How to make a zine – by kids for kids

If you know or have any kids that would like to try out making a zine, then looky here…

How to make a zine - by kids for kids

Come along to the free children’s zine workshop and have a go at making your very own zine!

Thirteen-year-old Zora Patrick has been making zines for almost five years. In 2011 she won Wellington Zinefest’s ‘Best of the Fest’ trophy, and in 2012 was invited to the 2012 KOMACON (children’s comic competition) in Bucheon, Korea.

Zora and her zine-making younger sisters Oki (9) and Dune (8), whose work was also recently included in the exhibition Small Press at RAMP Gallery in Hamilton, will be talking about ideas for zines, zine-making techniques, and presenting some of their favourite creations.

This workshop aims to encourage children to participate in zine-making and introduce them to Wellington Zinefest, and will include a session of zine-making with materials provided by Wellington Zinefest and Wellington City Libraries.

When: Saturday, October 18, 2014, 10:30am – 12pm
Where: Central Library, 65 Victoria St, Wellington
Audience: Children
Cost: free!!

Librarian Zines!

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s really like to be a librarian, then look no further. We have three issues of a hilarious new zine, Ghosts of Ready Reference, which is all about real conversations that have happened in real libraries (not ours). Some of them are pretty funny, and some are frankly alarming.


Spanish zines!! –

We were recently donated a massive pile of zines, so to celebrate (and get them all processed) we had a tea party zine processing meeting.


We got soooo many cool new zines. We have a bunch of new favourites, which we’ll blog about real soon. But for now, I want to show you our brand new Spanish zines:


Thanks to this kind donation from a zine maker in Spain, we have now have some new zines in Español! If you’re a library regular, you’ll know that we have a lot of foreign language books – maybe we could start developing a foreign language zines collection, as well? Come check them out! Viva la library!*

*not accurate Spanish.

More zines to <3

We’ve been so spoilt lately – heeeeaaaps of people have been contributing awesome zines to our collection. It’s been great!! So, without further ado, let me show you some of my faves:

Femineast / Wellington East Girls’ College
Yes, you read right, this zine was produced by Wellington East Girls’ College! This is a fun and introductory-type look at feminism – great for anyone who’s ever been put off / mystified / intrigued by the idea of feminism and wants to know more. And big ups to the girls at Wellington East for producing it!

Central Library /
This zine is full of beautiful photos of our own Central Library (and produced by one of our own beautiful librarians). It’s not all books, either – there are some beautiful and unexpected shots in here, including some ‘behind-the-scenes footage.’

Snorklish: Internet Generation Portraiture / Holly
This zine features portraits of famous women (from Beyonce and Ellen Degeneres to Lorde and The Gilmour Girls) with humourous captions. It definitely has a sassy feminist vibe; love it!

Khartoum Place – an interview with Frisson

How did you get into making zines?
I got into making zines years ago as a way to promote live music shows. I hand-drew the zines on A4 pages, photocopied them (black and white), and folded or cut and stapled them into tiny booklets. Sometimes I also gave them out in little goodie bags at the shows. This time around I got into zine-making for different reasons. I started writing short stories late last year, and after a couple of months went by without anyone publishing them I decided to start publishing them myself! These days I’m still illustrating the zines, but I’m getting them made through Blurb rather than having to do all that photocopying and stapling. Since I released my first zine I have had a story or two published, but I still intend to release a zine every 2 – 3 months, and I’m currently working on the illustrations for my second one.

Can you give us a short bio about you?
I studied creative writing at Victoria University’s Institute of Modern Letters. I love cats and coffee.

We have read the zine Khartoum Place and loved it. In your words could you please explain to us why you decided to make it and publish it?
Thank you! I have discovered that I really enjoy weaving local, historical elements into my stories. Khartoum Place is a dark but loveable little square in Auckland’s CBD. The square’s mural, an admittedly slightly homely but very historically important memorial to women’s suffrage, is constantly under threat from people who think it’s ugly and want to remove it. The idea of an art historian trying to save the mural, her career and her love affair came to me in a flash while I was waiting for someone to turn up to a work meeting one day.

Once it was out there, did you get any unexpected reactions?
I posted it off to what seemed to me to be New Zealand’s major libraries. I didn’t have any idea what to expect. I’m thrilled that the Wellington and Christchurch Libraries have been in touch, but I’m a bit disappointed in Auckland Library. I keep sneaking in to see if I can find it their zine collection, but I haven’t seen it in there so far…

I also started a Facebook page and a website, and I’ve have some really nice comments coming through from those.

You say your zines are a New Years resolution, can you tell us a little bit more about that?
I’d been writing stories for a while and not getting them published, and the news had broken about Sport losing it’s funding, and I literally woke up on New Year’s Day and thought “I’m going to start a new journal!” So I sat down and mapped out my first issue, and it looked great! But then I thought, ‘wait a minute, this is a lot of work on top of a full time job, and I’m putting myself in a curatorial role and not actually doing what I enjoy, which is writing stories and drawing pictures’. So I decided to start a series of zines under the name Frisson.

What’s on your zine to-do list?
I intend to release a new issue every 2 – 3 months. But most importantly I’d like to connect with other zine makers, so I’m looking forward to checking out a Zine Fest or two.

What would you say to other zine makers?
I wasn’t sure how people would react to the fact that I got my zines made through Blurb rather than laboriously hand-crafting each one. That kind of carry-on was fine for me back when I was working part time in vintage stores and playing in bands. Now that I’m a wage slave getting up at 5.30am in the morning in order to find the time to write stories, I highly recommend outsourcing the production side (unless of course that’s your passion).

Do you have any music/zines/blogs recommendations?
Yes, I really like the New Zealand zine review. They’ve introduced me to all sorts of amazing things.

I’ve also found your blog really helpful. My next zine will have an ISBN number!

New Zine Times!

This month we have big news and some incredible, eye-catching additions to our zine family.

The news? Our zine collection is getting pretty big so we’re pleased to let you know that our Newtown Library will now have a permanent collection, check them out hanging beside the graphic novels the next time you’re in.

Here are just a handful of our picks from here and around the world.

Bad Girls Through History Cover Bad Girls Through History Inside
Bad Girls Throughout History Inside

Bad Girls Throughout History/Ann Shen
We fawned over this one quietly in the zine office before letting it on the shelf, beautiful hand painted illustrations of a cross section of historical and contemporary female figures. Each page would look at home on an art gallery wall.

Play: A Trees & Hills Anthology Play: A Trees & Hills Anthology
Play: A Trees & Hills Anthology Inside

Play: A Trees & Hills Anthology/Trees And Hills Comics Group
This well travelled zine joins our collection from the Eastern seaboard of the United States. Trees and Hills Comics Group are a cartoonist collective made up of individuals from Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusettes. This anthology is jam-packed with literally hours of play. Anthropomorphic jungle creatures, one kid and his plank of wood, and (possibly the best bit) a pull out bonus booklet filled with fun games. Sweet!

Frisson 1; Khartoum Place Frisson 1: Khartoum Place
Frisson #1: Khartoum Place Image from inside zine

Frisson #1: Khartoum Place
Hailing from Auckland (fun fact, Khartoum Place is where Auckland Central Library is) this beatifully illustrated short story is the first of a (New Years resolution) series.

Nine Lives Nine Lives
Nine Lives Inside

Nine Lives/Kristyna Baczynski
Librarians love cats. It’s no secret, this gorgeous, pocket-sized zine is amazingly designed and is a joy to behold.

New Zines I Love

So, do you guys remember the Zine Fest that we were quite fanatical about a couple of months ago? Well, it turned out to be aaaaaaawesome! (not that we were surprised). And we got so, so many new zines. These are some of my faves from our massive haul:

Untitled / Glades
Initially, I fell in love with this zine because it had pink stick-on sparklies on the cover. Swoon!! Fickle, I know, but when I opened the zine, the inside was awesome too!! Basically, it lists all the things that would be possible if you had a fabulous hairstyle. It’s also decorated with black and white photos of glorious vintage hairstyles; do check it out.

3aSleep without Shelter / Sarah McNeil
This is beautifully put together (♥ washi tape) and is full of pen illustrations, along with some lists and general musings.

4aDads on Vacay / Louisa Beatty
The title of this says it all, really! Teeny tiny zine filled with (hilarious) photos of dads on vacay. You’re gonna love it.

1aToys / Holly Leonardson & Sarah McNeil
This zine is so cute, it kills me. The cover has googly eyes and a fluffy nose, to start with!! The inside has fluroscent pink pages with ridiculously cute illustrations (baby deer, cats, dogs, a performing seal and some teddy bears. Cute enough for you?) From a limited edition of 50, this zine is just the dose of whimsy your Monday needs.

5aWhat / Which Item of Food Are You? / Anonymous
This zine asks the question that we have all pondered (or maybe not) – if you were an item of food, what would you be? Pure genius.

Wellington Zinefest 2013

Poster by Hayden Currie
Poster by Hayden Currie

Wellington Zinefest is only two weeks away now and as the first public library in New Zealand to have a zine collection we’re really excited. It’s not just about the main event though, there is a zinesational, extensive public program leading up to the BIG DAY, including:

Monoprinting for Zines – November 8 @ 6pm
Monoprinting is a fast and flexible way to introduce colour, design and expressive linework to your zines. You will get to try a range of monoprinting techniques that you can easily use at home – no printing press or expensive paper required. Learn how to add spot colour to B&W covers and pages, create one off or repeat prints and utilize patterns, lettering and stencils.

Materials supplied but do bring along imagery and zine ideas for inspiration and different paper types to trial. And wear old clothes!

Workshop limited to 6 people. To book, email:

Demystifying the ISBN: A panel talk – November 14 @ 5:30pm
Librarians love zines. Librarians love zines with ISBNs even more.

We invite Amy Joseph (the National Library), Monty Masseurs (Wellington City Libraries) and Claire Harris (zine-maker) to talk us through why an ISBN is useful, and how to get one.

The librarians will also cover useful topics including the pre-publication cataloguing service, legal deposit and public lending rights for nz authors.

@ the Pipitea Seminar Room, National Library

Getting the Party On: DIY bunting & cardboard letters – November 15 @ 6pm
The festival is just around the corner (next week!) and we need your help to make the festival look, well, festive.

Expect materials to include many wondrous, colourful things!

@ Matchbox Studios

Zine Maker Talks – November 22 @ 6pm
Pens down, folks. Let’s kick back and remind ourselves why we make zines: to meet cool people & learn cool things.

Our line-up of speakers are all cool people, wanting to share cool things with you (watch this space, updates coming).

We hope you can join us.

@ Matchbox Studios

Fresh Zine Times

#zinefest Woah, it’s a blog in two halves! At the top is Wellington Zinefest build-up news and a bit further down are some sweet new zines from the zines-stand.

Make Time To Make Zines
Make Time To Make Zines #2:
Friday the 25th October, 6-8pm Matchbox and Wellington Zinefest present an anti-procrastination workshop to get your Zines happening. Read more.

Hand-crafted reviews for your zine-reading pleasure:The Play-Along-Songbook
The Play-Along-Songbook: Number One: Wellington:
“Just like having famous friends this Play-Along-Songbook lets you pretend-jam with very real Wellington musicians. Some of the muso’s on the bill are Seth Frightening, Wet Wings, & party all star Disasteradio. Bop bop diddy bop.” (Staff review)

Headphones With No Music

Headphones With No Music: “Real-life observations from aboard Wellington’s public transport system. Experience the journey and the weirdness. Companion tumblr.” (Staff review)

Hoarding Since The 90'sHoarding Since The 90’s: “A pocket-sized flashback of 90’s pop culture icons. It features bugs bunny doing the splits, and a jigglypuff playing pika-chu boo. Sweet!” (Staff review)

DIY Book Art Working Bee: @MatchboxWgtn #zinefest

To view the book art collection available from the library (including our favourite: “The Repurposed Library“) click here.

DIY Book Art Working Bee
DIY Book Art Working Bee

As part of the festivities in the run up to Wellington Zinefest Matchbox will be hosting a book art working bee! Matchbox will be creating a very special window display that will run for one month and they want your help!

Come along and learn how to make some super cool hanging book art, get to see your master piece inthe  window display then take it home to decorate your house once the display is finished. The window will not only look wonderful, it will also be promoting New Zealand made and independent Zines & Books.

Matchbox will provide some books for you but would love it if you have any old redundant books at home that you can donate to the project.

Free to come along and all welcome!