a place for zinesters - writers and readers
Publishing one zine a year could work for me. In fact, I only published one zine last year. But the lack of audience problem remains. I mean, what's the point of printing a zine if you don'ty have an audience for it?
Don't people scam copies from work anymore? One of the benefits of working for the Man...
I agree with Dan 10Things. The art of the copy scam is a glorious thing. Now, I don't want to name names, but I used to know a guy who'd simply dress blandly yet professionally, walk into a Kinko's (located in a business park) during busy periods, rattle off a few hundred copies and meander off amidst the workaday hubbub. "Stealing from corporations is a victimless crime," he'd say. "Shareholders are lazy pricks who don't have the guts to invest in themselves. In fact, you may call me a modern day freedom fighter..."
Beyond that, it's true that everyone hoping to spread their work has to sell themselves to some degree. Unpleasant as it may sound in theory, publicity and connections are vital to gaining a wider audience. I've seen some amazing zines just fade off into the night because the publishers expected extraordinary quality to lead to success. Nope, civilization is a toilet and the turds always seem to bob to the surface while sensitive genius is flushed away. Sad, but true.
So is self-expression worth the cost? Well, that's a question best left to the individual.