frequently asked questions
Why did you start BRZD?
Brown Recluse Zine Distro was created to support and center zines written predominantly by people of color; this project was born out of passion for zines and frustration at the lack of representation and meaningful zine material for people of color.
Who runs this distro?
BRZD was founded as a solo project in summer '13 in Seattle, WA after the POC Zine Project's Race Riot Tour, and collectivized in 2015. we read submissions, run social media, send out all orders, write descriptions, table events around the country, answer emails, hustle money, and deal with all the day to day operations.
In the fall of 2016, Ino adpoted the distro and it is now based on Ohlone lands operating as a collective.
I messaged you on Facebook/Instgram. Why haven't you replied?
Our social media is for announcements, updates, and sharing cute zine pictures. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for all inquiries!
Do you wholesale zines?
No. If you see something you like that you want to table, distribute, display, reference or teach from please contact individual writers directly. Zine writers agree to have BRZD distribute their zines to individuals, this is not a resale store. We limit purchases to 2 copies of a title per order.
But I don't have a paypal! How can I order?
BRZD will take your USD cash or money order via snail mail. Please review the orders page.
Is there anyway I can get zines from you in person?
In non-COVID times you can find us at events on our About page.
Your e-mail should include:
List of titles with number of copies.
A secondary list of zines in case some zines are sold out before your request reaches us.
Your Paypal email to send your invoice.
Prices in the distro are for BIPOC individuals. Please provide how much you want to add to your order (see below)
- send orders to -
Visit brownreclusezinedistro.bigcartel.com to place an order.
BRZD is ran as a DIY volunteer project, orders are shipped twice a month. To keep costs low and accessible, each order is shipped via media mail, which takes 7-10 biz days.
Whenever you donate to Brown Recluse Zine Distro you are supporting writers and artists of color. BRZD is able to add new zines to the distro and keep current zines stocked. BRZD also prints a lot of titles directly, preserving our stories and keeping them in circulation.
The zine community mirrors dominant white culture in a lot of ways, centralizing white voices and creating platforms for that forget about BIPOC contributions. Visibility and representation are so important.
BRZD has been able to go on tour, table at zine fests, upgrade equipment and make donations to Black community members as a form of wealth redistribution. All of this has been done with the support of donations and purchases!
all sales are final
If your order is lost in the mail we will refund you and you are welcome to reorder.
Orders from Institutions and White People.
This zine distro is by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) for BIPOC.
We welcome orders by institutions and white folks but we ask you to pay more for engaging with BIPOC knowledge and art. Sliding Scale is available on our website.
Institutions: Please e-mail us before placing an order.