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Zines are simply personal publications on a variety of topics (or no topic at all).

Zines are often hand written or typed and reproduced on copy machines.

Shown on the left are some of the zines I have received in swaps.

JULY is International Zine Month!

What zine related activities have you done? Here are some suggestions: http://www.stolensharpierevolution.org/international-zine-month/

So far ... I have re-read some of the zines in my collection, downloaded and printed a few new zines, joined a zine swap at swap-bot (zmacs group), posted about zines, entered a zine contest to win some zines, and am working on a zine every day in july!

Pictured below are a few mini-zines I have made.

three of my zines

I have used all types of different bindings for my zines: simply folded, stapled, tied with thread, machine stitched, etc...

birthday mini-zine

This mini-zine is birthday themed and filled with all kinds of little drawings, jokes and tid-bits about birthdays. I originally made it to send to a few of my friends on their birthdays.

artiststamps zine
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I made this mini zine about artistamps for a swap at Swap-Bot. I attached a small glassine envelope to the inside back cover of the zine filled with a small collection of my artistamps.

3 Liners Mini-Comic


Free mini-comic download for you to print, fold and share. Distribute freely, but please do not sell.

I made this mini-comic for Mini-Comics Day! It's a goofy little hand drawn comic made in a single day's time.

I'm making it available to anyone who wants to download a copy to print and enjoy.

Print to full 8-1/2" x 11" size and then fold like a mini zine to make the little book.

Download a copy here: http://www.cherylasmith.com/art/3linerscomic.pdf

Folding instructions can be found here: http://www.cartoonistsleague.org/how-to-make-a-no-staple-mini-comic-or-zine/

three lines mini comic

Halloween Zine

Halloween Mini Zine

A little 12 page zine - 2-3/4" x 4-1/4" with black and white pages.

I printed the covers on colored scrapbook papers - some covers have dots and some have plaids.

Just a little silly story with hand drawn illustrations.


See more of my zines!
My Sketchbook and Journals Blog: (http://cherylsjournals.blogspot.com) - where I post info and pages from all of my sketchbooks, glue books, junk journals, zines and doodle books!

ONGOING - Do you want to trade zines? Just ask!

Books About Zines:

Links to Zine Making Groups and Swap Sites:

We Make Zines Group
A Group for all that love and make zines. Pick up some tips and find people for trading. There are groups devoted to all topics and regions - such as art zines, perzines (personal zines), comics, travel zines, feminist zines, homesteading, etc...

This site is a trading site for all types of things. There are a few groups devoted to zines and mailart, as well as ongoing zine swaps.

Google Links to Zine Making Sites

Links to FREE Download and Print Zines:

Quarantine Public Library
A fantastic collection of zines to print and collect at home. Free for all to download, print, assemble and keep or give away! Started in May 2020.

the Small Science Collective
My absolute favorite place to read online OR download and print zines. Science Rocks! There are tons of zines stored in the online Zine Library - covering all varieties of science related topics. Most of the zines were created by teens ... but you will find zines by authors of all ages.