We’re well into the 21st century, and with magazines shuttering left and right, our optimism for bold new pubs is sadly waning. But if you can hear above the din, you’ll find that the media landscape really isn’t so bad—September ad pages are up almost across the board, and in more thrilling developments, independent publishing is positively thriving. Though many turn to blogs to express themselves, plenty are still producing rich material the old-fashioned way with handmade zines. Here, pages-long interviews and transporting (sometimes meandering) photo-spreads are the real draw—and we wouldn’t have it any other way. To celebrate independent publishing—and especially its fearless, hard-working heroes—we’ve compiled a list of eight cool, new zines that are totally worth your hard-earned cash (and clicks). Though the nature of magazines may be changing, these publications prove, page by page, that print ain’t dead yet.
And just in case, give a holler in the comments if there's a zine out there that we missed.