MEC ZINE is a digital zine that publishes the stories and art of individuals who belong to marginalized communities. We believe that everyone has a story to tell, and that together these stories can paint a picture that honors the diversity of individuals' lived experiences. Four times a year, we publish a zine showcasing these stories. Each zine focuses on a different theme related to a social issue and is distributed for free to communities around the United States—and one day, we hope, around the globe!
Short for “magazine," a zine is a photocopied or printed publication that can be made or shared by anyone. Zines date back as early as the 1700s, and have historically been circulated independently by socially marginalized groups to give voice to their opinions and beliefs. They can contain original writings, artwork, photographs, and more.
In the 1970s, zines boomed during the rise of punk subculture, which grew the concept of zines as an art form into the 1980s. By the 1990s, “girl zines”—originating from the Riot Grrrl movement—gained popularity. Today, zines are still popular and are even found digitally. Check out the theme video to our latest zine!