Brief History of My Life in Zines
Sarah Dyer of Action Girl recounts how she became a zine creator
and collector and why she donated her collection to Duke University.
- A Day in
the Life of Qvimby's Book Store
Sherri Gionet, former co-owner of Quimby's zine and book store
in Chicago, describes life behind the counter. Originally appeared
in Quimby's Magalog.
- Cheap Memes:
Zines, Metazines and the Virtual Press
Mark Frauenfelder, writing in Media Diet, examines zines as "meme
carriers." A memes is an information pattern capable of
Resistant Writers Through Zines in the Classroom
A lecture delivered by Judith Williamson at the College Composition
and Communication Conference annual convention, Nashville, March
- Fanzines: Their
Production, Culture and Future
A dissertation by Phil Stoneman of the University of Stirling,
written in 2001 to earn a Master of Philosophy in Publishing
Studies. You may also view the work as a downloadable PDF
Zines to Ezines: Electronic Publishing and the Literary Underground
A dissertation by Fred Wright of Kent State University, written
in 2001 to earn a doctorate in philosophy. PDF (623K)
You Can Almost Touch
Steven Heller reviews Fanzines: The DIY Revolution and
two other books about sci-fi and horror books, magazines and
comics (New York Times).
- The Psychological
Motivations of the Zine Publisher
Fred Wright, writing in the Journal for the Psychoanalysis of
Culture & Society, explains that zine publishers create "because
of the psychological need to produce and consolidate a sense
of identity for themselves, an impulse that operates simultaneously
in the Lacanian registers of the Symbolic, Imaginary and Real."
Guide (PDF format)
This free, four-page teacher's guide can be duplicated and given
to students. It includes information on creating your own paper
zine, a list of recommended books and a classroom exercise called
The 30-Minute Zine.
- What They're
Saying About Us
A bibliography of mainstream newspaper and magazine articles
about fanzines, from 1987 to 1996.
In 1989, Mike Gunderloy, the founder of Factsheet Five, compiled
a 54-page paperback called Why Publish? It contained dozens of
responses to that question solicited from zine editors. Mike
has graciously allowed zinebook.com to post Why Publish? as a
PDF file as a free ebook available for download.
- Why Zines Won't Die
Rita Flórez examines why zines continue to thrive in various
formats. From Good Magazine.
- A Zineography
A mediagraphy of articles about zines, as well as books, tapes
and related materials, compiled by Chris Dodge of Street Librarian.
Last updated November 1998.
- Zine Rebel
or Zine Elvis?
Jeff Somers of the Inner Swine makes his case for three types
of zine editors: Shock Jocks, Movementeers and plain old Writers.
- Zines as a Medium for Feminist Dialogue
In this article from Feminist Collections, Angela Richardson
examines six zines created by women.
- Zine Saver
An essay about the spirit of zines by Scott Berg that appeared
in the Washington Post in August 2004. Free registration may
- Zines: Not Totally Dead
Gawker recognizes some outstanding zines that are still published!
- Zine Week: Horror and Film-Related
Matt Bradshaw of Omega Channel recounts his years reviewing horror
and film-related zines for Factsheet 5. "Eventually I contacted
Seth Friedman at Factsheet 5 and asked if I could review film-related
zines for him. The magazine had a section specifically devoted
to B movies, and I felt it calling to me. 'Hell, yeah,' he said.
Soon I was receiving stacks of zines large enough to clog a suburban
- Zoning in on Zines
Jim Romenesko of Poynter.org asks the question, Are zines journalism?
"Yes and no. Some fanzines are sloppy rants produced by
psychopaths. Others are carefully produced works of excellent
writing and reporters." Posted 7 June 2000.
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