An explanation of the 'zine thing'

By by timothy dangerspecial to the advocate
Oct. 17, 2012 at 5:17 a.m.

The OMBG Podcast is set to unveil our newest project, a printed zine (an underground magazine) that focuses on independent art and music this weekend. You may ask, "Why Tim, when you are already advocating art and music in your audio podcast?" The answer is easy.

The printed word has always been a major instrument in history. Pamphleteers used them in revolutionary times. Galileo used the printed word to spread his theories that were not too popular at the time leading to his house arrest until his death, and of course, punk rock zines were used when mainstream press wouldn't give them any coverage.

Enter the zine, a perfect way to express ideas or feelings not fit for mainstream publication. You don't have to be a prize winning journalist, you just have to have something to say. This isn't primitive times where only the rich and powerful can read, anyone can, we just have to make sure we do.

Enter our zine, "Come And Take It," which is a nod and homage to our Texas heritage and appreciation of our independent spirit, and also a way of saying, "This is us, this is who we are." We aren't saying we are the best at what we do, but if you think you can do better, if you think you have the chops to make your own zine and cover the music and art you love, then come and take it, do it. We want you to.

Art is not a pedigree. It is not just for established families and friendly festivals in the park. Art, real art, makes you feel and think. It's not always popular, but it is honest and true. It gets a reaction. There is a difference between the framed picture in a hotel and one you would see in our zine.

We're debuting the zine in a local show on Oct. 20. We dubbed the show "The Great Art Scare," and having not just bands play, but poets doing spoken word, live art exhibitions and local artists sharing their works on display. The proof ladies and gentlemen, is in the pudding. We intend to show you the goods.

As long as there is a written word, the print genre will stay alive.

Timothy Danger is the music and content director, as well as a co-host of the Old Man and Bitter Girl Podcast, which focuses on independent music, art and culture. He is also a musician.



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