Where to Find Zines
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Finding fanzines can be tricky even in the age of the Internet. Here are some ways fans can use to find these ephemeral print materials.
Zines can be bought at many cons. They can also usually be ordered and shipped by mail, either through the publisher directly or through an agent.
Other places to buy/sell your fanzines: the Zinelist or the SlashSwap mailing lists. Jim and Melody Rondeau will also agent your fanzines online and at conventions for a small commission. As a last resort head over to eBay but beware you may be charged 2-3x more than you would buying from fannish sources.
If you're trying to track down a fanzine producer whose website has moved or gone away, try using the Wayback Machine. Ex: The Zine Zone (last updated in 2003) is archived here. You can also do a search here on Fanlore using the term "Fanzine Publisher".
In July 2009, the Media Fen website was created as a clearinghouse for zine information, both what zines are currently in print and what new zines are seeking submissions. The site included a list of publishers and agents. However, that site went offline early 2010.
- Main article: Fanzine Library
Some fans have created zine lending libraries to help their fellow fans.
Some public and university libraries also keep zine collections, though they use the term variously to include music zines, science fiction zines, media fanzines, or any amateur/underground publication. Fanzine collections in the United States include University of Iowa Fanzine Archives, Bowling Green State University's Browne Popular Culture Library, the University of California - Riverside, and Temple University's Enterprising Women Collection and Paskow Science Fiction Collection. The University of Minnesota has a large Sherlock Holmes collection that includes Sherlockian journals. The National Library of Australia holds the Susan Smith-Clarke Fanzine Collection.