Carla and I went to the 2009 San Francisco Zine Fest
on Sunday. I was surprised to discover that the world of print zines is as vibrant and fun as it was back when bOING bOING
was being published in the 80s and 90s.
I took photos of quite a few zine publishers who were in attendance, which I'll share with you over the next several days.
First up is Sean Logic, shown above. When I asked to take his photo, Sean covered his face with a copy of his one-shot zine, The Great MySpace Swindle, which is a griefer-lite account of how he set up a MySpace account pretending to be "Amber, a busty beautiful brunette who loved nothing more than to party and throw gang signs at the camera." The zine compiled all the responses to "Amber." Kind of a mean trick, but at least he didn't reveal the true names and accounts of the men who sent messages!
If you're interested in ordering a copy of The Great MySpace Swindle, send an email to email@example.com. I think it cost $2, but I can't remember for sure.
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
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