Sunday, April 5, 2015
Above, cover for PUKE STORIES by Kelly Froh
Zines appear to have become popular again.
As recently as the nineties, I could find zines at many independent video, music, and book stores. When those places started disappearing, so did most of the zines.
These days, the internet seems to have replaced all those stores. In fact, author / artist websites seem to be the only way to get your hands on most zines.
The current crop of zines, seem to cover every topic you can think of.
WARNING... I've noticed an unusual number of MAN-HATERS publishing zines. Most of those hairy-afterbirths can NOT write - or speak - without abusing the word misogyny, or misogynist. These loathsome and colossal hypocrites, see nothing wrong with their misandry.
So be careful, who you give your money to.
Screengrabs of Kelly Froh and her artwork... From a short documentary about her. The film was made by John Kinhart and Richard B. Smith Jr.... I saw it on YOUTUBE.
I've been told that some of the first American zines appeared during the late thirties ( I can NOT confirm this as fact ).
Back in the sixties and seventies, most of the zines I came across, seemed to be focussed on politics, or sex, or drugs.
During the eighties and nineties, the focus appeared to be on movies, television, music, and other pop-culture themes ( such as collecting ).
After all this time, zines still come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and construction methods... From homemade photo copies, stapled on the upper left corner, to professionally printed publications.
Below are links to three major ZINE FESTIVALS that seem to be very popular.
NOTE - I've NEVER attended any of the events listed below, so I can't give you any feedback......
L.A. ZINE FEST
CHICAGO ZINE FEST
BROOKLYN ZINE FEST
FYI - There's a book called XEROX FEROX: THE WILD WORLD OF THE HORROR FILM FANZINE.
BY - John Szpunar
ISBN - 9781909394100
COMPANY - Headpress
PAGES - 800
MESURMENTS - 5" X 8"
I got most of the information from the AMAZON and HEADPRESS websites.
Apparently, the book's focus is on horror. That's too bad, but it still sounds interesting.
I do NOT own a copy, and I've never seen this book at any of my local stores. I also have never heard of HEADPRESS. So, always remember CAVEAT EMPTOR.....