The Princeton Sketchbook Club presents zines! You’re invited to create a zine (or many zines), based on any topic that you’d like, done in any style that you’d like. Turn in your favorite finished product by November 17 to have it displayed in the new Zine Library at the Arts Council of Princeton, located in the heart of downtown Princeton, NJ. If you’ve been looking for non-intimidating way to dip your toe into the world of making art, or if you’re a creative seeking a welcoming community, this project is for you.
This free, non-instructional gathering is open to all current members of the Princeton Sketchbook Club. All are welcome to bring a snack, a drink, or something to share while we work on our zines and get to know one another, but it’s totally optional. Stay for the whole time or pop in when you’re free.
Not yet a member of the Sketchbook Club? Not a problem. Join here.
So, what is a zine?
Short for magazine or fanzines, ‘zines’ are self-published books that can be easily reproduced and distributed within a community. They can be about a variety of different subjects from politics to art, mental health, culture, science, activism, and much, much more! Zines tend to thrive off their niche appeal, so don’t be afraid to get into the nitty gritty of something you love – even if that means you’re making a zine about what you had for breakfast that day or the history of your favorite genre of music.
Historically, zines have been used as a way for everyone and anyone to express themselves and communicate with others. Get the word out there about something – no matter your artistic skill level! Zines can include original illustrations, collage, written word, photography, or any mixture of these things. Zines were founded by folks with passion and drive too big to ignore, so feel free to embrace the messy, slapdash, imperfect process that is creating a zine!