Books on Zines!

The history of zines is wide and varied. Folks have used pamphlets and zines through every major historical movement as they can be made quickly and cheaply. Zines were used a ton in the Black Power Movement and were later popularized in the punk scenes of the 1980s. Since then, zines have been adopted by subcultures across the world. To find out more about zines, check the titles below or read this article from Book Riot, A History of Zines or this one from Mental Floss.  And! Here's a little zine on the history of zines.

If you are local to Madison, WI you can browse cool zines to purchase here at A Room of One's Own Bookstore and also at Communication located at 2645 Milwaukee Street.

My favorite places to find zines and zine community online are:

  • Brown Recluse Zine Distro
  • Jewish Zine Archive
  • Zineabad Zine
  • Microcosm

Incredible places to visit if you are interested in zines:

  • Printed Matter, New York New York
  • Quimby's in both Chicago and Brooklyn
Shotgun Seamstress: An Anthology By Osa Atoe Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781593767396
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Published: Soft Skull - November 29th, 2022

Notes from Underground: Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture By Stephen Duncombe Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781621064848
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Published: Microcosm Publishing - November 28th, 2017

Stolen Sharpie Revolution: A DIY Zine Resource By Alex Wrekk Cover Image
$10.00
ISBN: 9781945509452
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Published: Silver Sprocket - March 2nd, 2020

Make a Zine!: Start Your Own Underground Publishing Revolution (4th Edition) By Joe Biel, Bill Brent (With) Cover Image
By Joe Biel, Bill Brent (With)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781648411564
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Published: Microcosm Publishing - March 8th, 2022

Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine? By Esther Watson, Mark Todd (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Esther Watson, Mark Todd (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780618563159
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Published: Clarion Books - June 26th, 2006

Writing a Riot: Riot Grrrl Zines and Feminist Rhetorics (Mediated Youth #31) By Sharon R. Mazzarella (Editor), Rebekah J. Buchanan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781433123917
Published: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publi - February 12th, 2018

Richmond Independent Press:: A History of the Underground Zine Scene By Dale M. Brumfield, Don Harrison (Foreword by), Edwin Jr. Slipek (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Dale M. Brumfield, Don Harrison (Foreword by), Edwin Jr. Slipek (Introduction by)
$19.99
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ISBN: 9781609498399
Published: History Press - July 30th, 2013

Zines! By V. Vale Cover Image
By V. Vale
$18.99
ISBN: 9780965046909
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Published: Re/Search Publications - June 1st, 1996

Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism By Alison Piepmeier, Andi Zeisler (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Alison Piepmeier, Andi Zeisler (Foreword by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780814767528
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Published: New York University Press - November 18th, 2009

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The Beginner's Guide to Binding Beautiful Handmade Books: Make Zines, Sketchbooks, Journals, Photo Albums and More By Chanel Ly Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9781645678304
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Published: Page Street Publishing - December 5th, 2023