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Zines are still kicking

Posted in illustrated books, writing with tags , , , , , , , on March 13, 2010 by scratchyb

Missed my self-imposed deadline for the Odjit cartoon last week. It’s almost done, and will be up soon.

Meanwhile, this afternoon I stopped by the Chicago zine fest.  It’s interesting because I used to make zines in the 90’s, and was also involved in a local independent “newspaper”.  I briefly thought about getting back into it, since I loved the independence  of creating and designing my own little books.  But the scene was filled with what amounted to photocopied diaries, and by 2004, I was certain that blogs had killed the zine format.  So I went to this event hoping to see some interesting, innovative things that you can’t do online.  And I did, at first.  But then I looked at the other tables, and it was like I was right back there in 1995.  I just wasn’t feeling it.  Maybe it’s my age, but what I’d like to see is an independent book movement, something that focuses on quality handmade work, and not just some arbitrary value placed on a photocopy just because the original was pasted together with loving care.

Not to end on a negative note, there were some very cool artists there.  I picked up a couple of cool comics by Will Dinsky (one with Japanese binding–put the stapler away), saw some great artwork by whoever the hell brosef stallin’ is, and spotted a few other people doing great work in keeping this medium alive.