The first PHX Zine Fest introduced Downtown Phoenix to dozens of West Coast zine makers Sunday afternoon.
Zines are self-published, DIY magazines – equal parts grandma’s craft closet and anarchic punk concert (basically, on the opposite end of the spectrum as PHOENIX magazine). Find them at art walks, festivals and independent bookstores and music venues (or, make your own in this easy how-to from Rookie magazinie).
Here are our five favorite zines, both for their unique qualities and for how they exemplified key zine traits: DIY spirit, advocacy, creativity and humor:
Joseph Dick compares coming out to his parents to “teaching an elephant to paraglide.” Queer Fear is the Phoenix local’s attempt to unpack that experience and make the queer community more accessible to those outside it.
The Succulent is stimulating to the eyes and to the touch. You unwrap a boldly printed envelope to reveal a series of creator Michael Chattem’s abstract and colorful non-narrative illustrations.
Susan Nguyen and Meghan Kelsey (collectively known as Dumpster Poets) dug through old Arizona Highways and National Geographic magazines to craft the found poetry collages in Desert Series.
People I Like
“William Dafoe just seems like a good guy.” Billy Russell’s offbeat and minimalistic look into his favorite celebrities, People I Like, is full of these hilarious little platitudes. The favorite of his faves? John Waters, the cover star.
This Los Angeles-based style magazine's classy production and larger page count has it toeing the line between zine and magazine, but the alternative POV helps maintain its DIY edge. The latest issue, “Family,” is less focused on trends and more on gang fashion and chosen families.
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