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.
the Scenes at Factsheet 5
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.
- 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.
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
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
- 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.
- Some Comments,
History, & Opinionations Concerning Fanzines & Zines
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
- Syllabus for a Fanzine
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.
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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