The earliest memory I have on making zines was when I was around nine, if my memory hasn’t failed me.
I was probably inspired by that kiddie mag Cricket, since my mom bought me back issues from Booksale. Inside it were stories, poems, comics, puzzles, etc. I loved this formula so much, that I set out to make my own, but this time it would be about my obsession at that time: mermaids!
I got my multicolored ballpen, some paper, and wrote a short story about a mermaid, made a maze, drew the mermaid family, etc.etc. I stapled it and showed it to my lola.
In highschool I made a Leo DiCaprio one, inspired by Bop magazine and Titanic and delusion.
Years later I would stumble upon a local lesbian zine, and be mailed several: one about being an artist at work, another about someone’s daily routine. I would buy some local ones from the old Cubao X, that xeroxography event, and treasure a Booksale find named Invincible Summer.
My love for zines is perhaps linked to my obsessive/fangirly personality, and my love for DIY. When I make one, I always feel like I’m sticking it to the man, heh.
I made several zines years ago, which I entitled “Glittering Eyes” after a Roald Dahl quote. Recently, I made these:
My partner and I collaborated on this one:
Do you like zines too?