GNCRT Addressing Comics Challenges Community Zine Project

The GNCRT Addressing Comics Challenges Community Zine Project, is designed to help spread awareness about the important work library workers, educators, creators, and communities do to support the freedom to read by creating and submitting original zines. Zines are independently made, creative works that encourage self-expression, making them the perfect medium for library workers to share their own stories.

Help spread awareness about the important work library workers, educators, creators, and communities do to support the freedom to read by creating and submitting an original zine.

  • Everyone has a story they can share to help us all fight censorship.
  • You can submit your zine anonymously.
  • Our goal is to share physical versions of your zines at ALA Annual 2024, along with a digital version. We hope to create a zine anthology in the future.
  • Post your projects on social media! Use the hashtag #GNCRTZine and tag #libcomix.

Please see our press release.

What We’re Looking for

  • Tell your own story about facing censorship
  • Share strategies for taking care of yourself and your colleagues (Urban Library Trauma Study)
  • Adapt the GNCRT Addressing Challenges Toolkit to discuss what to do Before, During, and After a Challenge (Access the Toolkit here)
  • Share ways of addressing challenges related to comics/graphic novels/manga/zines/visual material
  • Explore how to take action in your community and build coalitions (how to email representatives, contact library boards, connect with local organizations and allies, and energize community members to support library workers)
  • Offer practical and concrete strategies that you have seen work
  • Address misinformation/myths about censorship practices. What do you wish people knew?
  • How to talk to your community about the freedom to read
  • Recommendations for updating Collection Policies
  • Create a book resume zine
  • Offer state-specific advice for how to handle challenges (state laws, resources, organizations)
  • Collaborations welcome - work with your colleagues to create your zine!

The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2024.

Submit your zine here!

How to Make a Zine

PDF template

Canva template

Whitworth Library's Zine Collection: Making Zines

Los Angeles Public Library Zine Library

Examples of Zines and Comics

Check out these zines and comics about censorship to find inspiration!

Be Prepared Zine by Amie Wright

We’re Trying to Figure Out How to Navigate These Waters by Mike Dawson

Comics are Reading by Nate Powell (Booklist's Guide to Graphic Novels in Libraries: 2022)

I Made the Most Banned Book in America by Maia Kobabe (The Nib, September 1, 2023)

Readfreedrawfree’s Banned Books Week Story (Instagram)