Loserdom is put together by Anto and Eugene, the Loser brothers. Loserdom covers such topics as Punk rock, D.I.Y., independent music, cycling and bikes, politics and anti-war sentiment. The zine has featured interviews with bands such as Fugazi, the Redneck Manifesto, Mudhoney and Sebadoh and with people such as activist Ciaron O'Reilly, poet Saul Williams, musician Guy Picciotto and zinester P.A. of A New Clear Threat zine. It also features articles and comics of the Loser brothers by Eugene.
Format and History
The first issue of Loserdom appeared in June 1996 as a freesheet. At this time in Dublin, Ireland, there were several monthly freesheets or small zines which included Gearhead Nation, Sl@nted @nd Ench@nted and React as well as bigger zines such as Nosebleed. There was also a resurgence of the D.I.Y. punk gig collective, the Hope Collective, at that time. Loserdom was given out for free at these gigs and at record shops in Dublin.
Soon the format of Loserdom became that of cover, articles, interviews and reviews, as well as featuring comics by Eugene. For the first four issues around 100 copies were made and distributed mainly in Dublin. From the fifth issue on the number of copies increased to 200, and further to 300 for the eighth issue. Due to the increasing size of the zine and the costs of photocopying it, Loserdom was no longer free after its ninth issue. From the tenth issue on, recycled paper was used.
The zine was closely tied to the D.I.Y. punk gig scene in Dublin at the time and regularly featured interviews with Irish bands and bands touring Ireland, as well as reviewing their music. The zine also reviewed zines that were coming from and available in Ireland.
After the tenth issue, Anto and Eugene decided to do their own separate zines for a few years. Eugene made five zines which had different names but for simplicity could be referred to with the name of the fifth one, The way of D.I.Y. Rocking, while Anto released three issues of Promise me skies.
Loserdom eleven appeared in April 2003 and was in the classic format of comics of the Loser brothers as well as articles on cycletouring and interviews. Since then the zine has featured a series of articles that chronicles the early Irish fanzine scene, complete with reproductions of covers and descriptions of each zine, as well as articles about subcultures, Irish films and cycling around Ireland and comics about cycling. The zine is produced on recycled paper and the fourteenth issue featured a lino print on the back cover.
The latest issue of Loserdom was released in December 2006 as a ten year anniversary issue and was 68 pages long. The next issue of Loserdom will be released in summer 2007 and will have a lino printed cover of a picture of the Loser brothers 2007 cycling.