My zines consist mainly of compilations of my photography and collage work that I have built up over the last few years as part of my artistic practice. I will also be debuting a serialized collaborative zine where myself and two others discuss and analyze artistically polarizing pop culture figures.
I started creating zines about 3 years ago as a way of compiling my work (which is often digital) into a physical format. My desire was to create a tangible way for people to interact with my work, because of I felt that there was a disconnect between seeing my work on the small screen of your phone or computer as opposed to quality prints I could make of my work.
Zines are important in terms of independent media and publishing because of the equal platform that they can provide for their creators. The low key aspects of creating zines allows for experimentation and exploration that other forms of printed media would most likely stifle. So zines are important in that they are the printed media for all people which is very special and valuable.
The advice I would give to someone who wants to start making zines is to just start. Because of the low stakes the zines can afford you, it's great and vital to just begin. Often when I'm starting something I might not know where it's going to lead me and that ok. I believe taking the initial steps to begin creating are truly the most important part and attainable when it comes to the zine medium.