3 Things to See: Zines in Every City

If you’re not in town for the NY Art Book Fair this week, don’t sweat it – there’s still plenty of ways to flip through the newest zines in your city. Here are some spots that we’ve been adding to our bucket list:

Los Angeles: Ooga Booga Store

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via @oogaboogastore

A zine seller and publisher, Ooga Booga is a hidden gem in LA’s Chinatown filled with hard-to-find magazines and other obscure ephemera. They’ve also got a second location – aptly named Ooga Twooga – where the shop hosts artist talks, book launches, workshops, and more.

Plus, we really like saying the name out loud.

Where: 943 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Hours: Tues-Fri 11AM-6PM


San Francisco: Needles & Pens

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via @happy_tunes

From the usual suspects like Apartmento Magazine  to more obscure stapled-in-the-artist’s-apartment paperbacks, there’s no doubt that you’ll find a new favorite in this San Francisco mainstay.

Where: 1173 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Hours: Open daily, 12-7PM


Brooklyn: Desert Island

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via @split_graphics

Just few steps away from the Metropolitan stop on the G, this little bookstore also happens to host the annual Comic Arts Brooklyn Festival, which kicks off this year on November 7th. From their vintage Mad Magazines to zines from all over the world (any artist can sell their zine here, which makes for an interesting assortment), we could probably spend the whole day here.

Where: 540 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Hours: Mon-Sat 12-9PM, Sun 12-7PM


(But wait, there’s more!)

Chicago: Quimby’s

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via @quimbysbookstore

One of the landmarks of underground Midwestern alt culture, this Wicker Park darling just celebrated its 25th birthday this week. It’s dedicated to the strange, the weird, and the unusual – we recommend checking it out for a glimpse into zine history.

Where: 1854 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Hours: Mon-Thurs 12-9PM, Fri 12-10PM, Sat 11AM-10PM, Sun 12-7PM


Portland: Reading Frenzy

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via @christine.herrin

Reading Frenzy isn’t just a zine shop – it’s a gallery, a publisher, and an event space that supports the vibrant community of indie/alternative zine-makers in Portland. (And it’s not just the local arts community they support – the owner, Chloe Eudaly, is running for Portland City Council. We’re rooting for you, Chloe.)

Where: 3628 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

Hours: Mon-Sat 11AM-7PM, Sun 12-5PM

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