From the first science fiction fanzines of the 1930s to the feminist riot grrrl zines of the 1990s, niche groups and underground movements have long ridden the wave of independence in the form of self-publishing, and the DIY scene is still very much alive and well in Cincinnati.
The next Zinecinnati fest isn’t until May 23 (mark your calendars), but in the meantime newbies and enthusiasts alike with drawings, musings, lyrics, poetry and other ideas that can fit into itty, bitty handmade books, comics and magazines are a perfect fit for Pique gallery’s new quarterly Zine Club. Join Chicago-based zine and garment artist Sky Cubacub, local zine artist and organizer Ally Bachman and Zinecinnati’s Tom and Lauren Boeing for the first get together of the year on Sunday, Jan. 19. Make friends with other creators as well as the copy machine, collage supplies, book stapler and other craft materials at your disposal. Don’t know what to make? Fret not: zine-making prompts and opportunities for collaboration abound.
Light snacks and coffee and soda will be provided. Other Zine Club dates are April 5, July 19 and Oct. 25.
If you want a double-dose of Zine-making this January, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is hosting a Zine Night at downtown's Main Branch with Zinecinnati from 6-8 p.m. on Jan. 29. Head over to the library's TeenSpot area to learn from artists — some of which will have their own work for sale — and make your own zine.
2:13-6:13 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. Free. Pique, 210 W. Pike St., Covington, piquewebsite.com.