Top Coat Zine Issue 1: REAL (June 2023)

Precio habitual $5.00


Top Coat Zine is a monthly, printed physical place for art, words, illustrations, photography, questions, missed connections, poetry, events, QR codes to digital art and songs. In an age of algorithmic curation, it is especially important to hold something like a zine in our hands, to absorb the creations of others, without statistics or credits next to them. Just experiencing humanness in art changes us and connects us. Art matters. Community matters.

Subscribe to Top Coat Zine by contributing $5 or more on the Party Nails Patreon. Get issues a la carte in the merch store.

Top Coat Zine is edited by Elana Carroll aka Party Nails, an LA-based musician-producer-performer-artist-composer-person. After a notable shift in social media connectivity in 2020—from a way to interact and connect with an audience to being fed attention-grabbing posts from accounts we don't even follow—Carroll started thinking about new ways to connect. Zines are nostalgic, sure, but Party Nails isn't the first musician to start one in 2023, and she won't be the last!

Top Coat Zine is ALWAYS accepting submissions. The theme for Issue #2/July will be "WEIRD".


We accept submissions on a rolling basis. Our next issue's theme will be WEIRD. To be in Issue #2: WEIRD, please submit by July 15.

Top Coat Zine is entirely black and white. Bear this in mind when submitting.

You can submit one of three ways:

1. Join the Discord and submit to the zine-submissions channel.
2. Email your submission to
3. Drop your file(s) into this Dropbox folder.

Please include the name you'd like to be credited as (if any) and if you'd like to be credited next to your work or in the back of the zine. If you wish to remain anonymous, please include the word anonymous somewhere in your email or file name.

Your submission(s) can be as dark, light, weird, mainstream, off-putting or light as you'd like.

    Questions? Email