The zines are taking over, and already their readership registers in the millions. Rallying together fans of TV shows, types of music, or anyone who feels their viewpoint is underrepresented in the national media, the zines have become the forum for the self-expression of a generation, the distinctive nineties contribution to the publishing world. This year a coalition of zine writers calling itself Kill Zinesters is hitting the road on a twenty-city national tour designed to unify and strengthen the zine community.The popularity of these hip, select-audience magazines has opened up a creative and lucrative alternative to the conventional workplace for today's twentysomethings, but the difficulties of producing, managing, and marketing a zine have sunk many otherwise well-intentioned endeavors. Now Veronika Kalmar, a journalist who covers the hot, cutting-edge trends in contemporary entertainment, has put into one practical handbook all the essential information and advice sorely needed by the would-be writer and entrepreneur. Start Your Own Zine is an in-depth look at the zine phenomenon from an insider who knows the tricks of the trade better than anyone. Readers are guided through the book by the slick and knowledgeable Jet Lambert, an illustrated character of hipness personified. Start Your Own Zine offers step-by-step guidelines and advice on everything from nabbing celebrity interviews to cheap ways to find necessary equipment, the basics of layout and production, tips on distribution, and low-cost printing options. Start Your Own Zine gathers into one place the lessons past zine writers have learned the hard way.