16th January 2015
In preparation for my essay I have been researching zines and came across this video.
1. A handmade publication, often cheaply produced and self-distributed. Zines contain stories, comics, recipes, interviews, photos, and anything else the creator wants to include.”
From this definition, zines are extremely broad and can serve any purpose with the content being literally anything someone wants to put it. This is a very DIY style of creating with little thought on profits or making something within a regulated set of rules.
This video was created in order to promote the Los Angeles 2014 ‘Zine Fest’ which I never knew existed, which shows that this once very underground culture has become hugely popular within the community. I also found a link to the Brooklyn zine fest, and would not be surprised if this was a common thing across America and even the world.
“It’s a wonderful way to express who you are, and meet other folks who make you feel comfortable being yourself” – This video really emphasises this idea that this is a really friendly community which mainly wants people to express themselves through creating zines, be it through illustrations, collage, photography or poems etc. It will be interesting to see how this modern view on zines compares to its roots which I believe were more about political and cultural change.