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A unique blend of art and commerce, these zines are all prime examples of the artform's daring ingenuity
February 22, 2013 :: 6:23 PM
Despite hard times for the print publishing industry these last few years, the creativity and resourcefulness of artists, writers and photographers is as strong as ever. Zine culture, which originated in the ‘70s and saw a resurgence in the mid-’80s, is very much alive and well today.
Zines have always been a unique blend of art and commerce. While they utilize the format of commercial print publications, zines often contain no advertisements, and the content is frequently too risqu for newsstands. And unlike mass-produced magazines, zines are collectors’ items, keepsakes that are held onto and cherished for their intrinsic artistic value.
The past decade has seen an exciting resurgence in the number of gay and queer zines, many of which have broken down barriers—not only with regard to what is often counterculture and subversive art or photography, but also in their transition from underground artform to a mainstream vehicle of communication to the LGBT community.
Below I spotlight 14 zines (in no particular order) that are not only of interest to the LGBT community but are also prime examples of the artform’s daring ingenuity.