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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.
Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on February 10th, 2016 05:36 pm (UTC)
I understand the allure of zines but as I hardly ever re-read fan fiction I never got in to collecting them.
miwahni: Pros Cat bookmiwahni on February 11th, 2016 10:14 am (UTC)
It's a holdover from the days when zines were all we had - if you didn't get zines, you didn't get any fan fiction to read at all. And then we would end up re-reading because we just didn't have the infinite pool of available fanfic that we can access now.
Same with the authorised novels that were released for various shows - Man From UNCLE, Miami Vice, Beauty and the Beast, Blakes 7 and of course Star Trek are all still part of my collection. Bought because I wanted to keep enjoying these shows and that was the only way.

I'm so glad it's a lot more available now.
dolly_daydreamdollidaydream on February 12th, 2016 08:15 am (UTC)
Zines are one of the loves of my life. I think it's impossible to describe to fan who have instant access to unlimited fanfic how important they were. They belong to an era when re-watching the episodes wasn't just as easy as video or dvd or netflix or youtube, too. But for me it isn't just about the stories it's about the fact that many hands worked on them - editors, artists, authors, the people who printed them, who bound them, who stuffed them into envelopes - even, in the very old days, the folks who copied them on those old gestetner band printers. They were a real, tangible link to other fans and very special in a time when fandom was underground and the participants scattered across the earth. For isolated fans they were, quite literally, a link to your people. I loved them then and I love them now. (Except for the postage for zines that had to travel across the Atlantic - that was always a stinger! But worth it when you heard the thud on the door mat, tore open the package and a beautiful cover and splendidly put together zine unfolded in your hands.)
miwahni: MFU Illya Fanficmiwahni on February 13th, 2016 12:44 pm (UTC)
Yes, exactly!
And there were collating parties, where a bunch of you got together at a zine publisher's house, and lined the room with piles of numbered pages, then went round the room picking up the pages in numerical order, so they could be stapled together into the finished product. Next came the addressing of envelopes, then the stuffing of zines into said envelopes. It was a communal effort to get the zines off the roneo machine and into the mail, and a social occasion as well.