Fanzines & Narratives Research

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I love buying books about art and design so, when we recently created a zine as part of one of my university modules, I decided to buy a book entitled ‘Fanzines’ by Teal Triggs. It is a history of fanzines and also has many images of examples of fanzines from different genres. I had a look through the book as soon as I got it however when I realised I was going to create my book for the narratives module in the style of a zine I decided to go back through and have a more in depth look at some of the zines that are more relevant to the DIY, punk, feminist theme I hope to achieve. Here are some of the zines I thought may help to provide some inspiration to me while creating the book.

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Sniffin’ Glue was a monthly punk fanine which was started in 1976 by Mark Perry. It is the ultimate DIY, thrown-together zine with its mixture of typed and hand-written text and then drawn imagery along with photographs. The writing was poor and photographs were often unclear giving a rough feel to the outcome, however this was the intended vibe of the alternative scene.

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These music zines more often than not featured articles on new bands, reviews, gig listings, etc. It was an informal way to publicise and advertise and also a way for music lovers to share their opinions. Again, they are made up of hand-written text and printed text along with drawings and photographs. The black and white palette with the splash of red on the ‘Panache’ title stand out. This could be an idea for trying to incorporate the colours of the balaclavas and clothing of the members of Pussy Riot.

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ImageSome of these feminist zines contain some styles that I hope to incorporate. For example, the overlaying of text on top of a photograph but with a white block just around the text. It is as though the text is from another publication and has been cut straight out and stuck onto the photograph. Also, the collage technique of cutting up existing images and photographs looks really effective along with the use of cut out letters from newspaper headlines.

 

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