Born from the protests: Hong Kong's political zines

From Ayumi Nakayama, the owner of Taco Che, an independent bookseller in Nakano Broadway:

zineの作り方に決まりはない。手書き原稿をコピーしてホチキスで綴じただけでも立派なzineだし、思いついたら鮮度の落ちないうちに、あり合わせの道具で作ればいいのだが、それにしてもデモ関係のzineのクオリティの高さと速さは異常で、事件の翌々日には配布されていたりするのだから、新聞や週刊誌に匹敵する職人技である。

There is no prescribed method for making a zine. A great zine could be made from photocopied pages of handwritten scripts stapled together. Anyone can make one from materials readily available as soon as a fresh idea comes into mind. But I have seen new zines being distributed just two days after an event happens. The unusually high quality and speed that these protest zines have been made is a a level of skill that rivals newspapers and weekly magazines.

例えば、救命ボランティアの女性が右目に被弾して失明した事件を含む8月11日の出来事のイラストブックはその日のうちにネット上にアップされ、やがて冊子になった。香港から、いくつかのzineを取り寄せ、改めてその確かに仕事ぶりに驚いた。

For example, on August 11, a female volunteer medic was shot in the right eye, and she lost her sight. On the same day, an illustration book about the incident was uploaded onto the Internet, and it become a zine. I have ordered a number of zines from Hong Kong, and am always surprised by their work.