IZM aka International Zine Month starts today! Alex Wrekk who invented International Zine Month has designed another brilliant poster with daily activities you can do in July (scroll down to see it) as well as this logo… ->
What are your plans? Will you participate in all the IZM activities? Make your own zine(s)? Read lots of zines? Blog about zines? Buy and swap zines that have been on your wishlist? Write to zinester penpals?
Find out more information on Alex Wrekk’s Stolen Sharpie Revolution website.
Download the poster here: IZM2020Poster
Prompt of the day: “What is a zine?”
For me a zine is not just a self-made and self-published booklet but it is also situated within DIY culture. This means it is non-profit, non-commercial, non-professional, low-budget, and non-competitive. Topics and styles can vary but it’s important that zines remain accessible, both to readers (everyone can afford to buy or trade them) and to writers (everyone can make them). Zines don’t exist as little paper islands but are connected and blossom within a mutually supportive zine community.
My plans for IZM 2020:
- Write my definition of a zine (as I just did)
- Make a diary comic zine
- Print the lockdown diary comic zine(s) I’ve been making in the past two and a half months.
- On July 3rd it’s the release date of “Awakening”, the zine (and CD/tape/digital music) of my band Lavender Witch!
- Decorate envelopes
- Design and cut out an ECHO lino stamp
- Learn a bookbinding technique
- Read zines
- Buy and swap zines
- Blog about IZM
- And hopefully as many of the activities listed below…
LIST OF ALL THE IZM2020 ACTIVITIES:
2 – Zine Rewind! Re-read your favorite zines and remind yourself why you love them. If you’re new to zines, read a zine that is more than 10 years old!
3 – Look up virtual zine events to attend this month! When else are you going to be able to attend a zine event in a different city or even country for free?
4 – AmeriZine Day! Explore marginalized voices in the Americas. Buy, share, and read zines about racial justice and zines written by BIPOC (Black Indigenous and People of Color) from the Americas. Need a place to start? Check out Brown Recluse Zine Distro.
5 – Review a zine: post it online or write a review to print in your next zine.
6 – Zine Pride Day! Explore LGBTQIA+ zines! Buy, share, and read zines by people of marginalized sexual orientations and gender identities. Check out the Queer Zine Archive Project!
7 – Educate yourself of what zine distros are, how they operate, and how they pick zines to carry. Support a distro near you!
8 – Cook with a recipe you found in a zine! Bonus: Photograph the result and post it online or print it in a zine!
9 – Check out the new mini-comic and zine specific shopping platform: Mini Mart! Shop zines! Open up a shop! If you already have an online shop, restock and update it, and let folks know!
10 – Write a letter or send a message to a zine maker and let them know you enjoy their zine!
11- International Zine Day! Buy, share, or read zines from a country different than your own.
12 – ZineWiki Day! It’s a wiki just for zines! Add to or update listings zinewiki.com
13 – Make up a zine superstition and share it (skip the 13th issue? Spin 3 times to prevent copier jams or avoid paper cuts? Your best friend has to read your zine before anyone else?)
14 – ValenZines Day! Give yourself some zine love in whatever way it means to you! read zines in a bubble bath? Buy some new scissors? Let your zine friends know you care about them.
15 – Free Zine Day! Offer your zine for free online or – if it’s safe to do so where you are – leave zines in public places for strangers to find and enjoy.
16 – Make a list of reasons you love zines and share your list with others!
17 – Make a flyer for your zine to trade with others, post online, or send out with zine orders and trades.
18 – Zine Trade Day! Ask someone to trade or swap zines with you.
19 – Zine Distro Appreciation Day! Tell people about your favorite zine distros! Order zines from a distro or from a zinester’s online shop.
20 – Tell someone about something you learned in a zine. Start with “I once read in a zine that…”
21 – Zine Library Day! Search for a zine library in your area and make plans to go someday or contact them about how to include your zine in their collection. Or attend their virtual Zine Librarian UnConference.
22 – Check out YouTube channels about zines- here are some to visit!
23 – Check out a zine distro you have never ordered from before.
24 -Teach yourself a new zine skill like a new binding technique or how to make a 1 page zine
25 – Send your zine out for review to a website or magazine that does reviews.
26 – Organize your zine collection. Post a shelfie online.
27 – Ask a zine friend if they would like to do a split zine or collaboration with you.
28 – Post online about your favorite zines!
29 – Take a photo of you with your zine or zine collection and post it online.
30 -Write a letter or online post about your IZM2020 experience
31 – HallowZine! Remember zines and zinesters that are no longer with us.
- Read a zine everyday and post about it
- Attend or organize a zine event online
- Create a zine a 24 hours to your skill level
- Draw a comic a day then release a comic zine
- Write about your progress daily online