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Zine-troduce Yourself

Participants will create a zine that they can use to introduce themselves, using materials from the Barnard Archives and Special Collections. The workshops will be held in the Barnard Zine Library on the 2nd floor of the Milstein Center and led by librari

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Zine-troduce Yourself: Prompts

photo of a person's hand's folding a zine

Make a self-introduction zine 

(one-page zine folding technique)

Suggested contents (can be text, illustrations, poems, representational stand-ins, guessing games, Yelp reviews, etc.)

  • Cover: name & a self-portrait
  • Inside cover page: identities & metadata
  • Facing page: where you're from
  • Centerfold left: your family, animals, who you live with
  • Centerfold right: your friends, chosen ones
  • Facing back inside cover page: your house, your room
  • Inside back cover page: a story of your name
  • Back cover: NSOP playlist

Some Zine Definitions

Personal zines (11-11:30)

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

  • "zines—paper documents, usually made by hand, without any financial incentive—endure. Zines are quirky, individualized booklets filled with diatribes, reworkings of pop culture iconography, and all variety of personal and political narratives." - Alison Piepmeier, Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism.
  • "A zine, short for fanzine or magazine, is a DIY* subculture self-publication, usually made on paper and reproduced with a photocopier or printer. Zine creators are often motivated by a desire to share knowledge or experience with people in marginalized or otherwise less-empowered communities." - Barnard Zine Library definition.