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What is a Zine?

Updated on February 25, 2015

Imagine My Surprise

So there we were last Saturday at the Timberland Regional Library in Olympia, one of our usual destinations on weekends, bumping shoulders with the homeless, the rich, the punk and the grunge, looking for a book or two to fuel our fantasies for another week.

Bev (my wife) was off in search of some audio books while I scoured the mystery section. I found a couple books that looked interesting and then went off to find my spouse. Turning a corner I came across a section that was brand new….THE ZINE SECTION….and I stopped in my tracks and was immediately spellbound.

It wasn’t that zines (pronounced zeens) were new to me, but I wasn’t aware that the library had finally recognized their literary significance and given them their own section.

A typical display of zines
A typical display of zines | Source

What Is a Zine?

According to Wikipedia, a zine is “most commonly a small circulation, self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced by a photocopier. It is generally produced in numbers fewer than 1,000, and profit is not their primary intent.”

Topics covered pretty much span the social landscape, from politics to poetry, art to design, and from personal journals to social theory.

Zines are written in a variety of ways, from desktop publishing to comics to handwritten text, with print the most popular.

How Long Have Zines Been Around?

Oh my goodness! Has anyone out there ever heard of Thomas Paine? Mr. Paine, back in the 1770s, published a little zine called “Common Sense,” and that just happened to lead to something called the American Revolution. Before Mr. Paine took to the printing press, however, zines could be found across Europe, most often written by political dissidents. Benjamin Franklin even published a zine (literary magazine) for psychiatric patients at a Pennsylvania hospital.

The word “zine” is short for fanzine or magazine, depending on which source you use for your information, and the first reference to it as an actual literary genre was in 1946 when it was mentioned in a book called “Starting Stories.”

The Zine World in 2015

If you look closely enough you’ll find that zines are distributed in a number of places you frequent during your daily life. They can be found in bookstores, coffee shops and record stores. They are traded like baseball cards at zine symposiums and publishing fairs. You can find them at concerts and media outlets. You can find them online or you can order them through the mail.

Although most zines are self-published, there are several independent publishers who specialize in zines. One popular zine publisher is Nieves Books in Zurich, while the largest in the UK is Café Royal Books, founded by Craig Atkinson in 2005.

If you are looking for mail-order distributors, try Last Gasp in San Francisco, Parcell Press in Philadelphia, or Microcosm Publishing in Portland, Oregon.

Zines Are Here to Stay

How’s that for stating the obvious? Since they have flourished since the 1770s, and even survived the online publication craze, I think it’s safe to say that zines are here to stay, and I, for one, absolutely love them.

Zines are bare root, down and dirty, writing. Zines are a glimpse back in history, before major publishers took control of the marketplace. They harken back to a time when it was nearly impossible to reach a mass market, and writers holed themselves up in their rooms and pounded out words in hopes that a few hundred might read them. They are the most basic form of communication and free speech, one person sharing thoughts with another, with no thought of earning a profit, the only goal….to be heard!

How to Create a Zine

The wonderful aspect of creating zines is that there are no rules. You can make them any old way you want. You can use Microsoft Word to create it, you can use a more expensive program to create it, or you can type articles and paste them by hand on a piece of paper and then photocopy it when you are done.

Zines come in all sizes and shapes, and they span the gap between rudimentary and professionally-produced.

So, to answer the question how….you just begin. Choose a theme and start writing.

One half of the Flying Dutchman
One half of the Flying Dutchman | Source

The Flying Dutchmen

The year was 1962. Elvis still reigned supreme on the music scene, but rumblings could be heard from abroad and music was about to change. In fact, in 1962 we really had no clue how much change was going to happen in a very short period of time. All we knew at that time was that hula hoops were fun and Corvettes were way too cool!

My best friend in 1962 was Bill Bird. The two Bills, hanging out in Tacoma, Washington, relatively bored one afternoon, looking for a new adventure.

We decided to publish a magazine about our neighborhood…local news for the local folks…and we were going to call it the “Flying Dutchmen.” Get it? Bill Bird…Bill Holland…Flying Dutchmen? Come on, we thought that was pretty clever back then.

Our magazine was printed by hand, and it included hand-drawn pictures and maps. We went around the neighborhood interviewing our neighbors, looking for the next great news story, and when we were done writing and pasting, we had fifty copies made by a friend’s dad who worked for an independent printer, and we distributed the copies around the neighborhood for a nickel each.

Our first zine!

Fifty years later I have written over 3,000 articles and three novels and I absolutely love my life as a writer/author.

Yes, I have a soft spot on my heart for zines. Keep your eyes open the next time you are out and about, and if you spot a zine, pick it up and give it a read. It’s the least you can do for a fellow writer who understands that writing should first, and foremost, be about the love of communication.

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      billybuc

      Zeen, doesn't have a sheen, or a gleam.

      While I appreciate your trip back to memory lane, and you tell it in an interesting way, I don't see myself looking for it. I have never heard of it till now, and I live in a very densely populated area.

      This should give credence to my prior and continual assertions that I am not a writer. When I was the age, when you were publishing your neighborhood zine, I was probably just delivering newspapers on my route. I didn't read them, I just delivered them.

      Hp has given me the same limited audience as a zine, and I can only hope to get one thousand people to pass my hubs to in it.

      I still enjoyed learning about it, as the old saying, "You don't have to be a chicken to judge an egg." You don't have to be a writer to learn something new.

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      I never heard it called this before, but have actually seen these in my own public library recently, too. So, seriously appreciate you explaining and shedding light on this for me today. Have a wonder Wednesday once again my friend ;)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All true, Brad. I didn't have a paper route until five years ago...hated it! I'd rather read them than deliver them.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Janine. They have been around for quite some time. I think a lot of people have seen them but didn't have a clue what they were. Happy Wednesday to you my friend.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Hey, Bill! Stopping in during my break and your title drew me in for the read. Fascinating topic and one that could possibly start a new educational series from you here on HP. Thanks for the good read.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I appreciate you stopping by during your break. I have always loved zines simply because they are grassroots writing at its most basic....glad you enjoyed this.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I've never heard of zines. When I was little I made a picture book out of construction paper. It was all about elephants - the only animal I've ever been able to draw. Looking back, I guess that was a zine.

      You and your friend Bill were pretty innovative in your young years. I never would have thought to make a book and sell it to neighbors. Pretty cool!

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I think I have seen these Bill and had no idea they had a name. I will now be on the lookout for one and take a truly good look. Thanks for the info!

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      Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

      Bill Holland, my amazing friend, has taught me something again. I learn something every time I read your work. I have no clue if Zines exist in my town but I'm on the lookout now. Great hub! Sending warm hugs from your east coast friend who is ready for Spring.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Hi Billy

      You can always be relied on to come up with something interesting. I think it is time I took myself off to our local library to see if they too have a shelf of zines.

      As I understand it, the libraries here have a growing collection of British counterculture, music, and women's zines, and a substantial collection of British football fanzines. I can do without the football zines but might be interested in reading some of the others.

      Always nice to learn something new, thank you.

      Sally

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I don't know if we were innovative or just in dire need of money, but as I recall we sold most of them. :) Thanks, Sha, and have a productive day.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Jackie. I think you'll find them interesting and at times pretty entertaining.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kindred, I'll bet you can find them. Look in bookstores and record shops....usually you'll see them at the counter. Glad I could teach you something new.

      Stay warm and safe. The calendar says spring is coming soon. LOL

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, this is one of those things that are hidden in plain sight. They are everywhere once you start looking for them. I'm sure you'll find some interesting ones in the library.

      Thank you as always and have a superb Wednesday.

      bill

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hiya Bill, I had never heard of them before! Now I will be looking for them in my local library and shops, wow, I learned something new! great work as always, nell

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      Don A. Hoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Hi Bill. I grew up in what is known officially as Northeast Minneapolis. Locally it was often called Nordeast. There were various clusters of northern Europeans. Anyhow, some guys got together and put together a publication of ethnic jokes. It started a craze back then of the "Polish Joke.'" I don't really know what format they did it in, but it was most likely the type of thing you are talking about.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Nell, if I taught you something new, then my work today is finished. LOL I'm glad...find some and read them. I think you'll enjoy them.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      I guess I'd refer to them as pamphlets or flyers but then those are often just one page folded in three. I suppose I've seen what I'd call 'mini-books', often about a place or historical event. But I have seen hand-written publications which are on various themes not covered by the above. Never heard of 'zine' but it's a great word. I'll be on the look-out and I'll make my own list; might even try one of my own. It's a great idea!

      I bet you've got everyone's imagination going now, bill; it will certainly start us all looking.

      Brother-in-law and spouse for lunch today (not to eat, you understand); great company and the day's sped past. Great to have visitors and have others to cook for!

      Enjoy your Wednesday evening, bill.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, pamphlets works quite well. That's what they called Paine's work. It's a new name for an old idea, but I thought I would enlighten those who needed or wanted it. :)

      I'm glad you spent quality time with family. I can't think of a better way to spend a day.

      Thank you as always!

      bill

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      New to me! Interesting and greatly shared.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I learned something totally new today. I use to create "zines" with a program called, "Make a Book." The book was a little 8-page, quarter folded publication. I would hand them out to my clients. I never knew they were considered zines. Thanks so much for the wonderful information. I am more intelligent today than I was yesterday. [insert smiley face]

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      I too use the same efforts that Marlene used it was that same program but i don't think it was called Make A Book.. I gotta check.. but someone told me they were zines.. and I thought zines were just a collection of shorts pieces.. great share my friend

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE! New to many people, I suspect.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, paint me with a smile as well. Your smiley face generated mine. :) Thanks, Marlene, and Happy Wednesday to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Frank. Now we all have a name to attach to what we do or have done. :)

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Good morning Bill. Hmmm, you have given me something new to search for at our local library. I had not heard of "zines" but it sounds interesting. Gotta support the community of writers.

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      News to me, as well.

      When we see the grand daughters in a few weeks, we will be

      "in the know".

      Still not sure I know what it is, but I'm a good at improvising.

      Have a great day, my friend.

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, let me simplify it for you...zine is short for magazine...so consider it a short magazine. :)

      Have fun with those granddaughters.

      bill

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      Melissa Propp 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Well I learn something new every day.. I had no idea about the rich history of the zine. That was absolutely fascinating! And I guess you really knew that you wanted to be a writer since you were little. That was incredibly ambitious of the Flying Dutchmen, to do so much work and research. Thanks for sharing all of this great info!

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      Sara Sarwar Riaz 2 years ago from Michigan, USA

      How innovative of yourself and your friend to come up with the idea of the local magazine back in the days. I was aware of the concept but didn't quite know it had a term to go by. Thoroughly enjoyed reading your hub… informative and engaging.

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      Kathryn 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I have never really thought about what zines were, so this is very interesting to read. The story about you and your childhood friend making one reminds me of how Stephen King used to make a similar type of publication with his brother way before he became famous.

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a fantastic day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Always bringing your readers something MORE! I like the concept. Even a writer who never gets around to writing "that book," can easily handle putting a Zine or 2 out there. This has definitely sparked my interest, bro. You even included instructions!

      I don't know what the hell we'd do without you, bill. You're like the Grand Master of HP fellow writers! ....besides all the other wonderful things you are.

      Yes, for sure...I like this idea!! UP++tweeted & Pinned.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you Melissa! We were driven, at the time, but a lack of money, but it's true I've always had writing in my blood.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sara. I appreciate you stopping by. This is something that has been around seemingly forever, but it's got a new name now and so, for many, it is new.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, it's so nice to have you stop by. Thanks for mentioning King and it is true, he did do that. I forgot to mention that.

      Happy Wednesday to you!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Sis, thank you for the kind words. I'm just doing my thing and hoping others enjoy it. Beside, where else could I hang with such cool people? :) Have a warm day, Sis!

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I've seen these at yard sales, libraries, Goodwill mixed along with other books and periodicals...just didn't know what they were called or the meaning behind them, I just referred to them as mini books. Sounds like a fun project! Thanks for planting the seed! :)

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Ah, the memories. What fun! Thanks for sharing! ;-)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for the lesson on zines. Talking with a professor friend of mine by phone, as I write, I discover that I'm not the only one who did not recognize the word. Seen them though. Still learning.

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      Clive Williams 2 years ago from Nibiru

      what is a zine? :-) nice billy nice indeed.......ezine articles

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Linda, and thanks for taking the time to read about them.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You bet, Bill, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dora. I doubt many of us over a certain age knew what they were called although we've seen them often. Now we all know.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Zines or zeens, well Bill, you like them I see and I support you. Don't know, Bro. Need to read more about them. But yes, since they are emerging, then I suppose it's a good thing.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      I recently was reading about zines. Yes, they are everywhere if one just looks for them. Maybe a monthly church bulletin and the like could be considered a zine. At work, we receive little brochures providing a little bit of useful information, and maybe these are considered zines?

      Interesting article.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Interesting. I never heard of zines either. Evansville, In. puts out a weekly little paper that talks about the past in our area, it's interesting to read. I guess it's a zine. I always learn something new from visiting you. Thank you again..

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ezine indeed, Clive! Can't fool you at all. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, I like them mainly because it is writing at its most basic level....no hope of getting rich...just trying to send a message out there to the big world. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, by the definition I have found then yes, those are zines. And they are everywhere if one is paying attention and knows to look for them.

      have a superb evening and thank you

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There you go, Ruby, although if the little paper is meant to make a profit it is not, technically, a zine. I'm glad you find me interesting because I find you invaluable.

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      social thoughts 2 years ago from New Jersey

      I had learned about the beginning of Paine's "Common Sense" but I forgot it was considered a zine. Your personal story of making one with your friend sounds adorable! Good for you both! I'll look for some! Thank you for this heartfelt article. :)

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Really enjoyed learning about the history of zines.

      Great article.

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      I think the limit of my knowledge of "zines" was the "ezine" scene online (which, in my opinion, helped bring about the blog revolution). Thanks for the history lesson. Voted up and sharing!

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      " When the sun stands still, billybuc moves it with a startling discovery."

      Good evening my friend.

      Oh Bill, this is what you call a "zine "- the 'home-made" handwritten reproduced the primitive way as they were originally making the blueprints using sunshine energy. (Here I need a genuine English brain to express myself.). I am reading a booklet - fixing it while turning pages - a very rare copy of chronicles prepared by a gifted bricklayer - a historic treasure of social movement, relevant to my very existence.

      Though never heard before, now I know ' zine " it was popular in our culture ( personally producing in my previous life) distributing short stories the people wanted to own necessary food for soul.

      Thank you professor, Sir.

      Up, useful and interesting.

      Blessings an peace to you and Bev.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      It's very interesting and exciting to know about zines. And about your own zine at that tender age. You are great! Thanks for sharing all this with us. Voted up and awesome.

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      sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

      shine on zine

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      toknowinfo 2 years ago

      Well you did it again, Bill. You taught me something I did not know. This is why I always enjoy reading your hubs. You help us writers spread our wings, and give us knowledge to soar!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      What a novel idea. It sounds like something my son might be interested in doing. I'll have to mention it to him. Thanks, Bill.

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Learning something cool and reconnecting with a dear friend as my life has been rather chaotic with that 'work stuff'...

      ...you never disappoint, dear Bill and I hope you know you are always in my thoughts. Sending love and a warm hello from chilly PA, Maria

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kailey, it isn't often I'm called adorable, so I thank you. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Larry! I enjoyed learning about them as well.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, there are some very clear similarities between blogs and zines, and I wouldn't be surprised if zines were not the impetus and the inspiration behind the blog revolution. Thanks for mentioning that.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, your example is perfect. The thing about zines is they have been around for quite some time, but most of us didn't know what they were....now we do.

      Have a marvelous Thursday my friend, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much Venkatachari M. I appreciate your very kind words.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Perfect, suyaya! Shine on indeed! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thank you toknowinfo....and that's why I write on HP, because of kind people like you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Zulma. Thank you for being here. I hope this inspires your son to soar.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, you are a doll, and I mean that in the nicest sense of the word. I was just thinking about you and hoping you are well. Thank you and stay warm in PA, as if that's possible. :)

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Hadn't really thought much about zines but this entertaining read makes them more interesting. The image of two boys going about the business of a neighborhood newspaper back in the day is delightful. Bravo to the friend's dad who was willing to encourage and help those two boys! On this end, imagining the smiles he and his peers had over the noble attempts at the entrepreneurship of those two kids warms the heart.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you RTalloni! I do remember being quite excited once we finished that zine and actually sold some of them. Good memories for sure.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 2 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Now thanks to your hub, I got to go and check them out at my local library. If they are not there, I should place a request :-)

      I do remember in high school printing a limited circular magazine only for my class using a dirty cyclostyle technology. The circulation was about 50, with most articles written by me, but to make the reading interesting, I would credit them to my various classmates. But in the end, everybody knew who was doing what. On reflection, I think, that would be called a zine today.

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Viva zines! One of my few works to get published in print was a short story in the first issue of a zine in northern Idaho that lasted two issues years ago.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suhail, upon reflection, that was most definitely a zine. Thanks for sharing that and have fun at the library.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There you go, Brian. A person with experience in zines...thanks for sharing that.

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      I hadn't heard of these. However now that you have named them I realise I have seen them. I liked how you and your friend were on the writer's path even back then. It was never going to go past you, it was just a matter of the time being right.

      I always made 'books' out of folded over and stuck together A4 sheets ... then made my family buy them. :)

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      LOVE THIS HUB! Would love to come across a copy of the you and your friend Bill's zine: "The Flying Dutchmen!"

      Like Sally, I am thrilled to learn about something new.

      THANK YOU!

      Smiles,

      Kim

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Anna, that's what family is for, right? Isn't it funny how little signs showed throughout our lifetime, all pointing to us becoming writers? I love it, and I greatly appreciate you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kim. I just threw this hub together quickly because I wanted to share something I noticed....it turned out quite a few people were interested. I'm glad you liked the vignette from my teen years. I wish I had a copy.

      bill

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 2 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Btw, Bill, you got to do an article on changing reading habits and the changing library systems haha.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is useful, interesting and inspirational, Bill - a great combination!

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      Anne Harrison 2 years ago from Australia

      A fascinating hub and,as always, a delightful read. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suhail, too funny. Can I assume your library does not have zines? Talk to them, young man.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A wonderful combination, Alicia. Thank you!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Glad to learn about this, Bill. People should do this (zines) more often.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Anne. I appreciate it, and it's always nice to have you here.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I had heard the word "zine" but didn't know much about it. You filled me in. One summer when I was about 14 my cousin and I did a little local newspaper about the neighborhood also. It was mimeographed. Our name wasn't as clever as yours. We called it the Lowther Reporter because Lowther was the neighborhood name. Finally, 50+ years later, here I am writing again. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, I was at the library yesterday reading some. They are quite entertaining and I highly recommend them.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great story, Catherine. Thanks for sharing that and I love that you did your first zine fifty years ago...the birth of a writer!

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 2 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Talked to the library. Order placed hahaha.

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      James Bowden 2 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Bill, thank you for sharing yet another interesting read about Zines. I almost confused the Zine you were referring to in your article with the popular writing site Ezine. I also believe there is a literary magazine called Zine, or something to that effect.

      Thank you for clarifying in this article that Zines are short literary works less than 1000 words. I learned not only something new that I didn't know, but also some interesting facts about the history of Zines. Also learned how you received your last name. And this whole time I thought you were a Scotchman like me self!! LoL.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love it, Suhail. A job well done by you, sir!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jim, as far as I know, no Scottish in this boy, but I'm adopted so anything is possible. LOL Thank you...pick one up sometime and take a look at some very basic writing for the sole purpose of doing what one loves to do.

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      James Bowden 2 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Will definitely do Bill! Thanks again.

      J.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sounds good, Jim. Thanks again!

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Bill, communicating really is what this is all about, isn't it? And the zine idea takes us back to that basic truth and gives us a means of accomplishing it without even the possibility of having other motives. The concept just doesn't lend itself to gaining a mass audience. How about zines produced for waiting rooms of all kinds? A person could distribute them around their town or city. Fiction zines could be called "Five Minute Stories" instead of flash fiction so people would know they have time to read a whole story. Thanks for this thoughtful article, Bill. I appreciate all of your insight.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Flying Dutchmen must have been very interesting to read. Never knew about zine articles up until now, thank you for the information.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Do you have any copies of your Flying Dutchmen? Who knew that years later writing would be your calling...or, maybe you did KNOW...it was that feeling just below the surface ....

      so glad you did Bill

      Happy Monday and feel the blessings and Angels as they come to you and yours ps

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Chris. The possibilities for zines is practically endless. I love the fact that they are written with no thought of making a profit...pure written expression with no other motive. :) Yes, I admire that greatly.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur. I have no idea if the Dutchmen was interesting, but I know we loved writing it. :) And isn't that what writing is all about?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, no copies, unfortunately. By now it would be a classic. LOL Thank you as always my friend, and Happy Monday to you and those angels.

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      Nicholas Daly 2 years ago from NSW Australia

      Good article (I'm quite new and... well, you seem to have this HubPages thing down!). I made a few zines with friends at high school then as part of and alongside my journalism degree, within it through the writing sub-major - always enjoyed making them and like the DIY ethic.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      These are the times that try mens souls...I actually had to memorize The American Crisis by Thomas Paine in the 7th grade, and I still know quite a bit of it. That's the power of the zine. I actually didn't know this literary form existed, but it is amazing and liberating to see how advancing technology has given everybody a soapbox. Great hub!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you NonCopyBook...it's good to hear from someone who has actually published a zine...and I, too, love the DIY ethic. Welcome to HP.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It really is, Mel. I agree completely. I love that anyone who has something to say has the ability to say it...and I love zines because they are the perfect vehicle for someone who is just passionate about life.

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      Molly Layton 2 years ago from Alberta

      I remember reading about zines in a magazine I read as a child. I had no idea they were still around. This is a fascinating trip down memory lane.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Molly. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It would be a great piece of your history to have that zine. Do you have one or access to one? I know a Bill Bird myself, an OK native.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I do not have any of those old zines. Sorry, now, but at the time they didn't seem important. Silly me!

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Bill! I'm more of a computer person myself, though, when it comes to my writing.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks vkwok....nice to finally see what you look like with that profile picture.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      Well, they say you learn something new everyday and this is new to me. I've never heard of a Zine although I've seen some of that type of work. How cool!

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      Sheila Brown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This is great! I had never heard to term "zines" before, but have seen this type of work nearly everywhere. I guess I just never knew what to call it!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is cool, isn't it, Glimmer? I stop and read some every time I go to the library now. I'm glad I could teach you something. Thanks as always.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sheila! I had not heard the term until I asked the librarian about it. Now I'm shouting it to everyone I know. :)

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      You've captured everyone's interest yet again! A new word for an old concept for sure. I remember "making books" on the computer and even before that I remember construction paper covers with just a few pages in between.

      Knowing they are in libraries, however, is news to me! Thank you dear friend for keeping us honest and up-to-date.

      Voted all but funny.

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Well, well, well! Imagine that. While I've heard the term plenty of times, I never realized it reached back as far into history as Thomas Paine and before.

      I also think the name of your own first zine was pretty darned clever for a couple of kids to create!

      Now, of course, there are also "e-zines," into which niche HP itself might fit....

      Voted up +++ and shared.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Bill, this was very interesting. I have never heard of "zones" either..seems there are a few of us with our heads in the sand :) anyway when I was a teenager I was given a typewriter and I did type up and illustrate my own publication (had dreams of being a newspaper editor). I made about a half dozen copies and distributed them around my friends at school. I guess this was a "zine" I just didn't know it. Have a great weekend. Great day of tv sport here...football followed by the Cricket World Cup final.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. As always you have educated me further. I didn't know about these. I might even have picked one up at university years ago and not realized what if actually was. Now I have a curiosity to go the our local library branch in suburbia and taking a look if there are any there and I suppose there should be. Thanks for this fascinating article and passing it on. Hope you and Bev are having a great weekend.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 2 years ago from USA

      I've seen these many times, but didn't know they were called a zine. Shh, don't tell my husband about them. He is so into politics and changing the world that he'll write one and pass it on to everyone he can find.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mary. This article seems to be having a resurgence for whatever reason. Thank you for stopping by and I'm glad you found it interesting.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Lizzy! The e-zine was a natural next step in the online world. I suppose blogs could be considered the modern zines, couldn't they?

      Thank you and I hope your weekend was pleasant.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, that was most definitely a zine. Isn't it interesting the things we have done but never knew they were actually a big deal? LOL Enjoy the tv sports. Yardwork for me.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rasma. I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara Kay, too funny. Hush now...I won't say a word to him. :)

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Damn predictive text "zines" not "zones" :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I do that all the time, John! LOL

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 2 years ago from Fontana, WI

      BillyBuc,

      I had no idea! I learned a new word today! Thank you! And the history lesson was also much appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, 4FoodSafety. Thanks for stopping by.

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