A zine (pronounced “zeen”) is an independently published book or magazine. People all over the world make zines and have for many years and we are celebrating and showcasing some of the best local and regional zine-makers we could find on Saturday, May 10 - at Chattanooga's first ever ZineFest. Come hang out and see what the Zine scene is all about and plan to spend time browsing the Chattanooga Public Library's new Zine Library including small press and independently produced books and magazines—in our new permanent collection that will live on the 4th Floor of the downtown branch.
Buy, trade, sell and make zines. Program schedule info coming soon!
Zines can be about anything. They come in a variety of genres, including: perzines (personal journals and oral histories), fanzines (with topics that vary from pop culture to anime to sports), collections or taxonomies, politics, journalism, art and design, comics, literature, poetry, cooking, travel, music, etc.
You can make a zine about your best friend’s cat. Zines can look edgy and raw, hand-drawn or fresh from the copy machine. Zines can also be sophisticated and interpretative, like a piece of abstract art. The best part about zines is that all kinds of people make them. There’s something powerful about seeing a shelf full of zines from people all over the world, from different walks of life.