Zinefest Christchurch 2019

Zinefest Christchurch, the annual celebration of DIY magazine making, was on Sunday 29 September, in Tautoru / TSB Space at Tūranga. September was Zines Month - To celebrate Zinefest, Christchurch City Libraries in conjunction with Funtime Comics and Ōtautahi Zine Library offered a series of workshops and drop-ins for visitors to have a taste of zinemaking.

See our zine pics and photos from Zinefest:


Ahead of the 2018 Christchurch Zinefest, Reuben Woods spoke to Alice Bush and Jane Maloney from Zinefest Christchurch and the CHCH/Ōtautahi Zine Library on the Watch this Space blog:

CHCH/Ōtautahi Zine Library

The CHCH/Ōtautahi Zine Library is a new permanent collection of local, national and international self published materials, in Christchurch. The Library collection will move around other accessible arts and cultural spaces to ensure it can be enjoyed by all. Organised by Jane Maloney of MK Press

About zines

Do you draw? Doodle? Write notes to friends? Glue stuff? Cut paper? You can make a zine!

Zines (pronounced zeens, not like lines) are small cut-and-paste, self-published magazines made on a photocopier and distributed through mail order, coffee shops, music stores, low-budget websites and word of mouth. They are physical objects bound with whatever you can get your hands on.

What do you put in a zine?

Anything goes! Zines touch on music, politics, television, movies, work, food, whatever. You can get to know people pretty well through their zines because they are highly personal and whatever the creator wants it to be! Zines can feature poetry, jokes, cartoons, collage, and artwork, essentially anything that can be put down on paper.

Zine resources

Books on zines

Online videos

WHY DON'T YOU MAKE A ZINE! Salford Zine Library

DIY – How to make a zine

YouTube clip showing how to turn one sheet of paper into an eight page zine using only a few folds and a pair of scissors.

How to: zines

YouTube clip on zine history and the hows and whys of making your own.

What zines are for

In her book From A to Zine, Julie Bartel writes that zines are all completely individual. The only thing that zines have in common is that the existence is the result of passion rather than a desire for profit, she writes. And she adds that it is the off–line nature of zines that makes them interesting:

Zines spring from the desire to create a tangible material object, and the physicality of zines is what differentiates them in essential ways from their electronic counterparts. Zines are about paper and glue, staples, thread, and ink, not about HTML tags, links and pop ups. Creating an artefact which can be passed from one person to the next, which can be sent through the mail (the regular mail), is part of the appeal.

The rules?

In short, there are few rules for zines. Some would argue that there are none. Make one yourself or get your friends in on it!

  • Can I make a zine about my cat? YES!
  • Can I make a zine about that old guy who whistles in front of my house every night? YES!
  • Can I make a zine about my obsession with underwater basket weaving? YES!
  • Can I make a zine without words? YES!
  • Can I make a zine about anything and with any materials I like? YES! Pretty much.
Zinefest at Darkroom, St Asaph Street
Zinefest at Darkroom, St Asaph Street. Saturday 18 October 2014. Flickr 2014-10-18-IMG_2732

You get the idea. Now, go! Make zines!

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