Have you ever written for a zine or would you want to?
I first heard about zines as a do-it-yourself form of expression feminists/Riot Grrrls used in the 1990s and have seen quite a few circulating around the ace community. Mark Todd and Esther Pearl Watson define a zine as “a handmade magazine or mini-comic about anything you can imagine: favorite bands, personal stories, subcultures, or collections. They contain diary entries, rants, interviews, and stories. They can be by one person or many, found in stores, traded at comic conventions, exchanged with friends, or given away for free.”
I think zines are a fascinating medium to get across intimate details and new ideas. They remind me a lot of blogging, but holding a zine in your hand has a uniquely personal touch. I’m about to start a zine project wherein I’ll be facilitating making a zine with my feminist animal liberation university club. The last collective activist zine I put together turned out great and I loved the process of making it as much as the finished project. Many of the undergraduate students I’ll be working with this time aren’t familiar with zines and I’m curious how it will go.