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A Weird Summer Zine

One of the things I’m obsessed with is the magazines and the bigger universe of mags, zines, and niche publications in general. I’m always trying to keep up with what kind of new and experimental things are happening and try to get them whenever possible.

My interest goes back to my teen punk years because photocopy zines were the first places I published my writing (alongside the blogs). I even published a zine all by myself, not sure if anyone else still has their copies around. Since then, zines and magazines become something special for me. Reading them always gives me a different kind of joy.

I’m mentioning all of this because recently, I had a chance to get my hands on an excellent zine called “A Weird Summer”; which is written, designed, and published by Johannes Klingebiel. It’s a limited print of 250 and a great example of what people call a passion project. You can see how much Johannes cared about this zine in every detail, and reading it is a joy. Plus, the zine has a playlist to accompany your reading.

One thing that really makes A Weird Summer special for me is the way Johannes designed and printed it. Like I said, I’m coming from the photocopy times, but seeing you can use the zine format for a beautifully designed and printed publication shows the possibilities of the format. It reminds me why I love this format.

This is why I wanted to mention A Weird Summer and let you know that there are still some copies left over at Johannes’s Gumroad. Moreover, because of Johannes, now I’m thinking about publishing a zine myself. Not sure if it’s going to happen anytime soon, but I really want to do it.

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