Zines (pronounced zeens), short for magazines, are typically short, self-published booklets focused on a specific theme or idea. They are often created using simple cut-and-paste techniques or typing to create a master copy, with distribution copies created via a photocopy machine. Zines are often folded and stapled to produce the finished product. However, the techniques used are less important than the creative DIY spirit that underlies the entire zine community.
Anyone can make a zine! All you need are a few simple materials and a topic about which you are passionate. The low barrier to participation has allowed creators from historically marginalized groups to share their thoughts and ideas with others.
Last updated September 2023