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 There’s something about it that feels like a fanzine. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, "The Best and Most Misunderstood of Green Day, According to Billie Joe Armstrong," 22 Apr. 2021 My idea was to edit a sort of magazine, like a special issue of some crazy fanzine, conveying MSGM’s identity in a very direct, honest, unpretentious way. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, "Inside MSGM 10!—Designer Massimo Giorgetti Gives Us A Sneak Peek at His New Book," 3 Dec. 2020 In The Grave for K Records, and the wildly experimental Stereopathetic Soulmanure on the label run by legendary Los Angeles punk fanzine Flipside. Ron Hart, Billboard, "Beck Producer Tom Rothrock Looks Back on 'Mellow Gold' & Its Unlikely Road to Success," 4 Mar. 2019 In an early 1990s fanzine, Despentes came across a story by the experimental feminist writer Kathy Acker, and the accompanying photo—short hair, red lips, hard stare—stopped her cold. Nadja Spiegelman, The New York Review of Books, "As Clean as Rage," 8 Apr. 2020 Some people visit just to page through the fanzines. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Shelf stable: D.C. musician John Davis keeps punk alive at a U-Md. library," 20 Aug. 2019 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

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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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3 May 2021

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“Fanzine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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