What is Zine?


"Zine" is short for fanzine. For all intensive purposes, a zine is a cheaply-made, cheaply-priced publication, often in black and white, which is mass-produced via photocopier and bound with staples.

Most zines revolve around a music scene of some sort, but others are dedicated to artwork, poetry, cartoons, editorials and short stories. Because zines do not have any sort of corporate backing, they are very rugged, individualized, and much more charismatic than larger, more popular magazines whose content is often dictated by their advertisers.

Have you read the latest issue of my zine? I have an in-depth interview with the singer from Pernicious Crotch Fungus!


some sort of publication, usually mass-produced by photocopying (in some cases, scanned, put on the 'net, or copied via fax)on any range of topics, but usally filled with passion. a means of telling one's story, sharing thoughts, and/or artwork/comics/doodles.

"red hooded sweatshirt", a zine that has comics about the authors daily life and thoughts

See lori


a crudely-made magazine often dedicated to the thoughts and musings of its creator, and sometimes devoted to a particular art form or celebrity

See alex


the word was coined around the 70s (way before I was born) during the days when people discarded all syllables but the last. (pizza = 'za, matches = 'ches... seems like only 'zine survived.)

So it's basically a crudely made magazine.

Mostly punk/poetic/indie/misunderstood/lost/artsy/goth/loner/whatever teenagers do it now.

They write/draw whatever they want on pieces of paper, photocopy, staple, and sell them for anywhere from a few dimes to a few bucks. Many are also free.

If you buy a zine for over $2, you got ripped.

In my opinion, if you charge more than a dollar, you suck. You've more than broken even, you blood sucking capitalist.


short for "penis"

Fake zine.

Genuine zine.

Jack zine.


See zine, badas, nadas, jack


a magazine, especially a cheap one

Put down the zine. It's not worth reading.

See fanzine, rag, zeen


Short for magazines.


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