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(abbreviation of fanzine or magazine) is most commonly a small circulation publication of original or appropriated texts and images. More broadly, the term encompasses any self-published work of minority interest usually reproduced via photocopier.

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are written in a variety of formats; from computer-printed text, to comics, to handwritten text. Print remains the most popular Zine format, usually photo-copied with a small circulation. Topics covered are broad, including fan fiction, politics, art and design, personal journals, social theory, single topic obsession, or sexual content far enough outside of the mainstream to be prohibitive of inclusion in more traditional media.

are usually experimental in nature and cover a wide-range of topics.

The benefits from being self-published include being in charge of your own content and not having to keep to rules made by the publisher – this often means they are not censored and can contain controversial content.


From observing this collection of images in a zine I have noticed it is completely based on abstract typography. I like the different styles of hand drawn typography and with the use of characterizing the type itself into little creatures and cartoons. The way the tones have been created by cross hatching the type and adding different mark making techniques is also very effective. Although I chose to research into this Zine, the next stage for me is to research into illustration artists for inspiration into how to construct my own illustration for the Zine Design Brief which will contain images and photographs of Doc Marten Boots.



Research: DM and Zines