All my zines are a combination or comics and art. Almost everything I print (art illustrations included) are aimed to be humorous. My humor is influenced by Monty Python, 90's SNL, and Wes Anderson, and if David Lynch was funny. The topics range from politics and metaphysics to weirdo absurdity.
I started making zines '94 when I was 12. During that productive year I made 2 full length comic books to be sold at a "Pretend Mall" class project. One of them was really gory and actually got banned from the event. I continued making zines through high school, then fell off the wagon for 7 years during college. In 2007 I made the first zine of my adult life in the style of a children's book for adults. In 2009 I got more serious about it and put out a comic compilation called "Black Candy." It featured polished work along with crude doodles in a scrapbook vibe. Since then, I've been on the zine train. I grew up on 90's Phil Hartman Era SNL, so sketch comedy format is part of my humor psyche and I love taking the same approach to humor in comics. Being able to create work that was funny at least to me, and have a platform to present it is the reason I got back into it.
Some people's comics are just too weird or offensive (in a great way) to be published mainstream. Obviously zines give them a platform to share work that is still great, but just too David Lynch-y to be published.
Some people are just plain genius, but maybe they're too young to be taken seriously by a major publisher. Zines at least give them motivation to pursue their work even if no one understands it yet.
And some people just aren't that good (yet?) But zines at least give them something thoughtful to create rather than not creating anything. And they're still given a voice which is awesome. And oddly the crudest zines I've ever gotten have always been the favorites because they have soul.
As hard as it is with Instagram and all... try not to look so much at other people work that you forget about your own identity-what you like to draw- what YOU have to share with the world. If you're going to make a zine in the style of what's hot right now, ask yourself- why am I making this zine?