Bill Brent was the publisher of the zine Black Sheets and the alternative sexuality directory The Black Book and the author of the book How To Make a Zine (recently republished in a revised edition
) as well as a lot of erotica writing. He was very active in the San Francisco Bay Area sexuality, kink, and zine scenes from the early 90s onward. Unfortunately, he committed suicide in August 2012; Liz Highleyman penned an in-depth obituary of Bill
posted by larrybob
on Aug 30, 2012 -
"I guess it started for me when, as a young sci-fi movie fan, I did a fanzine at age 12 to 15... that’s when I learned how relatively cheap and easy it was to self-publish, at least for a small circle of weirdos. Later, after comics went up to 50¢, I started collecting stuff equally weird but much cheaper than comic books: kook literature." - Rev. Ivan Stang
You may know of the Church of the SubGenius, that parody religion that worships the almighty "Bob" and was a fixture of MTV
and Night Flights
back in the day. But do you know of its SECRET ORIGINS? Co-founder Ivan Stang corresponded with hundreds of "mad prophets, crackpots, kooks & true visionaries," from sincere cults to winking charlatans to utter nutjobs to hate groups to independent artists and musicians, with some respected names thrown in, and synthesized them into a half-joking, half-serious celebration of the kook spirit. These days of course the forward-thinking crackpot looking for sheep goes directly to the internet. But while it lasted Stang and co-authors Mike Gunderloy, Waver Forest and Mark Johnston collaborated to document this vanished scene in the legendary book HIGH WEIRDNESS BY MAIL
. (All links within may quickly lead someplace NSFW by the nature of the beast.) [more inside]
posted by JHarris
on Aug 27, 2012 -
Beginning in the 1910s, a combination of new ideas and technologies generated a proliferation of little magazines. These magazines made possible the revolutionary movement known as modernism.
Little magazines promoted artistic and political movements ranging from Imagism, Futurism, Cubism, Surrealism, and Dada, to Anarchism, Socialism, Communism, and Feminism. Little magazines provided a stage for modernist innovations ranging from New Art and the New Music, to the New Negro and the New Woman. Little magazines championed individual liberties ranging from free verse, to free speech, and free love.
Today, we are using the World Wide Web to produce a database dedicated to these important periodicals.
posted by latkes
on Apr 23, 2012 -
Didier Lestrade, former publisher of classic French gay zines and periodicals like Magazine
) and Têtu
. “Unlike many young fags today, we knew our gay history. We were learning all the time about all kinds of stuff and we were always eager to lean more…. It freaks me out to think how quickly we went from creating our own history to not caring about gay history anymore! It happened so fast. No one has even begun to collect and preserve all the material from the Paradise Garage, the Saint, etc., and now gay people don’t seem to even care.” [more inside]
posted by joeclark
on Jan 7, 2011 -
Before the internet, nerds communicated through Amateur Press Associations
(APAs). Members wrote and photocopied their individual 'zines on a subject, then mailed them to a central mailer, who collated and mailed the completed sets to all the members. The earliest APAs were founded by printers and amateur journalists. The National Amateur Press Association
is the oldest, founded in 1876. Later APAs were often the province of science fiction and comic book fans. They are still around
[pdf]. A lot more inside... [more inside]
posted by marxchivist
on Aug 2, 2010 -
The Zine Library
has hundreds of zines
in pdf format for your perusal. They are organized into categories ranging from the common political (anarchism
, political prisoners
& animal liberation
) and identity based zines (indigenous
) to the more esoteric (anarchist history
) as well as the useful (cooking
& organizing manuals
) and arty (art
). Now, zines are by their very nature hit and miss but there are some real treasures to be found. I recommend these three: [all links pdf] The Rebel's Dark Laughter - The Writings of Bruno Filippi
, Barefoot in the Kitchen
and Delivery from Below, Resistance from Above - Electricity and the Politics of Struggle in Tembisa, South Africa
. Note: Many if not most zines are set up to be printed out and bound together in chapbooks. That requires a bit of going back and forth when reading in pdf-format, but they wouldn't be real zines if they were straightforward to read ;) Don't know what a zine is? A pretty good overview is provided by zine librarian Jenna Freedman in Zines Are Not Blogs: A Not Unbiased Analysis
. [This site has been posted previously but was buried deep in the weeds of more inside]
posted by Kattullus
on Mar 10, 2009 -
A virtual cornucopia of thought-provoking writing, art, and music - subsystence is one of my favorite e-zines. Now in its fifth issue, with outstanding features such as a series of paintings by Chicago artist Nick Butcher and music by Detalles.
posted by chrisege
on May 5, 2005 -
Murder Can Be Fun
My top 3 Zine
s of all
time (here's a list
more). There was a used record/comics store near where I worked.
They had lots of Zines and I would frequent them just to see if new
issues were in. Weeks of waiting were sometimes rewarded with
a new issue. Almost always worth the wait. Anyone have a favorite?
Any good Zines around anymore? [more inside]
posted by e40
on Nov 30, 2004 -
Hippie Atrocities and Beautiful Freaks -- Oz Magazine
was, for a ten year run during the Sixties and Seventies, Australia's, and later England's, premier underground satire 'zine. Featuring contributions from (among others) Lenny Bruce and Germain Greere, and subject to two obscenity trials--one in Australia and another, more famous one following the editors' exile to England
--it evolved, in its English incarnation, a wicked
and of course, thouroughly psychedelic
design aesthetic. There are galleries of cover art here
and a Shockwave adaptation of the infamous School Kids issue here.
[warning: some images NSFW.]
posted by arto
on Aug 26, 2003 -
is worth a look. It documents the detrital scraps of our modern lives, found in gutters, break-room bulletin boards and under car windshields. All pieces are reader submitted, and some are of suspect authenticity.
Sublime, simply sublime... PS. Page me later
posted by cadastral
on Jan 27, 2003 -
Before there were blogs, before there was the Web, there were zines.
Most MeFi folk know this - right? - but it seems to be astonishing news to the Washington Post. Maybe not everybody here was part of the zine scene back in the 80s and early 90s, but I bet a lot of you were. My question: Am I just an out-of-touch curmudgeon or is it insulting
to do an article like this on a "Zine Guide" (which I haven't seen - I haven't touched a zine in about five years, probably) without even mentioning the Alpha and Omega of the genre, Mike Gunderloy's Factsheet Five?
posted by soyjoy
on Nov 19, 2002 -
, David Greenberger's legendary zine which has spawned books, CDs, comic books, and videos
, finally went online sometime this year. "In the universal experience of aging we are desperately short of meaningful guidance. The Duplex Planet offers some lessons and examples," says Greenberger
. Does he succeed, or is DP just an artful "seniors say the darndest things"?
posted by kmel
on Sep 18, 2002 -
is back. After an 8-year hiatus, the classic rock rag that launched the career of editor/author/Springsteen-worshipper Dave Marsh
, elevated Lester Bangs
to rockcrit boddhisatva status, and introduced me to the Velvet Underground and the Stooges is online and ready to roll the presses once more. Will they give a much-needed kick in the ass to a moribund field of journalism, or are they a bunch of old hippies cynically cashing in on Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous
vibe? Don't forget to dig the scanned covers
. Boy Howdy!
posted by MrBaliHai
on Nov 29, 2001 -
Independent magazines published on the web in the same vein as "old school" printed ones
. Sort of the step between a blog and a full blown Salon (as in MetaFocus
?). I'm thinking about doing one, any you can recommend?
posted by owillis
on Jul 6, 2001 -
Video killed the weblogging star.
Turns out ABC is casting for a tv show about the fast-moving world of online zines. But don't they know that webzines are oh-so September 1996, and weblogs are where it's at these days?
Doesn't somebody around here think it's time to migrate the weblog genre over to television? Any of you crazy New York based webloggers thinking about making the move over to a different medium?
posted by monstro
on May 2, 2000 -