ZineFest 2015 (Oct. 20)

ZineFest, UCI Langson Library

Students gathered at tented tables in the Langson Library plaza to explore the art of the “zine,” or DIY little magazine. Zine artists were available to discuss their craft and tactics, while the tables were loaded with magazines, stickers, paper, and other supplies so that students could make their own zines. UCI Libraries staff encouraged students to donate their zines to the library so that future students could find out what Anteaters were thinking about in 2015. Speakers included faculty member Jeanne Scheper (Gender and Sexuality Studies) and librarian Emilee Mathews. Over the course of the day, over 60 students participated, and 40 donated their zines to the Library. Organized by Christine Kim and Kathleen Gaffney, and Special Collections and Archives and Marketing and Communications staff.


by Laura Caballero, Education and Sociology

Today I got the opportunity to attend Zinefest at the UCI Libraries. To be quite honest I had no idea what a zine was. In fact, I thought it was pronounced zuh-eeen. Finding out it was zine like magazine as explained by Jon-o from ZebraPizza, I began to understand it better. With little or no direction he told me to take a seat and begin clipping things I liked from magazines. First impression that came to mind was "ohh it's like a collage! I like collages! I like magazines, I should be good." It was all good, and I had fun. I focused my zine on present day society and celebrities. I finished a page with hand drawn pictures of bananas because something about bananas caught my attention and fluttered my mind so I did an Andy Warhol-esque bananas illustration.  

I also attended the presentations of Emilee Mathews, research librarian for visual arts and Dr. Jeanne Scheper (Gender and Sexuality Studies) and they talked more about zines and the diverse role they play in the public record. Emilee made the point that zines are interesting because they capture what people want and feel. She also talked about how the library in general isn't all that it's painted out to be in the media or conceptions. We all have this notion that in a library one must be quiet and study, however she said that the library has also become a platform to share the public record. Everyone has a voice.  Dr. Scheper talked about her involvement with Zine making and how back in the 1990s she used it to speak about things that were supposed to remain unspoken, such as gay rights, activism and protest. Her zine, called "She-Crab Soup," was a compilation of things that could not openly spoken about at that time. She added text and clippings that tied together in a sexual manner and also gave a voice to the gay rights movement. She told us, "Knowledge isn't something that should be possessed and kept locked up. It is to be shared, copied and repurposed for others, it's about community building."