A Trip To The Zine Library

I don’t know what I was expecting but it wasn’t this.

There I was thinking that I couldn’t possibly find anything more hipster in Manchester that I hadn’t already, when I stumbled upon the Manchester Zine Library. Tucked away in what was effectively a tiny backroom at The Nexus Art Cafe, situated in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, was this explosion of opinion and paper.

I haunt this area of town quite regularly, but I had never actually been to Nexus, despite wanting to. I had recently been researching the Manchester Zine Scene for a University assignment when I stumbled upon the library’s website. It was great because I thought, ‘now I can kill two birds with one stone!’.

If you are unaware of zines, they are effectively just independently-made publications which showcase things like art, photography, poetry, politics, comics and so on. I have taken an interest in them for a while now, having written a post on here called Exploring The Zine Scene not so long ago.

Whilst sifting through these strange little booklets I came across so much drivel, yet so much genius in equal measure. This little idea I have had in my mind for quite some time of creating my own zine – hopefully not one full of aforementioned drivel – might have to come alive in the not-so-distant future.

Watch this space.


Note: Recently you may have noticed a lack of content being posted to Existing Through Pixels. This is due to the fact that I have been working on a few time-consuming personal projects. I am currently involved in taking photographs for a theatre company, not to mention drowning in uni work and preoccupied with visits back home. For these reasons, Existing Through Pixels will remain fairly quiet until the Summer months, by which time my blogging abilities will be back in full working order. Thanks for sticking with me.


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