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Zines, Pamphlets, Artists' Publications, and Chapbooks: The World of Self-Publishing & Small Press

This zine provides history, context, and resources for students and faculty seeking to learn more about alternative publications as protest, as alternative culture, as art practice, and as community resource.

Where to Buy and Sell Zines

Zine+ Distributors and Individual Artists (descriptions mostly from websites)

Etsy (truly unmediated--anyone can sell)

Microcosm (Microcosm Publishing & Distribution is a vertically integrated publishing house that equips readers to make positive changes in their lives and in the world around them.)

Printed Matter (NYC institution, brick and mortar stores in Chelsea and East Village. Art and design artists' books, zines, magazines, and more)

Stay Kind! (publishes and distributes creative works including zines and buttons. A portion of all sales are donated to initiatives supporting positive change in our communities.)

Storenvy (similar to Etsy. Storenvy is home to emerging brands and inspired goods.)

Ooga Booga (started in 2004 as a tiny shop in Chinatown Los Angeles specializing in independent art, books, music, and clothing.)

Back Pocket Press (a zine distro and community printing press established in ypsilanti, michigan in 2013. we are passionate about the transformative power of self-published, printed media and the liberatory history of zines.)

Co-Conspirator Press (a publishing platform for artists, writers, designers, printers, social justice workers, and editors from historically underrepresented communities….)

Bluestockings Cooperative (a worker-owned community space and bookstore guided by the principles of abolition feminism, solidarity, and transformative justice practices)

Bungee Space (a store at 13 Stanton St, NY NY 10002, within walking distance; an online zine shop as well)

Wing On Wo & Co ("Wing on Wo & Co. (W.O.W.) is the oldest continuously operating store in Manhattan’s Chinatown boasting a five-generation long legacy")

Brown Recluse (zine distro for queer and trans folks who identify as Black, Indigenous, or people of color–sliding scale add-on fee for non-BIPOC and institutional shoppers)

Just Seeds  (Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative is a decentralized network of 41 artists committed to social, environmental, and political engagement.

McNally Jackson (NYC bookstores chain for chapbooks and pamphlets.)

Booklyn ("Booklyn’s mission is to promote artists’ books as art and research material and to assist artists and organizations in documenting, exhibiting, and distributing their artwork and archives within the academic market." Great publisher of artists’ publications, including some zines, has a physical location in Brooklyn)

B&D Press (Montreal-based, “art zines & queer stuff”)

Ugly Duckling Presse (a nonprofit publisher for poetry, translation, experimental nonfiction, performance texts, and books by artists.)

Quimby’s Bookstore: (brick and mortar bookstore in Williamsburg and online store)

Good Press (formed in October 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland, in order to provide a space to support the promotion, production and sale of independent publications.)       

Wasted Ink Zine Distro–(founded in 2015 to intentionally amplify the self-expressions of historically silenced people, specifically BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, neurodivergent, and disabled folks.)

AK Press (32 years of anarchist publishing and distribution, and still going strong)  (lots of historical and contemporary zines plus books about zines that may be out of print)

Forbidden Planet (NYC brick and mortar shop--one of the largest sellers of comic books, graphic novels, science fiction, toys, and associated collectibles in the world)

Inga Bookshop (Chicago store focusing on self-published and independently distributed artists' books on art, design, film, theory, and more. Also publishes books, bookmarks, and other editions.)

Broken Pencil (Canadian magazine as well as zine distro)

Radical History Club (Stacey Uy's zine project to "challenge and unsettle colonizer, capitalist and anti-Black perspectives of US history").

Inner Loop press--(small publisher specializing in environmental issues.)

Brain Washing from Phone Towers--("a series of informative and entertaining Informational Pamphlets produced by hand on a seasonal basis." from the website)

Exile Books (EXILE Books is an experimental artist’s bookstore and project space in Miami, Florida)

Dashwood Books (NYC bookstore in Manhattan, specializes in photography and sells lots of zines and self-published works)

Note for Zinesters: some of the above shops and projects will accept zines and other self-publications for sale on a case by case basis. Etsy and Storenvy allow anyone to sell. Pay attention to the fine print regarding fees. If your zine is sociopolitical, you may want to try Bluestockings, a shop that has a history of accepting zines on consignment.