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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
PLEASE READ BEFORE ENTERING:
- Please provide a working email address so I can send a download code.
- If you are under 16, please check with a parent or guardian before entering.
- This giveaway is open worldwide.
- Closes after the first 5 people, though I may send more if I’m feeling generous!
Marceline is the co-founder and editor of Super Cute Kawaii and author of The Super Cute Book of Kawaii. She also designs cute character goods as Asking For Trouble. Having visited Japan five times, Marceline is enormously inspired by all things Japanese and especially loves bunnies, space and any kind of food object with a happy face.