The zine format finds new life in the hands of Orlando's writers and artists 

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The Vinyl Warhol

Since the late '90s, print publications large and small went to a web-only format; in 2015 local music blog the Vinyl Warhol did the complete opposite, beginning a regular release campaign of group zines and tour diary zines by founder Matthew Weller.

Who creates the Vinyl Warhol zines?

The number of contributors changes depending on the type of zine. Two of the three tour zines are completely my words and photos (the Me Chinese zine features photography by Karina Curto) and then there are the broader, submission-based art zines where my work is alongside others. The latter is much less stressful. With the anthology zines, I collaborate with my best friend, Katt Mabe (co-curator). She's based in Savannah – we started the zine to give us a reason to keep in touch – so we Facetime to come up with a theme, brainstorm possible ideas of material and get a vague idea of what we see the final zine looking like. 

How long have you been making zines?

The Vinyl Warhol has existed as a music blog since 2013. But it wasn't until summer 2015 that the TVW zine debuted at Orlando Zine Fest. It was really my first introduction to the whole community.

Why make zines?

There's a different kind of payoff when you can hold your writing or photography or whatever in your hands. Having something tangible to give people is a great feeling.

What zines do you enjoy personally?

Big fan of the local zines, especially Is It Over Yet?, Tittie-Thyme, Agencies and Phosphene Girl. IIOY and TT were the inspirations before our zine even started.

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