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Zines and Zine Resources!

Types of Zines

Zines cover a wide range of topics and include many different genres. Some of the most common types of zines include:

  • Art zines: Contain artwork, photographs, collages, and artwork created by the author. Considered art in itself.
  • Compilation zines: Created in collaboration with others. Usually, a topic is decided, then a call goes out asking for submissions.
  • DIY zines: Teach and inspire readers to do-it-yourself, kind of like a manual.
  • Fanzines: Share information about something you love or about a specific fandom.
  • Literary zines: Include a self-published collection of fiction, essays, and/or poetry.
  • Mini comics: Feature creator-made comics that are self-published, not necessarily small in size.
  • Personal zines (aka "perzines"): Focus on the author's life, opinions, and thoughts.
  • Political zines: Deal with politics, social justice, historical movements, and contemporary issues.

There are no strict rules for the types of zines you can make. Be creative and express yourself in whatever way works best for you!


Zines and Zine Culture

Finding Zines in UW Libraries Search

Zines in UW Libraries Search

Find zines by searching by Form/Genre 

Form refers to what an object is whereas genre refers to what an object is about.


  • "Zines" captures small-circulation, self-published works
  • "Emergent Journals" captures self-published or professionally published works that may or may not have follow-up issues
  • "Books" captures what you'd typically think of when you think of a book
  • "Comics" captures graphic novels and comic strips in all forms
  • "Books & Comics" also includes artists' books

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