Where to order
Several indie shops & distros sell zines online. Here are a few I recommend, though you can also find a thorough and mostly up to date list here:
- Quimby’s — Famous underground bookstore in Chicago that carries thousands of titles.
- Antiquated Future — Distro out of Portland, OR.
- Brown Recluse Zine Distro — Seattle distro that specializes in POC zines and radical politics.
- Atomic Books — Another great underground bookstore specializing in weird stuff.
- Blue Stockings — NYC activist center and bookstore.
- Printed Matter — Book art and edgy zines out of NYC.
- Pioneer’s Press — Run by some great people out in Kansas. Order radical zines, books, posters, and more.
- Sweet Candy — Another west coast distro that has been around for over 10 years.
- Crapandemic — newer goth distro that carries more than goth.
How to make
- Stolen Sharpie Revolution by Alex Wrekk (originally 2005, currently on 6th edition)
- Make a Zine! 20th anniversary edition by Bill Brent and Joe Biel [you can borrow the 1997 edition over at archive.org]
- Whatcha Mean, What’s a Zine?: The Art of Making Zines and Mini-Comics by Mark Todd and Esther Pearl Watson (2006)
- Making Handmade Books by Alisa Golden (2010)
There are many many more on the web, but these are some of the better ones I’ve encountered.
- “A Beginner’s Guide to Making Zines” from Vice (2018)
- “Ten Tips for First Time Zinesters” by Spill the Zines (2011)
- “An Introduction to Zines” (pdf) by The Public Studio (2013)
- “How to Make a Zine” by Rookie (2012)
- “How Do You Do: A One-Page Zine” by Kickstarter (2015)
Tools, templates, and spaces
- Seashore — free, powerful photo editor for Mac OSX
- Glimpse — another free photo editor
- Zines! A Primer mini-zine (pdf) by Syracuse In Print
- Digital templates for mini-zines [docx] [pages] [indd]
- Flipsnack — free flipbook-style publishing tool
- Issuu — another common magazine-style digital publishing tool
Connecting with others
Aside from the obvious hashtags like #zines and #quaranzines on Twitter & Instagram, these are some spaces where you might find zinesters gathering.
- r/zines — Subreddit for zines
- Broken Pencil — Longtime Canadian magazine that specializes in North American zine culture. Published quarterly.
- POC Zine Project — Important resource that advocates for nonwhite zines and Black Lives Matter through materiality.
- Razorcake — Punk magazine that reviews like-minded music zines.
Short videos about zine culture
- “But I Love the Zine” by Fiona McDougall & KQED about the San Francisco zine scene (2019)
- “Shopdrop + Roll” by Laura Houlberg & Nicole Betancourt — about Portland OR’s Independent Publishing Resource Center (2013)
- “Zinester: The Art of Individualism in the Era of Mass Media” by Jake Carroll, featuring the Denver Zine Library (2014).
- “Zines: The Power of DIY Print” by Belinda Cai (2015)
- Zine Studies. A group bib on Zotero I’ve been maintaining since 2014. Includes 260+ interdisciplinary citations from scholarship on zines & DIY publishing.
- “A Citation Analysis about Scholarship on Zines” by Anne Hayes in Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (2020). A good starting point that surveys trends, key disciplines, and gaps in zine studies.
- Notes from Underground: Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture (Microcosm, 2017). Originally published in 1992 with Verso and now on its 3rd edition, Stephen Duncombe’s landmark study is still fascinating, timely, and useful.
- Zines in Third Space: Radical Cooperation and Borderlands Rhetoric (SUNY Press, 2012). Adela Licona’s wonderful, theoretical book about the interventionist rhetorics of zines that are made & circulated by voices from the margins.
- Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism (NYU Press, 2009). An important book by the late Alison Piepmeier that approaches schisms and continuities between second and third wave feminism through girl/grrrl zines.
- After the Public Turn: Composition, Counterpublics, and the Citizen Bricoleur (Utah State UP, 2013). Frank Farmer covers more than zines in this his book about counterpublics and writing studies — but they are prominently featured.
- “The Secret History of Zines” Impressive Storymap’d history by Cal State Fullerton’s Zines to the Future! curators
- “The Zine Revolution” — Solid history of 80s & 90s zine culture by Josh Glenn of Hilowbrow.
- “Approaching the 80s Zine Scene” Originally published in 1992, this is a multi-part history of zines from Stephen Perkins that includes an annotated bibliography along the way.
- Science Fiction Fanzine Reader by Luis Ortiz. Comprehensive look at sci-fi zines from the 1930s-1960s.
Libraries & archives
- Zinelibraries.info. Tons of resources about zine culture and zine libraries (digital or irl), including an important and radical code of ethics.
- Barnard Zine Library. Emphasis on zines by feminist, queer, trans, and BIPOC makers. Lots of amazing resources here.
- Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP). Incredible collection out of Milwaukee.
- Disorientations Archive. Hosts 100+ student-activist zines from all over the US.
- Maximumrocknroll Archive. Incomplete archive of back issues from the most famous punk zine of them all.
- Sprout Distro. Anarchist archive hosted at archive.org.
- Solidarity! Revolutionary Center and Radical Library. Collection of zines from “a non-hierarchical collective for the purpose of sharing and distributing information.”
- FANAC Fanzine Index. Collection of sci-fi fanzines since 1930.
- Digital Comic Museum. Public domain, golden age comics for the taking.
- Vice Versa. Some scans from the first queer zine from the 1940s.
Teaching with zines
- Course: “Self-Publishing.” Upper-division course I’ve taught at Rowan University in Fall 2019 & Fall 2020. Includes syllabus, assignments, lesson plans, and more.
- Courses: “Using Zines in the Classroom.” A survey of ways I’ve used zines while teaching creative nonfiction and DIY Publishing at Syracuse University (HASTAC)
- Lesson plan: “Learning at Home | Experiments with Zines” by Beatrix Pang Sin Kwok (Asia Art Archive).
- Lesson plan: “Zine Workshop” by Aisha Conner-Gaten (Community of Online Research Assignments)
- Lesson plan & workshop: “Make a Quaranzine.” Accessible 1-hour workshop sponsored by The Believer magazine and hosted by longtime Runcible Spoon publisher, graphic memoirist, and NPR contributor, Malaka Gharib.
- All the things. Barnard Zine Library. Several different lesson plans, videos, and other resources, with classes and workshops ordered from newest to oldest.
- Zine kits. Many zines fests and public programs have adopted to COVID-19 by mailing out zine-making kits in advance of an event or workshop. [Lancaster Zine Fest] [Austin Film School]
- News: “Not quarantine…QuaranZine.” Article on how graphic design professor Kasten Searles taught with zines at Henderson State during the initial lockdown in spring 2020.