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Revolutions in Text and Technology: Zines

This guide, created by zine librarian Jenna Freedman, supports Sue Mendelsohn's English course at Columbia University in the summer of 2023.

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.

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 zinesReflect: 5 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