Contributions for Beta Vulgaris #2 – #5 DIY punk zine from City Split, Croatia / Topic: feminism / 2019
#2 – Poster “My body – my choice“on centerfold & “Klap” illustration / #3, #4 – Comic “Enough Is Enough” / #5 – Comic “Women’s voices“
Beta Vulgaris is a “do-it-yourself” zine, conceived as a classic cut-and-paste fanzine which is open for participation. new releases published and presented on a monthly basis through the public events. Each new issue gravitates to a particular topic.
#punk #diy #zine #activism #resist #alternative #culture #comics #femicomix #mybodymychoice #feminism #indie #bw⚫️⚪
All those fanzines are experiencing a second life by placing most of the content online for free.
The punk subculture spearheaded a surge of my interest in fanzines as a countercultural alternative to established print media.
As professional printing technology progressed, so did the technology of fanzines. Today, thanks to the advent of desktop publishing and self-publication, there is often little difference between the appearance of a fanzine and a professional magazine.
People are fed up with social networks and want to have something they can hold in their hands. There’s a whole generation that have grown up reading information on the net, and they see fanzines as something different and exciting. Even though fanzines can’t beat the immediacy of the net, they can offer far more depth. People pay more attention to things when they’re printed. There’s a growth of the DIY craft scene last few years and it could be interpreted as a reaction against technology and digitalisation. But the internet, rather than competing with the fanzine world, has been instrumental to its resurgence. You can promote things directly using sites such as Facebook or Instagram. Individual fanzines are harnessing the power of the net, too. Traditional outlets such as independent record and book shops may be in decline, but anyone with a webpage, blog or social network’s profile can add a PayPal button and sell their wares to the world, while social-networking sites also make promotion for free.