What the heck is a zine?
This is my least favorite question and it’s also the one I’m asked the most frequently. The reason I hate this question is because there isn’t really a good short answer. As soon as you try to define what a zine is, you find yourself excluding someone who definitely makes zines but they don’t fit your exact definition, This is because zines are so flexible. They are as individual as the people who make them. That being said, I tend to see two physical formats of zines. These are not the only way to make zines but they are the ones I see the most: Folded in half and stapled or sewn (like a booklet) can be a variety of sizes.One-pager cut in the center and folded into a 6 page book.
Ok, so it’s usually a little book. What is a zine about? It can be about anything, and this is where zines really become difficult to define because if it can be about anything, then what makes it a zine? For me, what makes a zine a zine is that it is small press, often copied and d…
The Silver Guitar: A Short Story Zine (february 2019) In 2012, I saw Jens Lekman perform for the first time. After the show, I talked to him and was so impressed with how long he was willing to listen to each of his fans, never indicating through social cues that they should move on so he could talk to the next fan in line. I felt like I would never be able to give myself to so many so freely. In 2013, I took a creative writing class and our teacher asked us to rewrite a fairy tale or a myth. I chose the myth of Orpheus, and since he was known by ancient Greeks to have the most beautiful voice in existence, I cast Jens in the role of Orpheus. I'm still not sure how that sinister guitar got in there... reviews: fiveoclockzines (Instagram) zinesarenotdead (Instagram)
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