Zines are self-published, low circulation works. Most resemble mini-magazines or newsletters, though they can take on other forms. They may be monographs, having only one issue, or they may be serials consisting of several issues or even volumes. Some are made using cutout piece from other works assembled on a copy machine, while others are made on computers using desktop publishing software. Some have simple, hand-drawn art, and others have full color photography.
Zines reached their height of popularity in the late 90's and begin to decline with the growing popularity of the Internet and tools to create websites and blogs. Zines have experienced a renaissance in recent years, with the form being celebrated through festivals like Zine Fest Houston.