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10 February 2016 @ 09:28 pm
Stuff I Love - Zines  
I know the world is moving on but zines will always be very special to me. The first zines I ever laid my hands on were Beyond Antares, Star Trek zines published by Susan Clarke in the early eighties, and they're also the first zines I ever contributed to which makes them particularly precious to me.

While the net has made fandom - and fan fic- more accessible, I do miss the excitement of seeing the parcel in the letterbox, and opening it to see the cover (so many had fantastic cover art!) then eking it out, a story at a time, to make it last... then there were always, in the older zines, the letters of comment about previous issues which were a treat to read.

I still occasionally print out a longer story, and bind it to keep, but more often than not I'll just download to my kindle, and where's the fun in that? The anticipation, the excitement? I love the ready availability of fic now though,and am grateful because with postage rates as high as they are I can't often stretch to buying another zine. I know there are download alternatives but nothing beats having the finished product in your hands.
 
 
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ali15son: pic#123027844ali15son on February 10th, 2016 01:32 pm (UTC)
i like to read the professionals zines though i do have an e reader but like you it isn't the same as reading it cover to cover, though i only buy them every so often now because of the expense .

Edited at 2016-02-10 01:32 pm (UTC)
miwahni: Pros B & D about to kissmiwahni on February 11th, 2016 10:10 am (UTC)
They are expensive, especially with postage to Australia on top of the price, but oh so satisfying to own!