What Are Zines?

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“There is no apostrophe in zine. Zine is not short for magazine. A magazine is a product, a commercial commodity. A zine is a labor of love, producing no profit, and zine, information is just another ingredient, thinly sliced layers to keep the cream filling of advertising from sticking together. Information is the reason a zine exists; everything else, down to on.” – Larry-bob, publisher of the zine Holytitclamps.

 

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18th C Thomas Paine-Founding father of United States of America wrote “Common Sense” advocating US independence from the United Kingdom. The pamphlet sold 500,000 copies in 1776.
18th C Thomas Paine-Founding father of United States of America wrote “Common Sense” advocating US independence from the United Kingdom.
The pamphlet sold 500,000 copies in 1776.
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The first recorded Zine can be traced back to 1517, when Martin Luther Published his Zine the Ninety – Five Theses.
Francis Picabia, Dame! Illustration for the cover of the periodical Dadaphone, n. 7, Paris, March 1920
Francis Picabia, Dame! Illustration for the cover of the periodical Dadaphone, n. 7, Paris, March 1920
Raoul Hausmann, ABCD (self-portrait), a photomontage from 1923–24
Raoul Hausmann, ABCD (self-portrait), a photomontage from 1923–24

 

Hannah Höch. German, 1889-1978 Cut with the Kitchen Knife through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch in Germany (Schnitt mit dem Küchenmesser durch die letzte Weimarer Bierbauchkulturepoche Deutschlands). 1919-1920 Photomontage and collage with watercolor, 44 7/8 x 35 7/16” (114 x 90 cm) Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie © 2006 Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin, © 2006 Hannah Höch / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, photo: Jörg P. Anders, Berlin
Hannah Höch. German, 1889-1978
Cut with the Kitchen Knife through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch in Germany (Schnitt mit dem Küchenmesser durch die letzte Weimarer Bierbauchkulturepoche Deutschlands). 1919-1920
Photomontage and collage with watercolor, 44 7/8 x 35 7/16” (114 x 90 cm)

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The Comet
The Comet is a science fiction fanzine and can be considered the first  published Fanzine.

 

 

Amazing Stories Magazine from the 1920s
Amazing Stories Magazine from the 1920s.

 

 

Sniffin’ Glue, was influential but short-lived punk zine (published from 1976-1977).
Sniffin’ Glue, was influential but short-lived punk zine (published from 1976-1977).sniffin_glue_cva6789d3f60f2516a1aeaa8f267642065

 

 

 

Toronto's music Fan Zine Pig Paper from 1975
Toronto’s music Fanzine Pig Paper from 1975.

 

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Riot grrrls
Riot grrrls

 

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Zines Today …

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Walter Scott 

Wendy is trendy, and has dreams of art stardom-but our young urban protagonist is perpetually derailed by the temptations of punk music, drugs, alcohol, parties, and boys. Hegemonies and hearts are broken in this droll and iconoclastic look at the worlds of art and twentysomethings. Walter Scott is an artist from Montreal. His work has been exhibited across Canada and Wendy has been serialized on Random House Canada's literary digital magazine Hazlitt
Wendy is trendy, and has dreams of art stardom-but our young urban protagonist is perpetually derailed by the temptations of punk music, drugs, alcohol, parties, and boys. Hegemonies and hearts are broken in this droll and iconoclastic look at the worlds of art and twentysomethings.
Walter Scott is an artist from Montreal. His work has been exhibited across Canada and Wendy has been serialized on Random House Canada’s literary digital magazine Hazlitt

 

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Brennan Kelly

 

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 Ggazet, which was a periodical zine published by a Swiss artist named Guillaume Denervaud. It went out bi-monthly for a year.

 

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Kawaii published by some artists in New York. It’s a two-colour Risograph print with five or six other artists.

 

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Dark Whorse, it was published in 2013 by Museums Press in Glasgow.

 

 

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About Broken Pencil: the magazine of zine culture and the independent arts

Welcome to Broken Pencil! Since 1995, we have been a mega-zine dedicated exclusively to exploring independent creative action. Published four times a year, each issue of Broken Pencil features reviews of hundreds of zines and small press books, plus comics, excerpts from the best of the underground press, interviews, original fiction and commentary on all aspects of the indie arts. From the hilarious to the perverse, Broken Pencil challenges conformity and demands attention.

 

 

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