God bless you, Alex Wrekk, patron saint of zines and one of my personal heroes. This was her idea and it’s still going strong. As you might know, I’ve been making ESC zine since 2011 with my friends, so you should check that out too.
What to do first
- Sign in to WeMakeZines.ning.com & write about IZM
- Sign up for 24 hour zine challenge (24hourzines.com)
- Use #IZM2014 when writing online about International Zine Month
- Make a Top 10 list of reasons why your love zines!
- Re-read your favorite zines – Let’s remember why we fell in love with zines in the first place!
- Zine Distro Appreciation Day! Order from a zine distro
- Read a zine from a country other than your own: There are so many fantastic zines from around the world!
- Teach yourself a new zine skill: learn how to book bind, make a 1 page zine, photocopier art, etc.
- Check out ZineWiki.org and add your zine or update existing entries.
- Make some envelopes or postcards for postal week
- Make a flyer for your zine to send with trades or orders and see if other people will trade for stacks of them so you can all promote each other
- Write a letter to a zine maker that you don’t know
- Send a care package to a zine friend
- Make some mail art!
- Send your zine out to be reviewed
- Zine Trade Day! Ask someone if they would like to trade zines with you
- ValenZINE’s Day! Write to ZineCrush.com (or write to your zine crush!)
- Leave a zine in public for someone else to find: leave your zine at a bus stop, bathroom, waiting room, or anywhere else someone will find it!
- Send your zine to a distro for consideration
- Review a zine online or write a review to share
- Order from a different zine distro than usual
- Zine Shop appreciation day! Try to find a local shop that sells zine or see if you can get a local store to stock zines!
- Free Zine Day! Give your zine away to someone
- Send your zine to a zine library
- Make a 1 page zine. Here are some instructions
- Organize your zine collection
- Teach a friend or family member about zines
- Submit something to a compilation zine
- Organize a zine event! any size! big or small!
- Cook with a recipe from a zine or cook zine!
- Post photos of you with your zine or zine collection.
- Read some zines!
- Lay in bed & read zines all day if you can
- HallowZINE Remember zines and zinesters that are no longer with us. Light a candle at the virtual HallowZine shrine.
-Read a zine every day
-Attend a zine event
-do a 24 hour zine: sign up at 24hourzines.com
-post your progress on your blog or on We Make Zines
-Drawa comic a day then release a comic zine
-Write about your progress daily online
Zine Events for July 2014
MTA Zine Residency (New York, New York USA)
OC Zine Fest (Santa Anna, California, USA)
Tampa Zine Fest (Tampa, Florida, USA)
Portland Zine SymposiumMTA Zine Residency (New York, New York USA)
Zines At The American Library Association Annual Conferece (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Zine Librarian (un)Conference (Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA)
International Zine Library Day! Visit your local zine library!
Here’s the activity poster for 2014 International Zine Month! Print off your own copy here.