PEA GREEN BOAT was launched on stormy seas.
Six years ago, I started hearing about something called a ‘zine -- a self-published, special interest magazine usually printed using a copy machine. Profit is not the primary concern with ‘zines; and generally, circulation is less than 5,000 copies, with most editions having a run of less than 1,000 copies.
What I found so intriguing and exciting about the ‘zine concept, is the complete independence the project allows. When I started digging into the history of ‘zines, I discovered that many ‘zine historians look to Thomas Paine and Benjamin Franklin as prototype ‘zinesters. As a journalism student and ardent free press advocate, Paine and Franklin were my literary heroes.
I added “Create a ‘zine” to my bucket list and forgot about it. Until a few years ago when I learned I had a heart problem. That is the moment when PEA GREEN BOAT came into being.
I contacted my many talented, creative, generous friends and ask them to send me something to include in my e-zine. I still spend my every waking moment looking for new and interesting things to share with others -- seriously, it drives my husband crazy!