Issue 1 was a one pager that was made for the first Portland Zine Symposium in 2001. Issue 2 came out in 2003 in time for the first FatGirl Speaks in Portland. Issue 3 came out in 2005, issue 3.5 in 2006 and issue 4 was first published in the summer of 2007.
Issue 5 of Figure 8 is called a Rainy Day Activity book and is filled with body positive and fat equality games and activities.
Figure 8 was featured in volume nine of the Zine Yearbook, released in 2008. It is included in the West Coast Zine Collection at San Diego State University.
Figure 8 was also featured in the a 2009 issue of Signs - a Journal of Women in Culture and Society published by the University of Chicago Press. The essay was written by Jenna Freedman and titled Grrrl Zines in the Library.