History of Zines

History of Zines

Zines, since their conception, have been a way for people to publish outside of the constraints of mainstream media. By taking over control of the publishing process even the most marginalized voices can put their word out. Printed in small numbers and circulating in specific networks, zines are underground publications with niche audiences. Zines started off by being called fanzines, short for “fan magazines”, focused on science fiction in the 1930s. These new DIY publications promoted collaboration on artwork, the…

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DIRT ZINES

DIRT ZINES

A story from mural artist and madelife team member Trevor LePage: About a year ago I was approached by Renee Marino, founder of Dirt Media,  about creating an image for the centerpiece of their newest zine release. This double-sided tape release and zine issue touched the discord between what we see politically and our personal ideals. Before this opportunity,  it had never crossed my mind to start my own independent publication. I was interested in the subject and the tasks…

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