International Zine Month Day 7: What’s a Distro?

Onto day seven!

Today’s prompt:

Educate yourself on what zine distros are and how they operate.

Distros!

Unfortunately, the SGZ distro disappeared during the site transfer. So… I have to build it up from scratch again starting with the shipping profiles. It’s completely my own fault for not being more careful, but that’s how we live and learn!

The first time I came across the word ‘distro’ was at least ten years ago when I was reading Stolen Sharpie Revolution. I knew then and there that I wanted to run a distro – even though SSR is very clear that there is a lot of work involved (and there certainly is).

I’ve always looked at a distro (short for distribution) as being a shop that primarily sells zines. It’s certainly a fairly simplistic answer, but I think it does the basic job. There are a lot of ins and outs regarding platforms, supporting independent artists and publishing, payment structures, so on and so forth.

Thinking about it, I should probably do an episode of the podcast about it…

On the Alex Wrekk does stuff page, Alex gets into more detail about the specifics regarding distros and how they work.

You can also check out resources page for a list of other distros (please let me know if your distro or a distro you know isn’t on the list). I’ve always found that looking at examples of the real deal (and the variety of different examples out there) is a great way to learn about anything.

That’s all for my catching up today, dear zine friends! I hope this day (or night) finds you well. Until next time…

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You can pop over here for the 2020 IZM list of daily activities by Alex Wrekk. (Pssst! Go here to download your own printable IZM 2020 poster!)

Also be sure to leave a comment and let me know if you’re joining in. I’ll keep a growing list on each post so we can all check out what each other are doing.

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