Who are You?
I’ve had a fascination with zines since I discovered somewhere around 2010-ish. It was more of a passing affection at first like smiling at the interesting person you see on the bus every morning but never bothering to take it further than that. Well I’ve plucked up my confidence and am asking zine making out on a date. (Workable metaphor? Maybe.)
Years ago, I started a project called ‘Dear Anonymous’ that was Post Secret-esque in that people sent me anonymous letters directed at other people/things. I put it up on a blog and went from there. Looking back, I didn’t give it enough time to take off. I was getting few emails, and I didn’t want to use anything of mine lest certain people in my life recognize my writing. So the blog died.
Then I discovered zines, and I had a a feeling that Dear Anonymous could have a new and better life in the zine world.
What’s a Zine?
The beauty of a zine is that it is anything you want it to be. Often self-published and made by hand, the subject or subjects is/are the will of the original creator. They can be anything from anonymous to printed with all the contact details short of dental records in them.
They are not magazines, they are not the means by which to sell things (except, perhaps, other zines), and they are not created for profit.
There are mini-zines (one piece of paper folded with one cut), accordion zines (you get the picture), half fold and full page zines. Zines are like people: they come in all shapes, sizes and colours, and you can never be entirely sure what you are going to get when you encounter one.
They are self-expression, copier obsessions, sharpie addicted creations of wonder and delight.