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Zine Ephemera

January 20, 2013

Deskbottom publishing

Digging around among my papers I found this article about zines by Kathy Bail, published in The Australian in 1996. My favourite part of the article was her suspicion that the zinesters mentioned in the article would probably be “really annoyed” with her for mentioning them. In the same year Kathy Bail edited the book DIY Feminism a collection of stories written by women involved in all kinds of DIY endeavours, including zines, so it was written by someone who knew what they were talking about. Nevertheless it made me feel nervous at the time: would zines go mainstream? (This was the 1990s, people were obsessed with the tug of war between alternative and mainstream.) But I need not have been nervous. Articles explaining zines to the wider world for the first time are still being published more than fifteen years later. Zines are eternally  being discovered.

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  1. January 31, 2013 10:32 pm


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