Int’l Zine Month
July is International Zine Month
During conversations with friends I found myself saying “Wouldn’t it be rad if there was an International Zine Month?” Which led to the question: “How do we make it official?” This was actually a silly question since zines are inherently DIY there was no one who could make it official, but I could Do It Myself. I decided to propose the idea on the We Mazine Zines forum and people seemed really excited about it. I figured to pair it with the 24 hour Zine thing would be a good idea and since that takes place in the month of July…. JULY IS INTERNATIONAL ZINE MONTH!
In the month of July I’d love for you to celebrate zines and independent publishing with people all over the world. This is not a spectator sport! I’m asking your to get involved!
Here are just some idea please send me more if you have them:
Set up a zine reading, a zine swap, a cut and paste party, a zine fest, or even a simple zine workshop at your local library or community center. Write a letter to every zine you read, leave your zine at random places around town like buses, bathrooms or universities. Order zines directly from the creator, make a shirt with iron on letters that says “ask me about zines”, make buttons with phrases like “zines saved my life” or “do you read zines?”. Send out zine fliers with your mail or leave them around your town. Approach shops in your town about carrying zines, donate to zine libraries…..
This website is a place for people to submit information about local zine happenings and I’ll post them in the zine events.
21 July is International Zine Library Day – Zine Library Day is an opportunity to celebrate collections of zines around the world. Use it to find an existing zine library, or as an excuse to start a new one in your community.
Play along at home with Events and 31 Activities for 31 Days of International Zine Month!
July is fast approaching and I have created a list of zine activities for International Zine month this year so get stoked! I’m going to make some posters today and send them out with Portland Button Works order or free for a stamp. I’ll post more when I have them printed. until then, let me know if I am missing something, that goes for everything on this site, let me know what is missing so I can add it! The list on this page can be added to even after the poster is printed!
When posting online about International Zine Month use the #IZM2013
31 Days of International Zine Month July 2013
I LOVE ZINES WEEK!
1 – Sign up or sign in to WeMakeZines.ning.com and write about IZM and what you plans are to celebrate zines this month! Feel free to write about it on your personal site as well!
2 – Make a Top 10 list of reasons why your love zines, post them online if you would like.
3 – Zine Distro Appreciation Day! Order from a zine distro.
4 – Reread your favorite zines and remind yourself why you love them so much.
5 – Teach yourself a new zine skill: learn how to book bind, make a 1 page zine, photocopier art, etc.
6 – Check out ZineWiki.org and add your zine or update existing entries.
ZINE EVENT 6 JULY – Kuala Lampur Zine Fest (Kuala Lampur, Malaysia)
ZINE EVENT 6 JULY - Canberra Zine Emporium (Canberra, Australia)
POSTAL APPRECIATION WEEK!
7 – Make or decorate some envelopes or postcards to get ready for the week.
8- Make a little flyer for your zine to send out with orders and see if other people will trade for stacks of them so you can all promote each other.
(beginning of Ramadan, Muslim zine friends can pick back up on August 8th)
9 – Write a letter to a zine maker that you don’t know.
10 – Send a care package to a zine creator that you do know.
11 – Make some mail art!
12 – Send your zine out to be reviewed.
13 – Zine Trade Day! Ask someone if they would like to trade zines with you.
14 – ValenZINE’s Day! Write to your zine crush, or write to ZineCrush.com
ZINE EVENT 13-14 JULY – Zine Librarian (Un)Conferencehttp://iczluc.wikispaces.com/ (Iowa City, Iowa, USA)
ZINE DISTRIBUTION WEEK
15 – Leave a zine in public for someone else to find.
15 – Promote a zine that you really like that is not your own.
16 – Send your zine to a distro for distro consideration.
17 – Review a zine online or write a review of a zine to add to your zine.
18 – Order from a zine distro that you have never ordered from before.
19 – Zine Shop appreciation day! Stop by a shop that sells zines and buy some zines or consign your zines.
20 – Free Zine Day! Give your zine away to someone!
ZINE EVENT 20 JULY – DC Zine Fest (Washington, DC, USA)
ZINE LIBRARY AND ZINE EDUCATION WEEK
21 – International Zine Library Day! Visit your local zine library!
22 – Send your zine to a zine library.
23 – Make a 1 page zine. Here are some instructions.
24 – Organize your zine collection.
25 – Teach a friend or family member about zines.
26- Submit something to a compilation zine.
27 – Organize a zine event! A zine reading or a zine fair or fest or even just for friends to get together and work on their zines.
ZINE EVENTS 27 JULY:
27 – Tampa Zine Fest (Tampa, Florida, USA)
27 – Self Publishing Fair (Derby, UK)
JUST FOR FUN WEEK
28 – Cook with a recipe from a zine or cook zine!
29- Post a photo online of you with your zine or your zine collection.
30 – Read some zines! Lay in bed and read zines all day if you can!
31 – Log into WeMakeZine and write about your experience or write about it on your own blog.
ZINE FEST 31 JULY – 1 August San Francisco Zine Fest (San Francisco, California, USA)
-Read a zine everyday
-do a 24 hour zine (sign up here http://24hourzines.com)
-post your progress online on your blog or on We Make Zines
-Attend a zine event
-Draw a comic each day and release them at the end of the month