Tuesday, February 9, 2021***
7 PM CDT
Gaelila McKaughan, Instructor
Gaelila is a senior at LASA with many creative hobbies she doesn’t take very seriously. Zine-making is one of them. Occasionally, she actually finishes her projects!
A zine (short for fanzine, or magazine) is a self-published, amateur-produced, independent magazine; a small, underground, noncommercial publication, historically made for the purpose of sharing knowledge or experience of marginalized voices, outcasts, and countercultures; featuring images and text, art and expression, emotive communication, and information dissemination.
It’s not a scrapbook; it’s not a collage; it’s not a journal…it incorporates elements of all of these things, but it’s so much more! It’s a ZINE! The best way to describe a Zine is with an analogy: blogs are to the 2010s and ’20s as Zines were to the 1980s and ’90s. Back before the Internet, it wasn’t possible to make your voice heard unless you had some kind of traditional media platform: a TV show, a radio show, a newspaper column. For regular folks, the only options were to stand on a street corner with a bullhorn…or make a Zine! A Zine is totally individualized, and showcases the opinions, art, talents, and personality of the person or group making the Zine. A Zine can include such disparate elements as prose, poetry, satire, humor, drawings, collage, and anything else that can be presented in a 2-D format. You might have a lengthy tirade about the power of the patriarchy in professional sports, followed by a satirical send-up of mainstream print media advertisements, followed by a review of the latest concert at your favorite underground club, interspersed with poetry extolling the virtues of DIY culture and a collage of LGBTQ+ pioneers, and ending with a list of the best local restaurants for queso and a hand-drawn political cartoon. Zines are all about embracing outsider status and celebrating the strength you can draw from Doing It Yourself – or with a group of kindred spirits! Handing out photocopied versions of original Zines to passers-by was the counterculture Internet of the ’90s. Although many marginalized and unique groups have embraced Zines over the years, they are typically heavily associated with third-wave feminism. It is beyond awesome that the current group of young women are picking up and dusting off this art form!
Be introduced to the exciting world of zines through this quick workshop. We’ll be learning some of the basics, and then we’ll start on a “New Years’ Zine!” with new year resolutions, goals, and reflections. But, as in zine culture, all rules are made to be broken, so don’t be afraid to stray from the path. Beginners welcome!
- A sheet of paper (or two, just in case)
- Writing utensils (markers, pens, pencils)
- Glue stick (liquid works okay, stick is best)
- Collage materials (magazines, stickers, newspaper cutouts, concert tickets, bus passes, receipts, etc.)
Tip: If you’re like me, and like to spend more time perusing than choosing, you may want to cut out and separate your collage materials before the workshop, which’ll allow you more time during the workshop to paste and collage!
RESCHEDULED TO TUESDAY, FEB. 9th, 2021