Selections: "The Event of the Century"
(133); "Frequently Asked Questions About Wheelies"
Review (from HotWired): "It's a truly
inspired zine publisher who can infect you with a passion for
someone or something that you never much noticed before. Steve
Mandich is one of the inspired."
Sample: $2 cash from P.O. Box 12065, Seattle,
When did you launch your zine? What inspired you to do so?
I started working on it in
the spring of 1994, finished #1 on my 25th birthdaya self-imposed
deadline6/26/94. Wig Out! zine by the band Girl Trouble
was a big inspiration (who I gushed about excessively in No.
1). I first did an article about pinball for a friend's short-lived
zine and it was relatively easy and fun. Figured I could do my
own fairly well. Had some original ideas that I hadn't seen used
elsewhere. Plus I work in a copy shop and have access to computers
and all the other tools to produce a zine, so I'd be a fool not
Why publish a zine?
The chicks are amazing. Well
no, but it's fun. One of the few things I'm highly motivated
to do. It's a bit of an ego thing, putting my own name in print
and then trading it or selling it (or just giving it) to other
people. I wrote in the intro to No. 1 that my zine is "the
result of what happens when a person who's spent an alarmingly
large portion of their life watching TV attempts to be creative,"
and that still holds true.
Do you publish any other zines?
I just completed a one-shot
zine about monorails.
Any general tips for aspiring zinesters?
Be unique. Write about unusual
topics that one hasn't already read a million times before. Personally,
I find there's way too many zines that are little more than current
album reviews, live show reviews and band interviews. I love
music too, but enough is enough! (I should clarify that by saying
there are some excellent music zines I like to read, but for
every one good one there are 100 lame ones. We don't need any
more.) Do something original! Don't just reprint silly newspaper
articles or "interesting" factoids either. Don't be
trendy. And don't try binding every single copy of your zine
with cassette tape.
What's your favorite part of doing a zine?
I like the whole creative
process, start to finish. Brainstorming, doing research, writing,
finding graphics, laying it out, pasting it up, copying, collating,
and yes, even the binding. It feels good to visualize the end
result as a motivator to work on it. I also love all the correspondence
with both zine people and non-zine people that follows.
In my other life, I'm a:Fan
Huh? Is this some New Age
thing? Oh, you must mean my job. I work in production for a certain
national chain of photocopy stores that rhymes with "Stinkos."
Evel Knievel (official site)
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