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Collection at Pratt Institute Libraries and general information about Zines

This searches our local zine collection. Looking for digital? Check out our digital zines.

What is a Zine?

A Zine is a small publication, usually produced by an individual or small group of people. They are usually produced in small batches, often with a handmade original that is reproduced on a photocopier. They are most often stapled but other methods of binding are also used. Zines tend to be focused on a particular interest or theme. Due to the personal and DIY nature of zines and zine-making, they are often produced on an irregular schedule.

How can I learn more about Zines?

Pratt Libraries has several books about Zines that may be interesting if you want to learn more.

For example: 

Klanten, Robert, Adeline Mollard, Matthias Hübner, and Sonja Commentz. Behind the Zines: Self-publishing Culture. Berlin: Gestalten, 2011. Print.

Todd, Mark, and Esther Watson. Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine?: The Art of Making Zines and Minicomics. Boston, Mass: Graphia, 2006. Print.

 (there are others - search PrattCat to find more)

Other Zine Collections

Barnard College has one of the best-known Zine Collections and is a fantastic resource for all things Zine. They have created this wonderful collection of links to a variety of Zine collections in the US as well as some other countries: