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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
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.