Zine Club Chicago Online: Is It A Zine? Edition, March 16th

Mar ’21
7:30 pm


Zine Club Chicago Online: Is It A Zine? Edition

7:30 p.m. CST Tuesday, March 16 on Zoom


“Zine” has always been a nebulous term without a universally accepted definition. This month, we’re continuing the decades-long debate over what is a zine and what is not. All are invited to share the publications in our collections that make us go hmmmm… — for example, is a glossy booklet put out by a chart-topping rapper or a denim conglomerate really a zine? What about a one-sheet newsletter published on someone’s home printer? — and discuss where we personally draw the line between zine and not-a-zine.

Grab your zines, not-zines, and maybe-zines, BYOS(nacks), and join us on Zoom for Zine Club Chicago Online: Is It A Zine? Edition!

** Zoom info ** We want to make sure that our online Zine Club events are a safe space, so we won’t be releasing the Zoom link publicly. If you’d like to attend, please email zineclubchicago@gmail.com to RSVP by 5:30 p.m. CST Tuesday, March 16. We’ll email you the Zoom link one hour before the event begins.

Zine newbies and longtime enthusiasts alike are always welcome at Zine Club Chicago, the city’s only book club-style event for people who read zines. This free monthly series is produced by Chicago Zine Fest/Midwest Perzine Fest organizer Cynthia E. Hanifin and sponsored by Quimby’s Bookstore. Anna Jo Beck designs our monthly flyers, created our logo, and made our Zine Club Chicago Shout-Outs site, where folks can peruse and recommend zines we’ve discussed at our events: https://zineclubchicagoshoutouts.spread.name/

Thank you to Zine Club members Mariano Muñoz and Michelle Yacht for suggesting this month’s theme!

More info at quimbys.com and on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook: @zineclubchicago

Find the Facebook event here.


P.S. Thank you to everyone who snapped up the first batch of Zine Club Chicago embroidered patches! If you didn’t snag one this time around, we’ll have more restock soon.

Zine Club Chicago will also be giving away a patch for FREE — along with an official ZCC mini cowbell, a copy of a ZCC collab zine, and fun mystery snacks — in the first-ever Zine Club Chicago raffle! Here’s how to enter:

  1. Buy something (anything you like!) in person at Quimby’s here in Chicago or online between the dates of Feb. 24 and March 15, 2021. (You can peruse the shop’s wares at quimbys.com).
  2. Email a copy of your Quimby’s receipt to zineclubchicago@gmail.com by 9 p.m. CST Monday, March 15. Please include your name and let us know if you have any dietary restrictions when it comes to snacks.

We’ll randomly select one winner during our Zine Club Chicago Online: Is It a Zine? Edition Zoom event on Tuesday, March 16. You don’t need to attend the event to win — we’ll get in touch if you can’t make it that evening and your name is pulled. We’ll arrange to either send your prize pack by mail or leave it at Quimby’s for you to pick up.

These 2.75-inch round iron-on patches were custom-made by Tim Tucker of Uranian Threads and feature our circular logo designed by Anna Jo Beck.

Good luck, y’all!