Where did zines originate?

A guide to the beginnings of zines...

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Awesome Merchandise
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Zines originated in the 1930s and 1940s, with the term "zine" being short for "fanzine" which is short for "fan magazine."

These early zines were created by science fiction fans and were primarily focused on science fiction literature and culture.

They were created using mimeograph machines and were distributed through mail. This allowed fans to share information and opinions about their favorite authors and stories and to connect with other fans.

During the 1970s and 1980s, zines evolved to include a wider range of topics and themes, such as punk rock, politics, and personal experiences. These zines were created using photocopying machines and were distributed through independent bookstores and mail-order.

In the 1990s and 2000s, zines continued to evolve and diversify. The use of the internet made it easier for people to create and distribute zines, and the rise of digital printing technology made it more affordable to produce high-quality zines. This led to an increase in the number of zines being created and distributed, covering a wide range of topics and themes.

Today, zines continue to be a popular medium for self-expression, creativity, and alternative forms of communication and information sharing, with a strong following in indie and alternative communities, and continue to be a platform for marginalized communities to communicate with each other and gain visibility.