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.
Here are a few digital archives where you can view scanned copies of zines.
Join us this summer as we explore what zines are and how to make them. Each week begriming June 8th, we will be posting a video on some aspect of zine making. From binding to stamping, learn how to make zines with our librarians.
Join us online via Webex and make zines with us! Ask us zine making questions and show us what you've working on. Check back here for the link to the event.
It's the end of summer, now it's time to show us what you made! We will host a 1 hour webex where you can drop in and show everyone your zine. For those that are not able to attend, we'll have a gallery for you to post images of your zines.