zine makers

anonymous asked:

Honey, go and make that zine! You don't need to wait for other people to do things, you can start it yourself! Wordpress is a good website for things like that :)

If i really wanted to host one, I would have said “hey maybe i should put together a frans zine” in my post - but I didn’t (sadly) ,, thanks for the support though anon ❤❤ maybe this will motivate me to do smthn big one day. The biggest thing I’ve done is the frans charms lol


Are you a fan of Overwatch? Are you a fan of Amelie Lacroix / Widowmaker? Well if you do, this is the zine for you!

This is going to be a collection of pieces predominately focused on Widow herself! However shipping and group pieces are allowed as long as the focus is on Widow!

Final art pieces must be full illustrations. Size requirement is 8x10 and must be at 300dpi for printing.

Final works of writing can be up to a max of 1000 words.

Both art and writing will be picked by a jury.

Zine is going to stay as a digital release as of right now, but physical copies will be determined based on demand. If physical copies are to be made, artists are allowed to submit work for merchandise. This is a bit that will be determined later on.

Any profit made from sales of the zine will be donated to a charity decided by the collective group of who are accepted into the zine.

Application Deadline: July 22nd

Artists/Writers Announcement: July 31st

Final pieces must be done by September 30th

Please send any questions to floretwitch@gmail.com !!


Hey! Look! There’s an upcoming middle grade book about a young latina girl who’s into punk and it looks awesome:

“From debut author and longtime zine-maker Celia C. Pérez, The First Rule of Punk is a wry and heartfelt exploration of friendship, finding your place, and learning to rock out like no one’s watching.

There are no shortcuts to surviving your first day at a new school—you can’t fix it with duct tape like you would your Chuck Taylors. On Day One, twelve-year-old Malú (María Luisa, if you want to annoy her) inadvertently upsets Posada Middle School’s queen bee, violates the school’s dress code with her punk rock look, and disappoints her college-professor mom in the process. Her dad, who now lives a thousand miles away, says things will get better as long as she remembers the first rule of punk: be yourself.

The real Malú loves rock music, skateboarding, zines, and Soyrizo (hold the cilantro, please). And when she assembles a group of like-minded misfits at school and starts a band, Malú finally begins to feel at home. She’ll do anything to preserve this, which includes standing up to an anti-punk school administration to fight for her right to express herself!

Black and white illustrations and collage art throughout make The First Rule of Punk a perfect pick for fans of books like Roller Girl and online magazines like Rookie.”

It comes out this August, and I’m definitely checking it out. A little punk latina girl fighting the establishment to be herself? Sign me up.


this is my quick, unedited response to recent anons asking about help with starting a zine / motivation!

NOTE! I wrote this just a few hours ago, a little sleep deprived on a long flight back home. it’s not complete and it’s just thoughts off the top of my head. sorry to anyone if it’s visually straining, 

@sundayschoolkid totally inspired the zine prompt about making lists (Grace is one of my favorite zine makers + based in l.a. also) 

Open call for submissions to all zine makers, zine distros, comix makers, self-publishers, and independent artists to join the exhibition at Street Cat Zine Fest.

welcome to DEAR DIARY the first east bay perzine fest coming FEBRUARY 2018. a text heavy fest full of feelings. more info coming soon, applications open november 15th. we welcome first time zine makers or people who have never submitted to fests before, people who don’t have an online zine presence, marginalized voices, and angry, sloppy cut n paste issues made so that you can make it through your issues (you know what i’m talking about). turn your winter sadness into a zine you can share with your new pen pals/friends. TELL EVERYONE and feel free to get in touch with us if you wanna hand out fliers/make fliers/have any questions. our email is deardiaryzinefest@gmail.com



anonymous asked:

do you have any favorite artists?

so many! but just like life works in phases and stages, i’m currently gravitating towards/soothed by:

-paul thek (”a great artist helps people love eachother”) 

-suzi gablik (her writings about art / how toxic modernism is and how it’s atrophied our empathy and social responsibility as artists) 

-james baldwin (youtube interviews…his embodied/speaking presence is something that needs to be seen, to supplement his writing)

-audre lorde (read: uses of the erotic & the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house - very relevant reading for our current moment) 

-gloria anzaldua’s writing 

-yoshitomo nara 

-mogu takahashi 

-dadaist/surrealist women in the 1920s-50s 

-hibino katsuhiko 

-cai guo-qiang

-tara booth

-ines estrada

-ana mendieta (always!!!) 

-wizard apprentice 

-young fellow zine makers/artists here in the U.S. and abroad like:  @sundayschoolkid @virgosunleomoonpiscesrising @feelingsfeeler @synchronisewitches @thechapess @gumagaling @maamry @daniellechenette


Hello fellow zine makers!

I am wanting to get into your brain about why you make zines….it’s for this thing I’m doing (it’s not a zine).

If you could email me a paragraph or even just a sentence or two explaining  why you makes zines and what the process means to you, that would be amazing and super nice of you



Vans Art Spotlight:  Jon Carling (Oakland, USA)

Known for his fantastical and dreamy illustrations and drawings –from bird headed warriors to out of this world landscapes with cosmic skies and mystical female warrior / priestesses, Oakland based artist Jon Carling has filled endless sketchbooks with his unique imagination. Carling’s early love of music has influenced his artistic and creative processes, from creating and trading fanzines to collaborating with various bands such as The Brian Jonestown Massacre to Dead Meadows.  We were glad to have Jon on our Vans Art Spotlight where he talks about sketching in the shower, growing up with music, and getting out of a creative rut.  

We have no doubt his interview will inspire you to fill your own sketchbooks! 

Keep reading

Doomed Gallery and The Photocopy Club presents

ZINE WORLD, Photography edition.
With self publishing, DIY culture and photography ever growing around the world,Doomed Gallery and TPC have come together to present a world wide exhibition of photographic zines. Building an exhibition platform and community for photographers to share their images in the zine format to people and places that may not get the chance to see them.
This call out for submissions is for photographic zine makers, from every corner of the globe. The exhibition will take place in June 2015 at Doomed Gallery in London. Doomed and TPC will then work with other independent galleries around the world to keep this amazing exhibition of zine making on the right track to be seen by as many people as possible.
Please spread the word and support the project in any way you can.

The advent of low-cost printing and the widespread use of the internet have radically democratized the publishing process and it’s now easier than ever to self-publish and find yourself an audience.

I’ve been self-publishing zines of my photography and writing for years and I’ve always found the process rewarding.

The DIY ethos of zine-making has translated into my other creative works and I’ve done a number of other projects in a similar way. I run a gallery called B Rad out of the hallway of my house and I’ve curated a number of shows in there and elsewhere.

Recently, in collaboration with Iklect, I curated the Grip Thumb show in London, which was an exhibition of art on grip; an often overlooked art within skate culture.

I also run a skate zine called Radulthood, which I started as a reaction to traditional skate media. Instead of having a magazine filled with images of the biggest, hardest new trick at a notorious spot, I wanted to create a zine which was tethered to the philosophy of skateboarding and in particular the relationship between the skater and his local skate park. All the collaborators, whether visual or written, had strong ties to skateboarding and instead of having glossy photos of tricks at the park, I chose to feature illustrations inspired by the skate park space instead.

As well as that, I’ve also recently released my first photography book, Second Adolescence, which launched at Doomed Gallery in April. I released the book through a publisher called Blue Monday Press that I set up. I’m hoping I can use it as a platform to publish mine and other artists work in the future. As I write this, I’m in a Blue Monday Press hosted pop up shop in Brighton which is selling a variety of zines, books, tees, and prints, and hopefully this will be the first of many more.

That’s enough background on me, back to the original question. Why self publish? Well, there’s a lot of reasons really.

Firstly, it’s easy. The hardest part of self publishing something is the actual content inside and making sure it’s something you’re happy with. The steps you take once you have your content are very simple.

Next, you’re able to work at your own pace and to your own schedule. There are no deadlines, except the ones you set yourself, and no-one is telling you this needs to be done by a certain time. You are free to release it when you are happy with your final product and it’s ready as soon as you say it is.

You don’t need any approval to self-publish something. You don’t have to wait around for a publisher to give you a green light or edit your work to someone else’s standards. It can look exactly how you want it and you can put whatever you want into it.

You set your own budget. This means you can decide how big your print run is and how much you think your project is worth. Not only that, if you’re fronting the money to get something made, you know you’re going to really have to be desperate to put it out and you won’t waste your time and money making a half-arsed project.

Also having a physical project makes you more likely to find your audience. A physical object is easier to appreciate and a much nicer way to experience a project than as a digital file on a computer screen. A physical product is much more memorable too, unlike the constant array of digital images we’re exposed to every day. An object is likelier to stick in the mind.

Moreover, you will learn how to create a body of work as opposed to a great single image. Often in art, the emphasis is placed on one singular great image but people are not taught how to construct a coherent body of work. If you’re working within the confines of the book structure, you will need to create a central theme or narrative that will run through-out and tie everything together.

Finally, and very importantly, self-publishing will make you into a do-er as opposed to a talker. There’s no point talking about that project you wish you could do if you had the money if you never plan to back it yourself. Figure out your budget and do it as best as you can within that. At least you’ll have done something.

Now, you’ve decided that you want to self-publish a project. What do you do? Well, there’s no limit to it.

You should make something you want to see that will combine your passion and your craft. My first zine was called Concrete Canvas and combined my passion for skateboarding with my craft, photography. I wanted to publish my skate photography with an essay setting the context for the images so they could be understood by a wider audience than only skateboarders. I wrote an essay laying out my theories on skateboarding in relationship to the urban environment, to explain my view of skateboarding as an art of movement in reaction to the urban space. Combine your craft with your passion to make something you would be excited to see. If you love poetry and nature, write yourself an anthology of nature poems.

You should make something difficult. I’m by no means a natural writer and I found it hard to write the essay in Concrete Canvas but it’s important that you earn your project. If you’re not excited by what you’ve made, why would anyone else be? Don’t just put out a zine of some drawings you did, set yourself a hard project that you will be proud to finish and share.

With regards to my photography, I have two rules for photo projects. I want each individual photo to have an implicit narrative and I want there to be a narrative built into the zine or book so you take the audience on some kind of journey from beginning to end.

The narrative implied in the photo is very important to me. I like photographs that have a mysterious past and future. The photo on this slide is of an almost gladitorial scene. The lone skater facing a huge crowd about to take his run. You don’t know how the scence arose and you don’t know what happened afterwards but your imagination can conjure up both. I like that in a photo.

Narrative within a project is important for me to. I dislike books or zines which are simply a ‘best of’ album of a photographer’s work. It’s much more exciting to see a photo book which reads like a book and you can see characters evolve from beginning to end, even if it’s simply the photographer’s journey from a to b. I find it also sticks with me more if I read a book with a narrative. I find it easier to describe it to someone else, as opposed to simply saying I liked a certain single picture.

So, you’ve decided to self-publish, you’ve got all your content ready, now what? There’s a few different ways to do it.

The traditional way to make a zine is to stick your text and images onto a piece of A4 paper, make as many pages as you like, then photocopy it, fold it, and staple it. There you go, you’ve got a zine.

I like to use Indesign to make mine because I like having the ability to easily change the structure and images within a zine. Indesign is a simple programme to learn and I’d recommend it for all prospective book or zine makers. I will lay all my images out in spreads, export as a pdf, then send that file to a printer.

Alot of people print their own zines and I respect that a lot. I’m not a very precise or patient person when it comes to doing repetitive tasks so I don’t mind paying a little extra to have someone print and fold my zines. When ready to print, always make sure you shop around. Email a number of printers with your details (20 pages, color, 160gsm stock) and see which ones give you a good price. I’d also always recommend getting a proof. You don’t want to order 50 copies of your zine only to find you spelt something wrong on the first page.

For your first zine or self-published project, I’d definitely recommend funding it all yourself. With a budget of £50 you can still get a bunch of nicely printed black and white zines. I used Kickstarter for my Second Adolescence project because I knew my budget, knew I could deliver a nice product to my deadline, it was a project I had worked on for a year and was proud of, and I knew I had an audience who would be willing to back me. Fund yourself and make things until you get to that big project that you’re excited to give to people, and consider crowdfunding then but don’t do it until you’re ready.

Then what? You’ve published your first zine, you’ve got a box full of copies by your bed, what do you do now?

Do some trades! Find people who are in the same boat as you, they’ve made a few things, but they’re at a similar level to you creatively. It’s awesome to swap your art for other people’s art and it’s lovely when someone who’s work you like is excited to exchange it for your work. Coming home to a trade in the post is a great feeling.

Set up an online shop for your creation. You might not sell much at first but it’ll give people an option to support your art financially. People can’t buy something that isn’t for sale so give them that option.

You also should contact lots of blogs and magazines. People won’t know that you’ve made something unless you tell them. You’ll build contacts, build an audience, and spread the word about your work. Be careful who you send your stuff to though and know their audience. There’s no point sending a gritty street photography project to a high end fashion magazine. Accept that your work isn’t for everywhere and find the places that you fit.

Lastly and most importantly, get rejected and get better. If you want to make things and keep making things, you’re going to need to learn to handle rejection. People will say no, simply not like your work, and there will be a lot of sent emails that never receive a response. If someone doesn’t like your project, find out why and grow from that. When I first started making zines I tried to get them in shops. The paper was low quality, the images weren’t great and they said no. I took that on board and I’ve been more considered with the stock of my zines and the images featured.

It’s a long and steep learning curve to get better at your art but appreciate the journey and your next project will be your best yet.

Good luck!


if you are in the Boston area, like zines, comics, Rookie mag, or want to see more alternative media/music/art with a POC perspective, I highly recommend attending this reading/lecture!

“Suzy X frontwoman of Brooklyn-based punk rock witchcore band Shady Hawkins, contributor at Rookie and Bitch Media , illustrator, zine maker, blogger, team member at POC Zine Project and Girls Rock Camp Volunteer will be speaking about her self-archiving in her blog/project ‘Memoirs of a Mallgoth’ and zine 'Malcriada’”.

Saturday, February 1 @ 5 pm
@ the Van Alan Clark Jr. Library at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston!

Hey friends, I hope things are blooming for you! My name is Mar Pascual and I’m a Filipinx, non-binary, queer, fat, femme art maker and zine writer. Though I won’t be at San Francisco Zine Fest this year, these zines will be available for purchase at the 429 Collective table for $5.

Bloom: A Zine About Coming Into Femmeness contains words and drawings that explore the intersecting relationships between brown identities, trauma processing, gender, and growth.

SFZF takes place tomorrow — Sunday, September 6th, at the County Fair Building (1199 9th Ave, SF CA 94122) from 11-5 p.m.

Check out sfzinefest.org for more details!

TPZ Changes!

Hello everyone! Big changes are happening at Thepulpzine.com! Firstly we are changing our website format so we can easily distinguish ourselves so hang in there while we decide on the perfect look! 

Second of all, myself and another babe are going through ALL the old emails and submissions we have ever gotten. We are replying to every single one of you one by one. We want our zine to be as inclusive as possible so sorry for our tardiness we but are here now! 

And lastly, we are calling for writers and poets! Please email thepulpzine@gmail.com if you are a writer! And all poets please email our editor Chey, at fleamarket19@yahoo.com!