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Started by Nyx. Last reply by fishspit May 25, 2016.

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Comment by Betty on July 1, 2012 at 10:52pm

Wheeeeeeee! Funnnnnnnnnnn! :D

Comment by Colin Tedford on July 1, 2012 at 10:50pm

Yes - there are plenty of good pragmatic and philosophical reasons to give zines away, but it is also just fun!

Comment by Betty on July 1, 2012 at 10:49pm

*Just realized my first sentence was supposed to say "weren't constantly..."  Oops.

Not to pick on this guy, because we're all human, but to me it feels a little bit like giving a gift, only to expect something in return. In this case, a big warm fuzzy of awe and appreciation. I mean, I think we pretty much all like it when we feel our work has connected with someone - but being so invested in someone's apparent sense of value of one's zine in that context seems a little...well, let's just say I lean toward the Buddhist side of things and it seems like a potentially problematic attachment. I say, "Be free, little zines! Go and find adventures! Meet many people in your travels! If I never see you again, have long and happy life!"  :)

Comment by Cheyenne McClain on July 1, 2012 at 10:30pm

thanks for your thoughts! he eventually said that he had given away his zines in the past and felt that they werent valued as highly by those who picked them up (perhaps as if they were "throwaway"). I responded that they will reach a wider audience of folks who might not be able to "invest" in even one zine monetarily and gives a gateway for someone who might not have considered buying a zine in the past. I thought later too, that it is just FUN and in the spirit of zine making in general. My colleague and I are students with a print que and lucky enough to be able to produce our work low cost, so why not spread the word!

Comment by Betty on July 1, 2012 at 9:08pm

Or they might feel less disappointed in letting go of their money if they were constantly valuing the zine against what they paid for it. I mean, zines in general are pretty cheap. I don't generally have extended internal qualms about that kind of thing, anyway. If I feel like I'm going to be so wracked with anxiety over the dollar or two I spend on a zine vs. what I feel I get out of it, I'll just give up buying zines and trade exclusively.

Sometimes it actually feels like there is MORE value getting a free/trade zine because you can just enjoy it without thinking about it's money value, or because it was a surprise, or because it involved a mutual exchange. My question is - what prompted them to ask the question? And, really, why does it matter either way? 

Comment by Colin Tedford on July 1, 2012 at 7:55pm

Cheyenne: I don't think that's true in any meaningful way. A free zine will probably have more readers who don't value it highly, but that's because it'll probably have more readers in total than if you charged for it - the (non)-price entices people who might not pay for it.. Also, the "investment" in a zine is a couple of bucks.

Comment by Cheyenne McClain on July 1, 2012 at 7:11pm

Recently when tabling with our "free/for trade" zines, a person asked if we thought because we were "giving it away", people reading them would value them less because they were making less of an investment (their words). What responses/experiences have you had with this? Any good anti-capitalist ZINGS you can think of for next time?

Comment by dwing comics on July 1, 2012 at 3:11pm

"What it is:"

My newest (5.5" x 7.5" ) zine of short stories, collages and comics.

For trade:  B&W copy, 32 pages

For trades, contact me at senorita.wing(at)gmail.com

For sale ($6 plus $1 shipping): Color copy, 32 pages

To view additional images and/or to purchase color zine, visit:


Comment by Brownie Fawn on June 19, 2012 at 4:23am

I like the sound of this, kinda like a random act of kindness!

Comment by Run Aziluz on June 13, 2012 at 10:48pm

i also have my own zine ---about 20pages of writings & drawings. some in English and some in Malay Language. I'm from Malaysia. wanna trade? :D
tweet me @cikrunrun


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