A Response to ‘Fanzines’ by Teal Triggs


Yesterday in CTS we discussed ‘Fanzines’ by Teal Triggs.  We were asked to read Chapter 6 (The Crafting of Contemporary Fanzines) for homework and then discussed it in class, the general feeling of the chapter was that it was written in a lacklustre style that was not engaging for the reader. The tone of the text felt dull and without passion, seeming strange coming from a women who claims to be a Zine enthusiast. This lack of enthusiasm that Triggs has shown in her writing lead to the discussion of her motives for writing the book; ‘Fanzines’ is published by mainstream publishers ‘Thames & Hudson’ and thus major financial benefits may have been reaped from its making. This has angered some zinsters who’s work was included in the publication as many Zines are created for non profit purposes.

Further more, the website ‘fanzinesbytealtriggs.weebly.com’ has been set up in protest of Triggs book and claims that many of the images used in the publication were used without the permission of the original artists and that many of the artists were miss credited or not credited at all and many facts written in the book are untrue. This combination of lacklustre, poor researching and failure to contact and credit original artists gives the sense that the creation of ‘Fanzines’ was rushed and bodged.

Unfortunately it is impossible to say for sure what lead to the poor creation of this publication, it is a possibility that miss Triggs was put under pressure by the large publishers to finish to a short deadline. It is also worth keeping in mind that any research into a niche subculture spanning back decades, such as the Zine Culture would be difficult to carry out and that no publication is one hundred percent accurate. Zinsters also often create and distribute their work with no regards for copyright regulations themselves so it would be possible that miss Triggs saw no real reason to contact all of the artists featured in her work and probably assumed that many of the artists would be excited to have their work featured in a mainstream publication that aims to celebrate and raise the profile of the Zine culture. I personally feel that it is a shame that ‘Fanzines’ was not more professionally researched and created, but baring all the above points in mind I do not feel that miss Triggs deserves to be isolated from the Zine community for her attempts to celebrate the art.


Triggs, T. (2010) Fanzines ‘Chapter 6 – The Crafting of Contemporary Fanzines’. London: Thames & Hudson


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Hand Portrait


The quick sketch above was inspired by the book ‘I remember’ by Joe Brainard. We were asked to read an extract of the book and then draw a hand portrait with five accompanying sentences that represented us. The sentences had to be written in Brainard’s repetitive style, starting each line with ‘I remember’.


Brainard, J. (2001) I Remember, New EditionNew York City: Granary Books

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Pete McKee

My favourite designer is Pete McKee, a painter and commercial artist from Sheffield. I find McKee’s ability to portray Sheffield in a subtle yet accurate manner extremely endearing. His simple cartoon style drawings and use of block colours are striking and visually attractive whilst still being effortless enough to allow attention to be drawn to the Sheffield representations within his work rather than to the techniques that he has use.

Pete McKee Official Website

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