The University of North Texas Special Collections department invites you to make a quaran-zine! Sept. 28 - Dec. 4, join us on the Facebook Craft a Quaranzine event page, or share your #UNTquaranzine with @UNTSpecColl on Twitter. We'll be sharing ideas and submissions on our pages throughout the event.
A zine (pronounced “zeen”) is a self-published magazine, often associated with DIY culture, that can be about any topic and made by anyone. Zines come in many forms, and you don’t have to be an artist or a writer to make one, you just have to have something to say.
You can make your quaranzine with supplies you probably already have wherever you’re social distancing. All you need is paper, scissors, and whatever materials you want to fill your blank zine pages.
It’s up to you create the content of your zine. Your zine could be a way to exhibit your creative writing or art, a comic about your experience living during the COVID pandemic, an informational message about a cause close to your heart, or a critical review of the last show you watched – that’s the beauty of zines, they can be about anything you want.
When you’ve finished your zine, you can make copies to distribute among your community, digitize it to share on your website or blog, donate it to UNT Special Collections, or keep it just for yourself. We encourage participants to talk about your zine making process, connect with other zine makers, and share photos of your zines on social media. Please tag us @UNTSpecColl and use #UNTquaranzine when sharing your work on social media.
By making a quaranzine about your experience of the COVID-19 pandemic, you can help UNT Special Collections document our community’s experience through this unique and accessible medium and have fun expressing yourself while we all spend more time inside and apart.
If you’d like to donate a digital copy of your zine to the University Archive’s COVID-19 Response Collection, use the Keeper App. To donate a physical zine, contact University Archivist Rachael Zipperer.