This jam is now over. It ran from 2018-07-01 04:00:00 to 2018-08-01 03:59:59. View 15 entries

Hello there! From the creator of Ace Jam, here's a new "game" jam that isn't actually just about games! This jam is about making zines in a short period of time, with a broad interpretation of the word "zine." Don't know what a zine is? Well, traditionally, a zine is a self-published booklet, generally made and distributed by one person or small group of people. Zines have their own underground subculture devoted to making, buying, trading, and collecting them. Most zines are made with photocopiers or home printers and stapled or sewed together by hand. Some people make zines without the use of any computers. Zines are about DIY, about community, about writing whatever you want without worrying about having to go through gatekeepers. Anyone can make a traditional zine as long as they have access to paper and writing implements!

But for this jam, we're going a step further! We're including e-zines, zines that are also video games, even self-published books and visual novels/Twines/etc. As long as you're making it yourself or with a small group with a DIY aesthetic, it counts! Interpret "DIY aesthetic" however you wish.

Rules:

  • None! (Well... it has to be suitable for Itch. And no hate speech or jam spam!)
  • You can submit something you started previously!
  • You can submit something unfinished!
  • You can submit a small zine!
  • You can submit a super long zine!
  • Have fun!

Zines can be about anything! If you're having trouble with ideas, consider:

  • Writing about yourself, your experiences, your opinions
  • Write about something you love/are a fan of
  • Write some short stories
  • Take a bunch of photos and compile them together
  • Get together a group of people and each write something about a specific topic
  • Draw a bunch of doodles
  • Make a comic
  • Rant about the current political climate

If you want to talk to other people making zines, check out the Zines and Zinesters Discord server: https://discord.gg/DrRyFx9 (Oops! I had the wrong link here for a while! It was to my other server for queer game dev.)

If you want something to build off of, here's some resources about making traditional zines:

Hope everyone has a good time!

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a queer zine about finding my name
ryoga wants to be a pretty girl too
a perzine about hereditary spherocytosis
A zine about things gone complex.
Life, renewal and trees.
a game about drawing badly
a party game about catching bullets
a short E-Zine of poetry and crappy collages for the #zinejam2018
Comic para la Zine Jam
critical diary | zine jam 2018
The very first issue of the Whirl Fang Zine Project