BEHIND THE ZINES #15, $3, 5½” x 8½”, 40 pgs.

Jul 21, 2023

Another great issue of Behind the Zines, typically an eclectic mix of zinesters talking about the craft in one way or another, and indeed there’s a lot to talk about. This issue opens with a heart-wrenching set of eulogies to folks in the DIY community who have passed away over the years by Todd Taylor of the very zine in your hands that really hit me. I recently uncovered a zine I had reviewed for Razorcake fresh out of high school, written by a dear friend of mine who went missing less than a year later, that brought up a lot of feelings about DIY, zine culture, and the ways we can try to remember one another, how they’re inadequate to totally capture the life of someone who was so much more than that but, at least, we can keep a fragment of in print. We often think of zines as ephemeral, fragile pieces of paper sometimes held together by nothing at all, meant to be lost, but remembering that this, too, is an archive and record of lives well-lived is crucial. Paired with Stacey Piotrowski’s brief guide to cataloging your zine collection and Kris Mininger’s piece on re-writing and personal and aesthetic growth, this issue of Behind the Zines reminded me just why zine culture is so important to me. We may not all go down in history, but we nonetheless will to the people who matter, however fragmentary or fleeting. –jimmy cooper (Billy McCall, PO Box 8818, Albuquerque, NM 87198,