About the zine geek site…
This is a site devoted to showcasing the art and zines of me, Carmen. I have worked as a clown at children’s birthday parties, a cleaner and receptionist at a motel, an editor of a student union magazine, nightfiller at a supermarket, and in coffee shops, a clothing store and the electorate office of a member of parliament. But there is more to me than that…..
a bit about me:
artist – photography, cross-stitch, embroidery, knitting, drawing, collage and more
zine-maker – Ugly Duckling (9 issues), Another Dental Visit (2 issues) and others
reader – zines, books, comics, graphic novels, magazines, newspapers and more
interests – art, feminism, politics, culture, media, films, television, technology, popular culture, gender and sexuality, depression and mental illness, and social justice issues.
I am currently London-based (via Brisbane)
What is a zine?
A zine (pronounced zeen) is a home-made, usually photocopied book/booklet/magazine-like publication. They have been around for as long as reproduction technologies have been but the availability of cheap photocopying has been a godsend for aspiring ziners like myself. Zines are made out of love and obsession and can be about ANYTHING the author/writer/artist/editor/zinester wants it to be about. They can be about the amazing or the mundane, politics, life, love, sex, culture, and everything in between. Most of my zines feature overtly feminist content and some of the themes I touch on a lot are politics, the media, popular culture, gender and sexuality. Then I went and made a zine about depression and I don’t think I mentioned gender or sexuality or politics once (or maybe I did, but only a little bit).
My zines, much like a lot of other zines, blur the lines between the old public/private dichotomy. I can easily write about personal issues and personal experience and place them within a broader “political” or “social” context.
There are a lot of different types of zines being made: perzines (that are really personal, often like diary entries), music zines, poetry zines, art zines, political zines, fiction zines, and so much more – not to mention the blurring of these genres!
The word zine itself comes from the word magazine and was first used in the word fanzine (as a shortened version of fan magazine) which is/was a home-made magazine-type publication made by a fan about a particular band or writer, etc and given/sold to other fans. As the types of zines expanded beyond fan tributes, the “fan” part of the word was dropped and for a while it was written as ‘zine. The apostrophe has pretty much been dropped now and “zine” can be used to describe any kind of independently-produced, homemade publication.
What is a geek?
The following definitions are from the Politik Geek blog: A geek is a person who is fascinated, perhaps obsessively, by technology and imagination.
A person with a devotion to something in a way that places him or her outside the mainstream. This could be due to the intensity, depth, or subject of their interest. This definition is very broad, and allows for math geeks, band geeks, computer geeks, politics geeks, geography geeks, geeks of the natural sciences, music geeks, history geeks, Good Eats geeks (Briners), linguistics geeks, sports geeks, figure skating geeks, SCA geeks, gaming geeks, ham radio geeks, public transit geeks (metrophiles), anime and manga geeks (otaku), Stargate SG-1 geeks (stargate fans), Star Wars geeks, Star Trek geeks (trekkie), Tolkien or fantasy geeks (Tolkienite), geeks of many colours, genders, and styles, and last but not least, Wikipedia geeks.
Our Living Language: Our word geek is now chiefly associated with student and computer slang; one probably thinks first of a computer geek. In origin, however, it is one of the words American English borrowed from the vocabulary of the circus, which was a much more significant source of entertainment in the United States in the 19th and early 20th century than it is now. Large numbers of traveling circuses left a cultural legacy in various and sometimes unexpected ways. For example, Superman and other comic book superheroes owe much of their look to circus acrobats, who were similarly costumed in capes and tights. The circus sideshow is the source of the word geek, “a performer who engaged in bizarre acts, such as biting the head off a live chicken.” We also owe the word ballyhoo to the circus; its ultimate origin is unknown, but in the late 1800s it referred to a flamboyant free musical performance conducted outside a circus with the goal of luring customers to buy tickets to the inside shows. Other words and expressions with circus origins include bandwagon (coined by P.T. Barnum in 1855) and Siamese twin.
To see a long list of bands and authors, etc that I’m into, you can always go to myspace!