I picked up the latest issue of Typical Girls at the DIY Cultures fair at the Rich Mix Centre in the east-end last Sunday. It is an example a new wave of professionally produced zines that are independently published and circulated around small press fairs, small bookshops and amongst friends and their respective scenes.
DIY Cultures is an annual day festival with a zine fair, exhibitions, workshops, contemporary craft, panel discussions, comic illustration, video art and digital animation exploring DIY practice.
Typical Girls is an alternative women’s magazine edited and designed by Chani Wisdom and Jamila Prows. It is a mix of art, photography, interviews and creative writing that in their own words "offers a positive platform where a range of women's experiences and perspectives are shared with equal gravity." The Generations issue poses the question ‘what defines our generation’ to activist groups, artists and performers. Female collectives reflect on how the current young generation differs from those before it, and how different generations can influence one another and interconnect. This issue includes interviews with Hollie Cook, Lydia Higginson, Otegha Uwagba, Lynette Nylander and Joey Yu.
My ‘old’ publication is a well loved copy of Destroy All Monsters: Geisha This. It is a compilation published in 1996 of the first six issues of the Destroy All Monsters magazine from 1975 to 1979.
Destroy All Monsters were an influential Detroit band formed by art students Mike Kelley, Jim Shaw, Niagara and filmmaker Cary Loren. Their zines were an a visual assault of colour, collages, illustrations and different print processes including, riso, screen printing and photocopying. Geisha This faithfully reprints the punk graphic style and also has a flexi-vinyl record bound into it. I used to keep my copy of it in X Marks the Bökship with a big ‘not for sale’ sign on it, although people always wanted to buy it. A facsimile reprint of it was published by one of my favourite publishers, Primary Information in the 2011.
My something else is an invite to the Offprint Art Publishing Fair that is happening in the Turbine Hall in Tate Modern this weekend. There will be 140 independent and experimental publishers in contemporary art, photography and graphic design selling books, magazines and zines. Additionally there will be launches and talks by independent publishers running throughout the event. If you want to know more about independent publishing, this is a good place to start.