Some thoughts on the evolution of zines from the 1980s till now

gunder1I’ve recently read How to publish a fanzine by Mike Gunderloy (from 1988!). This book is no longer in print, but I stumbled upon a second-hand copy at the Alternatieve Boekenbeurs and you can read it online here. Mike Gunderloy used to edit Factsheet Five, a review zine* that was widely distributed in diverse zine scenes (from punk zines to sci-fi zines, he covered them all). The book is an interesting view from someone who was active in the self-publishing and zine world, and by writing about it, encouraged others to make zines too.


Reading How to publish a fanzine, I realise how much has changed in the zine world the past decades. 1988 is when yours truly was just in primary school and when the first computers had phone numbers you had to dial to get in touch (so the book told me), so it’s obvious that zines have evolved too in the past decades.

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Vagina Dentata – “No More Nice Girls” CD

Vagina Dentata just released their very first album, titled “No More Nice Girls”!


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IZM: new flyer

For International Zine Month, I wanted to create a new ECHO flyer to make publicity for my newer zines:



Here you can see the previous one: (old maps seem to be a recurring theme…)


A VERY old flyer dug up from dark dusty archives:
(email and address mentioned are not correct anymore!)


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IZM: zine stuff in Berlin and Ghent

IMG_3640webLast week, Jo and I went to Berlin for a few days… I love the city! There’s so much to discover, I don’t think I’ll ever get bored: The parks, little co-op shops, (former) squats, street-art, vegan places… But I won’t write an entire travel story here. Just mentioning some cool zine places that we visited (because it’s still International Zine Month):

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Some amazing feminist zines I recently read… (part I)

IMG_3482webThese are some amazing zines I recently read that I’d advice you to check out! I found them from a variety of places: zine fests / alternative bookfairs, distro orders, trading with the writers themselves, leftist book shops… I mentioned the website or email address of each zine so you can get a copy too.

This was my soundtrack of zines the past few months. :-)

I hope to write more short zine reviews soon, because there are many more zines I’d like to recommend and promote.

(These little reviews were written for International Zine Month 2015)

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IZM: snail mail week

This week I planned to do some snail mail related stuff connected to zines because it’s “postal week”. I didnt really get everything done that I set out to do, but I still did some fun mail/zine things. — Recently, my friend Cathou gave me a lovely stamp set that I now used to decorate envelopes and cards. I really love stamps! Sometimes I try to make my own with lino. Here you can see some results of the stamps and a self-made lino in the shape of stars: IMG_3499web Some great news: Ana of Artificial Womb distro + zine from Scotland asked me to distribute my zines, and I gladly accepted! Yay! Heavy Mental from Berlin are also going to stock some of my zines. I’m usually quite bad at promotion/sales/distribution of my zines, but I’m making progress! Another thing that made me very happy is that Ana wants to make a split zine with me! Double yay! cropped-WOM-new-logo1 shafb-cover2I just finished reading this hilarious comic book, a collection of comic zines: The Super-Happy Anarcho Fun Book. You can read the comics online too and the zines are distributed for free. Maybe it’s only funny if you’re in some way into the anarchist/activist scene, but I’d recommend to check it out anyway. The comics make fun of everyone: all types of anarchists, liberals, hipsters, cops, peace activists, misogynists, eco-hippies, capitalists… There’s even a story in the book about a dumpster on its way to a G20 protest!

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IZM: my zines, my zine collection and split zine plans

IMG_3481webIn my alternative International Zine Month calendar, I planned to organise my zine collection, take a photo of my own zines and make plans for a split zine this weekend. It was a hot and busy weekend, so I postponed everything till today (Sunday).

As I had to do some cleaning and tidying anyway, organising and tidying my zine collection fitted well. A few days ago, I bought some extra zine folders so I could make more categories… (added “fiction”, “various” and “meta” and made subsections in the feminism and queer categories). I assume this makes only the worst zine geeks happy. :-)

And my own zines? Here you can see a photo of (almost) all of them:

IMG_3489webA lot of these zines are not available anymore, but I hope to digitalise all of the out-of-print zines some day…

IMG_2524webThen, split zine plans…

I thought and wrote about it before, but I’d like to make it a bit more concrete this month. I think I would like to make a split issue of Same Heartbeats #9 or 10, not invent a new zine. So I’m looking for someone who’d be interested in making the other half of the zine (with their own zine title). It’d be cool if it could be a somewhat feministy zine or zine-maker. Is there anyone out there interested in making a split zine with me? Mail to

IMG_3493webApart from zine stuff and cleaning, my Sunday is/was filled with cutting and folding some freshly printed CD booklets of Vagina Dentata‘s first CD “no more nice girls”. Also visible in the image on the right is the flyer of On The Rag, a feminist and anti-psychiatric concert organised by singer Crustina Dentata during which Vagina Dentata will share the stage with 9 other bands of various genres. This is in September but we plan to have our CD released this month!

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