fan·​zine | \ ˈfan-ˌzēn How to pronounce fanzine (audio) \

Definition of fanzine

: a magazine written by and for fans a sci-fi fanzine a punk rocker with her own fanzine

Examples of fanzine in a Sentence

a musician with her own fanzine
Recent Examples on the Web So Daniel Johnston's cassettes started getting talked about in the fanzines. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "'The Devil & Daniel Johnston' Director Remembers Beloved Artist as 'My Generation's Bob Dylan'," 11 Sep. 2019 Lisa Prank, co-edited a fanzine called Summer of Sheryl, which situated Crow in a punk-rock context. Jenn Pelly, Los Angeles Times, "At home with Sheryl Crow, a widely beloved, and wildly underappreciated, rock star," 21 Aug. 2019 At the time, comics fandom was primarily about buying and reading comics and fanzines, and fans were frequently looked down on as immature by mainstream culture. Los Angeles Times, "Comic-Con is not just about comic books anymore. That feels like a loss — and a win," 18 July 2019 The whole fanzine culture, Gerard Cosloy [the editor of Conflict], was snarky and sarcastic, like Mad Magazine gone hipster, with music. Rob Tannenbaum, New York Times, "Stephen Malkmus Doesn’t Think He Was a Jerk," 14 May 2018 But a former Imagineer involved in the development of the attraction told the now-defunct fanzine E-Ticket that even Walt himself had some reservations about the scene. Lorraine Ali,, "About Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean bride auction redo and why people hate it and love it," 14 June 2018 Vonda McIntyre and Joanna Russ both singled this story out in fanzines in the late ’60s and ’70s, and said this is the story that made them realize there was no place for women in the field. Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, "How Hard Could It Be to Repopulate the Planet?," 12 May 2018 God Is in the TV, a music fanzine based in Britain. Alex Williams, New York Times, "Return of the ’80s! Synth-Pop Bands Stage a Middle-Aged Comeback," 11 Oct. 2017 All of your heroes were there, sharing flyers, tapes, fanzines, stickers. Andy Gensler, Billboard, "Foo Fighters To Play Opening Of The Anthem, Washington D.C.'s New Venue: Exclusive," 12 June 2017

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First Known Use of fanzine

1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fanzine

fan entry 3 + magazine

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10 Oct 2019

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English Language Learners Definition of fanzine

: a magazine that is written by and for people who are fans of a particular person, group, etc.

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