6th June 2017
There has never been a better or more prominent time to start a fanzine. *Cough including McQ’s that is*. With mainstream media supposedly failing to speak to a younger generation, some have taken publishing into their own hands. From music zines to pamphlets that showcase the works of unsung artists, there is something for everyone. We take a look at some of the best zines out there now.
An homage to a throwback zine, from the makers of Cheap Date, remember it? The magazine that was like the original Mizz, but way cooler, wittier and created by Vogue contributor and stylist Bay Garnett. Now she has launched Fanpages and with Chloe Sevigny on the cover, it’s bound to hit all the right notes.
With their newest issue “The Crisis Issue” about to launch, the Mushpit has well and truly cemented themselves as one of the longer standing zines out there. From fashion spreads by Tyrone Lebon, to Agony Aunt columns and tongue in cheek fake ads they’ve done it and are doing it all.
Political with a satirical twist. Good interviews and writing headed up by photographer Scarlett Carlos Clarke and writer Luisa Le Voguer Couyet. They are currently crowdfunding for their new environmental issue.
A French Zine, firstly. Secondly it includes unseen sketches by the brilliant David Shrigley. Enough said.
Beat is a free music magazine started by writer Hanna Hanra. With everyone from Beyoncé, to most recently The XX adorning its cover. It’s made a name for itself as the go to quarterly for informative and fun reads. Pick it up in your local pub and expect to see old punk references and brilliant interviews.
Harun Farocki- What Ought To Be Done
The ICA (Institute of Contempory Art) recommend this one. When Harun Farocki (an artist and filmmaker) died in 2015, his estate collaborated with publishing company Motto books to produce this zine with a cocktail of his archive inside it. A brilliant read.
They dub themselves, “An independent platform for contemporary culture” and if you have ever stepped foot inside an East End pub you would have seen this propped up on the bar.