Fanzines, genzines, and apazines are all types of amateur publications, generally known as "zines," that originated in fandom communities. Each has its own unique characteristics:


A fanzine is a non-professional and non-official publication produced by fans of a particular cultural phenomenon, such as a literary or musical genre, for the pleasure of others who share their interest. Fanzines often include fan fiction, artwork, poetry, and articles. They are usually produced out of passion rather than for profit.


A genzine (general fanzine) is a fanzine that covers multiple topics instead of focusing on a specific subject or fandom. It might feature content about multiple TV shows, movies, genres, or other interests. A genzine often has a broader readership and range of content than a fanzine devoted to a single topic.


An apazine (amateur press association zine) is a publication that is created as part of an Amateur Press Association (APA). In an APA, a group of people regularly compile their individual zines into a single package, which is then distributed among them. Each member of the APA contributes their own mini-zine, which is bundled with the others. Apazines often have more limited distribution and may have more personal or esoteric content compared to fanzines and genzines.

Other Types of Zines

  1. Perzine: Short for "personal zine," these zines are often autobiographical and focus on the individual's thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

  2. Split zine: A zine that features the work of two or more creators, usually divided down the middle, like a split album in music.

  3. Minizine: A small, often hand-crafted zine that may only be a single sheet of paper folded into pages.

  4. E-zine: An electronic zine distributed online, usually as a PDF or on a dedicated website.

  5. Scene zine: Focused on a particular music scene or subculture, like punk, grunge, or metal.

  6. Political zine: Focuses on social, political, or activist issues.

  7. Compilation zine: Contributions are collected from various authors, but unlike an apazine, they are collated and distributed by a single editor.

  8. FemmeZine: Zines that focus on women’s issues, feminism, or are produced by women.

  9. Photozine: Primarily contain photographs or visual art.

Zines can be a mixture of these types and may not fit neatly into one category. The world of zines is highly diverse, and new types continue to emerge as creators experiment with the form.{{Categories Magazines}}

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