Four middle school girls from Emily Chamberlain's Advanced Journal Writing Class had a plan. They wanted to keep writing. They wanted to publish a zine.Inspired by a field trip to Duke University's Perkins Library where they were given a guided tour of the library's zine archives, these Carolina Friends School students decided to do it themselves.
They floated the idea of an independent study elective for a trimester credit with their teachers and parents, and guidelines were agreed upon.
Now that they had a production deadline, Twisted: The Zine Made by Girls Like You started becoming a reality. They wrote stories and poems, invented surveys, puzzles and games, devised a quiz, reviewed movies and books, conducted interviews, collected famous quotes and wrote an advice column.
They decided not to have bylines on their individual contributions, but to let the zine stand out as a whole group project.
They also decided to donate all the proceeds of zine sales to the school's Afghanistan Sister School Project.
The Twisted girls sold out their first 46-copy print run in three days. They took the 47th issue with them on a return trip to Perkins Library and donated that copy to the zine archives
REVEALED AT LAST: THE REVENGE OF PRINT reads the headline of the latest (and greatest) issue of Punk Planet. You gotta love editor/publisher Dan Sinker's heartfelt intro about his medium of choice: paper. Punk Planet has been flag-waving for indy labels and music for 55 issues, with CD reviews, pop culture rants, inexpensive band ads, and an exuberant underground attitude. Taking a one issue break from bookers, promoters, free CDs, tour vans, the Internet, the Web, e-mail, clubs and publicists, Sinker honors "19th-century technology."
"For one issue, the heroes of the underground are those that never get to see the spotlight: zinemakers, authors and comic artists," writes Sinker in his opening editorial. For one issue, the cutting edge isn't made up of bits and bytes, but instead a medium, paper, that has been around for millennia. This issue we dedicate space, our longest issue ever, to those folks doing the thankless work of writing it all down."
It's an eclectic document, interviews with zinesters and features on the DIY industry, even a piece on zine libraries. Editor Sinker relates a hilarious tale of seeking out an issue of "the competition," McSweeney's. He interviews the McSweeney's crew at length about their unique publishing vision. Deeper into the issue, Punk Planet talks with Hip Mama editor, Ariel Gore, and Stay Free editor/publisher Carrie McLaren. McLaren talks about the early days of Stay Free when she was DJing at XYC and living in Chapel Hill. Deep into the politics of advertising,
McLaren has seen all sides of the issue working for an indy record label, enjoying the freedom of putting out her own zine.