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Graphic Medicine

A guide to Graphic Medicine for the College of Medicine Phoenix

UA Librarian Phoenix

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Naomi Bishop
University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix


A Zine (zeen) is a self-published, small press or homemade publication similar to a pamphlet. Zines often address specialized topics from an independent, controversial or alternative viewpoint. They can be a collection of random personal thoughts or expertly made political treatise.

Due to the independent nature of Zines they are not scholarly, or peer reviewed nor are they controlled by mainstream media or the editorial process of the publishing industry. These publications break from conventional format and are often photocopied, folded and stapled. Zines can be visually inspiring and artistic and offer personal, passionate and unedited viewpoints.

Zine (zeen): independent, self published work often created by a single person.

Zinester: An individual who creates zines.

Perzine: Short for personal zine. A zine that discusses personal thoughts, experiences, and everyday events.

Instructions for a One-Page Zine: You may download and print the one-page zine below (as a full page image) and it will provide the instructions and practice of putting a one-page zine together on your own. Instructional zine created by Kate Bingaman-Burt