Zines are simply personal publications on a variety of topics (or no topic at all).
Zines are often hand written or typed and reproduced on copy machines.
Shown on the left are some of the zines I have received in swaps.
Pictured below are a few mini-zines I have made.
I have used all types of different bindings for my zines: simply folded, stapled, tied with thread, machine stitched, etc...
This mini-zine is birthday themed and filled with all kinds of little drawings, jokes and tid-bits about birthdays. I originally made it to send to a few of my friends on their birthdays.
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I made this mini zine about artistamps for a swap at Swap-Bot. I attached a small glassine envelope to the inside back cover of the zine filled with a small collection of my artistamps.
Free mini-comic download for you to print, fold and share. Distribute freely, but please do not sell.
I made this mini-comic for Mini-Comics Day! It's a goofy little hand drawn comic made in a single day's time.
I'm making it available to anyone who wants to download a copy to print and enjoy.
Print to full 8-1/2" x 11" size and then fold like a mini zine to make the little book.
Download a copy here: http://www.cherylasmith.com/art/3linerscomic.pdf
Folding instructions can be found here: http://www.cartoonistsleague.org/how-to-make-a-no-staple-mini-comic-or-zine/
ONGOING - Do you want to trade zines? Just ask!
Books About Zines:
Links to Zine Making Groups and Swap Sites:
We Make Zines Group
A Group for all that love and make zines. Pick up some tips and find people for trading. There are groups devoted to all topics and regions - such as art zines, perzines (personal zines), comics, travel zines, feminist zines, homesteading, etc...
This site is a trading site for all types of things. There are a few groups devoted to zines and mailart, as well as ongoing zine swaps.
Google Links to Zine Making Sites
Links to FREE Download and Print Zines:
the Small Science Collective
My absolute favorite place to read online OR download and print zines. Science Rocks! There are tons of zines stored in the online Zine Library - covering all varieties of science related topics. Most of the zines were created by teens ... but you will find zines by authors of all ages.