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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 Content


  • color
  • construction
  • relief prints


  • staples
  • sewing
  • stab
  • materials


  • illustrations
  • fair use/copyright
  • photographs
  • typography/handwriting
  • backgrounds


  • prose
  • art
  • poems
  • games
  • collages
  • internet content
  • metadata:
    • author
    • title
    • date
    • publication location
    • rights
  • manifestos
  • white space
  • excerpts
  • reviews


  • personal
  • political
  • art
  • literary
  • split
  • compilation
  • minicomics
  • DIY

Check out the Design Center

  • sewing
  • print making
  • paper marbling

Zine Tech


  • Cryptpad - free, open source, data secure alternative to Google Drive. Available in China!
  • Dropbox
  • Element - free version, open source, data secure alternative to Slack
  • Etherpad - free, open source application that you can set to disappear after a certain date
  • Google Drive - did you know you can change the dimensions on Google slides? Try 5.5" wide by 8.5" high if you're in the US or 148.5mm x 210mm where A4 is the standard paper size. 
  • Slack
If it were me (Jenna), I'd suggest each person create their pages the way they want and have one person in charge of assembling them. Here's an example of a collaboration spreadsheet from a compilation zine I was part of. 




  • Flipsnack
  • Issuu
  • Yumpu
  • Google slides/drive, per the collaboration column, but consider access issues from countries that ban the Goog

Events This Spring

  • Friday, February 25 1-2:30pm: The Queer of Science Zines
    STEM Librarian Erin Anthony and Zine Library staff invert the triangle of evidence based medicine and look at queer takes on other disciplines including sound engineering, psychology, computer and data science, climate science, and even library science. Registration.
  • Friday, March 25 1:2:30pm: Leave Comic Sans Alone: Exploring Accessibility in Zine Making
    With Edinburgh Zine Library co-founder Lea Cooper
  • Friday, April 22 & Friday, April 29 2-4pm: Zine-O-Thon
    Collaboration with Columbia Libraries/Kaneisha Gaston: Earth Day-themed zine-making

Now You!


  • Something you really love or really hate and why
  • Something you know a lot about
  • 2021

Page-by-Page Suggestions

Front Cover (1)

  • Title. Optional: subtitle, issue number, your name, publication year.
  • Mind map, pie chart (or if you're a data snob another kind of chart), or other illustration of the topic.

Inside Cover (2)

  • Introduction and metadata, including rights and permissions (i.e., copyright)
  • Hint: I often write this part last, after I know what I'm introducing


  • "I remember" statements
  • Manifesto
  • Problem/argument/thesis in a nontraditional format--could be a meme

Center Left (4) & Center Right (5)

  • Use the double page to draw a comic, whether you draw comics or not. Stick figures rule!


  • "Pencil game" could be a maze, a crossword puzzle, a wordfinder, or a quiz

Inside Cover (7)

  • might continue page six or
  • 10-word literature reviews
  • quotations
  • a social media post that encapsulates your theme
  • outro

Back Cover (8)

  • Playlist
  • Reading log
  • Thank yous or no thank yous