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Design & Digital Humanities

Zine Librarian Jenna Freedman created this guide for Cassandra Hradil's class at Parsons College.


front and back of Bystander Intervention & De-escalation zine by Eleanor WhitneySet the tone for a warm and welcoming space

Listen to understand

Encourage multiple voices to be heard

Recognize different ways of participating

Nina Nijsten's Definition

Nijsten, Nina. Scissors & Chainsaws No. 2 : Diary Comic Zine Made in July 2020 During International Zine Month. Gent, Belgium: Nina Nijsten, 2020.

Read and Discuss

What Zines Are Like

Skim a zine for three minutes and then move on to the next one. You won't have time to read the whole zines. 

Oldest/only: Laura Scott, Negress : San Quentin Prisoner #23187

Middle/it's complicated: Sillywish #5

Youngest: Femme Mache

In breakout rooms discuss for five minutes:

  • Why did the creator(s) choose to make a zine, rather than a blog post, website, TikTok, journal article, painting, etc.
  • How do the graphics complement or complicate the text?
  • What moves you/or not about the zine?

Group share.