The 1990s saw a small publishing revolution in the form of ‘zines: independently or self-published magazines that sought to give voice to underrepresented groups. These ‘zines ran the gamut from fanzines promoting music, film, or literary genres to publications that told the very personal stories of their authors. The stories encapsulated within these ‘zines represents a multicultural ethnography of California’s emerging artists over the last decade of the twentieth century and the first decade of the twenty-first. Many of the writers, artists, and musicians who tell their stories in this collection have gone on to become award-winning writers, NEA fellows, best-selling authors or musicians, and fine artists who exhibit their works in major galleries. The digital collection at CI will allow scholars, fans, and the uninitiated free access to these rapidly disappearing stories.

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