Greetings from Brisbane, Australia.
I've a lot to learn about zines. I used to make versions 40 years ago when I was at college - poetry and art anthologies. I still feel 18 even though I'm nearly 60. Is it too late to start again? I understand that many zinesters abhor oldies - but I know there are a few 30 and 40+ here. I hope my presence doesn't offend, but I'd like to explore the concept more. I've read some zines and know most/many are about popular culture, rants, private thoughts and more, but there seems to be a lot of great poetry and art created, too.
I'm a published author and illustrator and spend a lot of time playing with letters, doing calligraphy and making artist's books that will never be seen by many people. I give talks about book creation and book history, and it's my passion to encourage young and old to be creative in whatever way they choose. I'd like to include producing zines. If more people made and swapped zines in friendship, the world would be a better place.
Here in Queensland, children are encouraged to make artist's books. It's on the high-school curriculum. They're required to make children's picture books, too. Perhaps zines should be included. Some zines seem like artist's books to me. I'm not sure how you distinguish the two.
In 2010, in Brisbane, there will be a large national conference of the Children's Book Council of Australia (Children includes teens and young adults) with the aim of stimulating the imagination of and providing useful information for attendees - in the main: school and public librarians, book sellers, publishers, academics, educators, authors and illustrators. I'm on the organising committee and responsible for the Illustrator's Cafe and an exhibition of designer bookbinding. I think zines and their production shouldbe be included. Do you think this is a good idea?
Do any of you produce zines that children (any age) enjoy? Do any of you have school aged children who produce zines?
Looking forward to 'meeting' all you wonderful creative people, if you'll have me here.
PS If anyone is curious, I've got stuff on www.myspace.com/writingforchildren
including, in the videos section, a sequence I've made on encouraging creativity.
They're also on my website: www.writing-for-children.com