Summer Zine Fest Listings

June 2: Zina Warrior Print Zine Fair (Australia) June 2-4: BABZ Fair (New York) June 3: Scranton Zine Fest (Pennsylvania) Buffalo Zine Fair (New York) Olympia Comics Festival (Washington) Wellington Winter Zine Market (New Zealand) Open Eye Gallery Zine & Photobook Fair (Liverpool) June 3-4: Cebu Zine Fest (Philippines) 8 Ball Zine Fair (New York) June 10:…

March Zine Reviews

Doris #32 by Cindy Crabb dorisdorisdoris.com P.O. Box 29 Athens, OH, 45701 Doris is a beautiful little zine with a lot of heart and soul. One stand out piece is a story about (and conversation with) Marius Mason, a trans anarchist, environmental and animal rights activist who is currently serving 22 years in federal prison…

February Zine Reviews

Amor Y Sacrificio by Sayuri Gomez A zine about love and sacrifice. Part of the pain and continued intolerance that will seem even more paramount with the outcome from the US election. Amor Y Sacrificio delves into the experiences of crossing borders for a new life and the effect it has on the next generation….

My First Zine 3

Aggie Toppins Name of First Zine: All We Need is a Template Year of Publication: 2011 What/Who inspired you to make your first fanzine? What was the zine about?   I made the zine in graduate school and received support to print the edition with an offset printer. I used the opportunity to think about how templates affect our…

UPDATED Spring Zine Fest Listings

February 12: Festival of the Photocopier Zine Fair (Melbourne, Australia) San Jose ZineCon (San Jose, California) February 18: Nørrebronx Tegneseriedage (Copenhagen, Denmark) February 25: Destiny City Valentine’s Zine Symposium (Tacoma, Washington) Sheffield Zine Fest (UK) Artspace Book & Zine Fest (Peterborough, Canada) February 25-26: Zine Day Taiwan (Taiwan) March 4: Guayaquil Fanzine Fest (Ecuador) March 5: NYC Feminist ZineFest (New York City) Fair…

November 2016 Zine Reviews

  Exscind by Adel Souto Adel Souto is self-described as a writer, artist and musician and Exscind is his foray back into the world of zines since, well a long time. This is the first edition and it features writing, poetry, art and photography. It feels like a lot of attention went into the layout…

Sea Green Zines Interview

How did you get involved with zines and small press culture in the first place? What zines or zinesters served as inspiration? This is one of those things that makes me a little sad because I can’t for the life of me remember how or exactly when I first came across zines. What I do…

September 2016 Zine Reviews

Big Tight #4 By M. M Art Zine, digest size, 16pgs Instagram:  @big_tight.zine Big Tight #4 is both anomalous and percipient. The author dedication reads “For Godzilla”, and a quote on the intro page sums this zine up nicely: “images from aimless wanders become lodged in the mind and seep out as doodles in lectures….

780 Distro Interview

How did you first get involved in zines and diy culture? I got involved in the Edmonton punk scene when I was young and zines and DIY kind of just went with the punk scene. I ordered a lot of zines online as I think there were only one or two distros in the city…

July 2016 Zine Reviews

Abstract Door #5: Chicago By Vicky Lim Zine, mini, 32 pgs vickylim.com There’s nothing better than when zinesters put as much thought and imagination into the design of their work as they do the content. Abstract Door #5 is a zuihitsu about Chicago transit that was written while riding Chicago transit. Adorned with a block…

Interview with Long Beach Zine Librarian Ziba Zehdar

When did you start reading and making zines? What other zines or art forms served as influence or inspiration? I started reading zines in high school (the mid-to late nineties) but I didn’t start making zines until 2012 for the 1st Los Angeles Zine Fest! Luna in Tuna zine by my high school friend Reena…

Sticky Institute Interview

How did you first become involved with zines and diy culture? I first became involved in zines through the Melbourne all ages scene in the early to mid 1990’s. I fell in love. I was fifteen years old, excited and ready to create. There was a great scene of all ages gigs happening in Melbourne…

Interview with LA Zine Fest Organizer Daisy Noemi

Do you recall the first zine you ever saw, or read? Stolen Sharpie Revolution — isn’t a zine but a zine resource! I also remember buying a Zine Yearbook! What or who served as early inspiration for your interest in zines and DIY publishing? I was introduced to zines and DIY Publishing by a local…

Summer 2016 Zine Fest Listings

June 10-19: Spread Zinefest (Netherlands) Gelati Fanzine Festival (Italy) June 11: Scranton Zine Fest (Pennsylvania) Atlanta Zine Fest (Georgia) Edmonton Zine Fair (Alberta) La Historia del Fanzine y La Publicación Independiente (Columbia) June 11-12: MCA Zine Fair (Australia) Zine & Self Published Photo Book Fair (New York) ¡Relámpago! (Feria de Fanzines) (Peru) June 12: Colorado Springs…

My First Zine 2

    e.war Name of first Zine: The Voice Year of Publication: In Grade 11, so 1997? or 1998? What/Who inspired you to make your first fanzine? The kids in the year ahead of me made a zine called QWERTY for a class project and I thought it was the coolest thing, so I made one….

Zine Reviews by Abbie Foxton

People Make Plans by Nicole Jennelle Her stomach is rough cut open. Paper flap reveals everything inside. Textures and a hidden message. A tiny envelope stuck to the inside opens, stark and to the point, not knowing exactly what it means, well, not yet. People Make Plans deals with educator Nicole Jennelle’s experiences within education…

Zine Reviews by Samantha Lapierre

The Nizhoni Beat: Native American Feminist Musings Vol. 1 Perzine, 44 pages After an accidental long hiatus of zine reading, reading The Nizhoni Beat: Native American Feminist Musings Vol. 1 reminded me of why I love zines so much. These writers and their experiences are, quite simply, brave. This zine is collaborative project based out…

January 2016 Zine Reviews

Comedians Coloring & Activity Books By Jolie Ruin & Jamie Noggle Zine, digest size TheEscapistArtist.Etsy.com Jolie and Jamie have channeled their love of stand up comedians into a set of amusing coloring and activity books. I love that Jolie writes about stand up comedy in her perzine, The Escapist Artist. It’s always a fun read…

Spring 2016 Zine Fest Listings

January 9: St. Pete Zine Fest (Florida) January 31: Weirdo Zine Fest (London, UK) February 14: Festival of Photocopier Zine Fair (Melbourne, Australia) February 20: Denton Zine Fest (Texas) February 21: Teen Zine Fest (California) February 23: Ottawa Zine Off! (Ontario) February 27: Santa Cruz Zine Fest (California) February 27:  ArtSpace Book & Zine Fair (Peterborough, Ontario) February…

My First Zine

TARYN HIPP Name of first Zine: The name of the first zine I’m willing to admit to is Girl Swirl. I did a zine before that, in high school but I don’t like to bring it up. Year of publication: late 90’s into 00’s Image of cover? I had to google this. I found the…

Fight Boredom Distro Interview

Fight Boredom Distro was founded in 2009? Can you tell us a bit about why you decided to invest a huge chunk of your time to running and maintaining a zine disto? What/Who served as inspiration? I had made close to thirty zines at that point, and I’d been writing zine reviews for a couple…

November 2015 Zine Reviews

Basic Paper Airplane #9 By Joshua James Amberson Half size, 22pgs http://www.antiquatedfuture.com This issue of long running perzine Basic Paper Airplane focusses on Joshua’s love of the typewriter. It’s a feeling I’m sure many of us share. As Joshua notes, we are not alone. “By the 1800s, over fifty different people had patented some kind…

Interview with Artnoose

You started publishing the zine in 1996? Why did you start Ker-bloom!? Do you remember the first zines you ever read or bought that served as inspiration? What are some of the reasons you have continued to be so active in small press publishing? In 1994 I was an art school student living in Oakland,…

Last Supper Review by Don Leach

This February I found out about Holy Mountain, a DIY, indie record store here in Tulsa. My intention was to check out their music selection (specifically punk and ska) but instead I gravitated to the zine racks. I hadn’t even picked up a zine before, much less read one, which is odd, given the fact…

October 2015 Zine Reviews

Abolish Restaurants By prole.info Full size, 60 pgs prole.info This 60-page illustrated guide was first published in 2006. As the website states, it “draws on a range of anti-capitalist ideas as well as a heaping plate of personal experience…it is part analysis and part call-to-arms”. Having worked on-and-off in the “hospitality sector” for more than…

Zine Reviews by AmeliaPeel

The Reverse Cougar Years #5.5  Break(ing) This half issue describes the realization that some bad things that happen to you, may be the result of something bigger. The back story of a few injuries and a major one that made the writer, Maxx; question their karma, something they never believed in!  A meet up at a…

Zine Reviews by Samantha Lapierre

The Reverse Cougar Years: Issue 5 By Maxx Critical 24 pages, digest size, perzine arevolutionofwords@gmail.com Issue 5 of Maxx Critical’s The Reverse Cougar Years series is a compilation of three of Critical’s personal OkCupid online dating adventures. Beautifully written and very touching, while reading I found that Critical’s experiences with OkC were not unlike my…

Zine Reviews by Abbie Foxton

Ain’t Misbehavin’ – A Billie Holiday Pocket Reader by MC Sunflower Jones These teeny zines thrill me. Such a neat fit, perfect for inside a dolls hands or fob pocket. I used to make zines like this, way back when I used to run with scissors. So its size I feel immediately taken with. Subject….

Toronto Zine Library Interview

To commemorate the end of International Zine Month we did a short interview with Rachel and Patrick of the Toronto Zine Library. When and how was TZL formed? Patrick: The zine library was formed in 2005. It started as a thread on a now defunct Canadian music message board. Suzanne, who wanted to start a…

Distroboto Interview

How did the idea of using cigarette vending machines to distro art and literature come about in the first place? Coud you briefly walk us through the origins of Distroboto? There was a long history of various marginalized artists or writers using public vending machines to distribute work long before we decided to set up…

Interview with IZM Founder Alex Wrekk

In commemoration of International Zine Month 2015, we did a quick email interview with founder Alex Wrekk. Besides being the original force behind IZM, Alex is a well-known and well regarded zinester who publishes Stolen Sharpie Revolution: A DIY Zine Resource, and Brainscan Zine. Alex also organizes the Portland Zine Symposium, and runs Portland Button Works & Zine…

June 2015 Zine Reviews

Tragic Boffin #6 quarter size, perzine, 28 pgs tragicboffin@gmail.com I bought this off Etsy on a whim and I’m extremely glad I did; a few of the pages made me actually, not figuratively, laugh out loud. A standout perzine with a great cut and paste design aesthetic and a surprisingly large amount of insight and…

Zine Reviews by Kal Green

Bartle Royale by Thom Dinsdale and drawn by Ryan Humphrey Full size, 28 pgs withapencilinhand.tumblr.com This full size 8 x 11 comic re-imagines Springfield in a bleak dystopian setting, riddled with high unemployment, hopeless adults and unruly, homicidal students. It’s The Simpsons meets Battle Royale. The usually quirky and irreverent characters have been thrust into…

February 2015 Zine Reviews

Doris #31 by Cindy Crabb Digest size, 18 pgs PO Box 29 Athens, OH 45701 dorisdorisdoris.com I assume most readers are quite familiar with Cindy Crabb and her incomparable zine, Doris. Always cited as a perennial favorite, it’s not an overstatement to say that it’s one of the most important and influential fanzines ever written….

January 2015 Zine Reviews

Antique Evaluations #1 Digest size, Art Zine, 46 pgs antiqueevals.tumblr.com antiqueevals@gmail.com This zine is filled with nearly four dozen performance evaluations for employees of a state sponsored psychiatric hospital. The cover reads: “A Found Art Zine: Even 80 years ago your boss was a dick”. These historical “inside documents” are a fascinating and disturbingly entertaining…

How to Start a Zine Fair: An Interview with Aggie Toppins

When and why did you get involved in zines and DIY culture? I began making zines in graduate school, but it was after I moved to Chattanooga to take up my post as a professor of graphic design that I began to make a lot of zines. When I was new in Chattanooga, I didn’t…

Great Worm Distro Interview

INTERVIEW: FRANDROID, OWNER of GREAT WORM DISTRO Do you remember the first zine you ever saw, or bought? My first zine was possibly Brad Yung’s Stay As You Are, bought at Zulu Records in Vancouver, in the spring of 1999.  It was a satirical comic strip that really embodied the 1990s’ spirit, it was really…

Zine News and Updates

On October 6th, Catherine Elms announced that Spill the Zines: A UK Zine Review Blog, was being put on “long term hiatus”. Published regularly for more than 3 and a half years, Catherine will still be active on social media posting relevant info on the UK zine scene. Read her full statement here. Only a…

The Great Canada Post Swindle

In December 2013, Canada Post announced a contentious plan to eliminate door-to-door delivery service while simultaneously imposing a 35% hike in the cost of stamps, and the elimination of 8,000 jobs.  The Harper Government and Canada Post executives have framed this gutting as unfortunate yet unavoidable, as age demographics and technologies change, the postal service…

UPDATED Fall 2014 Zine Fest Listings

USA Paper Jam Small Press Festival September 6 Baltimore DIY Fest September 20 New York Art Book Fair September 26-28 Twin Cities Zine Fair September 27 Pittsburgh Zine Fair September 28 ABQ Zine Fest October 4 Handmade & Bound Nashville October 4 Richmond Zine Fest October 4 Zine Fest Houston October 4 San Diego Zine Fest October 5…

September 2014 Zine Reviews

Call My Name #4 Quarter size, perzine, 22 pgs Summer 2013 $1 charlottelope@riseup.net etsy.com/shop/chlottestuff This is a 24 zine project for International Zine Month, so it lacks some of the depth customary to Charlotte’s full issues; nevertheless, there’s still a lot to enjoy here. First off I love that Charlotte has a “zinester shirt” and…

Jeff Miller Interview

In November 2013, Aaron Cometbus traveled to Canada to give his first ever readings. When I saw the announcement, I thought I was hallucinating… I attended the Hamilton reading at Hammer City Records; it was a special evening, but rather than attempt to document it with a review of a reading, we asked event organizer…

Ratalia Espigadora Interview

How long have you been making zines, and how did you start? In Santiago de Chile (2005), I made my first fanzine “Lazy”, that’s when I started writing fiction. It was a split with Jimena. Then in 2007, I did the comic “Niño Arsenio” with my sister Valentina and we published it with Editorial Animita…