What the hell’s a fanzine?
It’s a self-published magazine about whatever you’re a fan of. Or whatever you feel like talking about. Or… here, have a Wikipedia article.
This sounds… old.
Well, yes, that’s part of its charm. Like record players, straight razors, and leggings as an acceptable sartorial choice.
Oh, so it’s a hipster thing.
Not really? Sort of?
Whatever. So why’d you decide to make a fanzine, anyway?
I was obsessed with zines when I was in high school and college–not fanzines related to fandom (I didn’t know they still existed) but more general zines about art, feminism, and people’s personal lives. The zines I read were basically Tumblr on paper.
I’d been wanting to make a new zine for awhile, and with the Hugo Awards this year came a bunch of chatter about the viability of zines as a communication method. I didn’t care about that really; I was just shocked and delighted that fanzines still existed! Since I didn’t want to make an angstzine about my personal woes, as I’d done in my early twenties, fandom stuff was the perfect topic.
Why didn’t you just make a blog?
Because I wanted to use images and design layouts in a way that doesn’t work with blogs. I also like the idea of each issue of the zine existing as a self-contained unit, and the fact that I don’t have to update a zine once a week.
So let’s say–hypothetically speaking–I want to read this thing. Where can I do that? And will I have to pay?
You can download a PDF right here. And it’s completely free! Although it will take approximately 3,902 years to load, fair warning.
What’s with this title? Modern Electric? What does that mean?
Nothing, it’s just zine-ish hipster nonsense. I like the way both words sound.
Why does the issue say “Fall 2013″ when it’s December?
Because I had to build up the courage to post it online. And by then I was too lazy to change the cover.
What’s in the first issue?
–An Ancient Greek style apology for Prometheus
–Thoughts about Hannibal the TV show
–A coloring page
–Predator/Great Gatsby crossover fanfiction
–Reviews for stuff you’ve already read and seen
–Lots of collage-y images and pretty ladies.
Welcome to the twentieth century, everybody.
Shut up. It’s a PDF!
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In seriousness, I had a lot of fun making this zine and I hope you enjoy reading it. I do want to make other issues, but obviously my time is limited, and my fiction writing comes first. I also hope to make actual print zines sometime, too, since black-and-white photocopied zines were my first love.