In support of yesterday’s internet blackout, I did my part;
So did we win the internet war?
I’ll tell you one thing I did win… It was the battle of ludditedom. While people were nit picking about ‘SOPA’ this and ‘PIPA’ that, I hid away in the sterile and quiet confines of a Copymat and finally got done with the first ever issue of the All Hail The Black Market fanzine;
See, fanzines, or ‘zines as they have sometimes been called, is what people used to call blogs, back before glowing naked lady boxes lived in every home.
When I was thirteen I made my first zine called ‘Shred Sheet’, or ‘Street Shredder’ or maybe ‘Street Shredder Sheet’. Whatever the case, it sucked. Many years later once I was in college I made several issues of a ‘zine called ‘Get Off My Wagon’, which made way for a few more called ‘A Beggar’s Answer To A Question Posed’.
After a couple years of messengering, and filling sketchbooks while on-call, I came to have nightly access to a Xerox machine (or it could have been a Cannon). It was then that I made a micro-comic called ‘OISMFIMA’ . I eventually got tired of that and another decade passed before I started doing one called ‘Sideshow’;
For the last year I’ve been stewing about how to make a web log based zine, and it was Wednesday morning when I realized I’d been over thinking it. I lifted some old content, made some copies out of some sketchbooks and printed out random samples of clipart.
Voilà, a new member of my mediocre fanzine family was born.
If you are one of fifty five people who would like to get one of these, prepare to be dazzled. I can almost promise I will also include an autographed photo of me, or a sticker, or absolutely nothing at all.
Here is to sticking it to The Man, one Xerox at a time.