On Exhibit: Zines from the Bay Area

August 12, 2013 – TBA
The Bancroft Library Reading Room Cases
Open during the operating hours of The Bancroft Reading Room

zine noun \’zen\: a noncommercial often homemade publication usually devoted to specialized and often unconventional subject matter.

Zines are small circulation publications that do not depend on the financial backing of advertisers, and are not produced under the guidance of a large corporation or editorial staff. Also known as fanzines, these publications are usually homemade, self-published works produced on a very small budget, and often express alternative ideas on a wide variety of subjects, ranging from feminism and punk rock culture, to cooking and country music. The San Francisco Bay Area has been a starting point for many zines, some that grew to a larger circulation and others that remained relatively obscure.