Don & Steve Steinberg, Meanwhile...
Selections: "Final Exits for Aquatic Species" by Don (page 71); "Jim and Mr. Peanut," by Steve (page 72); "Can't Beat Sisyphus," by Steve (page 128); "Penalty Boxes: The World of Hockey Fight Videos" by Don (page 129)
Recent reviews (from Out Your Backdoor): "Well-designed, well-written, creative, wacked-out, funny culture commentary."
Sample: A limited number of "boxed sets" of Meanwhile... back issues are available for $9. Write Don for information.
When did you launch your zine? What inspired you to do so?
Steve: My brother Don (who I bet he could go on and on about the history of Meanwhile..., complete with the name-dropping of several established TV writers and Art Garfunkel, of all people!) asked for my help.
Don: As long as I can remember, I've been thrilled by the idea that you could write something down, hand it to someone, and they would laugh. My brother Steve and I were doing a Mad-style humor magazine, called "Slopp," when we were in elementary school. We worked with two other funny kids, who also were each other's brothers. One of them is now a prosecuting attorney and the other is a staff joke-writer for Conan O'Brien. As a college freshman I received a visit from Art Garfunkel; he'd lived in the same dorm room as a student. After that I started "Art for Art's Sake," a humor newsletter that was purportedly the house-organ of the Garfunkel museum but actually was a vehicle for printing and distributing inane material. After I graduated, I got my hands on Paul Krassner's The Realist and Army Man, the legendary funzine that "Simpsons" writer George Meyer put out to kill time during the TV writers' strike. I thought it should be my calling. He had all of his most brilliant friends submit hilarious stuff. Other inspirations were with Mad magazine, Harper's, and Processed World. I put out the first Meanwhile... in 1990, only moments after I obtained Adobe Type Manager software for Windows and it suddenly became possible to typeset on my computer.
Why publish a zine?
Any general tips for aspiring zinesters?
What's your favorite part of doing a zine?
In my other life, I'm a: