If you have ever been on Etsy or helped you’re an activist sister spread the message that trump is evil, you may have encountered Zines. Zines are defined by Merriam-Webster as: ‘a small magazine that is written by people who are not professional writers and that usually has stories about a particular subject’. The definition could be inaccurate due to the fact that zines are sometimes written by professional writers and many of the zine writers are well educated in the subject of choice. But anyway, zines are an immensely growing form of literature. Of course, keep in mind that not all zines are about oh-noes-my-bf-broke-up-with-Me-Now-I’m-gonna-become-a-feminist poetry, zines can also be about art, politics and having a voice. Zines are a great way to showcase new talent.

ut where to find zines?

One can expect to find zines in a small, cosy bookstore wedged between a vintage store and a café managed by an old lady that gives kids boiled lollies or perhaps one could go look online. Zines are basically in essence, a hipster’s magazine. (But magazines are too mainstreaaaam-). But that’s the good thing about zines, no two zines are the same, it’s not like the whole “OMG Brad and Angelina split up! I can’t believe it, it must be the illuminati’s doing” rubbish that resides in the female orientated magazines and not the whole ‘Get ripped in 1 month! What your wife really thinks about you” trash of the male orientated magazines. It’s different. It’s unique and that is what sets zines away from magazines.

Why you need to more zines in your life

Unfortunately, zines can sometimes come at a costlier price (especially those that you buy online) than soap magazines you can find at your daily grocer’s place. There is a reason for that. Most zines are handmade and are made by independent writers/artists that want more recognition.  Buying zines will support the writers and artists unlike more mainstream artists. Buying zines also gives less well known artists and writers recognition that they deserve. Buying Zines are also a great way to get inspired by poetry or fall in love with breathtaking art. So today, instead of buying a boring gossip magazine go buy a zine.