The pages of this guide provide information about zines as well as zine culture and history. You will also find resources that will show you how to make a zine and give you some ideas for what you might want to include in your zine. If you want to learn even more about zines, check out the Resources tab.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Asian American Studies Library Liaison, Professor Jerilyn Pia Tinio (email@example.com).
We hope this guide will inspire you to have fun and start creating!
Mimi Thi Nguyen, zine artist and Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, discusses how she uses zine-making and art to express her political ideas and to support social justice movements. Watch below to listen to Dr. Nguyen on the relationship between art and politics, zines, fantasy illustration, and finding self-care inspiration through Keanu Reeves! Check out her zine Evolution of a Race Riot #1.
Mimi Thi Nguyen. “Zine.” In Keywords for Comics Studies, edited by Ramzi Fawaz, Shelley Streeby, and Deborah Elizabeth Whaley 233–237. New York: NYU Press, 2021.
____. “Minor Threats.” Radical History Review 122 (2015): 11–24. https://doi.org/10.1215/01636545-2849495.
____.“Riot Grrrl, Race, and Revival.” Women & Performance 22, no. 2–3 (2012): 173–96. https://doi.org/10.1080/0740770X.2012.721082.
____.The Gift of Freedom War, Debt, and Other Refugee Passages. Durham, N.C: Duke University Press, 2012.
Nguyen, Mimi Thi, and Thuy Linh N. Tu. Alien Encounters Popular Culture in Asian America. Durham: Duke University Press, 2008.