We are excited to announce that we will be hosting our workshops at The Shacklewell Arms on civilised yet productive sunday afternoons.

Our first workshop will be a zine making session with a photocopying station -

A selection of homemade pies with mash will be available from the bar incase you get a hungry.

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If you’d like to host your own workshop please email girlsgetbusyzine@gmail.com
The Shacklewell Arms - 71 Shacklewell Lane, London E8 2EB
Facebook event page here

tammymercure: Hello! If you or your followers are interested I am doing a zine workshop in Bristol, VA at the Grind House on October 4th at 7pm. It is for those who want to know how to get started and for those already making them to show their work. Hope to see you there. Got your zine in the mail- it was awesome.

Thank you for submitting this, it looks amazing! I will try to make it. Thank you for getting the zine too, I am glad you enjoyed it!


Some photos from our day at DIY Cultures in Shoreditch yesterday - including the cute name badge Hannah made for me to wear at our workshop and the patch I made.

It was such a great day, and I had a lovely time working with Hanecdote. So thank you to everybody that supported GGB and bought zines, and to those who signed up to our patch-making workshop ♥

And thank you to DIY Cultures for putting together such a inspiring diverse event, it was so well organised!

I wrote this today for my zine workshop

Zines: An Anti-History

By Christina Vines


What is a zine?  Merriman-Webster defines a zine as, “a noncommercial often homemade or online publication usually devoted to specialized and often unconventional subject matter.”  Wikipedia claims a zine is, “a small circulation self-published work of original and/or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier.”  A zine can be all of these things, but it is also be so much more than what these brief definitions imply.  A zine is one of the most ambiguous forms of media that exists.  A zine is a forum for its creators to write, illustrate, compile, or imply whatever they feel like sharing with their audience.  It can be an entertaining comic book or a fiery political manifesto.  It can be a manual for do-it-yourself bike repair, or a cookbook featuring 50 different ways to prepare carrots.  A zine is whatever the creator wants it to be, and that is why zines are so great.

The “history” of zines is almost as ambiguous as zines themselves.  Because zines are a form of underground and alternative media, it is impossible to trace and relate them accurately within mainstream history.  Zines are usually traced back to the fanzine, a specific genre of zines created by fans of cultural phenomena and aimed at readers with similar interests.  Due to this fact, early self-published political publications are sometimes overlooked, despite the fact that a significant portion of the current “zine scene” is dedicated to discussion of political topics.  For example, when outlining zine history, it has been suggested that science fiction fanzines were the early form of zines which maintained popularity from the late 1930’s through the 1960’s, followed by punk fanzines in the 1970’s. The fact that sci-fi or punk fanzines were popular during the proposed time periods doesn’t necessarily mean that they were the only significant zines circulating at the time.  At the very least, certainly there must have been a sizable amount of self-published pamphlets and booklets during the 1960’s Vietnam War protests which were just as much “zines” as any fanzine.

What we CAN definitively say about zines is that they are growing and changing every day.  There are now zines for almost any topic you can think of.  If you can’t find one about something that interests you, you can just make one yourself because they are incredibly easy to make and cheap to produce.  Zines come in many shapes, sizes, colors, and mediums.  Though still predominantly fabricated on photocopiers, many zines now feature more complex techniques such as letterpress and screen printing.  Zines are handed out to small groups of friends and featured at local infoshops, but are also available for purchase on the internet and are catalogued in zine libraries.  While they are still undoubtedly a do-it-yourself underground media medium, zines are now more accessible than ever.

POC Zine Project at Allied Media Conference (Pt 3 of 3]: City Dreams Youth Zine Workshop

Allied Media Conference 2013  was from June 20 - 23, 2013. This is POCZP Midwest Coordinator Joyce Hatton's recap from #AMC2013 on Sunday, June 23. Read the first and second installments by POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano.

 [DESCRIPTION: City Dreams Youth Zine Workshop facilitators and attendees on June 23, 2013 during #AMC2013 in Detroit]

Words and photos by Joyce Hatton, POCZP Midwest Coordinator

The City Dreams Youth Zine Workshop took place Sunday, June 23rd, at the 15th Annual Allied Media Conference in Detroit, MI. The workshop facillitators were Becca Hayes from Michigan State University; Katie Violet Livingston and Casey Miles from Michigan State University and Queer Theory Playground, and Rachel Storm from Outta the Mouths of Babes Youth Radio Project, Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, and myself. Another person who was going to co-facilitate decided not to, which none of us had a problem with since five of us was plenty.

Here is the description of the workshop:

Using guided collage-making, youth will envision their cities as dream-cities – full of art, culture, safe homes and strong communities. Youth participants will think through how they could improve their own communities as they create images of what they desire in their cities, neighborhoods, or homes. Collaged images will be assembled into a zine, “City Dreams!,” and copied for all youth participants and distributed in small circulation at the AMC conference.

We had a great time! Five kids attended and three adults. Of the eight, four had never heard of zines before, so there was a nice mix of teaching and sharing of experiences.

We talked about how zines can be a great way to share your art and writings, and also how collaborative zines are a great way to create community. That was a great lesson for me to learn, as I had never made a collaborative zine before.

Before: Prepping For The Workshop

Since we lived in three different cities, we used email to plan the workshop, and we met once we got to AMC to go over some details.

I brought pre-folded pocket zines and instructions on how to fold them- to show that there are different types of zines, and because pocket zines are totally awesome.

But the main reason I brought the pocket zines was to retain what I think is the most powerful moment in a zine workshop: That moment when a person realizes “I can use this to say anything I want… what do I want to say?”

When a zine workshop has a theme, it can take away from the feeling of empowerment, and can make zine-making feel like it’s not something a person can do on their own. I thought that spending a few minutes encouraging kids to make their own pocket zines later might increase the empowerment factor.

During: City Dreams Youth Zine Workshop

It was so much fun! We shared some information about zines, talked about healthy communities, what we liked about the cities that we lived in, and just chit-chatted in general while we worked.

[DESCRIPTION: Siuloong did an awesome four page spread for City Dreams zine about what makes great community]

I met some really cool people that day, but I really have a special place in my heart for Amarisa, who is maybe 9 or 10. She talked about how the police in her school make her feel unsafe.

[DESCRIPTION: Amarisa’s zine pages about police abusing power, part of the City Dreams zine made at #AMC2013]

I took the opportunity to validate her feelings, and said “That’s really crappy that you feel unsafe in school, and I want you to know that there are people who are working to get the police out of your school, and I hope they do it soon.” And she said “Yes, because that’s where I go to get my education, and I should feel comfortable there, so I can focus on learning!” It was such a rewarding experience for me.

The other kids who were there had made zines before, but Amarisa and her friend Angel had never heard of zines before. When I gave them the pocket zines, they were so excited that they had a medium that they could use to express themselves. I hope they do! Their voices matter!

[DESCRIPTION: City Dreams zines contributor Jamii did an illustration about backyard gardens: “Sankofa, valuing the earth.”]

I kept a close watch on time to have plenty of time for working on the zine, and so we would have enough time to share at the end of the session. Even so, everyone was working down to the last minute!

Our group was really creative. I let them know that it was OK if they took their zine pages home to finish them rather than have them be included in the zine, because it’s nice to have options. I think everyone submitted all their pages to the zine, though.

After: Lessons From The Workshop

I asked a participant if she identified as disabled, so I could make note in the zine, to give visibility to disabled and differently abled zinesters. As I asked her, I was reminded of my internalized ableism, and very quickly we realized we had a lot we wanted to talk about, so we went out for coffee and had an amazing conversation about a wide range of topics.

We had such a good conversation that I totally lost track of time and did not have time to go make copies of the zine for participants.

In hindsight I realized there wouldn’t have been enough time anyway. One of the areas we had really failed to plan out was how we planned to print out the zine. I was able to get everyone’s address, and once I got back I copied the zine and mailed them. Everyone got two color copies of the zine, and five black and white copies.

[DESCRIPTION: City Dreams zine] 

I was glad I was able to present a workshop at my first AMC. It really contributed to my overall experience.



- POC Zine Project’s workshop recap (with MOONROOT and Adela C. Licona) from the 2013 Allied Media Conference

- Zines in the classroom: Pros and Cons

- Pocket zine-making workshop with an all-Native Girl Scout Troop

- Oasis for Girls zine-making workshop



If everyone in our community gave $1, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2013. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to our 2013 tour, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

Our free Mercado La Paloma workshop is kind of like a time capsule, but instead of encapsulating time (too easy), you’re going to encapsulate yourself.  After we go over the basics (awkward introductions, a brief zine history timeline, folding), we move onto the creative part…

Finally, we’ll be helping you with ideation–we know how strong  the pressure of the blank page can be. Our guiding theme for the workshop unites journal-style “perzines” with the altars that are traditionally constructed on the Day of the Dead in honor of loved ones who have passed on.  We’re calling it a Legacy Zine.  Think about who you are, what defines you, and how you hope people perceive you now.  Then consider that a legacy is a lifetime–since you are very much alive, this exercise is as much an exploration of the present as it is of your future!  What do you aim to accomplish in your lifetime?  What mark will you leave behind?  We encourage you to bring your own materials–pictures you’ve taken or work you’ve made, for example–to incorporate into your project and make it that much more personal.

Please RSVP to rsvp@cafam.org! They’re providing all the supplies so they need to know how much to bring so you don’t have to armwrestle someone for scissors.  For info and directions, consult the Facebook invite, please.

We’re excited to be working with Folk Art Everywhere and hope that you come out to this FREE workshop.  If you can’t make it, be sure to see all the great workshops that CAFAM and Folk Art Everywhere are bringing to you this fall–yarnbombing, Etsy craft night, and folk art tours of L.A. neighborhoods!

LAZF Zine Workshop at Mercado La Paloma
October 6, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
3655 S Grand Ave., Ste. 240
Los Angeles, California 90007
FREE (RSVP requested)


Jenna Brager might just be a lady werewolf. She identifies as a junior hoarder and enjoys pie, Xena the Warrior Princess, and Jewish ghost stories. Jenna claims to never edit her zines. Check out her impressive CV.

Jenna is the creator of the mini-comic perzine hybrid Sassyfrass Circus. Jenna edits the collaborative zines Femme-A-Barb (about feminine identified people with body hair) and Dokeyit (a zine which seeks to speak to the cross-sections of Jewish and queer/feminist identification and how these might inform an anti-Zionist or Palestinian solidarity politic) Jenna is also a co-producer of Archiving the Underground about zines in archives, academia, and libraries. 

Jenna will be reading at Chicago Zine Fest’s Exhibitor Reading at 826CHI on March 8. You can catch Jenna at CZF’s Zine Exhibition March 9 where she will also be teaching a hands-on comic workshop entitled “In the gutter: a super-quick intro to writing and drawing comics” from 2 - 3:30 pm in Workshop Room 1. You can find out more info here!

You can find Jenna online in these places: WebsiteFacebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, New Inquiry, Shareable.