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Title: Artforum
Editor(s): M.A. Smith
Type: fanart discussion
Date(s): June 1989-March 1990
Medium: print
Fandom: multimedia
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Artforum is a gen multifandom zine of articles, art, and letters focusing on discussion and advice about fanart. There may have just been three issues.


flyer printed in Qapla'

From a 1988 ad: "A quarterly media art zine will include LoCs, zine reviews... zine, artists, and printer listings, an artist's and editor's exchange, illo demos, art portfolios, constructive criticism on almost anything to do with fan art, design, and layout. Send a SASE for flyer and/or submission guidelines. Preview issue will be free on a limited basis... Age statement will be required." [1]

From the editor in issue #1: "So, why do an art-orientated zine? Because it wasn't there! Really. There seemed to be this enormous gap in fandom between artists and fans interested in visual communication. The operative word here is communication. It's that 'communication gap' that Artforum will attempt to fill, little by little."

Issue 1

Artforum 1 was published in June 1989 and contains 30 pages.

cover of issue #1, Kevin Hopkins

Issue 2

Artforum 2 was published in September 1989 and contains 48 pages.

cover of issue #2, Emily Penfield
  • LoCs (2)
  • Doing the Convention Art Show Circuit by Jean Kluge (17)
  • What Have I Done? Art Auction Etiquette by Susan M. Garrett (21)
  • Home-Made Zine Production by Kathy Cox (23)
  • Artforum Interview with Emily Penfield by M.A. Smith (26)
  • Rerun: a Critique by Berkeley Hunt (35, 41), see that page
  • Shooting Pictures from a TV by Diane Roe (36)
  • Stills and Candids, Oh My! by Cinda Gillilan (38)
  • Reader Services (42)
  • Glossary (42)
  • Artist Listings (43)
  • Zine Listings (43)
  • Bulletin Board (47)

Issue 3

Artforum 3 was published in March 1990 and contains 45 pages. It is an intricate piece of beautiful artwork in itself, with linocut bits of original signed art, "foiled" squares, and sample paper glued in by hand as examples of media choices.

cover of issue #3, Adrian Morgan
  • LoCs (1)
  • I Know What I Like: An Art Show Shpper's Primer by Susan M. Garrett (13)
  • Getting Started: Preparing for Your First Assignment by Teegar Taylor (16)
  • Tricks and Tips for the Copy Shop by Stan Day (23)
  • a review of Destiny #2, see that page (33)
  • Linocuts: Relief Goes Beyond Potato Stamps by M.A. Smith (35)
  • Anyone Can Draw! by M.A. Smith (38)
  • Reader Services (43)
  • Bulletin Board (45)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

Though short-lived, Artforum was a very important zine for me. Not only were its production values high and its contents invaluable, the zine gave me a sense of respect for what I do, a sense of community with my fellow fannish artists, and a standard of excellence to meet In my opinion, that's a lot for some sheets of paper that someone you don't really know mails to you every few months to do. I say about Artforum something I have yet to say about any other zine I've ever contributed to: I feel honored to have been a part of it.[2]
... this [zine] was so classy and informative and inspiring...and they're not doing it anymore. A deft combination of elegance and education.[3]
...stuff about art from people who knew what they were talking about covering everything from technique to editor-artist-writer relations to...oh, never mind. It's dead now. I don't want to talk about it any more. Damn.[4]
Artforum is an art-oriented zine whose raisond'etre'xs to provide a channel of communication between artists and art lovers and to provide answers to questions both groups raise concerning the art medium. In Issue One, I read about zine appearance - i.e. choice of printing zines, mimeo versus straight typing and/or reduced printing. Ms. Bartlett's article on the benefits of mimeo over the other more expensive means of printing your zine was well-thought out, well-written, informative and showed how beautiful a properly prepared mimeoed zine should look. It made me want to take back all my comments on mimeo; it looked really radical. Susan M. Garrett's 'Confessions of a Fanzine Printer" states in a matter of fact manner why she brought her own copier to print her zines herself and to provide a means of printing zines for other zine editors. She discussed the problems inherent in becoming a publisher and why she no longer prints other peoples' zines. She then lists some suggestions on how to choose a printer, copy service or n actual typesetter that all zine-eds should follow. After all, some copy services won't typeset or copy "slash" or stories with an adult subject, have restrictions on the type of art they will print, etc. From the publishing angle and the layout of a zine, we make our way into two interesting articles on the choice of materials to use while drawing: Coquille paper and regular copy paper. The article on Coquille-Paper was really an interview of Marty Siegrist, an artist this writer has not seen since both SPACE 1999 conventions - one in Columbus, the other in Pittsburgh, and how long she has been drawing, how she lays out a particular piece as well as her preference for Coquille Paper. The article on the use of Xerox paper as your art paper was written by Teegar Taylor, who explains how she arrived at this choice of paper. Ms. Taylor also gives the reader a very interesting look at her development as an artist with three samples of her work using stippling and pointillism ranging from an early Vulcan to the later Saavik. With these thought provoking and intriguing articles and the promise of articles in the future on nudity, adult illustration, portraiture vs. illustration, how to matte a piece, how to buy a piece of art, how to submit work to an editor, how to choose to illustrate a story from an editor's guidelines and more, Artf orum promises to be a must by for all fans desiring to learn about the creative process.[5]


  1. from Comlink #39
  2. In 1993, a zine ed asked her readers in Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine? #4 to list their "Five Favorite Fanzines." This was one fan's comment. For more, see Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine?/Top Five Fanzines Questionnaire.
  3. from Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine? #4
  4. from Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine? #4
  5. from an issue of Where None Have Gone Before