What is a zine? Zines (pronounced zeens) are DIY cultural fragments of media. They come in all types, sizes, and can be about anything or everything. There are no rules; no HTML, drag-and-drop websites, there is no limit to what you can create, and no one to tell you that you can’t. The best part is anyone can make one.

Yes, we have blogs and vlogs and we tend to think of the web as a place for freedom, but with zines, authors control every aspect, from the design to the distribution. In addition, producing zines can offer an unexpected respite from the scrutiny on the internet, which can be as oppressive as it is liberating.

One could say that zines are almost necessary alternatives to the internet.

Zine festivals are becoming more popular, with San Francisco, East Bay, San Jose, and most recently Sacramento hosting yearly gatherings for this DIY hobby.

On October 13, Stockton will host its first-ever Zine Fest.


This summer, Placeholder Magazine and Tuleburg Press hosted a series of free workshops for youth and adults that taught the history and process of zine-making. These free workshops held at The Write Place allowed participants to create and replicate their own zine which will be on display at Stockton Zine Fest.

The Stockton Zine Fest will be an all ages, free, and open to the public showcase of DIY/alternative press zines as well as other artwork for display, trade, or purchase on Saturday, October 13th, 2018 from 2pm-7pm. It will feature 15-20 participants, live music, and video projections. The event will occur during Stockton Arts Week and is partially funded by Stockton Arts Commission and the California Arts Council.

If you are interested in participating as a zine maker, click here.

Event Details

  • October 13, 2018
  • 2PM - 7PM
  • 720 E. Weber Ave. Stockton, CA
  • FREE

Photography by Natalie Petersen