Mini-Zine Review: Proof I Exist #23 – Questions and Answers


Proof I Exist #23 – Questions and Answers

This zine came unexpectedly from Billy da Bunny himself along with some awesome happy mail.

I don’t remember 100%, but I think this is the first zine I’ve read that is about zines. As you can imagine, it’s like taking my love for zines and squaring it. Awesomeness all around.

Proof I Exist #23 – Questions and Answers is the product of a talk Billy gave to a class on the topic of zines. They were having so much fun that they didn’t get through all the questions. He thought he’d take those questions and turn it into a zine. (Right on.)

I like reading the writing of strong voices. People who prefer to teach than preach. Billy knows his zines, and he knows what they do for him and the world. He’s found this great medium between prattling on too much and not saying enough. He answers the questions completely but manages to get you thinking at the same time. (I don’t know about you, but I’ve had some teachers answer a question too thoroughly so independent thought wasn’t exactly encouraged.) What makes a good zine, why zines are important in society… He answers questions I’ve heard plenty of times and more on top of that.

I thought this would be a short read, being a mini and not a lot of pages. I was pleasantly surprised when I slowed down from the first question. I enjoyed taking my time to think about what Billy was saying and thinking about how I would respond to the same questions.

While this doesn’t delve so much into the history of zines, I would not hesitate to give this to someone who wants to know more about the whole ‘zine thing’.

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