British Library Event: Zines as a resource for social history

It was great to be invited to give a presentation about Zineopolis at a Brisith Library Round Table Discussion yesterday.

Programme: Zines as a resource for social history
9 September 2016, 14:00 - 17:00 in the Eliot Room, British Library Conference Centre.
Hosted by Debbie Cox (Lead Curator of Contemporary British Publications) and Fearghus Roulston (PhD student working with the British Library's zine collection).

There were six speakers at this event
Thanks to Helen Byrne for the photos (Assistant Web Archivist, Contemporary British Published Collections)
  • Rebecca Claire-Binns Pop, Politics and Punk Fanzines (1976-84) 
  • Chris Warne French zines produced in the middle 1970s, as part of a broader shift from counter-cultural to punk sensibilities 

  • Jackie Batey Zineopolis and how an art-zine collection can support research

  • Bill Osgerby Missing Pages - Subcultures and Some (Very) Early Zine Scenes

  • David Wilkinson 'I Wanna See Some History': Fanzines as a Resource for Academic and Popular Research
  • Fearghus Roulston on zines, the archive and boredom (also the event organiser)
A great afternoon some fascinating conversations and lots to think about.
Thanks to Fearghus and Debbie for organising everything.


OMG Lesbians! No.2





OMG Lesbians! No.2
Smar

Publishing Info:
Greece 2015 (this issue was first published in Greek)
21cm x 15cm, landscape format.
24 pages, black and white with colour cover.

Description:
"The zine is a collection of comic strips about, well, lesbians.Our everyday lives, myths and common reactions to coming out. I managed to have it ready (in Greek) by April, for a comic con in Athens and had an amazing time being there. I got nothing but great reactions (plus a few freaked out parents turning their kids away)." From author's blog.

Link to blog: http://smarmakescomics.tumblr.com/

Root, (The)


Root, (The)
Stacey Bru

Publishing Info:
Cochrane, Canada 2015
11cm x 5cm, mini-zine
20 pages, black and white with colour card cover.

Description:
A radish root suddenly becomes sentient and finds it is at odds with everything. The narrative shows the root's aggression with its enforced awakening as it stomps other insects and plants to death.

Link to blog: http://staceybrucomics.tumblr.com/

Trophies of the Unseelie Court



Trophies of the Unseelie Court
Stacey Bru

Publishing Info:
Cochrane, Canada 2015
14cm x 11cm saddle-stitched
24 pages, black and white.

Description:
Fictional set of trophies found in an imaginary castle. This nods to the fantasy genre but with a light sense of humour. Various trophies are explained, such as fawns and troll's heads, dragon fire parasites and radish-folk. See Stacey's zine 'Root' for more about the radish-folk.

Link to blog: http://staceybrucomics.tumblr.com/

Anxiety Comics, Volume 3


Anxiety Comics, Volume 3
Stacey Bru

Publishing Info:
Cochrane, Canada 2015
14cm x 14cm saddle-stitched
16 pages, black and white with colour cover.

Description:
Narrative description of the author's struggle/relationship with anxiety. Anxiety is personified as a floating ghostly character who constantly undermines the author. The inner-dialogue of anxiety is illustrated as a conversation or argument between the two protagonists.

How To Deal: Breaking Up



How To Deal: Breaking Up
Chanel Wilkins

Publishing Info:
Frisco, TX, USA 2016
mini-zine, A4 foldy in black and white

Description:
Mini foldy zine, showing one solution for coping with a relationship break-up. Eating ice cream.
The light-hearted line illustrations are in sequence showing how to create the perfect dessert.

Frankin




Frankin'
Chanel Wilkins

Publishing Info:
Frisco, TX, USA 2016
mini-zine, A4 foldy in black and white

Description:
Mini foldy zine, showing illustrated portraits of scary/cute female characters such as Vampires, Mermaids and Zombies.





Summer Monster Girls (zine bundle)





Summer Monster Girls (zine bundle)
Chanel Wilkins

Publishing Info:
Frisco, TX, USA 2016
Zine bundle that included:
1 x quarter-folded zine, 16 pages, saddle-stitched, full colour.
2 x mini-zines both A4 foldy in full-colour.

Description:
"A bundle of zines, all fully colored, featuring watercolor paintings of monster gals such as witches, werewolves, harpies, robots, aliens and mermaids." Artist's Description

The larger zine is untitled and contains images of horror-ice-cream, zombie women, mermaids and aliens. The mini-zines are called Ice Cream Death no.1 and Ice Cream Death no.2. They contain illustrations of horror inspired desserts such as 'Bloody Sunday' and 'Butter Finger Crunch'.
"Perfect for the ultimate creepy summer." Artist's Description

Hourly Comic Day 2015





Hourly Comic Day 2015
Alex Hahn

Publishing Info:
Buckinghamshire, UK 2015
A6 foldy - A3 single sheet folded to make 8 pages with poster on reverse.
Printed in colour on heavyweight newsprint and folded.

Description:
Drawn for Hourly Comic Day 2015. Hourly Comic Day is an annual event that takes place on February 1st where participants draw one short comic for every hour that they awake. These type of comics are sometimes referred to as 'hourlies'.
Alex's narrative shows himself and Duffin (a character that is half muffin, half doughnut) trying to get things done throughout a dull day.

Link to Alex Hahn's Website: http://www.alexhahnillustrator.com/

Aliens vs Space Cowgirl



Aliens vs Space Cowgirl
Penelope Gazin and Tuesday Bassen

Publishing Info:
Los Angeles, USA
Saddle stitched risograph zine in 3 colours on cream card.
A6 portrait with 8 pages

Description:
Collaborative zine about a fighting alien and space cowgirl, where Bassen drew the Space Cowgirls and Gazin drew the Aliens. Risograph print in three colours.

Link to Penelope Gazin's Blog: http://penelopegazin.tumblr.com/

Link to It's Nice That article about Penelope Gazin's illustration:

Link to Tuesday Bassen's website: http://tuesdaybassen.com/

Generalized Anxiety Disorder - A Crash Course in Understanding




Generalized Anxiety Disorder - A Crash Course in Understanding
Allie Macalister

Publishing Info:
Ottawa, Canada 2016
Saddle stitched zine in black and white photocopy.
A6 portrait with 12 pages

Description:

An honest and personal account of Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and the process the author went through in seeking treatment. The zine also includes links to helpful resources. Illustrated as a mini-comic that tells this personal narrative.

"The comic goes into detail about my personal journey of when I discovered I had GAD, my fights with the monster within, and my somewhat tumultuous journey through treatment options.
This comic is NOT a substitute for any medical advice. If you feel you have similar issues, please seek a medical professional. I’ve included a short list of resources on the back cover of the comic for people to learn more, for themselves or for loved ones...This comic took a lot of courage for me to release. I do hope you enjoy it." Author's website

British Library to archive Zineopolis's Blog for future researchers!

Woo-hoo! Zineopolis has been selected by the British Library for their ukwebarchive project.

"Its purpose is to give permanent online access to key UK websites for future generations.The UK Web Archive contains websites that publish research, that reflect the diversity of lives, interests and activities throughout the UK, and demonstrate web innovation."
So, If we have your zine, the British Library now keeps a record of it too. Nice one.
http://www.webarchive.org.uk/ukwa/


Colour In The 90s




Colour In The 90's
Megan Bell

Publishing Info:
UK 2013
Saddle stitched zine in colour on photocopier paper.
A5 portrait with 28 pages

Description:
Colouring-in book of people, games, sweets and popular culture of the 1990s, including Opal Fruits, Windows 95,
Clueless, Spice Girls and Home Alone.  Tone is nostalgic and celebratory.


Soho Memoirs





Soho Memoirs
Harold Lun (aka Harlod Chow)

Publishing Info:
A5, 16 pages on white card.
Printed in colour with heavy card cover.
Published by the Museum of Soho (via bookleteer).
London UK, 2014

Description:
An social history/autobiography through a long letter written by Harold Lun. This covers his personal childhood memories of growing up in the thirties in Soho (London, UK) the businesses, families and schools of the area. The different cultures of the area and the beginnings of WW2.

Link to Museum of Soho webiste: http://www.themuseumofsoho.org.uk/#1

An A-Z Of Space






An A-Z Of Space
Dan Pease

Publishing Info:
A5, 28 pages ink jet printed on cartridge paper, saddle-stitched.
Colour cover with black and white interior.
Includes an folded A4 poster, and stickers.
Portsmouth, UK 2015

Description:
An A-Z on space themes, A-astronaut, C-comet, N-NASA, V-voyager etc. Some serious, some tongue-in-cheek. Created as past of Dan's submission for his BA in illustration at the University of Portsmouth.

Rasasvada No.12




Rasasvada No.12
Editors: Chris Drew and Jahni Delmonico.
Contributors: Chris Drew; Jahni Delmonico; Daniella McMichaels; Jeff Boyes; Trae Coker; Chris Bird.

Publishing Info:
2014
A6 zine, Photocopied on white paper .
16 pages saddle-stitched.

Description: Small format black and white series of images by different artists.
"Rasasvada is loosely definable as bliss in the aesthetic experience. It is now also an art, idea, and micropublishing project. We publish (approximately) monthly art and poetry zines, small-batch book projects, and regular online content." Authors' website.

Link to website: http://rasasvada.net/index.php/zine/rasasvada/207-rasasvada-issue-12

Rasasvada No.13




Rasasvada No.13
Editors: Chris Drew and Jahni Delmonico.
Contributors: Jahnavi Delmonico; Chris Drew; Caitlin Crowley; Michael Prihoda.

Publishing Info:
2015
A6 zine, Photocopied on white paper .
16 pages saddle-stitched.
Description: Small format black and white series of images by different artists.
"Rasasvada is loosely definable as bliss in the aesthetic experience. It is now also an art, idea, and micropublishing project. We publish (approximately) monthly art and poetry zines, small-batch book projects, and regular online content." Authors' website.

Link to website: http://rasasvada.net/index.php/zine/rasasvada/213-rasasvada-issue-13

Rasasvada No.14



Rasasvada No.14
Editors: Chris Drew and Jahni Delmonico.
Contributors: Zander Sattee; Brie Vonyo; Chris Drew; Jahni Delmonico; Chuck Clenney

Publishing Info:
2015
A6 zine, Photocopied on white paper .
16 pages saddle-stitched.

Description: Small format black and white series of images by different artists.
"Rasasvada is loosely definable as bliss in the aesthetic experience. It is now also an art, idea, and micropublishing project. We publish (approximately) monthly art and poetry zines, small-batch book projects, and regular online content." Authors' website.

Link to website: http://rasasvada.net/index.php/zine/rasasvada/222-rasasvada-issue-14

Around The World in 28 Pages






Around The World in 28 Pages
John Lihou; Holly Newman; Rainatu Habib; Naomi Price; Emma Bates; Bethai Wentworth; Will Clare.

Publishing Info:
A5, 28 pages in black and white printed onto soft grey paper.
Colour cover on cream card
Portsmouth, UK 2016

Description: 
Collective of illustrators on the BA Illustration course at the University of Portsmouth. In this zine each artist selected a continent and created a series of celebratory images and patterns.


Animal Antics ...and their Alter Egos




Animal Antics ...and their Alter Egos
Emily Carlton; Sammy-Jo Carter; Tegan Meredith; Hannah Plane; Koby Prior; Helen Sepehr; Hannah Summerton

Publishing Info:
Portsmouth 2016
Laserprint in black and white with colour card cover (variety of colours).
A5 x 52 pages

Description: 
Animals and their human alter-egos. This is created as a partial colouring book and a later edition is adapted as a full colouring book complete with pencils. The book works in both directions and can be rotated 180 degrees to view either the animal in its natural state or the alter-ego. This collective of illustrators are on the BA illustration course at the University of Portsmouth.