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Art: Zines

In this Subject Guide, you will find Art resources to get you started on your research.

What is a zine?

A zine is...

  • individually published, usually in small batches
  • distributed by the publishers by hand (either independently or through zine distributors), at zine fests, and by mail
  • made for self-expression, not profit
  • a medium for expressing ideas & telling stories that aren't represented in the mainstream

You can also find the entry on "Zines" in the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (Ed. Sara Pendergast and Tom Pendergast. Vol. 5. Detroit: St. James Press, 2000. p 228-229. C2000 Gale Group, C2005 Gale, C2007 Gale, Cengage Learning).

You may want to check out some of Barnard College's extensive information and links on zines:

What is a zine/What isn't a zine?
Jenna Freedman, the zine librarian at Barnard College, offers a more comprehensive definition

Zine Genres
An overview of popular kinds of zines, from the Barnard Zine Library

Sources on making zines

Finding or buying zines

Library books on zines

Journals on zines