To explain, my wonderful friend Harriet Reuter Hapgood* and I have been talking for AGES about how we are going to make a proper old-school photocopied 90s-style fanzine. Just talking about it has been the best fun ever - a bit like being a teenager and discussing at length with your friends about how you're going to start a band but never actually playing a note (was that just me and my friends, maybe everyone else used that time to actually learn to play guitar properly?).
Anyway, we spent days drinking tea and eating snacks, talking about how great our fanzine was going to be. Obviously, this was a very worthwhile exercise. We would write bits, ambitiously plan bits, draw bits... then put them in a drawer and kind of forget about them.
This weekend - during a Brighton heatwave - we decided: ENOUGH. We spent a whole day sitting in Harriet's garden in the sunshine, with her cat and a bag of cookies and a stack of craft supplies and a suitable playlist, and we GOT IT DONE. We made a fanzine!
Our fanzine is called I AM NOT ASHAMED. Its (very broad, quite vague) theme is ENTHUSIASM. Be an unapologetic enthusiast. Enthusiasm is good.
I AM NOT ASHAMED will probably be available at a publishing event near you soon.
In the meantime, here is a little zine inspiration board.
*If you have not done so already, I cannot recommend enough that you read Harriet's beautiful book, The Square Root of Summer - it is truly wonderful and I am still pretty blown away that this amazing and gorgeous genius is my friend, TBH.