While July is half way over now, to we wanted to point out that it’s “International Zine Month” which is an event started back in 2010 by the folks at Stolen Sharpie Revolution to highlight zines. The month features suggestions for doing a “zine-related” activity a day. There is a poster for the month and the list of suggested activities is as follows:
31 Days of International Zine Month July 2014
-Sign in to WeMakeZines.ning.com & write about IZM
-Sign up for 24 hour zine challenge (24hourzines.com)
-Use #IZM2014 when writing online about International Zine Month
26 – 1 July – Zines At The American Library Association Annual Conferece (Las Vegas, Nevada) I’ll be at the ALA with posters!
1 – Make a Top 10 list of reasons why your love zines!
2 – Re-read your favorite zines – Let’s remember why we fell in love with zines in the first place!
3 – Zine Distro Appreciation Day! Order from a zine distro
4 – Read a zine from a country other than your own: There are so many fantastic zines from around the world!
5 – Teach yourself a new zine skill: learn how to book bind, make a 1 page zine, photocopier art, etc.
6 – Check out ZineWiki.org and add your zine or update existing entries.
7 – Make some envelopes or postcards for postal week
8 – Make a flyer for your zine to send with trades or orders and see if other people will trade for stacks of them so you can all promote each other.
9 – Write a letter to a zine maker that you don’t know
10 – Send a care package to a zine friend
11 – Make some mail art!
11 – MTA Zine Residency (New York, New York USA)
12 – OC Zine Fest (Santa Anna, California, USA)
12 – Tampa Zine Fest (Tampa, Florida, USA)
12-13 Portland Zine Symposium
14 – MTA Zine Residency (New York, New York USA)
12 – Send your zine out to be reviewed
13 – Zine Trade Day! Ask someone if they would like to trade zines with you.
14 – ValenZINE’s Day! Write to ZineCrush.com (or write to your zine crush!)
15 – Leave a zine in public for someone else to find: leave your zine at a bus stop, bathroom, waiting room, or anywhere else someone will find it!
16 – Send your zine to a distro for consideration
17 – 19 Zine Librarian (un)Conference (Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA)
17 – Review a zine online or write a review to share
18 – Order from a different zine distro than usual
19 – Zine Shop appreciation day! Try to find a local shop that sells zine or see if you can get a local store to stock zines!
20 – Free Zine Day! Give your zine away to someone.
21 – International Zine Library Day! Visit your local zine library!
22 – Send your zine to a zine library
23 – Make a 1 page zine. Here are some instructions.
24 – Organize your zine collection
25 – Teach a friend or family member about zines
26- Submit something to a compilation zine
27 – Organize a zine event!
any size! big or small!
28 – Cook with a recipe from a zine or cook zine!
29- Post photoof you with your zine or zinecollection.
30 – Read some zines!
Lay in bed & read zines all day if you can
31 – HallowZINE Remember zines and zinesters that are no longer with us. Light a candle at the virtual HallowZine shrine.
-Read a zine everyday
-Attend a zine event
-do a 24 hour zine: sign up at 24hourzines.com
-post your progress on your blog or on We Make Zines
-Draw a comic a day then release a comic zine
-Write about your progress daily online