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Zine History
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Zine History
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Zine History

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  • 1. A Short History of Zines (Barnard College Zine Library)
  • 2. Zines Are... mostly photocopied different from magazines - no barcode or ISSN arise from the concept of self publishing topics usually too far out of the mainstream for traditional media Sticky Institute, Melbourne
  • 3. Names And All That zine is not short for magazine comes from fanzine, which is a combination of “fan mags” and “letterzines” the opposite of a fanzine was a “prozine” Librarian at Papercut Zine Library, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 4. In the Olden Days 1930s - the duplicating Mimeograph makes reproduction possible The Comet, the first scifi fanzine is also published
  • 5. I Love My Photocopier 1942 Xerography is patented by Chester Carlson in 1942 Electrostatic printing with photography Used in photocopiers today
  • 6. The Underground 1960s Beat poets make chapbooks, hippies make radical underground newspapers 1970s Rise of punk zines e.g. Maximum RocknRoll, Punk, Sniffing Glue
  • 7. Getting the Word Out 1982 Factsheet Five is published - thousands of zine reviews and contacts spreads zine culture pre internet
  • 8. Riot Grrrl 1990s From the zine Bikini Kill comes the band of the same name, 1st Riot Grrrl band Riot Grrrl = Pro queer, anti sexism, against sexual abuse, pro choice From Bikini Kill zine #1
  • 9. Riot Grrrl Combining DIY ethos of punk scene to create own music, art & zines more females become involved in traditionally male zine scene, also rise of “perzine”
  • 10. The Internet Arrives 1994 Internet begins to become more widespread Usenet and alt.zines E-zines Internet causes both boom (exposure) and decline (webpages & blogging)
  • 11. And Now... Zine revival? Art zines often referred to as “zines” today (e.g. small press such as Nieves) Advantages to paper over screens? Like books, zines are tactile Nieves 100+ Zines Exhibition
  • 12. MCA Zine Fair, Sydney Zines have the tang of truth about them. They're unabashedly passionate and sell nothing but ideas Chris Dodge, Utne magazine

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