In todays CTS session our lecturer talked about zines, their history and how to find them.
There are more than 2000 zines in the LCC library which we can look at. The oldest one is from 1977 and it is in the special collection. The zines from the special collection are often fragile, rare and valuable.
The word zine comes from Fanzine which consists of the words fan and magazine. It was use to share information without any publisher. They were sold in pubs, record shops, by mail and in independent book shops. Often the price of a zine was just to cover the printing costs. Anyone can produce them and it’s purpose is to share your own view away from the mainstream. Nobody would tell you how to do it because there was no publisher. The beginnings of the zine came from the punk era with the zine ‘Sniffin’ Glue’. It is and always has been an underground phenomenon which has no outer influence than the person that produces them.
Nowadays zines are also popular. You can express yourself uncensored and it is really engaging with other people.
Zines do not have an editor who tells you what to do or not. The person who produces a zine has full power over what he or she is doing. Zines can be quite personal and do not have to be there for publishing. It could be a way to express your feelings, like a journal.
Later on we had to look at zines and think about the following questions on how to create a zine and how the different materials communicate.
- Think about: format, binding, colour&tone, size, layout/space/line, technique, materials, typography
- Why did they choose to do it like that?
- How does the look relate to the content?
- Who, Where, When, Why was the zine produced?
- What is the content? personal, political,….?
All these factors are important to communicate a feeling and the content. It is vital to think about it.
In conclusion one can say that zines have been important cultural factor and is still popular in our times.