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  • Approaching the '80s Zine Scene
    This multi-part article by Stephen Perkins of Plagiarist Press covers artists magazines between 1960 and 1980, compilation zines, the counterculture and the underground press from 1960 to 1975, mail art and networking magazines from 1970 to 1980, punk zines, science fiction fanzines and thoughts on what self-publishing represents in all these genres. It also includes a lengthy bibliography for further reading.
    (Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • Behind the Scenes at Factsheet 5Look!
    In this excerpt from his book, How to Publish a Fanzine, Factsheet 5 founder Mike Gunderloy shares a diary of his workdays on Factsheet 5 from December 1986 to February 1987.
    (Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • The Finger Archives
    Reproduction of the series of four-page zines thought to have been published during World War II by shipyard workers in Swan Island, Oregon.
    (Added: 18-Aug-2006)

  • From Fandom to Feminism: An Historical Analysis of the Zine Press
    Heath Row of Media Diet discusses the history and influence of zines, from its roots in science fiction. Published 1997.
    (Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • The High School "Underground" Paper
    In this excerpt from How to Publish a Fanzine, Factsheet 5 founder Mike Gunderloy recalls his days as editor of his high school underground paper in Simi Valley, Califnora. Published 1988.
    (Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • History and Characteristics of Zines
    An academic paper by Fred Wright of Kent State University in which he traces the history of zines and analyze some of their common characteristics. He also employs some of the theories of the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan. Published 1997
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    Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • Important Articles about Fandom
    Joe Siclari of Fanac.org is making an admirable effort to preserve science fiction fanzines first published in the 1920s and '30s. This site has a collection of articles scanned from early fanzines or rekeyed by volunteers.
    (Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • Some Comments, History, & Opinionations Concerning Fanzines & ZinesLook!
    Don Fitch recalls that early zines were called fanmags, but Louis Russell Chauvenet (who's still publishing) coined fanzine about 1942 and it became the common usage, sometimes abbreviated to zine.
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    Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • Syllabus for a FanzineLook!
    In this issue of the science fiction fanzine Spacewarp published in September 1950, Francis Towner Laney offers a few reviews of early sci-fi zines, then details, starting on page four, what he believes should go into a good zine.
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    Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • Why Publish?Look!
    In 1989, Mike Gunderloy, the founder of Factsheet Five, compiled a 54-page paperback called Why Publish? It contained dozens of responses to that question solicited from zine editors. Mike has graciously allowed zinebook.com to post Why Publish? as a free ebook available for download.
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    Added: 10-Feb-2002)


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