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Feature Notes - Media

Page history last edited by Isabella 10 years, 2 months ago

INFO ACCESSIBILITY (Laura)

 

 

COLLABORATION/CROWD SOURCING (Lauren)

From Lindsay Gibb (editor of Broken Pencil):

  • There's a lot more collaboration in zines, there are definite communities across North America e.g. Halifax & Portland
  • Impact of communities on zine quality: improves their quality, one has more inspiration, can seek advice on production and distribution
  • "I think community can only help."

 

From Amber Forrester (author of zine, Culture Slut)

  • She's making a splitzine with a friend living in California - writing about being queer and dating guys while queer: "It's really difficult"
  • Her sister, Miranda Elizabeth, is making a splitzine with someone in the UK

 

From Darius Mirshahi (founder of the Empowerment Resource Centre):

  • "I'm seeing a lot more independent book fairs and zine fairs popping up."
  • Examples of collaboration in independent media making: sharing of resources, re-printing articles from different sources, promoting each other..people putting anti-copyrights on their stuff

 

 

TECHNOLOGY (Isabella)

 

 

MASH UPS (Brittany)

 

 

 

SELF-PUBLISHING/DISTRIBUTION (Daniela)

From Sarah Evans (founder of the Roberts Street Social Centre):

  • Challenges associated with publishing zines: photocopies are expensive, it's hard to get them out there

 

From Chris Landry (author of punk rock zine Kissoff)

  • Challenges with making his zine: finding time to make it, realizing that it takes time for independent work to trickle (get out there)
  • Other challenges: postal rates keep going up, photocopying rates keeep going up

 

From Alex Wrekk (author of Stolen Sharpie Revolution - D-I-Y resource to zines and zine culture)

  • She republished the book by herself: she did the layout by hand, had to learn how to use the equipment to make what she wanted
  • She doesn't keep track of the money she makes from selling her stuff
  • Amount she makes: "It all depends on what the method of distribution is...like how much you spend on photocopies, how much you spend on random supplies, how much postage costs"
  • What one needs to make their own zine/publish their own lit: "I think that you have to have a love for print media in the first place to want to be a part of it...there's something between the enjoying the print media and the taking the step to become it that I think inherently is zinesterific."
  • Other challenges: postal rates keep going up, photocopying rates keeep going up

 

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SHOWNOTES

 

Amber Forrester and Miranda Elizabeth, both 24, have been making zines since they were 16. Currently, Forrester is the author of Culture Slut and Fight Boredom while her sister writes Little Acorns, Telegram Ma’am, and Edith. Isabella Ssozi interviewed the twins at Hallowzine 2009, at the Toronto Zine Library.

To find out more about Forrester, check out her blog: http://hello-amber.blogspot.com/

Ottawa-native Chris Landry, 30, makes a punk zine called Kiss Off. Isabella Ssozi also interviewed him at Hallowzine 2009.

 

Comments (1)

Lauren said

at 4:39 pm on Nov 18, 2009

oooh i like this idea! good work Isie :)

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