The women behind irreverent noughties zine Cheap Date have bounced back into the spotlight with the celeb-packed Fanpages
- Bay 44, Kira 47
- London, United Kingdom
Invoking a teenage girl’s bedroom aesthetic and packing a healthy dose of unpretentious intellect, Fanpages Magazine is a fandom concept zine by Kira Jolliffe and Bay Garnett – the women behind cult 00s style publication Cheap Date. The hardcover mag – published by Idea – is a compilation of single page fanzines made by names such as Nick Knight, Joseph Szabo, Katie Grand, Louis Theroux, Sibling, Alexa Chung and Chloë Sevigny. A fascinating tome which sees Sevigny rediscovering her teenage heartthrobs through the medium of collage and Theroux sketching out the “classic rugged” looks of famous men on whom he bases his style (to counter his natural nerdiness), this is a return to form for Jolliffe and Garnett. "My father always used to say 'you've always got to have a project,' and when he died a little while ago I think it galvanized me to get off my arse and do what I wanted to do,” Garnett told AnOther. Originally the pair had initially been thinking about relaunching Cheap Date but instead came up with the idea of Fanpages when discussing how they wanted to do a pinboard of fandom for the contents page. “Fanpages and Cheap Date are kind of like cousins. They are related in tone I think, and in their inclusiveness,” says Garnett. “Fanpages is given over to contributors essentially, whereas Cheap Date wasn't. The idea came when we were thinking about doing Cheap Date again. We thought we would have a page in the mag that was given over to fandom – no matter how cheesy. Patti Smith! Johnny Thunders! And the idea of Fanpages was born.” Fanpages’ first issue came out in 2016 to rave reviews and the pair are currently beavering away on a second.