Recently my class was assigned a project to create a zine about a certain issue that we find important. I chose to create my zine about the ocean, ocean life and its deterioration due to human impact. A zine is a hand made short magazine, but unlike magazines, they are not monitored for their content like magazines, especially popular magazines. The author is free to write whatever they want about anything they want. “I read zines to escape surveillance and clickbait. It’s the new teen rebellion” is an article in which, the author, Jonna Revanche gives several reasons why he enjoys reading and creating zines. One of these reasons is, “Zines are accessible, often friendly to the reader and easy and cheap to make. If you have a printer and a spare few hours and some ideas, you can become a zine publisher just like anyone else. The process of zine-making becomes meaningful when you realise how differently people engage with them – readers become more connected to the tactile experience of a booklet, often making for more mindful and considered consumption” (Revanche).
Over the weeks after our assignment was assigned, I have been looking online and going to the library to check out some zines to get some inspiration and I love what I see. There are zines ranging from light, funny topics such as donuts to more serious topics such as civil rights issues. Each have their own unique handwriting, pictures and format and I think that is also a reason why they are so delightful to read. Their uniqueness makes the reader really appreciate the time and effort the creator put into the zine. It makes them realize, ‘Wow, this zine is one of a kind and I’ll never read another really like this.’ It also adds a personal connection between reader and creator, knowing that what the reader is holding is the true opinion and thoughts of the creator and those are not influenced by any other sponsored materials. I, personally, am fascinated by zines and very excited to create one of my own.
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