Posts Tagged ‘We Make Zines’

We Make Zines is Back

July 13, 2017

WE MAKE ZINES, the website for all zinesters is BACK!

Here is the information I received from them.

Website
http://wemakezines.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

Hello all,
The new We Make Zines website is up and ready for new members. Please be patient as we will be working out bugs as we go. Thanks so much to Nyx, James Mullineaux, Quasifesto, Kari Tervo and the rest of the team that gave WMZ a new place to thrive.

The WMZ site as you know it has existed for 9 years. It was just a fleeting idea I had one day to look for a ready-made social network site to host something like this. I didn’t even know if anyone would want to join. Now it’s nine years later and over 7,000 members in. Pretty cool. Ning served us well for a while, but the annual fees just went up too high. WMZ would be dead in a month if it weren’t for the dedicated Zine Team mentioned above. They will be managing the site moving forward. But, I will still be on and helping out.

Musea will be there. Best wishes to all,

Tom Hendricks
( tomhendricks.us )

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We Make Zines … Rescued!

September 20, 2016

Got the following from Krissy who has been hosting We Make Zines.

Hello Zine Lovers,
Quasifesto and a group of dedicated volunteers are working hard to create a new and better We Make Zines for the next era. Thanks so much to all of them for their work and thank you to every one of you who has emailed me to offer help, good wishes and thanks. We Make Zines is not dead and WMZ will continue.

More good news: Thanks to the amazing skills of Kari Tervo Ning agreed to give us another year free so that we will have time to migrate the site. So, the site WILL NOT be shut down on Sept 28th, but will continue until the new site is ready. It never occurred to me to ask them for more time and when Kari suggested it I didn’t think it would work, but she prevailed and it just goes to show you that it doesn’t hurt to ask. Thanks again, Kari for you kind devotion to the site and to all the zine makers and readers.
So, we are still here and will be for a while in this Ning space. Hope to see more of you around…

Thank you,
Krissy
and the We Make Zines Team
Visit We Make Zines at: http://wemakezines.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

My song and video, Zine World

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tl78cPnAvPY

Reaching forward.

We Make Zines Online Zine Site coming to an end

September 2, 2016

Got this e-mail. Thanks to Krissy for all her hard work over 8 years.

Hi friends,
It looks like the end is near for We Make Zines as we know it. Ning, the website this social network is built on has raised the annual price from $239. to $588. and they have only given us a month’s notice!

There is no way I am going to let them charge me for the $588. on October 1st so I am going to have to delete the whole network. This is painful for me since there are so many great resources on here. I will still own the url wemakezines.com, so I am thinking I might collect some of the best information and make it available on a new website that isn’t a social network site, but since I just started a new job I don’t know how much time I will have to devote to it.

So, I would appreciate your help to save the text and images of the most important tutorials and discussions on here. Also, make sure you save your own images, copy and get contact info for people you don’t want to lose touch with.

I know this is drastic, but the only other option is for WMZ to support itself and I would have to ask every year for $588.00. I can imagine people would come through for the first year, but every year after that would be a struggle.It has already been difficult to come up with the $239.00. Also, Ning hasn’t done anything to improve the site at all which really pisses me off.

If there is a coder out there who can create a site or who knows how to transfer it, let me know. But, since so many members sign up and then seldom take part, I don’t know that transferring over 6,000 people is really the best option anyway.

We Make Zines has been the go-to place for zines since 2008. I am very sad to have to do this, but I don’t see another choice.
I’m sorry if this isn’t the most coherent message, but I wanted to get this out fast so people have time to take action.

It’s been a great 8 years. Thanks to everyone who took part and shared their love of zines. I’ll miss you all. Seeing what people do on here has always kept me inspired. Thank you,
Krissy
We Make Zines

The Desktop Explosion Led to Zines 80’s-90’s

October 14, 2011

There is a zine newsgroup called We Make Zines, and on it I suggested that we need to remember how important pioneers like Steve Jobs were to the desktop explosion, which in turn led to a golden age of zines, of which my zine Musea was a small part. That led to some lively discussion. Some said there were always zines or independent publications. But I suggested that period in time was a golden age of independent publications, a zine explosion.  I summed up my point with this:

There was not the explosion of zines before that time, and there has not been since the internet . That technological time of copiers and desktop publishing was in between publishing the old way, and the prolific publishing we have with the internet. History of that golden age will show that it was a golden age of zine literature unmatched before or since. 

This site (We Make Zines)  is the remnants of that time. It was not just writing, it was the first golden age of writing, illustrating, book making, with certain zinester ideas and practices that were new to publishing. That specific type of publishing was never done before, and hasn’t been matched since with the same intensity and dedication. It’s like Impressionist painters. They arose at a certain time, peaked and then were gone, and art changed. Zines of this time were not books, they were something new. You can’t compare them to publishing before – because that was nothing like it, or publishing now because that was nothing like it. It was a rare golden age of art. Zines were very much a reaction to the technology of that specific window of time.

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