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July is fast approaching and I have created A list of zine activities for International Zine month this year so get stoked! I'm going to make some posters today and send them out with Portland Button Works order or free for a stamp.

What are you plans for International Zine Month?

When posting online about International Zine Month use the #IZM2013

31 Days of International Zine Month July 2013


1 - Sign up or sign in to WeMakeZines.ning.com and write about IZM and what you plans are to celebrate zines this month! Feel free to write about it on your personal site as well!

2 - Make a Top 10 list of reasons why your love zines, post them online if you would like.

3 - Zine Distro Appreciation Day! Order from a zine distro.

4 - Reread your favorite zines and remind yourself why you love them so much.

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.


ZINE EVENT 6 JULY - Kuala Lampur Zine Fest (Kuala Lampur, Malaysia)



7 - Make or decorate some envelopes or postcards to get ready for the week.

8- Make a little flyer for your zine to send out with orders and see if other people will trade for stacks of them so you can all promote each other.

(beginning of Ramadan, Muslim zine friends can pick back up on August 8th)

9 - Write a letter to a zine maker that you don’t know.

10 - Send a care package to a zine creator that you do know.

11 - Make some mail art!

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 your zine crush, or write to ZineCrush.com


ZINE EVENT 13-14 JULY - Zine Librarian (Un)Conferencehttp://iczluc.wikispaces.com/ (Iowa City, Iowa, USA)



15 - Leave a zine in public for someone else to find.

15 - Promote a zine that you really like that is not your own.

16 - Send your zine to a distro for distro consideration.

17 - Review a zine online or write a review of a zine to add to your zine.

18 - Order from a zine distro that you have never ordered from before.

19 - Zine Shop appreciation day! Stop by a shop that sells zines and buy some zines or consign your zines.

20 - Free Zine Day! Give your zine away to someone!


ZINE EVENT 20 JULY -  DC Zine Fest (Washington, DC, USA)



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! A zine reading or a zine fair or fest or even just for friends to get together and work on their zines.



28 - Cook with a recipe from a zine or cook zine!

29- Post a photo online of you with your zine or your zine collection.

30 - Read some zines! Lay in bed and read zines all day if you can!

31 - Log into WeMakeZine and write about your experience or write about it on your own blog.


ZINE FEST 31 JULY - 1 August San Francisco Zine Fest (San Francisco, California, USA)


-Read a zine everyday

-do a 24 hour zine (sign up here http://24hourzines.com)

-post your progress online on your blog or on We Make Zines

-Attend a zine event

-Draw a comic each day and release them at the end of the month


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the canberrazine emporium (australia) is super excited about this!

and we'll be hosting a wee zine meet up on july 6th, 2-4pm

check out our flyer - we think you'll approve :)


ps.... we and 'international zine month' just got a mention in the local paper :)


nat said:

the canberrazine emporium (australia) is super excited about this!

and we'll be hosting a wee zine meet up on july 6th, 2-4pm

check out our flyer - we think you'll approve :)

Awesome! I'm aiming to do every one of these tasks, and blogging about it every week on http://spillthezines.blogspot.com! :)

Great list! I'll post my progress on these tasks somewhere, although I'm not sure where yet.

Happy International Zine Month everyone!  every day in July, Spill the Zines will be doing one of the listed tasks for IZM, and documenting it all on our blog, facebook, and twitter!  It's going to be a fun challenge :)  You can follow us here:

BLOG: http://spillthezines.blogspot.com

TWITTER: http://twitter.com/SpillTheZines (the official hash tag is #IZM2013)

FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/spillthezines

If anyone else is doing anything exciting for IZM, let us know on the blog, facebook or twitter, and we will promote it with our followers :)

Happy zineing! See you at the other side! :D

hooray for international zine month! i'm going to blog about it every day of this month too.


Happy International Zine Month!


I am here! And I am all about IZM2013! I will be posting updates about my participation at http://fairdig.tumblr.com.

I love IZM because it inspires me to be a better zinester. I have a new issue of Lady Teeth coming out soon & a book next month so I hope to spend this month working on LT#4 & reading lots of zines!

Since that's my first task of the IZM-Challenge I am now ... here!
I am really excited about this month and its dedication to zines. Although I feel a little bit geeky (VERY geeky) to be totally excited about it almost on my own. I just wanted to say that in my community here there are not many people who are into zines, but then I thought about it: Have I actually talked to enough people about zines? Maybe there ARE some more, I just didn't know! Like people who know me for years and seen me around probably have no idea either. Well, I guess this month will be a good time to change that and make new friends!
Overenthusiastically yours

Hey, IZMers. I only got so far with IZM last year and have about 20 zines that are in the brainstorm phase from this last year. I'm going to at least plan on doing more than I did last year with the IZM activities, and get AT LEAST one zine out, besides just a 24 hour zine. I can't wait to see what everyone else does too. :) Also, just got a package from Ms. Valerie Park Distro today, so it was a nice way to kick off the month.

I'm going to pick up from where I left off last year at http://fragilelikearubberball.wordpress.com/. Feel free to check in during the month.

I'm doing IZM this year! Today I'm, well, here, and expressing my intentions to finish and print Alchemical Postmodern Theorist 3 within the next two weeks.

I'll be keeping track on my tumblr, alchemistscloset.tumblr.com.


zeraph dylan
the alchemist's closet



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