This may be seen as a morbid move, but I'm not really concerned about that.
I am interested, however, in seeing what kind of discussion can be built upon the topic of death in zines. I have read so many different zines on all aspects of DIY culture, from travel to bicycle repair, from gardening to cooking, from erotica to porn, yet I have not come across too many zines that specifically deal with death.
Some of the best perzines are certainly witnesses to the subject matter of death, but it hides between the pages, like wrinkles of worry on our face. Not immediately apparent, but it is certainly chiseled on our minds like a font on a tombstone. I don't think that there has been much concentration specifically on death, and how to survive it-- or rather, how you do not survive death. It seems to be something that I feel is lacking in zines, and I think that this is mostly because people don't want to talk about it, or if we do, none of our friends can. While the object of starting this group has a practical purpose, I suppose that it also should serve as an outlet or a starting point for people that are looking for frames of reference within the zine community that relate specifically to our universal fate.
One that I can think of that I have spent some time reading recently is called, quite apropos, The Worst Zine. (http://zinelibrary.info/worst
) This zine is a compilation of people's writings that contain many essays on the topic of death,especially from a standpoint of one of us, that is to say, from zinester's perspective.
I am curious if anyone else has read anything that they rather enjoyed.