The Zine Scene

I remember piecing together a “newspaper” of family goings-on to distribute to my parents and my brother when I was about nine years old. Maybe it was just the budding writer in me, but I was always fascinated by the printed word; as I got older, I traded in my Weekly Readers for a range of glossy magazines: Teen, Seventeen, Sassy and, yes, even Tiger Beat made my list of must-buys.

Kids these days have it a lot easier, with access to computer word-processing and page-layout programs — not to mention the vast resources available online — to help create their own publications. The zine world has grown, fast and furious, since the days when I first heard the word, back at age sixteen. Zines have become such an integral part of underground culture that the Denver Zine Fest is turning three this year and still going strong. What’s new this time around? “We do have more workshops,” notes Stevyn Prothero of Iron Feather Bookstore, which is putting on the fest along with the Denver Zine Library. “We’re going to have an old 1900 letter press on site and giving demos on that. We’re going to have a kids’ corner. And we’ve definitely got more zines displaying.”

Head to the First Unitarian Church, 1400 Lafayette Street, today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to attend a workshop or just browse the dozens of tables of zines. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find that back issue you’ve been craving to round out your favorite collection. The fest is free; visit or call 720-628-0097 for information.
Sat., May 31, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 2008

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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