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A guide on all things zines! The history of zines, collections and archives, creating your own zine, and teaching with zines.

What is a Zine?

Zines (pronounced zeen, like "magazine"), are self-produced, non-commercial magazines or booklets. Their content can range widely with almost anything from fiction to personal stories to political and social commentary, and use a variety of mediums including art, stories, images, poetry, cartoons, or clippings of other works. Zines are traditionally produced using photocopiers and distributed by their creators. The self-production aspect of zines creates a space for voices that are often excluded from traditional publishing.

Zines Online

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California State University, Los Angeles
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Los Angeles, CA 90032-8300