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Stacy Russo

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What was the inspiration for creating your first zine?

The very first zine I created was a project with friends in the 1980s. The zine was titled Anti-Establishment. It was a cut-and-paste photocopied creation and punk rock collaboration with political articles, show reviews, poetry, and sometimes band interviews. Some of our focus was on animal rights, anti-war, and women's rights. We created this zine as a means of self-expression and activism coming out of the punk rock scene. We were teenagers at the time. This was definitely very underground and DIY. We had a lot of fun and sold the zine at area stores and through the mail to people across the country and sometimes to people in other countries also.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to start making zines?

I would tell someone to just get started where they are at this moment. I believe we all have the power to create. Don't worry about what others may think and try your best to not compare your work to others. Be inspired by other artists and writers, but do not worry about if what you create is as good or not as someone else. Just move forward with your unique work. It does take courage to share what you create, but thankfully the zine community is incredibly welcoming and supportive. Zines are not about perfection. Possibilities are limitless with zines.