Friday, July 1, 2011

International Zine Month

July is International Zine Month.    If you don't know what a "Zine" is ... check out this Wikipedia article.  Zines can be created on any topic -or- no topic at all.   Fill them with your art, photos, poetry, recipes, plans for world domination or just ramble on about whatever strikes your fancy.  I've seen them filled with mini-comics, how-to info, collections of oddities, and more.  No matter the subject - they are always fun to read.

I do plan to celebrate by making at least 1 new zine this month.   (Pictured above are my three latest zines.)

There are plenty of places to trade your zines -or- join group projects.  Try a swap-bot zine swap if you are new to zines.  It is a good way to start to build your collection and learn as you go.   We Make Zines is a great group, where you can locate sub-groups themed to whatever type of zine holds your interest.  There are group swaps & collaborations taking place all the time as well.

If you are particularly ambitious, you can sign up for the 24 Hour Zine Thing - and create a 24 page zine in a 24 hour period.  Whew!  Click the link to get all of the details.

There are Zine Fests taking place this month in several cities, so keep a lookout for one near you!

1 comment:

Deborah Leigh said...

Great post on Zines!