Back in a time of backcombing and flexi discs, I used to make a fanzine. Typewriter, Pritt stick, photocopiers, staples, paper cuts.
I was born to make magazines. I did. It was astonishing.
In 2014, I work in mobile. Small press and artisan publishing aside, today’s fanzine writers are making Tumblrs whilst publishers are reinventing publishing.
That original DIY aesthetic now sits in development. Unless we’re careful, writers will end up siloed as ‘content creators’ and lose their relationship with making. Using a platform isn’t the same as starting from scratch.
How do we bring paper cuts back?
Learn to code.