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Fanzines

 Organization

Historical Background The term "zine" (derived from the word "fanzine") refers generally to an small, informal, non-professionally produced publication. By their very nature zines are hard to define exactly, but distinguishing common characteristics of zines include a small circulation (sometimes via subscription but often distributed informally among interested parties) and a raison d'etre that stresses free expression over profit. Zines are graphic expressions of their authors' social, cultural, and political interests and concerns. They are creative outlets devoted to individual and idiosyncratic self-expression. A zine can be about pretty much anything: politics, music, sex, gender relations, sports, pop culture - the list is virtually endless. As Julie Bartel, author of From A to Zine (2004) , notes:

"Zines are about diversity, creativity, innovation, and expression. As a group, zines deliberately lack cohesion

of form or function, representing as they do individual visions and ideals rather than professional or corporate

objectives. With zines, anything goes. Anything. They can be about toasters, food, a favorite television show, thrift

stores, anarchism, candy, bunnies, sexual abuse, architecture, war, gingerbread men, activism, retirement

homes, comics, eating disorders, Barbie dolls - you name it."

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Zines Collection

 Collection
Identifier: msc0331
Scope and Contents The Fanzines Collection consists of numerous zines acquired by Special Collections at various times and which are not attached to a particular donor or otherwise dedicated collection. This collection is, in a sense, the equivalent of a general materials collection in a library. The zines in this collection constitute a wide variety of subjects and concerns. Many are perzines, that is, "personal" zines that describe the author's own experiences, thoughts and feelings....