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Zinesters share ideas and zines at TC’s Zine Fest 2016!

Zines are not a new idea. They have been around under different names (ChapBooks, Pamphlets, Flyers). People with independent ideas have been getting their word out since there were printing presses. ~~ Mark Todd

We have all thumbed through, or picked up, or sat down to peruse a zine – whether or not we know that that unprepossessing “pamphlet” we picked up at the bookstore was a “zine.”

The tome might have been hand lettered, hot off the laser printer, stapled or hand sewn. What makes it a zine is that it’s the original work of a zine creator who had ideas or images to share. Most important, as Mark Todd notes, zines – by whatever name – have flourished alongside mainstream press for centuries. Consider the impact of Thomas Paine’s pamphleteering…..

The roots of zines are often traced to the sci fi community that flourished in the 1920’s and later. The format was later adopted by the punk generation. Clearly, the options exploded as technology reshaped the options for production and distribution! 

For over a decade the Twin Cities Zine Fest has flourished as a celebration and showcase of the local zine scene.   Final preparations are in high gear for the 2016 Twin Cities Zine Fest set for Saturday, September 24. The day-long (11 AM-5 PM) event will gather fans and producers who will meet, greet and explore a unique exhibit of zines on display at the Walker Community United Methodist Church, 3104 16th Avenue South in Minneapolis. (https://www.facebook.com/Walker-Community-United-Methodist-Church-104999572876362/)

Zines are now so mainstream that there is actually a ZineWiki where fans will find – or may submit – articles on what’s happening in the Zine World. Check this entry for a good intro to the land of zines.   (http://zinewiki.com/Maximum_Rock_’N’_Roll)

For another good backgrounder go to the article on “Fan Zines” written by Susan Leem, then an intern at the Utne Reader. Leem’s excellent essay was published in Do It Green! Minnesota (http://www.doitgreen.org) Don’t miss it!

Follow ZineFest 2016 on social media – and check online for the great promotional materials you’ll want to post in your local bookstore, library, and coffee shop!





Zine fans gather at Powderhorn Saturday, September 24

In the past I have tried assiduously to write about the zine scene in this community.  My quest for information has been thwarted – or misguided – so I look forward to this weekend’s Twin Cities Zinefest, Noon to 5:00 –p.m. on Saturday, September 24, at Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Avenue South, Minneapolis.  Though I’ve tried the website, the best information I have found is in City Pages whose writers are probably more involved, intrepid, and recompensed for their labors.

City Pages defines zines (loosely, by their own admission), as “self-published works, often of a person nature.  They range in topics from the influential pamphlets of Thomas Paine, to Star Trek fan fiction, to political diatribes, to recipe-sharing, running the gamut of discourse, covering matters serious and lighthearted alike.”  I love the definition and thank the definer.

The eighth annual Twin Cities Zinefest offers a chance for zine-lovers to share information about self-production or to share their own productions.  Exhibitions include displays by the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis Community and Technical College (which has a large zine collection, the Fly Away Zine Mobile, and the Zine Apothecary.    Zinefest is free and open to the public.

Someday I hope to write more about the Twin Cities zine scene – maybe a visit to Zinefest will uncover some ports of entry to this dynamic world.