Saturday, February 10, 2007

Where have all the fanzines gone?

As I write this post, I'm waxing nostalgic. I remember a time where the Camp Chase Gazette was the top reenacting publication with quality articles, and elaborate unit publications that seemed to be 'zines unto themselves, and other independently printing publications that were best considered fanzines - magazines printed for fun by reenactors.

Although it was positioning itself to be the CCG competitor, the Reenactor's Journal was what I consider a fanzine. Where the CCG was weak in content, the RJ made up for the gap by listening to the reenactors and coming out with pertinent articles. At one time, the CCG had its start as a fanzine, too.

Nowadays, the electronic media have changed how we communicate, and it seems the time of the fanzine has come and gone. Web sites (and blogs, too) allow everyone to publish their own publication for only the cost of their Internet access. The CCG has become a polished magazine, and it's spiritual successor, Civil War Historian, never touched fanzinehood -- it was a polished pub from the get-go. Maybe some enterprising soul will start a fanzine up, or if one exists, tell me about it. I'll put it front and center on this blog.

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