Sept 18th HW – Zines

Zines used to be a strictly underground culture phenomenon, but with an estimated 20,000 zines in existence it is now a significant part of the American cultural landscape. The word “zine” comes from the Arabian word “makhazin”—the plural of “makhzan,” meaning storehouse. Also zines are self-published prints by one or more people which can contain a massive amount of information and creativity based on the topic the person or people chose to talk or print about. According to the text “A zine is produced for purer, personal reasons—the only demand it supplies comes from the creator’s imagination and not the marketplace”. My question is what kind of personal material would people put into zines? Why would that specific material be important enough to share it with the community?

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