A few questions you might have:
I'm Nate; I do a couple of zines called Pick Your
and You Idiot, which you can check out here:
I also play in a band called Rivethead.
That's about it web-wise
What is this?
Right now this site lists zine distributors, stores, and libraries
in an effort to provide an aid for people who make zines (note:
the word "zinester" is annoying and fucking stupid,
so I'm not going to use it anywhere here. 'People who make zines'
is gonna have to suffice). I'll probably expand it to include
other stuff eventually, but those are the main resources for now
Why the fuck did you do this?due
Well, I've been putting out zines for awhile now, and I always
had a hard time finding places to sell them at. This was mainly
to the shittiness of my zines, but also to the
lack of a definitive, updated list of places that would possibly
carry them. So I decided to compile such a list, and I figured
I might as well throw it up on the web so other people can use
What is the Distros
Section all about?
The distros section is broken down into four sections, as
---Big List: A list of all
the currently active zine distributors I know of along with a
brief description of each of them. Also includes info on when
they started, when they were last updated, how many zines they
carry, what types of zines they carry, any other pertinant information,
and a link to their website. A further explanation on how this
information may or may not be useful:
the start date: A distro that started in
1979 is obviously a little more established than one that opened
shop last month, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t
check out the new one. I've had bad luck a couple times with brand new distros
that flake on you and sort of fade away soon after opening, probably
realizing, "Gee, fielding orders for stapled sets of xeroxed
pages is not quite as glamorous as I envisioned!" or something.
But I've also had good luck with other recent start-up distributors,
so it can go either way. Generally speaking, though, you can usually
feel a little more comfortable with a distro that's been around
last update: I dunno, this one doesn't mean a whole
lot and I'm not 100% sure why I included it. However, if a distro
hasn't updated their website in six months, you might want to
get in touch and make sure they're still around before you send
a copy of your zine, or place an order. So it might be useful
in that sense.
Keep in mind that if I get lazy and only update this site twice
a year, this information will be extra meaningless.
about: A brief explanation of what the distro is
all about. In most cases, I just copied a line or two from the
distro's own page. Usually they say what sort of zines they're
looking for, what their "mission statement" is, shit
like that. In all cases, if you go to their actual site,
you’ll be able to get a more detailed look at what they’re
all about, as well as how they want you to submit your zine, whether
they do wholesale or consignment, and so on and so forth.
number of zines: Another category that may or may
not mean anything. The number of zines a distro carries
could mean they’re a larger operation, or maybe just that
they accept any sort of crap submitted to them. Who knows?
---Simple List: Just
that; a simple list of all the distros, sans the descriptions
and other info. Easier if you're just looking to browse or whatever
---Hiatus: Distros that
either say they're currently on hold, or haven't updated in a
really long time (ie, since mid 2003 or so). I made this a seperate
section because there's a lot of them, and it makes sense to keep
them apart since most of them aren't taking any submissions or
orders while they're on hold, and therefore aren't that useful
to someone shopping around their zine. That being said, the section
is still worth checking out because oftentimes they'll come back
up soon enough. And if you see a distro here that actually belongs
in either the main or defunct categories, shoot me an email
and I'll move it accordingly.
---Defunct: Distros that
are, as far as I can tell, kaput. If I'm wrong, email
me and I'll fix it
the Stores section about?
It's a list of stores that carry zines. Pretty straight forward.
I'm definitely missing a shitload on this, so drop me a line if
you know of any others. There isn't as much detail in this section
as there is with the distros, mainly because many of them don't
have websites and most that do don't outline their zine-carrying
policies. So instead I've just included names and addresses, and
websites where applicable. You're best bet is to write them a
letter and send a copy of your zine, or to just stop in if you
the Libraries section about?
A list of zine libraries and colleges/infoshops/whatever that
host zine libraries. Keep in mind that these pretty much all work
on a donation basis, so if you're looking for a place to "carry"
your zine and compensate you for it, look at the distros section.
Why "Zine Street"?
Shit, I dunno. It was kind of hard picking a name. "ZineDistros.com"
sounded stupid. Besides, you keep seeing this trend of bigger
and bolder with magazines like "Zine Nation" "Zine
World" "Zine Solar System", and probably, somewhere,
something painfully dorky like "Zine Multiverse". I
figured I'd downscale and head the opposite direction. Initially
I was going to go further the opposite way and name it ZineGutter.com,
but in the end I thought Zine Street sounded better.
do a racist, sexist, and homophobic zine. What are my distribution
You're pretty fucked
What else will this site have eventually?
As soon as I figure out how, I’m going to add a
comments and rating feature for each distro. That way people who
have used or ordered from each one can offer some feedback. Because
– to be honest – a handful of these operations are pretty
lousy, and having a feedback option will help sort the gold from
What are some other good zine sites?
Other places worth checking out:
Grrrl Zine Network
Sharpie Revolution book has lists of distros and stores, as well
as tons of other articles related to putting out a zine. You can
get a copy from Microcosm.