The Zine Connection
|Title:||The Zine Connection|
|Type:||adzine, listed fanzines|
|Date(s):||January 1991 to May/June 1995|
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The Zine Connection is an adzine published by Jean Hinson.
From an ad in The Monthly: "A bi-monthly adzine covering all aspects of fandom, from gen to K/S. No frilss, no bells, no whistles, just ads and an occasion review. Personal sales and notices welcome."
It ran for 34 issues between January 1991 and May/June 1995.
Zine Connection runs ads by press/publisher (like Zine Scene), but it does not separate fandoms whatsoever. The print's tiny, but Zine Connection is certainly the cheapest and timeliest of the lot, coming out every other month, and with only one exception (the recent earthquake) is always on time. Although TZC does not list as many as any of those listed above, it does have by far the most complete K/S zine listing of any of the adzines. 
The Zine Connection 1 was published in January 1991.
The Zine Connection 15 was published in Mar/Apr 1992 and contains 34 pages.
The Zine Connection 18 was published in Sep/Oct 1992 and contains 46 pages. It has an ad for The Zine-Taping Service for Blind and Print-Handicapped Fans. It contains a review of Off the Wall, see that page.
The Zine Connection 19 was published in Nov/Dec 1992 and contains 42 pages.
The Zine Connection 20 was published in Jan/Feb 1993.
The Zine Connection 21 was published in Mar/April 1993.
The Zine Connection 22 was published in May/June 1993.
This issue contains a long letter by Alexis Fegan Black regarding zine pirating. For more on this see, Open Letter to Fandom by Alexis Fegan Black Regarding Zine Pirating.
The Zine Connection 23 was published in July/August 1993 and contains 35 pages.The editorial:
First, I want to thank all of you who responded to the letters in last issue of TZC concerning pirating. Your reaction was, to my mild surprise, nearly all positive, and some of you appeared to be shocked that the practice is so widespread. Your expressed support of legitimate zine editors is greatly appreciated; most of you obviously understand the problem we face, trying to continue publishing in the face of a diminishing market for our product. We can only hold the line against pirating with your help: you are, after all, the controlling factor---the purchasers.
In this issue, in the interests of fairness (though I don't agree with all her comments), I have printed a letter received from Candace Pulleine of the RevelCon committee. Her assertion that observations of zine pirating at RevelCon amount to a "smear campaign" of the whole membership and the con itself seem to me to be a bit overreactive.
A while back, according to Bill Hupe, zine copying became so prevalent at MediaWest that members were bringing their own xerox machines to do large scale copying in their rooms. When the problem was brought to his attention, he took steps to halt the practice. No one blamed MediaWest, or Bill Hupe, nor least of all the whole membership. In the same vein, Reveleon was noted merely as the PLACE where the problem occurred; no one intimated that the whole membershjp was involved, so her references to "libel" and "smear campaigns" seem a bit explosive....The fact remains that either the events Bill Hupe observed took place, or he is lying (which is highly unlikely); because we don't know the names of the people who were doing it doesn't mean it isn't true.
- the usual ads
- a long letter by a Russian person who wanted to exchange postcards
- a review of Outrider, see that page
The Zine Connection 24 was published in Sept/Oct. 1993.
The Zine Connection 25 was published in Nov/Dec 1993.
The Zine Connection 26 was published in Jan/Feb 1994.
The Zine Connection 27 was published in March/April 1994 and contains 26 pages.
- the usual ads
- a review of The Extremists, see that page
The Zine Connection 28 was published in May/June 1994.
The Zine Connection 29 was published in July/Aug 1994.
The Zine Connection 30 was published in Sept/Oct. 1994.
The Zine Connection 31 was published in Nov/Dec 1994.
The Zine Connection 28 was published in Jan/Feb. 1995.
The Zine Connection 33 was published in Mar/April 1995.
The Zine Connection 34 was published in May/June 1995 and contains 15 pages. It was likely the last issue.From the editorial:
For the past year or so. there appears to have been a falling off of interest in The Zine Connection. Each time I put out an issue. I print about five to eight fewer copies due to unrenewed subscriptions. It has now reached the point where I wonder if there is sufficient interest to continue it any further. I've been doing this for nearly six years now, through thick and thin (as all of you well know from my whining editorials) and fewer and fewer editors are even bothering to renew their ads lately.
I have not yet made a firm decision to discontinue The Zine Connection, but it will be made — one way or the other — before the next issue is out. If I do decide to drop it, all incomplete subscriptions will be refunded on a pro-rated basis of the number of issues remaining in the subscription. A strong factor in my decision will be new subs and renewals in the next two months. There will be at least one more issue, and I'll let you know then what I have decided.At the same time, the steady downhill slide of zine sales has brought me to a place where I haven't the capital to invest in zines that gather dust for years before they sell (if ever). LoCs — response of any kind, for that matter — appears to be a thing of the past, and it's getting harder and harder to work in a vacuum. Consequently, as titles sell out, they will be discontinued. As for the proposed zines in progress (if you can call it that), see the Proposed section in this issue for details.
- from The Trekzine Times v.2 n.2/3