Attention has deservedly been drawn to De_Ziners this morning, a UK-based collective, posting images of zines on Instagram, but there are other great resources for this kind of thing, too, including the web site Zine Love.
While it’s a useful way to quickly scan a huge range of independent zines out there, most available in print, and comics, too, I would caution that Instagram is a totally useless platform when it comes to sharing links. So this aggregator of the interesting can only really send you down the tubes of the internet in a limited way
In my opinion, you’d be well advised to also bookmark sites like the fantastic Zine Love, dedicated to highlighting all thing self-published and small press, if you want to explore a particular creator or publisher’s work in any meaningful way.
Jam-packed with snapshots of interesting independent comic and zine creations, not only did Zine Love direct me toward De_Ziners but has also highlighted the comics work of the most excellent Robert Wells, creator of the thought-provoking bio-graphic novel, Back, Sack & Crack (& Brain); assembled links leading to the work of James Corcoran, artist on indie hit Alex Automatic and Gareth Hopkins; and interviewed those involved in comic creation and dissemination such as comics reviewer Nicholas Burnam, among others. Well worth adding to your favourite news gathering service.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.