Awesome places to buy zines on the internet

www.lastearthdistro.net - an impressive collection of underground, not-often-seen titles with an emphasis on how-to and clandestine information, along with radical politics

www.earthlightbooks.com - leftist politics, vintage pamphlets and western americana

www.lastwordbooks.org - a growing collection of titles being reprinted by Last Word Press, along with some other random stuff

www.akpress.org - Radical politics and anarchism

www.microcosmpubishing.com - Radical hipster-ish how-to, bike culture and sustainable city-living

www.buyolympia.com - Pacific Northwest/Olympia-ish zine titles and artists


The Book of Zines: Readings from the Fringe

A nice collection of zine related resources. Order copies from Olympia's radical independent bookstore Last Word Books (they house the Olympia 'Zine Library), or with Earthlight Books, an independent bookstore in Eastern, Washington.

The Book of Zines

Zine Archives
Back issues online....
Zine Libraries
Donate your collection...
How-to, distribution....
Makin' fun....
Legal Issues
Copyright, advice...
Usenet, web groups....
How-to, distributors....
Buy Zines
Online catalogs....
Zine Reviews
Sites that review zines....
Zine Help
Advice for print zines....
E-Zine Help
Tips and tricks online....
Zine Books
Anthologies and how-to....
Zine editors speak....
Two sides to every....
What's a Zine?
Good question.....
Book of Zines
Updates, excerpts....
Zine History
The wayback machine....
What editors read....
Conventions, potlucks....
E-zine links and zine info...
Articles & Essays
A little bit of everything....


Zines Matter (Still), an article from Bang Back: Print is Dead. Long Live Print!

Zines Matter (Still)

Make a zine in 2010.
Make a zine in 2010. It has been about 13 years since the zine scene was really “happening” nationwide, but the current artistic, cultural, and aesthetic landscape seems to be all about nostalgia and irony.
As a mode of participating in 2010, consider seeking out a typewriter, gluestick, sharpies, and a clip art book, putting on some floral-print Doc Martens and ripping a hole in the knee of your jeans, and then launch into making a zine.
“But now blogs are where I share and absorb knowledge,” you might be thinking. “My MacBook Pro doesn’t really go with my Floral Print Doc Martens.”
If you already write a blog but are interested in doing something different with your writing or your image-compiling abilities, consider making a cheaply producible, zine-style book anthology with visual art to compliment your writing. Or, conversely, if you make a photo blog, get a friend to write pieces to compliment your images. Bring it all to a different audience through turning it into a book.
If you spend a lot more of your time reading blogs than reading books, consider spending some time in the middle ground: zines!
The most direct way to becoming a zine appreciator– or “zinester”– is to make a zine yourself.
A simple, 5 step guide to swift zine making.

1. Ponder, then arrive at content.

Zines can be about anything, so a good way to find something interesting to write about is thinking such things as…
“What things do I know that hardly anybody else does? … “And would the world benefit from my sharing this knowledge?”
“What is is about modern writing and visual art that I don’t connect with? How do I already deal with that? How could I deal with that differently? Should I make something that I definitely would connect with, in order that a likeminded person might find and appreciate what I make?”
“Are there stories I always tell people around me, because they are just sooo entertaining and exciting that they demand repetition? Maybe I should write those down and even illustrate them!”
“Are there secrets I need to let out, but don’t know who to tell them to? Maybe I could publish them anonymously…”
“Am I frustrated that people seem like they would rather connect via profile pics and lists of favorite TV shows than by either conversing in person, by writing real letters, or by trading art directly or through the mail? Maybe its time to take a step back from the internet.”
Answers to these kinds of questions and conclusions to these kinds of thoughts can come to you through the process of making a zine!

2. Write things.

With a note book or your computer or scrap paper, just scroll down whatever starts to come out. Fiction, autobiography, biography, essays, poetry, incomprehensible stream of conciousness gobeldigook… Zines can run the whole gambit.  So just start and when you end up with plenty, edit down to the best “raw” material. Then edit that best material to make it consumable and comprehensive (or at least resemble digestable reading matter).

The typewriter battle station

3. Decide how you want it to look, then try to make it fit your vision.

Start by making a master copy, either analog or digital. Fold some pages into a booklet shape or create in InDesign document. Get it to “big white canvas” status.
Ponder what makes an amazing book in your estimation. Set your standards really high, but be okay with making a simplified version of your dream zine. Spend a moment thinking about readability and pacing.  Make some basic decisions like “every time there is new section, I’ll use this typeface and this border.”
Make your cover. Make early decisions about what paper it will be on, what information will be displayed, what image you’ll use.  If your cover is finished and looks incredible before you fill it with content, you have something to live up to, a natural precedent for quality.

4. Assemble and place images.

First thing, look around your dwelling for interesting images – find books, newspapers, photos, magazines, record covers, food packaging – you will now start building a collection of good clip art. Photocopy or scan everything interesting that you can find. Make drawings or prints of these images.
Legend has it that “copy of a copy = awful,” but often in zine-making this process is what cleans up the design and makes images more striking. Paste lines disappear, shading becomes more muted, and absolute blacks pop. Copy your black and white images, reducing them if necessary to a size that will fit the pages of your zine.
Go outside your immediate surroundings to find more. Go to the library and check out old periodicals, books with chapter heading illustrations, and photography anthologies. Almost all photo books from before 1975 contain photographs that have enough contrast that they look as good or better when photocopied, especially if they end up on nice paper. Look deeper, through your own archives or your friends’. Sometimes that picture you took for a final project in photography class in high school has a home after all.
Cut the images out into little pieces of paper and store them in a manilla envelope for use when you are putting together the master copy of your zine.
Place your images in a pleasing manner throughout your master copy. If some will be direct illustrations for text content, leave room.

Tools of the trade

5. Place text, organize, decorate, and produce.

Write your text out by hand, type it on a typewriter, or print it off the computer and cut it out. Place it attractively amongst your images. Consider beginning, middle, and end; just the way you would if you were writing a short story or a play. Pacing of the zine as a whole is extremely important.
Flip through the master copy and just contemplate at how it looks.  Don’t read the text, just see how it appears on the page. Follow the stream of images when you flip through it quickly. Imagine yourself being a stranger picking up and only giving it 30 seconds of their attention. Will they see something that will make them stop, focus their eyes, and start to read?
Read the content, in detail, as if you are already won over as a reader. Does it live up to your imagined expectations? Edit as necessary from here, and then start producing.

Editor’s note: This is post one in a series of three. This article will continue with Andrew’s next post. Topics to be addressed include: zines in the digital age, low- or no-cost methods of production, and recommendations for further reading.
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Zine Resources, Courtesy of Underground Press.org

We think that one of the best ways to support the zine community is by sharing information. That’s why we’ve gathered this collection of resources, including selections from Zine World and links to other sources. Help us keep these resources current; send updates to wordofmouth@undergroundpress.org.

U.S. Postal Rate Chart (rates effective April 2011, PDF)
The Zinester’s Guide to U.S. Mail — This guide covers the various options zine publishers can use for mailing with the U.S. and internationally, including detailed information about First Class, Media Mail, Parcel Post, and Bound Printed Matter. (PDF, updated Sept. 2008)
How to Pick What Zine Library to Donate To? by Jenna Freedman, reference & zine librarian at Barnard College.
Zines 101: A Quick Guide to Zines is a 2-page sheet with the basics on how to make a zine, where to find zines, layout templates, and what to do with your zine once it’s finished.(PDF)
Bringing Zines to the Community by Hannah D. Forman: a column about organizing a zine workshop, with tips on how to lead your own workshop.
Throwing off the Shackles: How to Break Free of Microsoftby Jerianne and Denny. — Do you consider yourself anti-corporate? Then why are you using Microsoft products when there are lots of great alternatives?
Other Zine Review Zines – Zine World is not the definitive word on anything, so don’t just take our word for it. There are plenty of other fine publications out there to send your zines/comics for review and to scope for new zines. These are the ones we know of.
Where to find zines – Looking for someplace local where you can sit and read or purchase zines? Check out our lists of Zine Libraries and Infoshops and Distros and Stores.
Other Resources – These are a few online resources we recommend for more information about zines, publishing, etc.:
OtherLinks to zine websites, small press publishers, postal information, news sites, and more.
AddressChanges – Us underground press types are always on the go. Here’s where some of us went.


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Zines Timeline compiled by Doug Blandy

"The pamphlet is a one man show. One has complete freedom of expression, including, if one chooses, the freedom to be scurrilous, abusive, and seditious; or, on the other hand, to be more detailed, serious and "high-brow" than is ever possible in a newspaper or in most kinds of periodicals... " - George Orwell, modern pamphleteer!

Bravo to Doug Blandy for compiling this awesome little timeline of the history and evolution of pamphlets and zine warfare.  Here are some other links of interest:

Zinelibrary.net - The best collection of online .pdfs of zines around, lots of them culled and copied from our stacks here in Olympia

Wikipedia's Zine Page - With a link to our humble Olympia 'Zine Library and a mention of Last Word Books!

alt.zines discussion group - always interesting topics

Zine World: A Reader's Guide to the Underground Press out of Portland, Oregon (of course)

The Independent Publishing Resource Center - Also out of Portland, Oregon

Portland Zine Symposium - You guessed it!

Zines Timeline compiled by Doug Blandy
100s - Use of codex (leaf-form of papyrus book) comes into use in the church; allows binding all four Gospels together, all Epistles of Paul. Gentile Christians adopt the codex-form for their Scriptures to differentiate Church from Synagogue, which used scrolls.
105 - Paper refined and popularized in China by Ts'ai-Lin. Invented at least two centuries earlier in China.
1041 - Printing with movable type in China
1151 - First papermill in Europe (Spain).
1403 - First book printed with movable type in Korea
1450 - Gutenberg prints first book (the Bible) with movable type in Europe.
1500s - Appearance in the British Isles of inexpensive ballad literature printed on one sheet of paper and folded twice or more to make a small pamphlet.
1690 - First papermill in what is now the US (Philadelphia). 
1699 - The pamphlet becomes the most effective means of persuasion and
communication creating moral and political communities of readers forms a 'public sphere' of popular, political opinion in Britain. (1)

Chapbooks (cheap books) became a primary source of prose, religion, folktales, poems, politics and music for the so-called lower classes in the British Isles. Sold door to door or in stalls in town or city markets for pennies by chapmen. Often times chapbooks contained material borrowed (stolen) from other sources without permission. Chapbook is a term still used today to describe a small book of poetry. 
1760-1791 - American revolution pamphlets; most notable being Common Sense by Thomas Paine, published in 1776
1788-1791 - The US Constitution and Bill of Rights including the First Amendment 
1790 - The first United States copyright law enacted under the new U.S. Constitution. Books, maps, and charts protected. 
1831 - First general revision of United States copyright law. Music added to works. 
1870 - Second general revision of United States copyright
law. Works of art are now protected. The Library of Congress
centralizes copyright activities, such as deposit and registration.

1825-1880 - Pamphlets associated with western expansionism in North America

1850-1865 - Emancipation and Civil War pamphlets
1874 - First perfected typewriter by Remington
1885 - First pop-up book (an anatomical study)
Late 18th/Early 19th - Women's suffrage pamphleteering. Co-op ownership pamphlets. DIY Movement in Europe - a reaction to industrialization and Victorian bric-a-brac; sometimes referred to as the "arts and crafts movement."
1900 - Industrialization, increased leisure time, and the rise of popular and mass culture
1926 - Hugo Gernsback launched Amazing Stories, the first magazine devoted exclusively to publishing original stories of scientific-based fiction. This magazine featured a special letters section where readers could discuss the scientific basis of the published stories. Gernsback made a minor decision that changed the face of science fiction forever - he printed the full addresses of the letter writers so they could contact each other directly.
1926-1930 Science fiction associations and discussion groups formed
1930 - The Comet published by the Science Correspondence Club believed to be the first fanzine
1930 - 1960 - mimeograph duplicating machine available
1944 - Xerography invented
1952 - World Copyright Union founded in Geneva
1960s /1970s - zines characterized by a synergy between outspoken political
commentary, literary experimentation, heartfelt critiques of
rock and roll music, influence of drugs on visual communication, revolution in layout and design

Mid 1960s - inexpensive offset printing used to create alternative newspapers associated with the political unrest of the time

1967 - UPS (Underground Press Syndicate) founded. Founding members include the Los Angeles Free Press, the East Village Other, the Berkeley Barb, San Francisco's Oracle, Detroit's Fifth Estate, Chicago's Seed, and Austin's Rag

1968 - artists interested in creating "artist's books" at a high point
1970 - Artists Richard Kostelanetz and Henry Korn publish
Assembling, a compilation of artists' writings and images.

1970 - Mail art exhibit at the Whitney
1970s - artists' magazines devoted to genres such as Surrealism, Fluxus,
Situationists, Neo-Dada

1976 - John Holmstrom, along with "Legs" McNeil and Ged Dunne, published the small-circulation fanzine / comix magazine Punk.
Mis 1970s - Sniffin' Glue made its appearance as the leading British punk music fanzine. Sniffin' Glue featured sloppy hand lettering, uneven typewritten interviews, and darkly reproduced pictures.
Late 1970s - innumerable punk fanzines published. Birth of the DIY movement and indie music scene (2)
1980s - copy machines and zine publishing combine, Kinko's copy shops appear on street corners
early 1980s - Mike Gunderloy publishes mimeographed list Factsheet Five. Within a few years turns into a 124 page magazine that proceeded to consume his entire life.
1990s - Riot Grrls movement with zines like Queenie, Heck, Yummi Hussi, Literal Bitch, and Conscious Clit; Mad Planet and Kikizine by Sarah Dryer are featured in Seventeen
1990s - emergence of cyberpunk zines
1990s - Zines created with desk top publishing programs, ezines distributed via the WWW, zines distributed via CD-ROMs
1997 - Zined a video documentary by Marc Moscato

1998 - Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) is founded in Portland, OR

1998 - The Digital Millennium Copyright Act was passed into law giving more protection to copyright owners against digital copyright infringement.
2002 - Zine Librarian Zine #1 by Greg Meins is published in Portland, Or. This zine marks the first attempt to document the creation, mission, and organization of zine libraries nationally.
2000s - Death and resurrection of hardcopy zines
(1) Pamphlets were booklets consisting of a few printer's sheets, folded in various
ways so as to make various sizes and numbers of pages, and sold -- the pages
stitched together loosely, unbound and uncovered -- usually for a shilling or two.

The pamphlet [George Orwell, a modern pamphleteer, has written] "is a one
man show. One has complete freedom of expression, including, if one chooses, the freedom to be scurrilous, abusive, and seditious; or, on the other hand, to be
more detailed, serious and "high-brow" than is ever possible in a newspaper or in
most kinds of periodicals... " (Cambridge University Press, 2002)

(2) "DIY stands for: Do It Yourself and it describes an ethic and a community. The
ethic is one of not needing the assistance of a large company of producing a
service or a product. The ethic is about being able to stand on your own two feet,
its about developing your own ideas and carrying them out, without the backing
of a corporation. The community is built up of those who believe in DIY. Those
people who would rather produce their own "thing" without going and getting
help from big business. The whole idea is, that once big business is involved, that
the original creator of the "thing" is cut out of the creative process, and thus the
"thing" is tarnished. The DIY community is composed of independent publishers,
Artists, musicians, writers, artisans and thinkers." (diysearch, 2002)

Bricklin, D. (2002). Pamphleteers and websites. [WWW document]. URL http://
Cambridge University Press. (2002). Pamphlets and pamphleteering in early modern
Britain by Joan Raymond. [WWW document]. URL 
Diysearch. (2002). Diysearch. [WWW document]. URL
Duncombe, S. (1997). Notes from the underground: Zines and the politics of alternative
culture. New York: Verso. 
Friedman, R. S. (2002) A brief history of zines. [WWW document]. URL

Perkins, S. (2002). Approaching the 80s zine scene. [WWW document]. URL
UMI Research Collections. (2002). Pamphlets in American history. [WWW
document]. URL