What is a Zine?
The following description is taken from Jenna Freedman’s article “Zines are not blogs: a not unbiased analysis,” posted on the Barnard College Zine Library’s website:
Definitions of the word “zine” vary tremendously, but they do tend to have these common characteristics:
- Self-published and the publisher doesn’t answer to anyone
- Small, self-distributed print run
- Motivated by desire to express oneself rather than to make money
- Outside the mainstream
- Low budget
A brief history of zines in the United States, compiled by Eunice Draw, former Zine Library Intern:
For a longer discussion of what makes a zine a zine, see Brooklyn College Library’s page on the topic.