Love Your Zines: It’s International Zine Month!

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.

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What to do first

GO!

  1. Make a Top 10 list of reasons why your love zines!
  2. Re-read your favorite zines – Let’s remember why we fell in love with zines in the first place!
  3. Zine Distro Appreciation Day! Order from a zine distro
  4. Read a zine from a country other than your own: There are so many fantastic zines from around the world!
  5. Teach yourself a new zine skill: learn how to book bind, make a 1 page zine, photocopier art, etc.
  6. Check out ZineWiki.org and add your zine or update existing entries.
  7. Make some envelopes or postcards for postal week
  8. 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
  9. Write a letter to a zine maker that you don’t know
  10. Send a care package to a zine friend
  11. Make some mail art!
  12. Send your zine out to be reviewed
  13. Zine Trade Day! Ask someone if they would like to trade zines with you
  14. ValenZINE’s Day! Write to ZineCrush.com (or write to your zine crush!)
  15. 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!
  16. Send your zine to a distro for consideration
  17. Review a zine online or write a review to share
  18. Order from a different zine distro than usual
  19. 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!
  20. Free Zine Day! Give your zine away to someone
  21. Send your zine to a zine library
  22. Make a 1 page zine. Here are some instructions
  23. Organize your zine collection
  24. Teach a friend or family member about zines
  25. Submit something to a compilation zine
  26. Organize a zine event! any size! big or small!
  27. Cook with a recipe from a zine or cook zine!
  28. Post photos of you with your zine or zine collection.
  29. Read some zines!
  30. Lay in bed & read zines all day if you can
  31. HallowZINE Remember zines and zinesters that are no longer with us. Light a candle at the virtual HallowZine shrine.

EXTRA CREDIT

-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.

 

International Zine Month poster - 2014
International Zine Month poster – 2014

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