most of them away.)
  11.  (3218.19)
    This would be the same field that calls INTERZONE semi-professional, right?

    That's a valid point. I don't quite understand the "semiprozine" distinction myself. While obviously not fanzines, Interzone, Locus and their like really aren't "semi" anything. The question I have, I guess, is when does a zine stop becoming a zine for you and start being either semi-professional or professional?
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2008
    We're still doing Don't Look. Luckily, we keep finding quality poetry, short short fiction, art, photos, comic strips, etc. to keep publishing. Plus, I still like the viral distribution. We have a stand in a comic shop in Norway. We're huge in Norway.

    Last year, since I couldn't pay any of our contributors, I sent a year's worth of issues to some major magazine publishers and two book publishers. I thought it would be a great way to introduce the talent and showcase their work.