zine life

Submitting weeks!

Thank you all SO MUCH to those choosing to contribute and those who are following simply awaiting the zine that’s to come :)

Contributing time is now closed and until August 15, people who are already officially contributing have the next 2.5 weeks to work on anything they’re interested in submitting to the zine!

If you are making art of some sort: email your finished product to thefanlifezine@gmail.com and please mind the rules to what is allowed in your art!

If you are writing anything: email it to thefanlifezine@gmail.com as an editable word document. Don’t worry, I swear on my life there will be no tinkering to your words! I just need to make all the formats look the same and add on your url and writer name.

  • You can submit your products however early you want
  • If you are making more than one thing, make sure to limit the spotlight of a certain ship/character/etc to only one product 
  • When you submit, tell me your artist name or writer name that you’d like to be shown on your work


Did you know that I sing in a band? Did you know that band is made up of 5 zinesters from 3 different countries and all of our songs are about zines? It’s goofy and fun 90s style pop-punk all about zines!

Copy Scams- Copy & Destroy 10″ record available on sale for $5 in my Etsy shop until the end of the month.

This 10" record has 7 pop-punk songs about zines,  a 16 page zine filled with lyrics, photos, illustrations, stories, lists, and more. Plus, a download code to get the album digitally that includes Copy Scam Live At Leeds (Zine Fest) 2012.

currently working on zine stuff and I had to stop for a second because I’m getting overwhelmed by tikki’s cuteness like ?? has she always been this adorable??? tikki please;;;

anonymous asked:

Can you talk about zines? A basic description, then whatever else you want to say? I've googled a couple times and got sort-of-answers, but this would be good, especially in context of your blog.

Simply put, zines are self published magazines. They are usually photocopied and stapled like a little booklet or pamphlet and have a small print run.They are generally made as a hobby as there isn’t much money in zines.

What you put in a zine is entirely up to you. You could write fiction, draw comics, write recipes, print photos you have taken, write your political belief, or write about your own experiences. You could stick to one genre or you could mash it all up together. I generally write what is called a “personal zine” that means I write stuff about personal experiences and tell stories and occasionally other topics show up in my zines as well. The contents of a zine are only limited to your imagination. Zines can be any size or shape but I’m a firm believer that they must me physical. I don’t consider ezines to be zines.

Some people that make zines consider themselves to be the progeny of the likes of Thomas Pain writing Common Sense, early 20th Century Sci-fi fanzine writers, beat poets and chapbooks, 70s punk music fanzines, and the 90s zine explosion including riot grrrl zines.

All of that just tells you what zines are physically.

I’ve been reading zines since the early 90s and making my own zines since the mid-90s. I was living in Salt Lake City, Utah on the cusp of the internet. I would trade zines with penpals through the mail and write letter and really get to to know the people behind the paper. This is where I get to the cultural aspect of zines. These connections could take you on a greyhound ride across the country to meet someone where you know their handwriting better than their face. There are conventions for zines called zine fests where people get together to trade, sell and display their creations and attend workshops and skill shares. Most of my friends are people that I have met through zines and the only thing I can really think that we have in common is that we all appreciate the written word. We celebrate the tangible and sometimes the ephemeral.

Some people talk about zines dying out after the internet and blogs became popular, but I don’t think that is true. There is still a very active and vibrant community of people creating zines and reading zines. the internet has just added a new dimension to zines and zine culture. it makes it easier to find other people that are interested in zines and easier to spread to word about new zines, zine fest, and distros (a hobby sort of business that sells a bunch of different zines)

In the context of this being my witchy blog I’d say that zines are a big part of my life and that blends into my witchy life because it is just another facet of me. I’ve also been kicking around the idea of writing a zine about witchcraft but I can’t seem to find the time to write my own zines these days let along sit down to do editing and reprint the book I wrote about zines.

Also, my day job, Portland Button Works, is running a business that makes custom buttons and sells our own buttons designs. I also run a zine distro and sell lots of zines in my brick and mortar shop. When I travel, like when I was in Chicago and LA a few months ago, it is probably for a zine fest. I have friends all over the US and Canada and even some in other countries and it is all because of zines.


CELLULAR features the work of practicing photographers using the accesible and ‘low brow’ medium of mobile phones to create a portrait of the world around them. Wether it be food, humorous signs and graffiti or landscapes, it is proven that mobile phones are just one of many creative outlets for these young artists. Featuring the work of Ian Bird, Matthew McNulty, Emily Sherwin, George Morris, Patrick Lawrie and Seamus Gough.

Edited by Emily Sherwin.

Edition of 30. 60 page full colour, perfect bound.

£5 + £1.50 postage. (But if you live in London/near me we can skip the postage costs √)

Available to buy on my website HERE.


With 21,000 copies of the book in print through 4 printing, Stolen Sharpie Revolution has been the go-to resource for zines and zine culture since 2002. However, Stolen Sharpie Revolution is currently out of print. I’m about to launch a Kickstarter campaign to fund a 5th printing and I need your help.

I’d like to make a Kickstarter promo video with photos of Stolen Sharpie Revolution, including your photos! Show me photos of SSR on your bookshelf, in a shop window, on a table at a zine fest. Show me SSR with with you cats, dogs, or hedgehogs! I’d love to see a copy in the middle of you floor scattered with zine making scraps, tucked out of your backpack, or being read in public. All submissions that are included in the video will receive a free copy of the book when it is printed. All submissions should be sent to StolenSharpieRevolution@live.com and be received by MARCH 2, 2014.*

Also, did you know that the zine resource listing that have always appeared in the back of Stolen Sharpie Revolution are now collected on a website? The resources were always the most difficult part to keep up-to-date so now they are all collected and frequently updated at StolenSharpierevolution.org Check it out for zine distros, stores that sell zines, a calendar of zine events and more! As always SSR is only as good as the information I have. If you see that I’m missing something like a store in your town that sells zines, a new distro, or a zine event not listed, please send a message through the contact form on the site and I’ll get it added!

In zines we trust,

Alex Wrekk

*Multiple copies received from a single person will result on only one free book. Owner of submitted photo reserves all rights to submitted images but may be asked for it to be included in promotional materials.

I get so jealous of people who can just put zines out without worrying about if the writing/layout/etc. are the best ever. I used to be like that, but over the years I’ve become someone who has to write and edit a zine for a really long time before I’m comfortable putting it out into the world. I’m currently working on three zines (Reckless Chants #23, plus two one-shot minis that I’ll reveal the details of once they’re closer to being done) and I just want to finish them, but instead I’m taking a long time with them so they’re as good as they can be.

Some people would say this is a good trait to have, but I miss banging out a zine a month rather than only publishing one issue of my main zine a year and having even mini zines take me months to finish. Sigh.

Punk Zine Writers

This survey is part of a research study collecting information on women who participated (or still participate) in punk who were not primarily musicians. In particular, female identified individuals who participate in punk through reading and writing zines. If you identify (or have identified in the past) as a female/woman/grrrl/girl punk, please take some time to complete this survey. Also, please forward this survey to other female identified punks you may know. If you have questions, please email rj-buchanan@wiu.edu (Western Illinois University IRB Approval #2703)



Another great instalment in the Stay Young project by Paul John Nelson, really enjoying this changeable cover game too (stole ya phrase steve sorry). The format of the publication has changed since the first issue, with issue two there are more photos, more contributors and more great vibes that just makes me wanna go out and get drunk and take photos. Something which I didn’t think a zine could do! Thanks very much Paul.

You can pick one up here

Fix My Head #8 from FIX MY HEAD zine
Issue Number 8 On Conflict, Family, Ritual. POC zine.

So excited to be featured in the latest issue of FIX MY HEAD! Features Growing Gills in Rising seas or Cultural Revitalization in a Colonized World by Jasmine A. Koster, Kink, Culture, Conflict by Raju Rage, Vegetarianism is Not for Me by Giang and my poem Stereotype This. Get it while the getting is good for $5.