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Inspired by the efforts of some of my friends, I decided to attack one of the huge sliding piles of comics. UKCAC diary page 2It took half a pile for the sheer force of stuff! to halt any attempt at sorting. Look, here's the stuff NAMBLA sent us -- old Deadlines with summer-turquoise covers, that weird comic about Lt. Uhura getting really into body-building and, er, other stuff. What's this? Dangerous Hobbits? Zinesters were so ahead of the wave... Without any further ado, back to 1998, when Jenni had plans for Caption all the way up to 2001, and her eye on (interviewing) Joe Sacco ...


27th Feb, 2004 02:25 (UTC)
I'm afraid so
A little before the internet arrived and made such things kind of obsolete, I was running (with damiancugley) a listings zine for lesbian, gay, queer, trans, feminist and grrl zines (and other stuff along the same lines). zines = short print run photocopied booklets, usually about quite personal stuff.

People got listed by sending us stuff, and we got sent a lot of strange and distressing stuff -- long rambling letters about what lesbians "really need", an incredibly bad porn script, anguished poetry by self-harming teens ... and the NAMBLA starter pack. Lucky us ... but it wasn't especially obscene (presumably because it was being exported, they'd checked its legality in both countries) until you started reading it and caught the subtext, ugh. We didn't list them -- most of our people were young isolated queer kids, so it was important to keep predatory elements off the list.

But I kept everything -- hoping against hope that someday someone'll start a zine archive -- but the way things are going it'll probably have to be me!
28th Feb, 2004 04:29 (UTC)
Re: I'm afraid so
cooo -is my old zine stuff still in there somewhere?
1st Mar, 2004 13:22 (UTC)
they're around
.... I've seen the Gingers somewhere recently, in fact. Damian's shelf? Loads of good stuff, I have. One day I'll make a museum.