White Space

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Synonyms: blank space, wide margins
See also: word count
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White space refers to fanzine layout and how much white space is left between words, between lines and in the margins. In the days of print fan fiction, the amount of white space (or lack of it) could often determine the relative value of a fanzine (price vs amount of white space) and its reading accessibility.

Used negatively:

illo by Cathye Faraci from Kessel Run #2
  • "INDIGO PANTHER is 153 page zine in non-digest format with clear COMB binding, but the page count is very misleading. There is a lot of "white space/blank space" in this zine. One of the stories particularly contributed to this (The Derelict Ship). There is anywhere from 3/4 to 1 1/4" spaces between paragraphs, and many, many paragraphs are lines of conversation (one line of conversation). I suspect the real page count of the zine should have been about 75 pages if formatted like most zines." ~Destinies Entwined, fanzine review.
  • "Another sort of Press-type we used were sheets of graphics, symbols and dingbats that were used to decorate pages or as a divider between scenes of stories and endings of stories. Anything to avoid the appearance of that Dread White Space!" Reminisce With Me/Producing a Fanzine in the Before-Time
  • From S and H #1, reviewing Promises to Keep (Starsky and Hutch zine): "One long story, with huge margins and lots of white spaces, that came out to only 76 pages, is a mite skimpy for $3.25."
  • From the fanzine flyer for Dog House Press: " Our zines don't contain artwork, poetry, big white spaces or death stories."

Used more neutrally (or descriptively):

  • From a review of California K/S in On the Double: "This 226-page zine is put together with a curious mixture of flair and conservatism. The title pages for each story are nicely decorated. The titles for each of the poems aren't bolded are even done in enlarged type. The nonreduced typeface is clean, but the pages themselves seem rather plain, with a lot of white around the margins."

Used positively:

  • From S and H #35/36, "reviewing" the fictitious zine The Pits #3: "Pits 3's artwork is plentiful, and the artistic use of white space on the front and back covers should be mentioned."

Used mockingly:

  • From S and H #32: "Hey, White Spacer's - ever thought ofleavingoutthegapsbetweenthewords?"