A zine (/ziːn/ ZEEN; short for magazine or fanzine) is a small-circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images, usually reproduced via photocopier. Zines are either the product of a single person, or of a very small group and are popularly photocopied into physical prints for circulation.source
Kansas City Gathering Of Zine Artists Promises To Be A ‘DIY Carnival’
By Claire Verbeck…
Some of the offerings at a KC Zine Con Open Studios event in May 2018.
KC Zine Con
Often printed on photocopiers and distributed at in-person conventions, most zines reach fewer people than a post on Facebook or Instagram. But the stakes can be much higher.
“When you make zines, you’re putting a bit of yourself out there in a way that is personal and vulnerable, in a way that social media isn’t,” says Dayna Moth Meyer.
Meyer is one of six organizers of this year’s KC Zine Con, a one-day event featuring approximately 120 artists and zine makers from across the United States.
“Kansas City is getting a real little DIY carnival,” adds artist Taylor Fourt, one of this year’s featured exhibitors.
Fourt says she’s been making zines for most of her life.
“I remember making some as early as elementary school. Every week there were stories about my friends.”
As Fourt grew older, she continued to pursue her love of art, first at the Alabama School of Fine Arts and later at the Kansas City Art Institute. These days, Fourt, who is an avid gardener, often turns to nature for inspiration.
“Illustrators are storytellers,” she says. “My work is like if rose-colored glasses were a painting style, but the work isn’t actually rose-colored.”