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'''Fanorama''' (also known as Fanorama Society and Fanorama Cabal) is a Rhode Island-based [[zine]] and [[zine distro]] produced by journalist/activist REB (b. [[Richard E. Bump]], May 25, 1956, Portland, ME, USA).
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'''Fanorama''' (also known as Fanorama Society and Fanorama Cabal) is a Rhode Island-based [[zine]] and zine [[distro]] produced by journalist and [[activist]] REB (b. [[Richard E. Bump]], May 25, 1956, Portland, ME, USA).
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First published in 1992, Fanorama emerged as part of the queercore movement, largely inspired by the zine [[J.D.s]] (edited by [[G.B. Jones]] and [[Bruce LaBruce]]), and the Toronto scene from which J.D.s came. Initially a punk-edged collage of gay porn and commentary, REB soon added a strong, anti-assimilationist political voice to the mix, turning the zine into an artful version of the weekly "Queerbeat" column he contributed to Rhode Island's alternative arts rag, ''The NicePaper''. The Fanorama tag line at the time became, "For those who want a little smut with their politics, or a little politics with their smut."
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First published in 1992, Fanorama emerged as part of the queercore movement, largely inspired by the zine [[J.D.s]] (edited by [[G.B. Jones]] and [[Bruce LaBruce]]), and the Toronto scene from which J.D.s came. The first issue was co-edited with [[Stevec Bones]]. Initially a [[punk]]-edged collage of gay porn and commentary, REB soon added a strong, anti-assimilationist political voice to the mix, turning the zine into an artful version of the weekly "Queerbeat" column he contributed to Rhode Island's alternative arts rag, ''The NicePaper''. The Fanorama tag line at the time became, "For those who want a little smut with their politics, or a little politics with their smut."
As REB's political leanings grew heated, Fanorama began to generate controversy, particularly as it addressed racism and sexism in the gay mainstream establishment; one detractor in the media called REB a "kiddie pornographer-turned-moral watchdog". During this period, REB was instrumental in leading protests against a local gay bar over a management-led racist incident - a battle which would take center stage in the gay politics of Rhode Island for the better part of a year. Despite what he began to call his "infamy," REB's popularity as a personality grew, and he was invited to emcee a mid-90'S Rhode Island Gay Pride celebration; though accepting the position, he would take its organizers to task in later years for the increasing commercialism of the event.
As REB's political leanings grew heated, Fanorama began to generate controversy, particularly as it addressed racism and sexism in the gay mainstream establishment; one detractor in the media called REB a "kiddie pornographer-turned-moral watchdog". During this period, REB was instrumental in leading protests against a local gay bar over a management-led racist incident - a battle which would take center stage in the gay politics of Rhode Island for the better part of a year. Despite what he began to call his "infamy," REB's popularity as a personality grew, and he was invited to emcee a mid-90'S Rhode Island Gay Pride celebration; though accepting the position, he would take its organizers to task in later years for the increasing commercialism of the event.
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Over the course of its publication, Fanorama ran interviews and photo essays with such queer counter-culture heroes as comic book artist Robert Kirby, punk rockers Pansy Division, filmmaker and zine editor Scott Treleaven, and Tommy Ace of the controversial AIDS humor zine, [[Diseased Pariah News]]. It has been dubbed "the Grandaddy of Queerzines" by [[Factsheet 5]]. After publishing an issue in which REB mourned his break-up with future Juha frontman Collin Clay, Fanorama took a turn towards pagan spirituality, influenced greatly by his work with the Radical Faeries.
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Over the course of its publication, Fanorama has run interviews and photo essays with such queer counter-culture heroes as comic book artist [[Robert Kirby]], editor of the comic zine [[Boy Trouble]]; punk rockers Pansy Division; [[Scott Treleaven]], editor of [[This Is The Salivation Army]]; Tommy Ace of the controversial AIDS humor zine, [[Diseased Pariah News]]; and [[Neil Edgar]] of [[Wiener Society]]. It has been dubbed "the Grandaddy of Queerzines" by [[Factsheet 5]]. After publishing an issue in which REB mourned his break-up with future Juha frontman Collin Clay, Fanorama took a turn towards pagan spirituality, influenced greatly by his work with the Radical Faeries.
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The current incarnation of Fanorama is essentially a prisoners' rights magazine (though it retains the porn and spiritual angles), influenced initially by the stories prisoners sent to its "Letters" section. The relationships REB developed with prisoners over time, particularly zine editor Neil Edgar, were also the impetus for Fanorama to become a publisher of prisoner-authored works. This has led to its constituency expanding from its queer following to include an anarcho-punk/activist readership, particularly since having caught the attention of [[Maximum Rock 'N' Roll]] and [[Punk Planet]], and more recently gaining the praises of headbanger favorite, [[Metal Maniac]]. REB told Punk Planet in 2005: "After doing my zine for over 12 years, after publishing and distributing countless inmate-produced publications, after corresponding with literally hundreds of prisoners, the only folks who ever made me feel 'unsafe' were folks in the free world."
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The current incarnation of Fanorama is essentially a prisoners' rights magazine (though it retains the porn and spiritual angles), influenced initially by the stories prisoners sent to its "Letters" section. The relationships REB developed with prisoners over time, notably zine editor Neil Edgar who has contributed to every issue since 2001, were also the impetus for Fanorama to become a publisher of prisoner-authored works. Issue 24 was a [[split zine|split issue]] with prisoner-penned zine [[Left Back]] and imprisoned zine editors are frequently featured.  This has led to its constituency expanding from its queer following to include an anarcho-punk/activist readership, particularly since having caught the attention of [[Maximum Rock 'N' Roll]] and [[Punk Planet]], and more recently gaining the praises of headbanger favorite, [[Metal Maniac]]. REB told Punk Planet in 2005: "After doing my zine for over 12 years, after publishing and distributing countless inmate-produced publications, after corresponding with literally hundreds of prisoners, the only folks who ever made me feel 'unsafe' were folks in the free world."
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The film division of Fanorama has included REB's documentary Queer Rage (chronicling events leading up to and coming out of a riot at the RI State House) and art films Nocturne In E Flat, Jerk Off, Waltz of the Flowers, and the upcoming 13 Boys. Shot mostly on Super-8 film or video, they have been played at queer indie film festivals across the United States. REB also facilitates workshops and is a speaker on the issues of zine making, queer rights, and prisoners' rights. Excerpts from Fanorama have been published in the gay-oriented encyclopedia ''Out In All Directions'' (Warner Books), ''That's Revolting: Queer Strategies For Resisting Assimilation'' (Suspect Thoughts), and ''Afterwords: Real Sex From Gay Men's Diaries''.
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The film division of Fanorama has included REB's documentary Queer Rage (chronicling events leading up to and coming out of a riot at the RI State House) and art films Nocturne In E Flat, Jerk Off, Waltz of the Flowers, and the upcoming 13 Boys. Shot mostly on Super-8 film or video, they have been played at queer indie film festivals across the United States. REB also facilitates workshops and is a speaker on the issues of zine making, queer rights, and prisoners' rights. Excerpts from Fanorama have been published in the gay-oriented encyclopedia ''Out In All Directions'' (Warner Books), ''That's Revolting: Queer Strategies For Resisting Assimilation'' ([[Soft Skull Press]]), and ''Afterwords: Real Sex From Gay Men's Diaries''.
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Flowers From The Grave by Walter James<br>  
Flowers From The Grave by Walter James<br>  
The Hated by William Wright<br>  
The Hated by William Wright<br>  
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Left Back by Chadd Beverlin<br>  
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[[Left Back]] by Chadd Beverlin<br>  
One Woman's Story by Kebby Warner<br>  
One Woman's Story by Kebby Warner<br>  
Punk Pagan by Michael Killeen<br>  
Punk Pagan by Michael Killeen<br>  
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Thoughts Of My Liberation by Frederick Fisher<br>  
Thoughts Of My Liberation by Frederick Fisher<br>  
Unheard Silence by Devin Baker<br>  
Unheard Silence by Devin Baker<br>  
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Wiener Society by Neil "Wiener" Edgar<br>  
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[[Wiener Society]] by [[Neil Edgar]]<br>  
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Obscene Emission by Neil Edgar<br>  
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[[Obscene Emission]] by Neil Edgar<br>
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Fanorama (also known as Fanorama Society and Fanorama Cabal) is a Rhode Island-based zine and zine distro produced by journalist and activist REB (b. Richard E. Bump, May 25, 1956, Portland, ME, USA).

First published in 1992, Fanorama emerged as part of the queercore movement, largely inspired by the zine J.D.s (edited by G.B. Jones and Bruce LaBruce), and the Toronto scene from which J.D.s came. The first issue was co-edited with Stevec Bones. Initially a punk-edged collage of gay porn and commentary, REB soon added a strong, anti-assimilationist political voice to the mix, turning the zine into an artful version of the weekly "Queerbeat" column he contributed to Rhode Island's alternative arts rag, The NicePaper. The Fanorama tag line at the time became, "For those who want a little smut with their politics, or a little politics with their smut."

As REB's political leanings grew heated, Fanorama began to generate controversy, particularly as it addressed racism and sexism in the gay mainstream establishment; one detractor in the media called REB a "kiddie pornographer-turned-moral watchdog". During this period, REB was instrumental in leading protests against a local gay bar over a management-led racist incident - a battle which would take center stage in the gay politics of Rhode Island for the better part of a year. Despite what he began to call his "infamy," REB's popularity as a personality grew, and he was invited to emcee a mid-90'S Rhode Island Gay Pride celebration; though accepting the position, he would take its organizers to task in later years for the increasing commercialism of the event.

Over the course of its publication, Fanorama has run interviews and photo essays with such queer counter-culture heroes as comic book artist Robert Kirby, editor of the comic zine Boy Trouble; punk rockers Pansy Division; Scott Treleaven, editor of This Is The Salivation Army; Tommy Ace of the controversial AIDS humor zine, Diseased Pariah News; and Neil Edgar of Wiener Society. It has been dubbed "the Grandaddy of Queerzines" by Factsheet 5. After publishing an issue in which REB mourned his break-up with future Juha frontman Collin Clay, Fanorama took a turn towards pagan spirituality, influenced greatly by his work with the Radical Faeries.

The current incarnation of Fanorama is essentially a prisoners' rights magazine (though it retains the porn and spiritual angles), influenced initially by the stories prisoners sent to its "Letters" section. The relationships REB developed with prisoners over time, notably zine editor Neil Edgar who has contributed to every issue since 2001, were also the impetus for Fanorama to become a publisher of prisoner-authored works. Issue 24 was a split issue with prisoner-penned zine Left Back and imprisoned zine editors are frequently featured. This has led to its constituency expanding from its queer following to include an anarcho-punk/activist readership, particularly since having caught the attention of Maximum Rock 'N' Roll and Punk Planet, and more recently gaining the praises of headbanger favorite, Metal Maniac. REB told Punk Planet in 2005: "After doing my zine for over 12 years, after publishing and distributing countless inmate-produced publications, after corresponding with literally hundreds of prisoners, the only folks who ever made me feel 'unsafe' were folks in the free world."

The film division of Fanorama has included REB's documentary Queer Rage (chronicling events leading up to and coming out of a riot at the RI State House) and art films Nocturne In E Flat, Jerk Off, Waltz of the Flowers, and the upcoming 13 Boys. Shot mostly on Super-8 film or video, they have been played at queer indie film festivals across the United States. REB also facilitates workshops and is a speaker on the issues of zine making, queer rights, and prisoners' rights. Excerpts from Fanorama have been published in the gay-oriented encyclopedia Out In All Directions (Warner Books), That's Revolting: Queer Strategies For Resisting Assimilation (Soft Skull Press), and Afterwords: Real Sex From Gay Men's Diaries.

Zine'ography

Ambiguous Ambrosia by Paul Moore
Birdland by a Soledad State Prison collective
Chairman Of The Bored by a Folsom State Prison collective
Fanorama by REB
Flakes by Darren Hamby
Flowers From The Grave by Walter James
The Hated by William Wright
Left Back by Chadd Beverlin
One Woman's Story by Kebby Warner
Punk Pagan by Michael Killeen
Reflections by Frederick Fisher
Solitary Existence by Travis "SK8" Harramen
Thoughts Of My Liberation by Frederick Fisher
Unheard Silence by Devin Baker
Wiener Society by Neil Edgar
Obscene Emission by Neil Edgar

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