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Zine Review: Proof I Exist 22: International Zine Month

Proof I Exist 22: International Zine Month
Billy McCall
iknowbilly@gmail.com

International Zine Month is July, which means it’s coming up fast!

Proof I Exist 22 is about International Zine Month 2015 and the love of all things zine. If you’re not familiar, IZM has an ‘activity a day’ list created by Alex Wrekk (http://www.stolensharpierevolution.org/international-zine-month/) to go along with it, and Billy made a zine to document his progress.

You all know I’m always going to read a zine about zines, and adding in the perzine side of things is like hitting the zine jackpot for me. Talk about enjoyable and inspiring. As Billy himself says, this is a zine nerd’s zine, and I am all over that.

As much as I like that Billy made an IZM zine, I like that he didn’t make a zine of the prompts alone. He includes things like the zines he writes, the story of his first zine, and other things mixed in with the prompts. It makes the zine-y goodness that much better – plus I really enjoyed reading Billy’s story about his very first zine.

Aesthetically this zine is a bit different with the half-fold running vertically instead of horizontally. I found it interesting how one small choice could make it seem to different.

A fun sneaky little surprise in this zine is the mini-zine you find tucked inside. Have I mentioned that Billy called this a zine nerd’s zine? Because he’s not only embraced that but takes it to all kinds of fun levels.

As you may have guessed at this point, I love this zine and would love to see many more people celebrate International Zine Month in the same way.

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

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Proof I Exist #23 – Questions and Answers
Billy
http://wemakezines.ning.com/profile/BillyDaBunny
https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/iknowbilly

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’.