Cover of the October-November 2009 Cass Rag, drawn by "Elle."
HEARD OF THE underground publishing explosion? You know, the one that began in the late 1960s and churned out tens of thousands of passionate, self-made, low- and no-budget publications for a generation? The scene hit its zenith around the mid-'90s, with the rise of a “zine” scene that challenged that day's stodgy and unimaginative "periodicals."
But with the advent of the Internet, a lot of that do-it-yourself activity had gone online, the little journals of quirky commentary, humor and screeds replaced by blogs and website. By 2000, even hardcore zinesters were saying, “zines are dead.”
An illustration from "Elle" accompanies a story by Divine Knight X in Cass Rag.
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