What’s a zine?

Zines hand-made, self-published magazines, made for love not money, and normally with a small circulation.

Zines are not a new idea. they have been around under different names (eg chapbook, pamphlet, fliers) for years. Many of our best know writers and artists have self-published, including William Blake and Virginia Woolf.  People with independent ideas have been geting their ideas out since there were printing presses. The name “zine” is believed to be derived from the “Fanzines” that cropped up in the Forties and Fifties.

Zines are written in a variety of formats, from computer-printed text to comics to handwritten text. Topics covered are broad, including fanfiction, politics, art and design, ephemera, personal journals, social theory, or single topics.

Zines can be by one person or many and can be any size, format or design. There are no rules.

Zines offer people the freedom to express themselves outside the rules and restrictions of traditional media, and that is why we find them so exciting.

Take a look at some of our zines and those of our friends at http://looselybound.org

 

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