Zines is Punks

December 31st, 2010 by

You may have noticed that this decade has been continually sounding the death knell of print. From the dot-com boom, to the blogger revolution, and now the rise of slim digital readers. Well, Atomic Books has had enough, and has thrown down the gauntlet for 2011: The Revenge of Print!: “We are challenging everyone who’s ever made/self-published a zine, a comic or mini-comic before to dust off the ol’ photocopier and make at least one more new issue in 2011.” But why don’t we widen the scope? I’d like to add that if you’ve never made a zine before, you could throw in with the challenge and let 2011 be your year of print revenge too.

But is revenge the right word? In some ways the digital era has made print more accessible. Zines are thriving despite the migration of many would-be zinesters to blogs. You can find out about, order, or download PDFs of zines that would have otherwise would have been too far away in time or distance.

Punks is Hippies is a “user-generated fanzine archive.” A digital archive of zines at first seems a little ironic, but here the web serves its best purpose. It makes what is good and valuable to us as a community available to everyone, it takes what could have been lost or destroyed and adds another layer of protection to prevent it from vanishing forever. Which is a little scary if you were a teenage zinester who hopes your first issues all ended up in the same abyss on fire.

So don’t wrestle too hard mentally over what a zine archive like Punks is Hippies means. Just go look at the decades of punk zines from all over the world. Fill your eyes up, be inspired (because there is a lot to be inspired by). Then go make that zine, usher in yet another year where print, though constantly pronounced dead, refuses to die.

6 responses to “Zines is Punks”

31 12 2010
ray suburbia (17:15:00) :

i like this sentiment VERY, VERY much.

1 01 2011
Susy Pow (04:25:27) :

This is rad. There’s a nice little niche that has come up out of the woodwork even moreso recently. It’s an aside to any kind of digital media being distributed and it’s that handmade, cut and paste, heart and soul zine world. Really stoked to see you’re still pushing the zine ethic just as much in the new world.

Susy Pow
Bird in the Hand zine shop

1 01 2011
Christopher Lunsford (19:34:17) :

Good idea, bad design. A blog isn’t meant for this, a wiki would be better. A wiki let’s others push zines into the archive while a blog just let’s a select few. Also for Punks is Hippies to get real pull MRR should be archived. But at least the idea behind the site is good.

2 01 2011
Tony (10:42:26) :

Thanks for blogging PunksIsHippies. I have been asking for help in turning PUNKS IS HIPPIES into a permanent and user-fiendly website for years. Server space would be good, for permanent storage of zines. Ditto a user-friendly design. Initialy there was 1000 and 1 ideas from listing as many known zine titles to maping out the past and present of DIY punk zines… One idea was to merge PIH with KFTH, which could turn out amazing, but it’s just too time consuming. Meanwhile as a blog it serves its purpose quite well: It’s easy to post, accessable for everyone and ‘free’ etc.

If anyone feel like helping out, just get in touch! slobodanburgher(a)gmail.com

PS: Also see this blog/archive for more zines: http://ukzinelibrary.blogspot.com

3 01 2011
Niko (05:40:21) :

Thank you a thousand times and then some for this! If there’s one thing that seriously irks me, it’s those digital readers; they can never hold a candle to a real, tangible book. Long live the print!

1 06 2011
Bianca (02:01:42) :

I’ve made zines for 17 years this year. Me & some pals started a zine collective last year because we believe in the importance of educating people about zines and of keeping the art form alive. I also do zine workshops. I’ve made 4 zines already this year and have another two in progress. I’ve even got some of my closest friends into making zines now :) …You guys may just like my zines, you can find info on my blog/site… they’re about punk rock, spirituality, creativity and life! It’s a 12-zine limited edition series… each has personal touches: screenprinted covers, handbinding, hand drawn covers–something a little different each issue… zines forever! CREATE FOREVER! :)

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