Call for pitches to Issue 9: FOOD


YUM! Static Zine’s 9th issue is all about food!

It’s actually SUPER surprising we have not done a food issue yet, what with the Static editors being expert eaters. But when it was one of the suggestions in the voting round for Issue 8 and it didn’t win, well, that was super surprising too. (But we now have the most wonderful mental health issue to show for it!) So it was unanimous for us to agree that Issue 9 would be all about food.

And we can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with.

Theme: Food

What we’re looking for: Right now, all you have to do is submit what you’d like to make a page about in our zine regarding food. An idea for something serious, witty, opinionated, you name it. There’s pretty much a whole field of corn out there, waiting for you to pick just one. You can come at the idea through any kind of word or art interpretation. Anything that works, printed on a sheet of paper. Common uses in our zine include personal stories, fiction, illustration, photo collages, game designs, comics, doodles, etc. Feel free to combine!

What to do right now: Email us at explaining what you would like to make a page on and how you plan to do it. We will get back to you *after* the deadline to discuss it.

DeadlineMonday, January 20. Submissions will then be due by Monday, February 24 *at the absolute latest*. We have a low tolerance for late submissions, and it takes us time to put everything together. This issue is on a strict deadline in order to be ready for Chicago Zine Fest on March 15, so please take this seriously.

Other important information:

  • “One zine page” = 5.5 x 8.5 inches.
  • Your page must be vertical.
  • If you would like to make it on your own:
    *Send us a photoshop or jpeg file. Resolution 600.
    *You can drop off a physical copy at our HQ in Toronto, but please make sure you keep your work a few centimetres from the borders of the paper, so nothing gets cut off.
  • We print in black and white.
  • If you are including photos, try not to keep them too contrasty, as they don’t photocopy as well.
  • Please take a look at our previous issues to see our style.

Thank you & we can’t wait to see your ideas! This will be a very important issue and we’re excited to share on this topic.

Static editors Jessica, Melody & Aviva

Come say hi at Zine Dream, August 4

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Once again, we’ll be tabling at the awesome summer zine fest Zine Dream at the Tranzac on Sunday, August 4th!

Come say hi! We’ll be there with back issues #s 5&6, the latest issue #7 & pins. Editor Jessica will also have copies of her perzines pocket knife #2 and The Pressure to Be Happy as well as some other crafts.

We’ll also be talking about Issue #8 – so stop by the table to find out more and how you can get in on it!

Zine Dream is a really neat festival of Toronto zines, art and crafts. They also have other events such as opening parties and a panel discussion on how zines have changed through the years.

Check out the full list of Zine Dream exhibitors! We’re so excited to be at another zine fest with so many of our Toronto zine pals.

Here’s the Facebook event.

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Announcing Issue 5′s theme… THE FANZINE!


Static’s only just over a year old, but zines have been going on for almost a century. The zines of today have derived from big zine movements in the 60s, 70s and 90s, which are most known for fanzines about science fiction, punk music, riot grrrl and more. In these self-publishing revolutions before the age of the internet, people were able to get creative about the stories they followed, music they liked, activists they admired and ideas they thought could change the world.

For our fifth issue, due out for Canzine on October 20&21, we’d like to honour fanzines but also have our own fun with the concept. Each contributor will get one page to make what a page of their fanzine about a topic would look like. This can be figuratively or literally if they’ve made one before. Examples of topics include music, movies, actors, musicians, activists, leaders, writers, animals, things, etc. The contributor is encouraged to use the page to show why they’re fan-ing over the topic, why it’s so great or why others should love it through the cut-and-paste/ drawn-on style familiar to fanzines.

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  • Email info @ staticzine . com by TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH to let us know you’re interested in contributing, what or who you’d like to fan over and how you would go about doing it.
  • Each person is to fan over a different topic (we’ll monitor this through pitches to make sure of no overlap).
  • We accept writing, comics, illustration, photos, interviews, mixtures of them, etc. Please refer to our previous issues to see our general style.
  • We encourage you to check out your local zine library, like the Toronto Zine Library, to see what other fanzines are like.
  • Once we notify the contributor that their topic’s been accepted (after the pitch deadline), they”ll have until MONDAY, OCTOBER 1ST to work on their page. Then there will be two weeks for production.
  • Please let us know if you have any questions!


  • One page = 12.5 CM wide x 8.5 IN tall (a letter-sized paper, folded in half – that one half – with borders cut off). If you go over the border, there’s more potential for your work to be cut off during photocopying.
  • Photos, comics and illustrations cannot be too dark or too light, as it’s tricky when it comes out in photocopying.
  • The contributor can complete their page on their own and send as a file/mail it/drop it off, or are invited to come to our HQ to make it with us.

Here are some interesting things to check out about fanzines: