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Staff zine picks!

All through November, in honour of the OCAD Zine Library’s 10th anniversary, the staff of the Learning Zone will be sharing our favourite zines with you!

Check our social media daily to follow along with our staff’s favourite zines in the collection and learn about why we love these publications so much.

Here are our first few picks:

172_3_163_020Wood Panel That Shit by Krystina Plante (Call No. S21XS)

“This zine is so creative and fun! It’s a loving homage to wood panelling, and how you could incorporate it into your life, in mostly unpractical ways. It uses wood-panel contact paper for the cover and throughout to drive the point home. The best part: you flip the zine over and you have the same zine in French. A bilingual zine!” – Marta, Learning Zone Librarian




190_9_333_030Bessie Coleman by Marya Errin Jones (Call No. I122M)

“Seeing a black woman on the cover of this zine with clouds swirling around her and a tiny airplane peaked my interest. After reading the introduction by Marya Errin Jones, I understood why – “When I need to remember that there are women in the world who look like me, thrive like me, create like me, laugh like me, challenge stereotypes and perceptions of everyday black life, just like me.” It was that reason in itself why I love this zine.” – Heather, Learning Zone Technician



190_9_333_061Queer Sailor Moon FanFiction Saved My Life by an unknown author (Call No. Q37M)

“I was first drawn to zines because of their personal/confessional nature. So, I generally love any perzine, but perzines about fandom and how pop culture connects to our lives and makes us feel less alone are 100% my bag. This zine explores 90s queer girl culture (my heart!) and how the author used media and fanfiction to find herself as a young, queer person. I was (and still am) into finding queerness in cartoons and I saw a lot of myself in this zine (I’m still in love with Sailor Mercury). Connecting with writing on that level is the definition of what makes zines amazing!” – Lindsay, Learning Zone Coordinator


176_8_208_002Etiquette: A silly drawings mini-comic by Matt Fielding (Call No. C59XS)

“I selected this comic maybe because my mom used to be an etiquette instructor. I remember her reading all those things you should do in impossible fancy situations. This comic is not at all like that! This comic points out all the situations you are going to encounter on your way to school! In a super fun manner, Etiquette helps you be a better you! Just read it!” – Nikole, Learning Zone Monitor

We’re also holding a party to celebrate the anniversary of the OCAD Zine Library. Come by the Learning Zone from 5pm to 8pm on Tuesday, November 14th to celebrate zines, hear from the founder of the collection, talk about zines, trade zines, make zines and more…


11 2017

OCAD U Poster Fair 2017

This year the Learning Zone and the OCAD Zine Library put on our second ever OCAD U Poster Fair to help students share and sell their print work. We had many amazing submissions but, given the amount of space needed to show posters and the massive amount of talent at OCAD University, we could only accommodate 12 vendors.


If you missed the event, or if you passed through and missed getting something you liked, here are all the links to vendors who participated in the poster fair:

img_8950Vincy Lim

Olivia Kim

Rabeea Syed

Maggie Zhang

Connie Le

Kai Lumbang

Angela Chung

Agnes Wong

Varvara Nedilska

Cleo Peterson

Salisa Jatuweerapong

Nano Publishing class: Natalie Mark & Lucy Kinsella




11 2017

International Zine Month 2017

img_8270Every July — ever since American zine maker Alex Wrekk declared it in 2009 — zine creators, fans and collectors celebrate International Zine Month. There are various daily activity suggestions rolling around the internet, but this year the OCAD Zine Library decided to write our own list. We hope you take some inspiration from the list, look at some zines, maybe make a zine or two, collaborate with friends, and learn something about zine history and zine making!

  1. Read up on zines and zine history at
  2. Re-read your favourite zines/pick up a zine for the first time
  3. Make a no-staple mini-zine
  4. Read a zine made outside of North America
  5. Order a zine from a zine distro
  6. Search our Zine Library online!
  7. Make envelopes or postcards
  8. Make some mail art!
  9. Create and mail a ziney care package to a friend
  10. Visit the to read archived queer zines
  11. Try something new! If you usually write fiction, try writing a perzine (short for personal zine, which is a journal style zine)
  12. Join the OCADU Zine Collective!
  13. Zine Trade Day! Ask someone to trade zines
  14. ValenZINE’s Day! Write to your zine crush
  15. Leave a zine in public for someone else to find
  16. Visit the Toronto Zine Library (open today from 1-3pm)!
  17. Write and share a zine review
  18. Take out a book about zines from the library
  19. Zine Shop appreciation day! Visit a store near you that sells zines, like The Beguiling or Page & Panel
  20. Submit your zine to a zine library (like us!)
  21. International Zine Library Day! Give us some love
  22. Send your zine out to be reviewed (Broken Pencil, Xerography Debt and Razorcake accept zines for review)
  23. Make a one page zine
  24. Teach yourself a new zine skill
  25. Organize a zine event!
  26. Teach a friend or family member about zines
  27. Submit to a compilation zine
  28. Cook with a recipe from a zine
  29. Post photos of you with your zine or zine collection
  30. Visit to read up on zines by people of colour
  31. Read more Zines!


07 2017

Call for submissions: OCADU Zine Collective Fandom Zine

The OCADU Zine Collective is producing a collaborative zine about fandom, and they want your submissions!

callforsubs2017Submit your tributes to your favourite artists, stories about your experience as a fan of something, histories of different types of fandom, fan art, reflections on the “fanzine” or your own interpretation of the theme “fandom.”

We will accept images, fiction and non-fiction writing, comics, poems and more!

Submission guidelines:

Formatting: Each page of the zine will be 8.5 inches x 11 inches in size. Please format your submission to fit this size. Each page of your submission should be submitted as a separate file. Please leave at least a 1/2 inch border on every page, meaning images and text should be centered on the page and no larger than 7.5″ x 10.” Please provide us with high quality files, with at least 300dpi/ppi resolution.

The zine will be printed in two colours on the risograph. This means that each colour will need to be printed separately, one after the other with time to dry in between. If you would like to use both colours in your submissions, you can do one of the following: 1) submit each page as a Photoshop file, with each colour on a separate layer (max. two colours/layers). 2) Submit each colour as a separate PDF file. All of your files should be submitted in grayscale. Please title your files/layers as “lighter colour” and “darker colour” so that we know how you would like the contrast of the image to work.

Information needed: Please include a filled-out version of the the attached questionnaire with your submission

Feel free to email us with any questions you may have about formatting your submission(s) before the deadline. fandomquestionnaire1

Deadline: MAY 7th

Send submissions to:

The OCADU Zine Collective thanks the OCADU Student Union for funding for this project.


04 2017

9th Annual OCADU Zine Fair

Two days of zines has come to an end. If you missed this year’s edition of the OCADU Zine Fair (or just need a reminder of some of the zines you encountered), here’s a photo gallery of some of the vendors who were at this year’s event…


Day 1:

Day 2:




03 2017

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