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Zines 101: What's a zine?
An introduction to zines, what they are, and how to make your very own
The bindery offers a rich definition of a zine. They define a zine as "a self-published, non-commercial print-work that is typically produced in small, limited batches." This article offers a great introduction to zines and why they matter.
Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine? by Esther Pearl Watson; Mark Todd (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2006-06-26
This book is a great one-stop-shop for an introduction into zines. In this book you can learn about zine history, zine creation, hear from some zinesters (people who make zines), and get inspiration and hacks to make your very own zine!
Zines in video
This short video offers a quick and easy background on zines. Added bonus, they interview a zine librarian. Did you know that those even exist?
This video, which is significantly longer, offers a more in-depth exploration of the topic. We get to see zines in a variety of contexts, how some people come together to make them, and how people curate zine collections.
This article focuses on the 1990s zines made by women inspired by the riot grrrl bands and movement. They were incredibly influential in the history of zines, and zines like this are still being made today!