The cover this week is not from a book exactly. It's not even one cover. It's a series of covers from a collection I've been periodically adding to since the early '90's. These are my zine covers.
|*only a small portion of my actual zine collection|
The Zine World website defines zines as "a self-published, small circulation, non-commercial booklet or magazine, usually produced by one person or a few individuals" and goes on to say that "zines are publications done for the love of doing them, not to make a profit or a living." I couldn't have said it better myself. Zines can basically be about anything. They can be a collection of stories about your life or fiction stories. They can be about anything you're obsessed with: celebrities, books, music, knitting, poetry, taxidermy. Zines are sometimes cheaply made and filled with poor-quality writing, it's true. But more often, zines are true literary gems, the ultimate small press offering.
So where do you find zines? There are a ton of places online and off to find them; many big cities have zine libraries or bookstores that sell zines. Chicago, for instance, has Quimby's; you can use Google to find such stores, etc. in your area.
Online there are many sites where zine writers post to advertise and try to sell or trade/give away their zines. Here are just a few:
Zine Scene - Livejournal Community
We Make Zines - Social Network for Zinesters
Zines on Facebook
Louise Tripp grew up in North Carolina. She currently lives in Chicago, where she is revising her first YA novel and working in a public library. You can read her regular blog at http://risktoblossom.blogspot.com/.