21 June, 2006

Nineteen

This week, TSV turns 19 years old.

It was in this week, back in June 1987, that with the help of Paul Sinkovich I put the finishing touches on the very first issue and sent out the first copies to a small group of fans. That issue was only 28 pages long, and was produced on a typewriter. It was a far cry from the 100 page, digitally composited issues of today. The only artwork content was MC Escher's "Castrovalva" picture on the front cover. Paul and I ran off about 20 copies on a coin operated photocopier in the freezing cold foyer of the Human Sciences building on the Auckland University campus.

Back then I hoped TSV would be a success of course, but I don't think even at our most optimistic that we ever predicted that it would still be going nearly two decades later!

2 comments:

David O MacGowan said...

It's weird... i feel as if i know this zine intimately even though i've never read a copy! (that comes with the Fanzine Trap in old DWms, reading 'Licence Denied', the news page sidebars in current DWms and OG i guess...)

Congrats on your longevity!! :)

Paul Scoones said...

Thanks!

Even if you don't feel like subscribing (you really should you know; 200 readers can't be wrong...), you can still get even more 'intimate' through reading most of the first 37 issues of TSV online (and I'm currently preparing issue 38).

Cheers
Paul