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This guide is meant to be an introduction to zines by giving a brief overview of the history of the medium, some tips for creating your own zines, and listing different local zine resources.

Zine History


Merriam-Webster defines a zine as, "a noncommercial often homemade or online publication usually devoted to specialized and often unconventional subject matter." In other words, a zine is a handcrafted publication that focuses on a specific story and/or theme. Zines are often self published, however, there are zine publishers. 

What does a zine look like?

There is no "right way" to make a zine and that is the beauty of this medium. Anyone who has a story to tell or a topic they want to write about can make one. There are many different formats that you can use to structure your zine and you can find some examples under the "Make Your Own Zine" tab of this guide. The images below show a variety of zines in different formats.

Examples of Zines:

"Zine" by hownowdesign is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Image of an unfolded zine


"it doesn't work this way...though it's appearing to" by juuuni is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

-zine with 3D glasses


"Zine Exchange" by hownowdesign is licensed under CC BY NC-ND 2.0

zines in the shape of small houses