Art & Drawing Books, Comics & Zines

Cute Zines To Buy & Make

Posted on April 9, 2020 by

If you’re looking for something fun to read and want to support small creators, pick up some zines! They’re DIY magazines that can be about anything at all, from hobbies and crafts to travel and life or illustrations and art. It’s super easy to make a zine yourself too – and a great activity to keep yourself, or kids, entertained. I’ve got a little giveaway at the end to help you out with that but first some picks from all the amazing zines on Etsy.

zelda zine

Hyrule: Taste of the Wild has 12 recipes illustrated by a group of artists along with in-world interviews and ads. You can buy a print copy from milkbun (USA) or a digital download from Shattered Earth.

kawaii zine

peppermintpopuk has a set of mini illustrated zines with amazing titles like Potatoes In Hats, A Poem About Pies and Why Seagulls Are The Worst. They’re digital files so you can print them yourself to read at home.

japan zine

I’m always on the hunt for interesting Japan zines and like the look of POST, a love letter to Japan’s postal system by girlstampclub (Australia). It’s full of photos of post boxes, which have some really clever and cool designs.

doodle journaling zine

I love an illustrated travel zine and have a Beijing travelogue by azreenChan (Malaysia) on my wishlist. Azreen also has a Doodle Journal Mini Guide with ideas and tips to help you make your own.

drawing zine

Or get creative with Draw Everyday: A Do It Yourself Daily Drawing Challenge Zine by Chrissy Curtin (Ireland). It’s filled with drawing activities, challenges, tips, prompts and illustrations.

vegan recipes zine

SCK’s own MissMuffcake (USA) has a new zine out. Foraged From The Pantry has over 15 easy vegan recipes that you can make with your lockdown supplies. Pricing is on a sliding scale so pay what you can.

how to make zines giveaway

Giveaway – Let’s Make Zines!

I also have a ton of print and digital zines in my Asking For Trouble shop (UK) including Japan guides, comics and personal life stuff, plus a Let’s Make Zines! guide that has everything you need to make your own zine. I’ll send a free digital copy to the first 5 people to leave a comment below on this blog post – just tell me, what would you make a zine about?


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    April 9, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    I’d make a zine about baking! Or the frustration of trying to be creative and not knowing where to start.

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    April 9, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    I’ve got a few zines and I’ve wanted to try making them for about a year! I’d love to do one as a mini bestiary of creatures I’ve made up over the years. Or a series of them with life advice from different animals.

    Thanks so much for the website. I read it every day, and it’s always a little bright spot for me. Especially right now.

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      April 10, 2020 at 8:56 am

      Thank you! That’s so nice to hear :)

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    April 9, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    I’ve recently adopted a couple of rats from the rspca so a day in the life of a rat would make a fun zine

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    Molly Bolder
    April 9, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    About my experiences with trying to be an illustator and crafter with anxiety and depression. It’d be cute though, honest! XD

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    April 9, 2020 at 11:37 pm

    I’d probably make a zine about Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life.

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    April 10, 2020 at 8:58 am

    Everyone above has been emailed a download link – if you don’t see the email, check your spam folder! I may still send some more free copies so feel free to add a comment below.

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    August 5, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    i would make one about food, food that has size insurcurities just like humans!, in a “handle the subject delicately” kinda way with cute kawaai food to spread body positivity! :)

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    February 2, 2021 at 9:21 am

    I want to put my daughter’s little penguin cartoons into a zine for her birthday. She drew them in margins, on church bulletins, on envelope corners…. I saved them over the years and she doesn’t know I did that!

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