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 Make 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 ideas, 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 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!
When posting online about International Zine Month use the #IZM2016
31 Days of International Zine Month July 2016
-Sign in to WeMakeZines.ning.com & write about IZM
-Sign up for 24 hour zine challenge (24hourzines.com)
-Use #IZM2016 when writing online about International Zine Month
1 – Make a Top 10 list of reasons why your love zines
2 – Re-read your favorite zines
3 – Zine Distro Appreciation Day! Order from a zine distro
4 – Read a zine from a country other than your own
5 – Organize your zine collection
6 – Add your zine to or update your ZineWiki.org
7 – Make some envelopes or postcards for postal week
8 – Make a flyer for your zine to send with trades
9 – Write a letter to a zine maker that you don’t know
10 – Send a care package to a zine friend
11 – Make some mail art!
12 – Send your zine out to be reviewed
13 – Zine Trade Day! Ask someone to trade zines with you
14 – ValenZINE’s Day! Write to ZineCrush.com (or your zine crush!)
15 – Leave a zine in public for someone else to find
16 – Send your zine to a distro for consideration
17 – Review a zine online or write a review to share
18 – Order from a different zine distro than normal
19 – Zine Shop appreciation day!
20 – Free Zine Day! Give away a copy of your zine
21 – International Zine Library Day! Visit your local zine library (and bring your favorite zine librarian a pastry!)
22 – Send your zine to a zine library
23 – Make a one page zine
24 – Teach yourself a new zine skill
25 – Organize a zine event! Any size! big or small!
26 – Teach a friend or family member about zines
27 – Submit something to a compilation zine
28 – Cook with a recipe from a zine or cook zine!
29 – Post photo of you with your zine or zine collection.
30 – Read some zines!
31 – HallowZINE Remember zines and zinesters that are no longer with us.
- -Read a zine everyday
- -Attend a zine event
- -do a 24 hour zine: sign up at 24hourzines.com
- -post your progress on your blog or on We Make Zines
- -Drawa comic a day then release a comic zine
- -Write about your progress daily online
Here’s the activity poster for 2015 International Zine Month! Download the PDF and print your own here.