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Zines by Artists

Barnard Zine Library Curator Jenna Freedman created this guide to support Branden Joseph's Art History seminar at Columbia University.

Zine Basics

What is a zine?

Zine definition from Scissors & Chainsaws No. 2 : Diary Comic Zine Made in July 2020 During International Zine Month by Nina Echozina, excerpt shared with permission

Cover of Xerography Debt #3: cover in dot matrixesque style, drawing of figure in sort of a prayer pose, holding up a zineAnything anyone wants to add? How does this definition agree with, build on, or stray from zines described by Ensminger

Zine Show & Tell

photo of a cream colored cat with orange markings putting its little paw on a zine called "Not Sorry" that's on a table with two other zinesZine Appreciation

Discuss What You Read and Saw

photo of a cat with an open box and a pile of zinesDiscuss: 10 minutes

How do this author's zines make you feel? What styles and elements move you?

Why did the creator(s) make a zine instead of...a book, a poem, street theater, an Instagram post, a meme, a protest, a letter to the editor, etc.?

How to the images complement or complicate the text?

Share: 10 minutes