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 #IZM2014
31 Days of International Zine Month July 2014
-Sign in to WeMakeZines.ning.com & write about IZM
-Sign up for 24 hour zine challenge (24hourzines.com)
-Use #IZM2014 when writing online about International Zine Month
26 – 1 July – Zines At The American Library Association Annual Conferece (Las Vegas, Nevada) I’ll be at the ALA with posters!
1 – Make a Top 10 list of reasons why your love zines!
2 – Re-read your favorite zines – Let’s remember why we fell in love with zines in the first place!
3 – Zine Distro Appreciation Day! Order from a zine distro
4 – Read a zine from a country other than your own: There are so many fantastic zines from around the world!
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.
7 – Make some envelopes or postcards for postal week
8 – Make a flyer for your zine to send with trades or orders and see if other people will trade for stacks of them so you can all promote each other.
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!
11 – MTA Zine Residency (New York, New York USA)
12 – OC Zine Fest (Santa Anna, California, USA)
12 – Tampa Zine Fest (Tampa, Florida, USA)
12-13 Portland Zine Symposium
14 – MTA Zine Residency (New York, New York USA)
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 ZineCrush.com (or write to your zine crush!)
15 – Leave a zine in public for someone else to find: leave your zine at a bus stop, bathroom, waiting room, or anywhere else someone will find it!
16 – Send your zine to a distro for consideration
17 – 19 Zine Librarian (un)Conference (Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA)
17 – Review a zine online or write a review to share
18 – Order from a different zine distro than usual
19 – Zine Shop appreciation day! Try to find a local shop that sells zine or see if you can get a local store to stock zines!
20 – Free Zine Day! Give your zine away to someone.
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!
any size! big or small!
28 – Cook with a recipe from a zine or cook zine!
29- Post photoof you with your zine or zinecollection.
30 – Read some zines!
Lay in bed & read zines all day if you can
31 – HallowZINE Remember zines and zinesters that are no longer with us. Light a candle at the virtual HallowZine shrine.
-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