International Zine Month 2018: we’re half-way now

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!

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