Calhoun School Zines Class


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  • Welcome to library. 12 students Will fold how to make this very zines.
  • DEFINITION Self-published and the publisher doesn’t answer to anyone Small, self-distributed print run Motivated by desire to express oneself rather than to make money Outside the mainstream Low budget No need for any special equipment or knowledge Portable An expression of Do It Yourself (DIY) culture Foster a community among their creators and readers No ISSN, no barcode, no paid ads HISTORY 17 th century pamphlets in England: Women and the pamphlet culture of revolutionary England, 1640-1660 18 th century revolutionary US—Common Sense 20 th century science fiction and soviet dissidents, beat poets and punk rockers, riot grrrl, art books TYPES Personal, political, fanzine, literary zine, mamazine, art zine, comix, DIY zine, compilation zine, split zine Barnard's zines are written by New York City and other urban women with an emphasis on zines by women of color. A woman's gender is self-defined. We also collect zines on feminism and femme identity by people of all genders. The zines are personal and political publications on activism, anarchism, body image, third wave feminism, gender, parenting, queer community, riot grrrl, sexual assault, and other topics. WHO Young people: majority teens & early twenties Mothers of young children librarians! Writers and artists, bookmakers WHY Proof I exist Communicate/share Create/contribute E.g. Kelly Shortandqueer—feels an obligation to his community (FTM transgender people) to document his experience FROM The Long Tail, Self-publishers are Differently motivated, not differently skilled Amateur does not equal amateurish Low selling does not equal low quality WHY Control Only choice
  • ART Additional means of communication Collage  chaos Cut & paste  free Juxtoposition, contrast
  • CLIO Show how to search for zines Zine? AND feminis? Look by title, browse by call #
  • Calhoun School Zines Class

    1. 1. Calhoun School Feminisms class Nicole Nemergut Librarian Jenna Freedman February 23, 2010
    2. 2. introduction to zines <ul><li>Definition </li></ul><ul><li>History </li></ul><ul><li>Types </li></ul><ul><li>Who/why </li></ul><ul><li>Barnard zines </li></ul>
    3. 3. feminism in zines <ul><li>Choose a zine, report back on one or more of these questions: </li></ul><ul><li>Why did the author choose this medium? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the art elements, and how do they contribute? </li></ul><ul><li>What speaks to you or turns you off in this zine? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it a feminist zine? Directly? Indirectly? </li></ul>
    4. 4. library stuff <ul><li>Zines website </li></ul><ul><li>Using CLIO to find zines </li></ul><ul><li>Be our friend on Facebook, Flickr, LiveJournal, or MySpace. Follow the library on Twitter. </li></ul><ul><li>Contact Jenna Freedman [email_address] , 212.854.4615, IM: BarnardLibJenna </li></ul>