Monday, 16 April 2012

Your Blog Is Your Eighties Fanzine

Lets try and force a meme.

Your last 5 blogposts are the contents of a gaming zine you wrote single-handedly in the 1980s, photocopied on the local library photocopier or via indulgence of an office-working parent and sold on to around a dozen people at a loss. This zine has the same title as your blog. Invent an issue number and cover price.

From somewhere rip off a suitable black and white illo (you want colour? print the cover on coloured paper you damned show-off) and fake up a cover page for this zine referring to contents inside. Bonus points for using period typewriter fonts and artistic filters to degrade the quality. Obviously if you have access to a photocopier and scanner you can start playing with distressing the paper and doing a proper illegible photocopy reproduction rather than faking it as I did. Then post on your blog for all to see.

Here's mine, issue one of FIGHTING FANTASIST from about 1985.

LATER EDIT

Fake, never-existed 'zines (as well as Dak Ultimak's one that now does exist on the grounds that he created the whole fake 'zine not just the cover and Graham "AFF" Bottley's 'zine that he wrote along with a certain young Daniel Davey who went on to be somewhat rude about Jesus.) are rolling in.

http://themarienburggazette.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/marienburg-gazette-80s-fanzine-style.html

http://hordesofthethings.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/back-to-eighties.html

http://realmofzhu.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/your-blog-is-80s-zine.html

http://thedelvers.com/2012/the-delvers-1985

http://aldeboran.blogspot.com/2012/04/i-blame-zhu.html

http://fantasy3d.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/your-blog-is-eighties-fanzine.html

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y178/kaptainvon/john_blanche_skeleton_horde-1-1.jpg

http://ilikepaintinglead.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/flesh-ghosts-and-blog-fanzine.html

LATER LATER EDIT

http://carapaceking.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/zines.html

http://savageafterworld.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/savage-afterworld-as-1984-zine.html

LATER LATER LATER EDIT

http://enderra.com/2012/04/18/enderras-fake-cover/

http://ministuff.godzilla.se/?p=249

http://barbaricfrontier.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/barbaric-frontier-fanzine.html


http://lordgwydion.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/i-blame-zhu-and-coop.html

28 comments:

  1. Cool. Sounds like a neat I idea. If I can get the time, I'll bite.

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  2. I have to find the time to make this for my blog!

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  3. Totally going to do this. I'll link the -- probably atrocious -- result when it's posted.

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  4. Fantastic idea - I've had a try at doing my own. It's a bit rubbish, but I hope it's captured the spirit!

    http://themarienburggazette.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/marienburg-gazette-80s-fanzine-style.html

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  5. An entertaining thought.

    http://thedelvers.com/2012/the-delvers-1985

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  6. @Limpey: Hilarious.

    Kay: Ewwww.

    I didn't mean to cause people to work for mine.

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  7. I am not proud.

    GAME OVER, with bad cut-and-paste skills aplenty.

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  8. I had a real fanzine in the 80s, about punk and pop culture, but I don't think it would have run the articles about gaming theory that have recently collected on my blog. The only recent article of mine at all zine-worthy would be the Moorcock-meets-BOC-and-Hawkwind one, and even then to write about such things in the 80's meant I would have been stripped of my Hardcore Purity Merit Badges.

    Verification word: Violentry

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    1. Mine is really META, since I'm actually working an old-school style zine. I decided to actually create real one for this meme. Yes, an actual complete zine, totally based on blog posts on my blog: http://dakdm.straycouches.com/

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  10. Brilliant Idea, here's my ten pence:
    http://ilikepaintinglead.blogspot.co.uk/

    Needs some weathering but for the life of me I couldn't work out what to do with photoshop.

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  11. AM i allowed to post one i did write in the 80's?

    www.arion-games.com/UnleashtheBeast.pdf

    Interesting note: One of my co-authors is now the lead singer of "Cradle of Filth"!

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  12. Graham Bottley wins the thread!

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  13. Hopefully I am not the only one who printed out Graham's crossword puzzle to occupy my time on lunch.

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  14. Graham, at least you didn't let young Daniel design the official Unleash the Beast t-shirt!

    Added all the links to fake 'zines (and the real two) up in the thread above.

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    1. Ah, but back then getting a T Shirt printed was serious stuff.....even photocopying 20 copies of that was tough going!

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  15. Just found out about this. I'm in!

    http://savageafterworld.blogspot.com/2012/04/savage-afterworld-as-1984-zine.html

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  16. Cheers, new ones added to the list.

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  17. Coooool idea! And some awesome designs, guys!

    Here's mine: http://enderra.com/2012/04/18/enderras-fake-cover/

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  18. Great stuff! Thanks for the motivation to this, Coop!
    Here's my addition to this our great movement:
    http://ministuff.godzilla.se/?p=249

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  19. Great idea! Here's mine: http://barbaricfrontier.blogspot.com/2012/04/barbaric-frontier-fanzine.html

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  20. OK, very very very too late :-) http://nerds-gegen-stephan.de/index.php/archives/157-Karneval-der-Rollenspielblogs-1115-Fanzines-1985.html

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