26th Jun 2012
The Queer Zine Archive Project
The Queer Zine Archive Project is a treasure trove for anyone interested in DIY publishing and underground queer communities. I lost hours on the site trawling through the archive and taking in all the beautiful cut & paste wonders that passed before my eyes.
” The mission of the Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP) is to establish a “living history” archive of past and present queer zines and to encourage current and emerging zine publishers to continue to create. In curating such a unique aspect of culture, we value a collectivist approach that respects the diversity of experiences that fall under the heading “queer,” a term that includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people
The primary function of QZAP is to provide a free on-line searchable database of the collection with links allowing users to download electronic copies of zines. By providing access to the historical canon of queer zines we hope to make them more accessible to diverse communities and reach wider audiences.”
Alongside the fanzines, you can find a small collection of flyers, posters and special edition documents. Just as you can hold a zine and feel the love that has gone into each carefully constructed issue, it’s hard to browse web-based zine archives and not feel a pang of emotion at the dedication and passion it takes to methodically scan, edit and catalogue the hundreds of submissions that come in. Not only is the site an important document of a scene – and, being online, an ever evolving one – but it is creative inspiration and affirmation that zines are still very much relevant in the digital age.
There is a section for zine submissions, where you can find call-outs for contributions to everything from a Trans Sci-fi Zine (for ‘cyborg feminists, discordians, Linux geeks, mad scientists, pervy bookworms, vengeful librarians..’) to Nearly There, “a zine project meant to address the absence of stories about the experiences of queer people of color.”
You can also keep up to date with the QZAP upcoming events, including what they have planned for International Zine Month in July, but to be honest, it’s worth heading to the site just to get your mitts on some of these brilliant badges: