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over 30 and still at it...


over 30 and still at it...

A group for those 30 years and over that are still printing and reading zines.

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Latest Activity: Sep 18

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Have your zines changed over the years? 24 Replies

Started by Jethrobot Press. Last reply by SRC Mar 10.

zines & kids 14 Replies

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a bit of zine history... 1 Reply

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Comment by Lucky Sia on September 18, 2008 at 9:56pm
Well, I am glad to see there are more people who, like me, are older in years. I won't ever admit to being older in mind or spirit. I still feel like I might be 24, only creakier.

I have loved the idea of self-publishing since I was a kid. I used to draw a cartoon called, "Gisp the Ghost" when I was nine. I love reading perzines because I like biographies about real people. I like real things.

I am already trying to get my step-daughter (15), the exchange student I am hosting from Germany (17), and my oldest daughter (7) started on a life of zine making! Perhaps my five-year-old will become interested one day, if she ever sits still long enough.

The teenagers and myself will be making the drive to Boston on Saturday for the Boston Zine Fest. I am sooo excited!
Comment by We'll Never Have Paris on September 16, 2008 at 9:32pm
I'm 37 and just started my zine (more of a literary journal) last year.
It wasn't a life long ambition for me, just a result of giving up on playing in bands. I'd always been first and foremost a musician. Writing for me was my journal and song lyrics. Now that life has happened the way it has,I can see this has been an obvious and natural progression.

Yes, though, I do feel that over 25 + writing zines = appearing old. I volunteer at Bluestockings book store co-op in NYC and a large percentage of volunteers are like 23 and under.
Comment by Jethrobot Press on September 16, 2008 at 6:40pm
I took a hiatus as well from zines from 1995 when I finished my zine Warfear until 2001 when i completed the first issue of Banzai( I started and scraped a lot of zines in that time span) and even had another brief hiatus (2001-2003) between issues 1 and 2 of Banzai due to having no money, no PC, and living a miserable existence in town I didn't want to be living in. Having made it back to California in 2003, the zines have been coming out on a much more regular basis, with 3 issues of Banzai and 3 issues of Threat n Ink out and a new issue for each of them on the way. My life and my zines are all doing quite well now!
Comment by Jme Hash on September 15, 2008 at 7:05pm
I didn't start ButtRagmag 'til I was 29 and sittin on the toilette reading and shittin'. I almost did a zine w/ a boyfriend like 8years befor that called "Buzzbomb" but then saw that there was a magazine already out in Planet K called that. So that never went through. Doing ButtRagMag makes me feel great!
Comment by jc brand on September 12, 2008 at 2:43pm
i've basicly been on hiatus since 2000 though i've done one zine since then. i was married to someone that bascly made me feel like i couldnt do anything worthwile, so i didnt even try.
Comment by Alex Wrekk on September 12, 2008 at 9:37am
I took about a 4 year Hiatus with my main zine Brainscan. I was just in a really terrible place in my life that I had to work through on my own terms. I wasn't ready to share myself with others because I was spending all my energy keeping up appearances in a broken relationship. That lasted from 2002 to 2006. I'm a much happier and stronger person now.
Comment by superdilettante on September 10, 2008 at 11:28am
I got into zines when I was 19, but I made my first one at 23...I'm going to be 36 this year. I think there was a six-year hiatus in there. How many others took a long break from zines, and why/when did it happen?
Comment by Alex Wrekk on September 9, 2008 at 5:22pm
Oh, it's not a dividing line to me, I like to think of it as a badge of honor or a mile marker.
Comment by Andrew Culture on September 9, 2008 at 1:00pm
My god, I can't believe 30 is now a dividing line! I still feel young, well I'm at least immature!
Comment by Ericka Bailie-Byrne on September 8, 2008 at 9:04pm
Krissy, doesn't Deb beat us all? ;)
I'll be celebrating my 40th in Mexico this November. I started reading zines in the 80s but didn't start writing my own until 1993. I started Pander two years later.
I don't write zines anymore, I make photo zines now, but I do have a one-shot from 95 available in one of my Etsy shops.

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