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Avant Garde Zines

For all of those interested in the avant garde/experimental/postmodern aspect of zine culture

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Latest Activity: Mar 15

Definition of the Avant Garde

"Avant-garde (French pronunciation: [avɑ̃ɡaʁd]) means "advance guard" or "vanguard".[1] The adjective form is used in English, to refer to people or works that are experimental or innovative, particularly with respect to art, culture, and politics.

Avant-garde represents a pushing of the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm or the status quo, primarily in the cultural realm. The notion of the existence of the avant-garde is considered by some to be a hallmark of modernism, as distinct from postmodernism. Many artists have aligned themselves with the avant-garde movement and still continue to do so, tracing a history from Dada through the Situationists to postmodern artists such as the Language poets around 1981.[2]"
From Wikipedia on the Avant Garde movement

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The Projectionist's Playground

The Projectionist’s Playground is a quarterly zine for innovative and experimental work in photography, montage, art & poetry. Poetry can range from collage, concrete, sound poetry,…Continue

Tags: dada, collage, cut-up, open, field

Started by Julius Smit Nov 22, 2016.

Avant Garde Collaboration 10 Replies

I want to start an avant garde collaborative zine. Is anyone interested? I am thinking anything goes, minimalism, deconstuctivism, arte povera, cut up writing, non-linear writing, whatever. Continue

Tags: DIY, zine, experimentalism, garde, avant

Started by LizW. Last reply by mina boromand Aug 30, 2012.

New Zines for Trade or Sale 1 Reply

Here's my new conceptual art…Continue

Tags: culture, art, collage, conceptual, zine

Started by LizW. Last reply by Robert Ridley-Shackleton Aug 30, 2012.

Avant Garde Zines Share!

What zines or zinesters do you know of that are Avant Garde? Please share pictures, links etc.Continue

Started by LizW Aug 9, 2012.

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Comment by Paper Monster Press on October 24, 2011 at 9:58am



You draw lines and you draw lines, and then you shape boxes and boxes and try to decide which ones fit you best. But have you ever stepped outside the line, and think, coming this far, how much farther would you dare? That’s why, people who are openly queer call this term coming out of the closet. Because we close ourselves, and cage our hearts, and throw away the key. This issue, we dare you to come out with us. Cross those lines on tightropes, shrug off gender boundaries, do away with stereotypes. We are who we are, and if we know this then labels don’t matter at all. Because we’ve got to honour the differences, or what’s the same wouldn’t count.


And who could be more queer, or more punk than us? We ask you once again to trust us with your submissions. We ask you to explore the boundaries of gender, race, stereotypes, rebellion, and anarchy. We ask you to give us your poetry, your art, and your music, in its most rebellious, most queer punk. Mainstream or underground, gay or lesbian, hardcore or soft porn, and hey, even alpha males are welcome. We want you to colour our worlds queer(punk). Now there are no rules, no boundaries, we’ll make our love on wastelands and through the barricades (Spandau Ballet).


We are interested in works that question, that reveal, that critique, that ask, that makes us curious. We want to see colors, and explosions, and madness, we want works that ignite our passion for equality and justice. We want works that ask for human dignity for all. We want works that make us want to shrug off oppression, and put it aside to forever after never be worn by anyone again. Because Who in the New World does not have a horror of the past, whether his ancestor was torturer or victim? Who in the depth of conscience, is not silently screaming for pardon or revenge? The pulse of New World history is the racing pulse beat of fear, the tiring cycles of stupidity and greed (Derek Walcott). And it need be that no longer. In the dawn of the New Age, we ask you to join us to fight for human dignity for all. Gay or lesbian, man or woman, colored or white; all different, all beautiful. And in this great future, you can forget your past, so dry your tears, I say (Bob Marley).




  1. Literary (English/ Filipino). 500 words or less.
  2. Visual Art (colored/ black and white). JPEG Format.
  3. Music. MP3 format.


Send everything to papermonsterpress@yahoo.com until October 31, 2011. Thank you and support the small press!

Comment by LizW on September 20, 2011 at 2:07pm


notice we have quite a few more members and I want to revisit the idea of a collaborative avant garde zine.  Please get in touch if you are interested.

Comment by Jodii on April 19, 2011 at 12:49am
Hi Liz, sounds interesting. If I've got time I'd like to contribute something - probably one page text and one page art. I'm thinking of playing around with the exquisite corpse technique for both.
Comment by LizW on April 18, 2011 at 1:28pm
I like that idea Jamiel, I think we should try that. Let's say up to 2 pages?
Comment by Jamiel Naser Al Khaja on April 18, 2011 at 10:01am
In response to LizW's post about a collaborative Avant Garde Zine: perhaps one person can contribute one "page". they can be arranged and put together. it might be kind of haphazard, but the results could be interesting (for my page it would probably incorporate words and images).
Comment by LizW on April 15, 2011 at 2:18pm
Comment by LizW on April 15, 2011 at 2:11pm

Hi all,

I apologise for my silence, LOOONG way to my new home via Zambia, UK, squatting and now own apartment in Asheville, NC. Mina, I would like to trade, I don't have anything right now, watch this space.


Comment by D21 Kunstraum on March 5, 2011 at 4:48am

(…) They thrive on change and impermanence, favour process over product, and risk on being thrown away. They court failure. Yet this book argues that such failure should be understood not as an indication of defeat, but as an expression of the vanguard nature of these publications and their refusal to commercial interests.

in: Gwen Allen (ed.), Artists' Magazines. An Alernative Space For Art, Cambridge 2011. –– thought that some of you might be interested in this book that was recently released.


Comment by mina boromand on February 5, 2011 at 2:16pm

I would like to trade zines with avant garde zine people


Comment by womans monthly on August 26, 2010 at 8:16pm
no but really - ive never taken them seriously before or known what to do with them, though they tak about 2hrs each to make, and i have made in total probably 200 approx over the years, but i never knew what to do with them, and people never knew how to take them. ive never been able to get them published, but maybe using them as covers is a neo-avant garde act.

also - has anyone ever come across non-linear books in the realm of experimental publishing?


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