Monday, November 28, 2005

Australian Collective Gives ‘Street Zine’ A New Meaning

MELBOURNE, Australia (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Instead of just publishing a magazine about the streets, a group of young journalists in Melbourne, Australia, are posting four-by-five- and-a-half-foot copies of their magazine all over their streets.

The five-person group calls their publication Is Not Magazine, and contributor Penny Modra says they paste the huge mag onto walls and other surfaces in Melbourne because, “We want people to feel like they own it.”

In fact, she says, “We want people to write on it,” whether it’s doing a crossword puzzle, completing phrases like The meanest thing I ever did as a child... or tagging it with graffiti.

She says the group got a kick out of some “greenies” who recently tagged “Save the Trees!” over the magazines. In her words, “We were like, ‘What are you talking about?!’ We use less paper than regular magazines.”

They currently print 300 copies of each issue, but Modra says Is Not Magazine is slowly growing.

They just got an office, and Modra jokes it’s so small, “We can’t even fit, like, more than two issues on the walls.”

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