fanzines (zine)

January 25, 2012
A zine (abbreviation of fanzine, or magazine) is most commonly a small circulation publication of original or appropriated texts and images. More broadly, the term encompasses any self-published work of minority interest usually reproduced via photocopier. A popular definition includes that circulation must be 5,000 or less, although in practice the significant majority are produced in editions of less than 1,000, and profit is not the primary intent of publication. Zines are written in a variety of formats, from computer-printed text to comics to handwritten text (an example being Cometbus). Print remains the most popular zine format, usually photo-copied with a small circulation. Topics covered are broad, including fanfiction, politics, art and design, ephemera, personal journals, social theory, single topic obsession, or sexual content far enough outside of the mainstream to be prohibitive of inclusion in more traditional media. The time and materials necessary to create a zine are seldom matched by revenue from sale of zines. Small circulation zines are often not explicitly copyrighted and there is a strong belief among many zine creators that the material within should be freely distributed. In recent years a number of photocopied zines have risen to prominence or professional status and have found wide bookstore and online distribution.

I started to interested and later buy zines around 2006/2007 and they were about so many things like vegetarianism, straight edge and hardcore music. Last year i started to buy about photography. I think it's a good way to publicize a photographic work. This year i had a discipline that we had to created a small publication (this one called untitled project with Filipa Marques) and my admiration grows about this publications D.I.Y. I had already mentioned here that i would like to have my own so i think one/two months keep it simple #1 is out.

- Birmingham Zine Festival - website
- Chicago Zine Fest - wesbite
- L.A. Zine Fest - website

Here is a small selection of websites that selling zines ... there's so much that it becomes difficult to select.

Oito Magazine - website
Eight Magazine is a publication of online distribution, free and dedicated exclusively to portuguese photography.

We Make Zines - website
Is an online community for zine makers and readers.

Pogo Books - shop
Is an independent publisher of limited edition art books and zines based in Berlin, Germany. Founded in 2010, focus is on publishing Photography.

Self Publish, be Happy - shop
Sells a selection of remarkable and rare contemporary books.

The Independent Photo Book - blog
Announces independently published and/or produced photography books or zines, which are not available via Amazon or other standard outlets.

Fourteen-Nineteen - shop
Is a collaborative project celebrating the creativity and originality in the earliest stages of their photographic lives.

Good Press Gallery - shop
Formed in October 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland, and presents visual art, contemporary illustration, self & independantly published zines, books and other printed matter.
They are an independantly run gallery and bookshop in which the artists and makers come first.

Blood of the Young Zine - website
Is an independent publishing house based in Toronto, Canada.
Working with both established and emerging photographers and artists, BOTY’s focus is on producing quality, hand-made artist’s books, zines, and print series.

No Thoughts Zine - website
Is a photo magazine that is dedicated to showcasing both established and emerging photo talent from around the world.

Girls on Film / Boys on Film - blog
Is a contemporary photography zine.

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