Need­ing lit­tle more than pa­per, scis­sors, a pho­to­copier, and an idea, our strong in­de­pen­dent zine com­mu­nity proves that some­thing so in­ex­pen­sive can be worth so much.

Scout - - IN THIS ISSUE - By Pola Beronilla Photography by Pa­trick Se­govia

An im­mer­sion to power of small press pub­lish­ing


sev­eral rea­sons zines spine of it all is the form of es­capism piece to­gether an un­tam­pered creative free­dom the main­stream usu­ally de­prives they are a refuge for young creatives to aes­thet­ics, and cul­tural ide­olo­gies.

As far as we know, lo­cal zine cul­ture the com­mu­nity ac­tu­ally turn­ing a page. A ma­jor fac­tor in this growth is a small out into dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions around the en­thu­si­as­tic col­lec­tives like Mag­pies strive in leav­ing pa­per trails of di­verse

Adam David; Mag­pies Press’ Mac An­dre our so­ci­ety.

How im­por­tant do you think self- pub­lish­ing is to artists and writ­ers? ADAM DAVID:

As im­por­tant as parks are to a city. The small press is of­ten and po­lit­i­cal mus­cles more loosely

A lot of peo­ple do­ing small press right now are those who work on sell­ing ideas more ef­fec­tive sell­ers are re­warded for us­ing tal­ent and skill fos­tered in arts how many peo­ple share the spon­sored

How about to our so­ci­ety? CAMZ DAGAL:

It en­cour­ages peo­ple ideas and opin­ions. Whether right or wrong, the con­tents of zines are per­sonal mi­nori­ties, and this is a venue where they can make their voices heard. Zines opin­ions and read­ing them puts you into


projects makes you more in touch with


im­por­tant. It en­cour­ages artists and writ­ers to cre­ate and put their work out there. Cre­ators don’t have to wait for I saw work that was new, strange, and

Zines aren’t nec­es­sar­ily a new peo­ple have be­come drawn to them in the past few years? AD:

I have a feel­ing it’s a re­ac­tion to how more and more of our en­gage­ment strictly slick dig­i­tal. Peo­ple are ul­ti­mately nos­tal­gist and ma­te­ri­al­ist at heart. We in dig­i­tal so­cial me­dia plat­forms, more and more peo­ple are get­ting into ana­log so­cial me­dia plat­forms like perzines, over De­viantart, stick­ers over emo­jis.


In my per­spec­tive, zinesters have started to work hard to dis­sem­i­nate in­for­ma­tion on zine­mak­ing and its func­tions. Peo­ple have started or­ga­niz­ing events, and made spa­ces

they like get­ting to per­son­ally know the

changed in the zine scene now? AD:

Be­com­ing more politi­cized,


I wish to see more comics at comic con­ven­tions and less stick­ers, prints, fan art, and other mer­chan­dise. I do get why artists tend to tackle those medi­ums more of­ten; they’re eas­ier to do and usu­ally sell more com­pared to comics [laughs]. But I don’t want to see the fu­ture with just stick­ers and not much comics. I


We wish we could see more art crit­i­cism. We’d re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate it if fur­ther is if peo­ple ac­tu­ally started see­ing thing, we wish the creative scene wasn’t


And artists should re­ally start do­ing away with the a lone ge­nius. So more en­gage­ment with fel­low artists, and the com­mu­nity.


Also, we all need to get health­care way, peo­ple can do work that’s not just aimed at just mak­ing money.

Where do you see the lo­cal zine scene go­ing? MA:

The lo­cal zine scene is only go­ing like the more we reach out, and as the have more va­ri­ety and pre­ci­sion.


with more aware­ness of the unique­ness of the form. Artists and read­ers alike are go­ing to gain more un­der­stand­ing that zines aren’t just a trend, that they carry so much more po­ten­tial for touch­ing is­sues that are usu­ally just swept under the rug or for con­tent that is not just “cool” or “pretty.” Hope­fully, the zine scene con­tin­ues to in­ter­ro­gate stan­dards in art and lit­er­a­ture. “In the age of easy blather in dig­i­tal so­cial more and more peo­ple are get­ting into ana­log so­cial me­dia plat­forms like stick­ers over emo­jis.”

Clock­wise from op­po­site page: The Cursed by Dante Perez, pub­lished by Saturnino Basilla; Foot­notes to Mis­placed Items by Joanne Ce­sario and Michelle Ba­cabac; Shear Fear by Joanne Ce­sario and Michelle Ba­cabac; Tira Tira by Joanne Ce­sario and Michelle...

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