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Fanzine was the early term for what we call a zine today (zine is generally thought of as a shorter term for the word fanzine). The term fanzine was created by Russ Chauvenetin in 1940 to describe small self-published publications by fans of science-fiction, although it's fanzine types of publications predated the science-fiction fanzines by at least 50 years.

Today many zine publishers and readers use the terms zine and fanzine interchangeably, while other believe fanzine better describes to types of zines that are dedicated to a specific subject matter that the author/publisher is a fan off (like punk fanzines, film fanzines and skateboarding fanzines).