The 'zine' is the do-it-yourself cousin to the magazine, a hand-assembled and often photocopied art object that takes the term 'self-published' to its furthest extent. Like the literary journal, the zine functions as a compendium for voices in the underground arts and political communities. Some notable American punk zines, such as Cometbus and Burn Collector, act as the public journals of their introspective, globe-trotting creators as they interview artists and reflect on counter-cultural ideology.
The Tempe Zine Convention will feature a horde of self-published writers and artists from the Phoenix/Tempe area hawking their wares, performing works and offering zine making techniques. The work of the participants showcases a variety of literary, autobiographical, political and journalistic pursuits, and those engaging with the visual arts will have works featuring comics, illustrations and Xerox collage art.
The event begins at 6 p.m. this Friday, June 10 at Tempe house venue YOBS (519 W. 19th Street, Tempe, AZ 85282), with readings interspersed throughout the night. The Facebook event is here and for more information on some of the participants there is a New Times blog article.