For kids, teens and teachers interested in zines, Portland offers some great resources. At the library we have a couple some good books that will tell you most of what you need to know to make zines.
The author of Stolen Sharpie Revolution 2, Alex Wrekk, lives in Portland. She's an expert on zines, and this little book, a zine itself, will tell you all the basics information you need to create a zine. She also explains tricky stuff, like how to layoutyour pages so when you print your zine, the pages will come out in the correct order.
Check out Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine? by Mark Todd and Esther Pearl Watson. It covers zine history, tools and methods for making zines, reasons for writings zines, photocopy tricks, how to promote your zine and more.
Portland has a great zine resource called the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC). With a name like that, of course it includes zines! The IPRC has a huge library of zines, and offers classes in zine and book making, readings, zine sales and lots of zine-related events. If you join and become a member, many of these things are discounted. If you’re a teacher, you can contact them to have someone come to your class and teach a Media Action workshop. Call them to learn more.
Every summer, Portland has its own Zine Symposium. People come from near and far to attend this fun event to sell their zines, meet other zinesters, attend workshops and visit Portland. Best of all, it provides you with an opportunity to table and sell your own zines. Check their site in the spring each year to get the most current news, as they post updates about dates, location and tabling.
Want to know more about making your own books? We have a separate blog post for kids who want to make books.
Contact us if you have other zine-related questions.