Satirical zines about computers, apps and social media: art-zines from the Zineopolis Collection

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Established in 2007 Zineopolis has a wide range of art-zines made by illustrators, artists, designers and photographers from the UK and abroad. This paper highlights selected examples that respond satirically to the theme of our relationship with changing technologies. An overview of general zines and special collections in noted libraries provided. Examples from the Zineopolis collection are shown that comment on photocopiers, working with computers, mobile devices, apps and social media. The examples in this paper explore how the illustration and text can function in harmony to provide humour and social comment. Debates around changing technologies are contextualized by anthropological (Auge & Augé, 1995) and medical research (Carr, 2010). Given the very quick, concept to print to distribution that defines all genres of zines, this paper seeks to capture contemporary satirical thoughts and illustrations about using new widely available technologies, and considers the potential of art-zines to add to social debate.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th International Conference on Illustration & Animation
Subtitle of host publicationCONFIA 2016
PublisherEdição IPCA
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)978-989-99465-6-9
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2016
Event4th International Conference on Illustration and Animation - Barcelos, Portugal
Duration: 10 Jun 201612 Jun 2016


Conference4th International Conference on Illustration and Animation
Abbreviated titleCONFIA2016


  • illustration
  • Zineopolis
  • zines
  • art-zines
  • satire


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