July is International Zine Month. Are you gonna take part in the festivities? What are the festivities, you ask? Well, first and foremost is making a zine. Lots of Zine Fests happen in July and August, so many people are already working hard on zines to have for the festivals.
There are a lot of other ways you can take part and International Zine Month and Stolen Sharpie Revolution have created a 31 Days of IZM list for you. It includes an activity for each day. Do all of them or do a few, either way you'll be celebrating the awesome and revolutionary craft of making a zine. Lots of people are checking in to We Make Zines and posting what they are doing on their blogs. If you want to get some ideas check out We Make Zines.
Day 2 called for a list of ten things you like about zines. Okay, here's my list:
- You don't need a grant, a publisher or permission to make a zine.
- You get to meld images and words in any way you want.
- You can learn as much as you want to in zines. So much information! Lots of it not covered in other publications.
- It is very satisfying to hold a finished zine of yours in your hands (and to give it out).
- Zines are art
- You meet and connect to some amazing people with zines
- You can design the text in a way that forms the way a person reads the zine.
- Zines are fun and take little money
- Zines give you a creative outlet.
- Zines can be done by anyone!
Day 3 of 31 Days of IZM is Distro Appreciation Day. I'll list my fave zine distro's here. Check them out and spread some money around there if you can. Distro's are always a labor of love and I would hate them to disappear.
Hopefully, I will check in more this month with more 31 Days of Zines, but, um, I also got to get to making that zine for the Portland Zine Symposium in August. Feel free to share links to your blog posts about International Zine Month. Happy July!