So you may or may not know it yet but since a few years, July is International Zine Month as proclaimed by zinester Alex Wrekk (who writes Brainscan, wrote the book Stolen Sharpie Revolution, was in a zine-themed band, and organises zine fests and tours). It’s an entire month dedicated to all-things-zine! Of course I couldn’t not participate in this fun opportunity. This year Alex made a new calendar of fun activities you can do each day. (See the image below)
So now we’re half-way July. I didn’t fully participate in every activity so far but I tried to do as much as I could, blogged about it nearly every day, and I’ve already enjoyed it a lot.
This is what I did in the first half of this month:
- On the first day of IZM I read an issue of Telegram, a Canadian zine I love.
- On the 2nd of July I compiled a list of my favourite older (pre-2010) zines.
- July 3rd: Want to find out more about zines or make your own? Here are some resources to learn about zines.
- On July 4th we were encouraged to read zines by people of colour, so I gathered some useful websites and links to POC zinesters and zine projects.
- I wrote a bunch of mini-reviews on the 5th, of all the zines I read in June.
- On zine pride day, on the 6th, I took photos of some of my favourite queer zines in my collection.
- I was happy to order zines from the zine distro Portland Button Works – run by the above-mentioned Alex Wrekk – on July 7th.
- On the 8th, instead of cooking from a recipe found in a zine, I wrote a recipe for a future zine.
- July 9th and 10th were letter-writing days and I started writing a letter to a zine pen pal.
- For international zines day, on the 11th, I read zines from Australia by Amber is Blue.
- On the 12th, I enjoyed editing on zinewiki and adding my “zinester page”. Once you get into the wiki thing, it becomes really addictive! The zinewiki website is a great resource to look up zines and zinesters too and you can add and edit pages yourself.
- On Friday the 13th, we were encouraged to invent zine superstitions.
- For ValenZines day, on the 14th, I did a zine workshop for Fat Positivity Belgium.
- Yesterday, it was free zine day but I spend my day with people who already have my zines… It was a very nice day though, doing a photo shoot with Lavender Witch, eating BBQ food, and stroking cats. 🙂
- and today… I made a list of reasons why I like zines.
But the month is not over yet and YOU can still participate too! So what are we doing next?
Here are the activities from the IZM 2018 calendar:
- July 17 – make a flyer for your zine to trade with others or to send out with zine orders and trades
- July 18 – Zine trade Day! Ask someone to trade zines
- July 19 – Send your zine to a distro for consideration in the distro
- July 20 – Zine Shop Appreciation Day! Visit your local zine shop!
- July 21 – Zine Library Day! Visit your local zine library. Don’t have one in your area? Why not start one?
- July 22 – Send or drop off your zine to a zine library to be included in their collection
- July 23 – Order zines from a different zine distro
- July 24 – Teach yourself a new zine skill like a new binding technique or how to make a 1 page zine
- July 25 – Send your zine out for review to a website or magazine that does reviews
- July 26 – Organize your zine collection
- July 27 – Post online about some of your favorite zines!
- July 28 – Plan or attend a zine event! Big or tiny!
- July 29 – Take a photo of you with your zine or zine collection and post it online
- July 30 – Write a letter or post about your IZM2018
- July 31 – HallowZine! Remember zines and zinesters that are no longer with us.
Happy International Zine month!