I was clearing out and organizing my studio bookshelves when I came across these zines I purchased years ago from Melissa McCobb Hubble. Melissa once had a blog where she shared her gorgeous collage and painted artworks (you can find her now on Flickr here). She and her friends created a quarterly zine to share their artworks with their fans, charging a small sum to cover the costs of printing and mailing them out. These limited edition zines were sold via her blog for a few years until she ran into the cost vs. time constraint that most artists face with personal projects.
A zine is a printed booklet that shares information, illustrations and photos and/or words that reflect the author's interest. The word is derived from "fanzine" or fan magazine. They are hand assembled, photocopied and made available for free, for trade or for a small fee. Its a fun way to self publish a small portfolio of art or share information on quirky subject matter. Students, artists, poets, feminists, scientists, sci-fi and movie fans and others find zines a fun way to share their points of view. For a sample of what's out there, click through this link to Microcosm Publishing or see my examples, below.
However you don't have to make zines to enjoy this medium. There are plenty available for sale on all sorts of subjects if you just want to collect them. You can find them at book fairs, coffee shops, and online. There are even zine libraries where you can read them for free. This library is in Denver, CO.
On Etsy I found a number of zines that look like they'd be fun to collect. Click on the links below the photos to learn more about them.
If you want to make your own zines, there is a lot of good advice online. Have a look at this Vimeo video, this blog article and this Pinterest page of links if you are interested. Courtney Cerruti is also teaching a class on making zines on Creativebug on 4/26/17. To find out more about zines try searching for them on Google or Pinterest using the term "zine" and a descriptive word such as art, kids, poetry or whatever subject appeals to you.
Have a great weekend!