As I have mentioned many times in the previous, long before I had email, a computer or any knowledge of either, I cut my teeth in the world of writings by immersing myself in the zine game;
For those of you who perhaps might not be in the know, a zine or fanzine as they are sometimes known, is a homemade magazine chronicling the maker’s personal affinity for any given topic. When I was young, I first learned of these through skateboarding and punk rock music, but as I grew older, learned that they can cover anything from politics to gardening.
As of today, there are a myriad of publications that cover our beloved realm of bicycles, and as I followed lock step with my naive D.I.Y ethos, I too made several zines back, as the kids say ‘in the day’. I should also note that this is a regular time line ‘back in the day’. Not the current fixed gear ‘back in the day’ which is 14 to 28 months ago.
Anyhow as I promised, I took time to scan one of these offerings, which in leu of a post, I will present for you now;
I offer you ‘A Begger’s Answer To A Question Posed’ circa 1996;
Chee-rist. If this was even a fraction as much of a pain in the ass to read as it was to scan and post, then I am truly sorry. Certainly folding your computer into your pocket and reading the drivel while waiting for your turn at the Blackjack table wouldn’t be as easy, which is why I was always attracted to the medium in the first place.
Though the fanzine isn’t a lost art, it seems to be currently vaguely misplaced, and depending on your prospective, maybe that’s not such a bad thing. Time will tell if I will complete the first issue of the AHTBM zine, but should it come to pass, it’s my primary hope that it won’t be so tedious to read as my former offering was.
Obviously when honing the craft of writing, the learning curve has been steep these last fourteen years. I can at least promise to omit the uselessness.
Or a bulk of it anyway.
Come Monday I will have the usual array of non-photocopied fare, which my scanner and your eyeballs will certainly thank us both for. Until then, I bid you apologies, a good weekend and if you’re so inspired, happy xeroxing.