The Zine Artists Online Museum

saarahonourrole36Many notable fanzine artists have banded together to present exhibits of their finest work at The Zine Artists, where they hope others soon will join them.

Here are high-resolution scans of great cover art unimpaired by cheap paper repro, faneds’ peculiar choices of colored paper, or massive blots of zine title typography. Pristine! At last, no barriers between the artist and the audience.

Already available are dozens and dozens of examples of the funny and beautiful work by —

Taral Wayne forestalls the obvious question —

The first thing you will notice is how terribly incomplete the list of artists is. “Where are Jeanne Gomoll,” you may ask, or “Jack Wiedenbeck, Randy Bathurst, or David Vereschagin?” The answer is that it will take time to track these artists down and contact them.

Taral has also penned a detailed history of the evolution of fanzine art – including his lament about the current state of affairs:

Then, of course, came the digital age, which changed everything.  No longer was it necessary to print anything at all to publish a fanzine.  Fan editors could  manipulate words and images directly on the screen, and distribute them in whatever file format was convenient.  It was no longer necessary to limit illustrations in any way.  Colour became almost mandatory.   Photographs were a breeze.  Any image that was already digitized was fair game to import into your document.  You could search the entire globe, through the Internet, for the exact image you wanted.  In effect, fanartists became redundant.

The golden age of fanzine art represented here never really seems to have been accompanied by a golden age of appreciation for the artists. In every era there have been justifiable complaints that the artists did not receive enough egoboo to “sustain life as we know it.” So take advantage of this chance to leave an appreciative comment in The Zine Artists chat section!

Jeeves Looking for a Good Read

Terry Jeeves’ daughter, Sandra Hastie, says her dad welcomes any reading matter, certainly letters and fanzines. His current address is:

Queen Margaret’s nursing home, 19 Filey Rd, Scarborough, North Yorks, YO11 2SE, UK

[Via Sheryl Birkhead, with thanks to Andrew Porter.]

Update 1/27/2008: Dave Rowe adds:

“Please write if you can but apart from that, please send him any fnz, magazines or books that he might enjoy so that he doesn’t get bored. His favourite SF was Astounding/Analog from the forties to the seventies and just before he moved into Queen Margaret’s he was reading a Philip K. Dick collection. His interests include films, art, astronomy, astronautics, planes (especially World War II) and science in general. Terry did such a lot for fandom. Please continue to let him know he’s not forgotten.”