Phil Bronson published his hectographed fanzine Scienti-Comics in 1940. I first learned of Scienti-Comics when I read Harry Warner's history of fandom, All Our Yesterdays (1969). To see full contents of Scienti-Comics, go here.
Teal Triggs is professor of graphic design and co-director of the research unit for Information Environments at the University of the Arts London. In The New York Times Sunday Book Review (2/18), Steven Heller reviews Triggs' Fanzines: The DIY Revolution, published four months ago by Chronicle Books:
Fanzines are extremely diverse and intensely personal — some filled with rant, some with reason — and their adherents use the form much like a blog, to communicate and interact with like-minded people. “The term ‘fanzine,’ ” Triggs explains, “is the conflation of ‘fan’ and ‘magazine,’ and was coined by the American sci-fi enthusiast and zine producer Louis Russell Chauvenet in 1940 in his hectographed fanzine Detours . . . when he declared his preference for the term ‘fanzine’ rather than ‘fanmag.’ ” Other producers adopted the term “to describe a mimeographed publication . . . devoted primarily to science fiction and superhero enthusiasts.” The word became so popular, Triggs adds, that it was soon included in the Oxford English Dictionary.
To read the full Heller review, go here.
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