Which brings me to some paragraphs I wanted to quote from the Introduction to issue #3 (October 2011). Here's the first one:
On the subject of .pdf copies of Loviatar, I am firmly committed to print. I have published .pdf zines in the past, but felt that the process was too impersonal. I could see that hundreds of copies were being downloaded, but I had no idea who was doing so. There was seldom any feedback and it didn't offer the same experience as producing a print product.I found myself cheering Christian's thoughts here, as I largely share them. In truth, I hate electronic products. I will purchase them only grudgingly, preferring a printed copy every time. But, as is so often the case, I'm in the minority on this score, which is why, though I'd rather not, I hypocritically offer PDF versions of Thousand Suns and my other creations.
Christian goes to say:
Finally, I have been asked if I will accept submissions. I feel that a zine's identity comes from the personality of its creator, and should reflect his or her ideas, vision and quirks. In that respect, a zine is an extension of the writer. Accepting submissions changes that, moving the zine author from the role of creator into the job of editor. There is a risk that the zine could lose its focus and identity.Again, I found myself nodding my head in strong agreement. One of the many reasons I'd rather read an irregularly-updated blog over forums is that blogs feel much more "personal" to me. Even when the blogger is anonymous or using a pseudonym -- practices I don't much care for, but I digress -- they still reveal about themselves in their writing. And they can do so without interruption by pettifoggers and self-appointed gadflies. 'Zines are even more like this than blogs, because it takes a lot of effort to produce one and I doubt anyone's going to go to that effort unless it matters to him.
That's something worth celebrating.