This is post no. 26 of #BlogchatterA2Z.
This includes blogging every day in April for 26 days, except on Sundays. What’s special about it is that every day’s post will be corresponding to each letter of the alphabet.
All my #BlogchatterA2Z posts 2021 can be found here.
The Oxford English Dictionary says that zine (pronounced zeen) is a shortened form of “fanzine.”
Fanzines emerged as early as the 1930s among the science fiction fan community.
(I would have gone into the history of zines but I am too fatigued by COVID-19 infection to write it up. I’m skipping it for now; will update later.)
There are varying definitions of a zine, but typically it refers to:
a noncommercial, online or homemade (photocopied) independent publication devoted to unconventional and specialized topics produced in small and limited batches.
Zines are supposed to have a circulation of 5,000 but in reality, they usually are produced in batches of less than 1,000 pieces.
There are many kinds of zines – literary, travel, health, food, art and photography, music, social and political, and even personal (perzines).
They deal with topics that may be too niche or controversial for mainstream media.
Zines can have poetry, short stories, essays, photographs, drawings, lists, or word art. There may be no text and there may be no images.
The rules for zines are fluid since it’s a platform for people to express themselves. This also makes it difficult to definitely explain what a zine is.
People who create zines are called zinesters and are motivated less by profit and more by self-expression and passion for their chosen subject.
Zines vary in size from 8.5″ X 11″, 6″ X 9″, 5.5″ X 8.5″ and are traditionally saddle stitched.
The minimum page count is 8 and it can go up to 92 for the perfect saddle stitch binding.
Zine distros, short for zine distribution, are places or people who give away or sell zines.
The difference between a magazine and a zine is that a magazine is usually produced by a publishing company, whereas a zine is an independent publication meant for a small circulation and distributed by post or by word of mouth.
Magazines may have advertisements and look to make profits, whereas zines aim to disseminate bold, radical ideas.
As more and more people have access to the Internet and are adopting digital media, zines have a wider reach and circulation. Practically anyone can become a zinester.
For writers, putting out a zine is a means of getting published and garnering readers.
Check out this interesting video about how to make your own digital zine on Canva: