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I was talking to an indie comic publisher who is on his 2nd of a 5 part comic, and he was saying that zinesters don't charge for their zines. There is a zine fair coming up interstate that I am sending down my first zine for, and I plan on charging $1 for. He asks me why don't I just give them away? I'm totally unknown in the zine world in my city, and have no idea what to do.

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Comment by Kari Tervo on January 24, 2014 at 11:22pm

Do what you like. I'm pretty sure if I saw a zine selling for a dollar at a zine fest, I'd say hell yeah. Selling your zine is not universally looked down upon (though it has its detractors). I do a combination: sell some, trade some, gift some.

Comment by Cheering and Waving Press on January 24, 2014 at 1:56pm

It really depends on what your purpose and intent is. Do you want to make a profit? Or are you making your zine to get a specific idea or viewpoint out into the world and into the open that wouldn't normally get to be seen. Do you want to spread information freely to all people? It's really up to you (: I choose to give my zines away for free because I see myself as an alternative media source and believe all people deserve access to the information I am putting out. If you are going to zine a fair for fun and want to sell your zines for $1 because you put a lot of work and effort into it, that's totally your choice. If you don't feel completey comfortable charging people, try asking for a trade? The barter system (:

Comment by Mike Nobody on January 24, 2014 at 2:31am

If it costs money to make, it should cost money to take.

Tell comic book guy to run a charity if HE wants to.

Zines that are free should either have an extra-low overhead (stolen copies from photocopier at work, maybe?) or be subsidized by advertising or other sources. 

Even longtime free zine Slug & Lettuce had to pack it up and quit because it became too costly to continue.

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