Gestalt and Pepper
Is the zine that I do now. Its a lil bit of everything, from letters to poems to artwork to stories. I have a few copies around of the first issue, if anyone's interested. I am slowly but surely working on issue #2. Submissions welcome!
I first started reading zines when I was about 13. My father would pass them along to me. They always made me want to make a zine of my own. Towards the end of my 14th year, I made my own zine, called The M&M. The first issue didn't have much substance, mostly just doodles and little bits about my friends or dreams. I ened up making 3 or 4 issues of M&M over the next year or so. By the last issue I was getting pretty good at it, had articles about things in my life and such, a few things by other people ( not many, since no one around where I live has ever heard of a zine unless it was by me). I ended up losing interest in M&M for some reason. A few times I would try to make another zine, but would get about halfway thru and get bored. When I was about 16 I made a zine soley of my artwork, called "Inside the Medulla". I had a piece or two by other people, but mostly it was just my art and drawings. It looked pretty cool. Then years later, after having my first son,when I was about 21 or 22, I did a zine called "Almost Normal". Mostly it was just stories, and I had a few contributers. I didn't want to focus directly at myself, although there were a few stories about my life, I wrote them from someone else's perspective. I had a few more failed attempts at making zines between "Almost Normal" and "Gestalt and Pepper" but usually, due to computer crashes, I would lose all my work. Now, although I do type and print stuff with my computer, the zine is mostly done by hand, cut and pasting the old way:)