What is a zine? What role have zines played in developing Seattle's and Pacific Northwest's literary scene? Showcasing highlights from the ZAPP (Zine Archive and Publishing Project) zine collection, "From the Archives of ZAPP" explores zines as written and visual tools of personal expression, engagement and representation for voices often excluded from the mainstream. Visit the exhibit from July 15 through August 31 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 8 Gallery.

This exhibit showcases a small fraction of the cultural treasures found in the ZAPP zine collection, focusing on locally-made zines and self-published comics, riot grrrl zines, zines representing voices from traditionally marginalized communities, and zines featuring unique and creative design elements.


Guided Tour of "From the Archives of ZAPP" exhibit – A Seattle Public librarian who helped curate this exhibit will be in the Gallery to guide visitors through the exhibit and answer questions. The exhibit tour will be followed by a brief visit to the ZAPP zine collection, located on Level 7 directly across from the elevators.

Zine-making workshop – Learn how to make your own one-page zine in this hands-on workshop. All materials will be provided. Examples from the collection will be available to view for inspiration.

  • 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 7 ZAPP zine collection room (across from the elevators), 206-386-4636

Film screening: "$100 & A T-Shirt" – In just under an hour, "100 & A T-Shirt" brings zine culture to life! Using broken and borrowed equipment, Joe Biel illuminates the world of self-publishing. He gives us glimpses of the Portland Zine Symposium, takes us on a zine-themed bicycle tour around Portland, and interviews local zinesters. The documentary answers a wide array of questions, including: what are zines, why do people make zines, where did zines come from, how do zine communities function, and what does the future hold for zines?


ZAPP was a volunteer-run organization dedicated to preserving and promoting self-publishing in Seattle and beyond. Originally part of Richard Hugo House, ZAPP collected and maintained a library of over 30,000 zines, minicomics and other self-published and small press titles.

The ZAPP zine collection is now housed at Seattle Public Library's Central Library. The collection is open to the public every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors may also schedule an appointment to visit the collection by emailing zines@spl.org. Please include the following information: name, contact information, and preferred dates and times. At least 2 weeks advance notice is required for appointments.


Much of this exhibit was originally curated in partnership with North Seattle College (NSC) Gallery Coordinator Amanda Knowles and Professor Kelda Martensen. NSC's art gallery displayed the exhibit from April 2 to May 3, 2019.

Library exhibits are free and everyone is welcome. Registration and tickets are not required for the exhibit or supporting events.

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