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ZAPP is the Zine Archive and Publishing Project, a zine library on the second floor of Richard Hugo House. Since its founding in 1996, ZAPP's collection has grown from 1,500 to more than 20,000 zines, comics, chapbooks and other small press periodicals, making it one of the largest zine collections in the world. This extensive collection of rare and unique publications is open to the public. ZAPP is a friendly community where writers, artists and free thinkers alike can share their ideas and experiences through sketches, stamps and photocopies.
ZAPP is open to the public on Wednesdays 4–8 p.m., Thursdays 1–5 p.m. & Saturdays 1–5 p.m.
ZAPP hosts quarterly gallery exhibits by local artists and zinesters in conjunction with Blitz: the Capitol Hill Art Walk. Exhibits run for three months during ZAPP open hours with opening and closing parties.
ZAPP offers classes on all aspects of zines and zine-making, from the history of zines and teaching with zines to workshops on binding methods and creating stamps.
Do you like zines and strong coffee? Consider applying for internships at ZAPP in archiving and community outreach.
ZAPP vision statement
The Zine Archive and Publishing Project (ZAPP) is a program of Richard Hugo House. The archive and workspace is devoted to collecting, preserving and promoting self-published and independent zines, comics and other hard-to-classify small press periodicals of all types.
Through its collection, physical space and organizing and cataloging efforts, ZAPP seeks to maintain, validate and make accessible publications outside the literary mainstream. ZAPP is dedicated to fostering and sustaining a strong community of self-publishers and championing freedom of expression in Seattle and beyond.
ZAPP's priorities are sustaining a “living” archive of past and current zines with the help of dedicated volunteers, allowing accessibility to the archive through public open hours, supporting zine writers by providing a workspace and promoting ZAPP locally, nationally and internationally as one of the largest collections of its kind.
What is a zine?
“A zine (pronounced “zeen,” like “magazine”) is a self-published, small circulation, noncommercial booklet or magazine, usually produced by one person or a few individuals. Zines are publications done for the love of doing them, not to make a profit or a living. Most zines are photocopied, but their production can range from handwritten or handmade booklets to offset-printed magazine-like publications (but with a print run of hundreds or a few thousand instead of hundreds of thousands).” – Zine World
Donate to ZAPP
Help keep the gluesticks fresh, the scissors sharp and the archive open and accessible to all by making a donation, big or small, to support ZAPP. Don't have any cash? No worries. You can support ZAPP by donating your zines, too.
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