That's pronounced zeen, for those of you non-hipsters. As in magazine, but not quite. Here's what Webster has to say: "People thought I was this doll that came to life, so I would have different people just treating me very strangely as far as I was concerned. They wanted to see if I was real."
Sorry, wrong Webster.
Try this: "magazine; especially : a noncommercial often homemade or online publication usually devoted to specialized and often unconventional subject matter."
That certainly describes the forthcoming Kanyezine, brainchild of Zine Zine founders Annabel Brady-Brown from Australia and Grace Gallagher from the U.K. Previously, the duo partnered to publish the bawdy-brainy Catzine and Spacezine, collections of essays, poems and images on their respective subjects: Cats and Space.
Now they'd turned their attention to Chicago-raised Kanye West -- rap superstar, profound tweeter extraordinaire, master of his universe.
"To much raised wiggling of eyebrows, the newest creation will be a meditation on all things Kanye because, deep down, we all know that Kanye is awesome," they wrote on their Facebook page.
"Me and Grace have started applying for grants, so if the grant gods are looking favourably on us, we might actually be able compensate some of you wondrous starved artists, but, until we hear otherwise, it's still all for love, street cred and the ego thrill of print/inked immortality."
They plan to market the publication internationally as well as locally in Chicago.
Nonfiction submissions are being accepted until May 23, images and fiction until June 23.
For Kanye inspiration, Grace and Annabel suggest, read this 2010 New Yorker meditation by Sasha Frere-Jones.
And stick around for an upcoming interview with Brady-Brown and Gallagher in the Sun-Times Entertainment section.
West on the Today Show in 2010