Rotherham Zine Library Interview!

The wonderful folks over at Rotherham Zine Library in Rotherham, sovaldi sale England interviewed me about the 24 Hour Zine Thing, and asked some really great questions. You can read the interview here! Check out the rest of their blog, which features tons of great zine reviews, or if you are in the area, stop by!

Revenge of Print 2011: Another reason to finish your zine!

July is all about zines. With the 24 Hour Zine Thing (which is in its 6th year!) and International Zine Month issuing the challenge to create and celebrate zines during the month of July, a handful of bookstores, distros, and other individuals in the zine world has issued another challenge that will last the whole year.

Revenge of Print 2011 started from all those stories about technology taking over and making print and publishing a thing of the past. The challenge presented is to put down that e-reader and bust out another issue of your zine! A Facebook group has been created along with discussion forums so you can interact and share your creation, ideas, and resources with others. Distros and review sites are encouraged to post contact information, and individuals are encouraged to contact these sources and share their zine out into the world!

If you have already created your zine, then you have already completed this challenge as well! But don’t let that stop you from creating more. If you have not yet created your 24 hour zine, right now is a great time to start! And if you have not signed up yet, head over to the “signup” tab, fill out the form, and get started!

Five zines received and events!

Congratulations to the first participants to complete this year’s challenge!

1. Food Issue by Rachel
2. On A Sugar High one point five by Kirsty
3. Missouri Jam Bomb by Michelle
4. Pixelated issue 1.5 by Brandy
5. Undestructable number one by Hannah

There are over 70 participants signed up, and there is still plenty of time to get started with making your zine!

The Toronto Zine Library 24 Hour Zine Challenge is currently happening at the Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Ave). Check the Calendar tab for more information, and the Toronto Zine Library blog.

Speaking of events, have you organized or attended a 24 hour zine event? I’m looking to put together a resource for anyone interested in hosting/organizing a 24 hour zine event and would love to hear some stories about what worked, what didn’t, and any ideas on how to organize a great event! Feel free to post them in the comments on this post, on the Facebook page, or e-mail them to me at 24hourzines[at] .

Finished already?

Many of you have been posting on the Facebook page about your progress, and we have even gotten a few sneak peaks of zine covers! If you are completely finished with your zine and ready to send you lovely little creation out into the world, you can send your zine, as well as your contact information to:

Raven / 24 Hour Zine Thing
PO Box 2001
Abingdon, VA. 24212

Also! Don’t forget that all pin designs for the 2011 Participant Pin Design Contest are due by midnight Friday! The creator of the winning design will receive a bunch of the printed pins, as well as a goodie bag from Avocado Tree Distro!

Zine Review – Caravan #10.5: 24 Hours of Pure Geekery by Rick Silva

I’m going to go ahead and say that Rick Silva may be someone you want to watch out for. Given only 24 hours and a backpack full of materials, Rick was able to create an absolutely wonderful zine jam-packed with text, pictures, and collage… on the go! This is the only zine submitted to the 24 Hour Zine Thing that was created “on the road”, and it is definitely worth reading!

Caravan #10.5 by Rick Silva

Caravan #10.5: 24 Hours of Pure Geekery by Rick Silva
Rick Silva
City: Osterville, MA
Zine Goal: Digest sized. My usual zine is more of a newsletter, so
I’d like to do this one in a more “traditional” zine look, with more
collage stuff and minimal white space.

Caravan #10.5 by Rick Silva (inside scan)

Rick Silva took a really interesting approach to his 24 hour zine challenge – he worked from the road! Armed with a laptop, some zine-making materials, unread comic books, music and maps, he headed out for an entire 24 hours of “pure geekery”, which included attending “Harry Potter Day” and taking part in many of the events, as well as participating in a Magic:The Gathering tournament! He writes about each of his experiences, and even has time to add in reviews of the comic books and music that he read/listened to that day! My absolutely favorite component of this zine would have to be “During these 24 Hours”, which lists several interesting events that took place during the 24 hours it took to complete this zine. The last few pages of the zine feature a “Photo Gallery” of all the places Rick visited and saw that day. Rick definitely met his “zine goal” with this gem, and has cemented his place in the Hall of Fame of 24 Hour Zines. Buy propecia online.

Zine Review – Restaurant Dash by Mae Undead

Mae Undead of Gimme Brains!!! Distro created a wonderful zine for the 2007 24 Hour Zine Thing Challenge. You can read a review of her zine and see a picture of the inside below!

Cover Scan of Restaurant Dash by Mae Undead

Name: Mae Undead
City: San Jose, pharmacy CA
Zine Goal: I wanna try to write a fiction zine this time. I usually
write personal zines.

Read the review below by clicking on the link!
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Zine Review – Frankenstein Thumb #10 by John Dalton

It’s almost been two weeks into the 2011 24 Hour Zine Thing, and many of you have already started creating zines! There have also been many wonderful events taking place all over the world to celebrate the idea of dedicating a full 24 uninterrupted hours to creating a 24 page zine. Have you already finished your zine? Did you attend a 24 hour zine event? If so, head over to the Facebook page and share some pictures, stories, anything you wish!

To continue on with the zine reviews this week, check out John Dalton’s zine “Frankenstein Thumb #1″, submitted for the 2007 24 Hour Zine Thing.

Frankenstein Thumb #1 by John Dalton

John has experience in comic books, having participated in the 24 Hour Comic Challenge as well as the National 24 Hour Comics Day, but this was the first time he created an actual zine. His fun, comic-inspired zine is filled with childhood pictures, sketches, drawings and examples of past comic books and projects he has worked on, with explanations on each of the self-made comics featured and descriptions of the characters he created. John has also put in fun little articles, such as a crossword puzzle and a playlist that he used while working on the zine. A great read for anyone interested in comic zines!

Frankenstein Thumb #1 by John Dalton

Click the picture for a closer look!

Zine Review – Culture Slut #10 by Amber

For the second week of the 2011 24 Hour Zine Thing, we will be featuring a variety of zine reviews each day from past years. Hopefully the reviews and cover/inside scans will inspire you on your own 24 hour zine-making journey!

We will start off today’s review post with a wonderful zine completed during the 2007 24 Hour Zine Thing by Amber. Amber has written her perzine Culture Slut since 2004, and created a compilation zine called Fight Boredom in 2007, dedicated to featuring ideas on how to fight boredom and appreciate the wonderful aspects of living in a small town. She also runs Fight Boredom Distro, and maintains her blog, Hello Amber!

Culture Slut #10 by Amber

Name: Amber Farthing
City: Lindsay, Ontario
Zine Goal: Just to write a good zine, I guess. I write a perzine
called Culture Slut and I currently have nine issues out. Issue ten
will be done in 24 hours.

Inside page scan of Culture Slut #10 by Amber

I’m still amazed that Amber was able to conquer the 2007 24 Hour Zine Thing challenge by creating the 10th issue of her zine, Culture Slut, within only 24 hours. Neatly handwritten capitalized letters fill the light blue pages of her zine, along with torn scrap paper pasted underneath stickers, stamps and clip arts. The text itself reads a lot like a letter from a good friend, with one topic leading to another, and then another, such as Amber’s fondness of lists, the “art parties” she throws, pop culture, and feelings about life, the future, and a little bit of everything in between.

Two more events announced!

Congratulations to all of you for surviving the first week of the 2011 24 Hour Zine Thing! A few participants have already posted on the Facebook page about their finished zines, and I’m sure there are more of you out there sitting on finished zines! Please feel free to post pictures, ask questions, spread advice and help each other out!

Two events have been confirmed this week!

24 Hour Zine Thing at The Olympia Timberland Library with Gumar and His Magical Midi Band!
7/29/2011, 1:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Location: 313 8th Ave SE, Olympia WA map
Phone: 360-352-0595

Your 24HZT challenge: to make a 24-page zine from conception to completion in 24 hours straight. Drop in to the library’s meeting room between 1 and 7 p.m. to use the library’s resources and work with zinester volunteers to create your zine. Supplies provided include recycled magazines, glue sticks, long armed staplers, typewriters, paper, and of course a copy machine. All are welcome to read at the Zinester Open Mike at 7 p.m., to be followed by an epic dance party with Gumar and His Magical Midi Band. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring materials to use or share.

Samizdat Zine Library Opening and 24 Hour Zine Challenge Event!
When? Saturday, July 16th, 2011 7pm-10pm
Where? The Archive on Cherokee Street STL, 3215 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118 map

Samizdat will begin something of a residency at The Archive during the Cherokee Street Stroll

Please stop by for a number of incentives:
-poetry/zine readings (beginning at 8)
-crafts&art for show&sale
-become a member of the library and get to take zines home with you
-see a really cool banner
-be part of the CHEROKEE COLLABORATIVE ZINE we will be producing
-(potentially) see some awesome (maybe) musical performances
-kombucha cocktails&snacks !
-sign up for the national 24 HOUR ZINE CHALLENGE
-more (possibly)

if you want to participate in anyway (show yer art, play yer tunes, read yer words, bring food, etc.) contact:

Samizdat Zine Library Blog
Samizdat Zine Library Facebook Event Page

And if you are in the Richmond, Virginia area this weekend, don’t forget to stop by The Wingnut for the 24 Hour Zine Challenge event sponsored by the Richmond Zine Fest!

Richmond Zine Fest 24 Hour Zine Challenge
When: Friday, July 8th at 6 PM – Saturday, July 9th at 6 PM
Where: The Wingnut, 2005 Barton Ave. / Richmond, VA. 23222 / USA map

If you attend any of the events, be sure to take pictures and post them to the Facebook page!

Day One is Here! Events and Pin Contest!

Today officially begins the 2011 24 Hour Zine Thing! For the next month, participants all around the world will be devoting a full 24 hours (and a lot of coffee, sweat, and tears) to the creation of a wonderful zine that they can call their own. There are already many events scheduled throughout the United States for people to meet up and share ideas, food and supplies while creating their zine into the wee hours of the night. Here are the confirmed events so far:

Richmond Zine Fest 24 Hour Zine Challenge
When: Friday, July 8th at 6 PM – Saturday, July 9th at 6 PM
Where: The Wingnut, 2005 Barton Ave. / Richmond, VA. 23222 / USA map

3rd Annual Portland Zine Symposium 24 Hour Zine Challenge
When: July 16th at 10:00am until July 17th at 10:00am
Where: The Independent Publishing Resource Center, 917 SW Oak St. #218 / Portland, OR. 97205 / USA map

Planning an event? Send the details to 24hourzines[at] and I will post it on this website, the 24 Hour Zine Thing Facebook Page, and our Google calendar, which should be up on the site shortly!

What better way to celebrate this wonderful month of zines than a Pin Design Contest? One pin design will be chosen to grace the front of the 2011 24HZT Participant Pins, which will be given to each participant that successfully completes a 24 hour zine this month. The wonderful Alex Wrekk of Small World Buttons will be assembling the pins. Here are the requirements:

1. The words “24 Hour Zine Thing” and “2011″ must be incorporated into the design in someway.
2. Please follow these guidelines from Alex for the file formats when submitting your design:
-The template is a lot larger in size but smaller in dpi (dots per inch) when you download it and it will be a .jpg file. Don’t worry about that when you download it. When you finish you design you can either send it as it is or make it 1.3″ x 1.3″ and 300 dpi.
– If you would like a more detailed template that you can open with layers, which you might need for things like writing on the edge of the button, I can e-mail you that template instead.

– I can accept most file types like: .jpg .gif .pdf
– I prefer the .tif format because it retains the colors well.”
3. You may submit as many designs as you would like!
4. All submissions must be received by midnight EST on July 22nd, 2011. You can submit the appropriate file type to 24hourzines[at]

Here is the link to the template you can use for your designs: 24HZT – 2011 Pin Design Contest Template

The lucky winner will receive a bunch of the printed pins, as well as a gift bag from Avocado Tree Distro.

And finally, don’t forget that July is also International Zine Month