At the 2024 Watson Conference in Louisville, we worked with a group of 20+ colleagues from across the field at workshop we called “Aca(diy)mia: Making Zines, Remaking Worlds.” Some of our discussions led to a desire to have more resources collected and gathered so this represents a gesture toward that goal.

Ordering zines

  • Quimby’s — Famous underground bookstore in Chicago that carries thousands of titles.
  • Antiquated Future — Distro out of Portland, OR.
  • Brown Recluse Zine Distro — Seattle distro that specializes in POC zines and radical politics.
  • Wasted Ink — Distro, shop, and primary host for the PHX Zine Fest focusing on marginalized voices.
  • Atomic Books — Another great underground bookstore specializing in weird stuff.
  • Blue Stockings — NYC activist center and bookstore.
  • Printed Matter — Book art and edgy zines out of NYC.

How to make


Classes, workshops, assignments & lessons

  • Repository of classes & workshops: Barnard Zine Library. Several different lesson plans, videos, and other resources, with classes and workshops ordered from newest to oldest.
  • Lesson plan: “Zine Workshop” by Aisha Conner-Gaten (Community of Online Research Assignments), written for a First Year Women’s and Gender Studies class. Includes a great powerpoint on the history of zines.
  • Assignments: A sequence of three assignments (2 minizines and 1 open) that Jason Luther uses in his first unit in Self-Publishing, an elective offered to Writing Arts majors at Rowan University.

Videos about zines

Libraries & archives