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Getting Started: Zine Making Guides at Collins Library
Stolen Sharpie Revolution by Alex Wrekk
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Publication Date: 2014
Since 2002, Stolen Sharpie Revolution has been the go-to guide for all things zine-related. This little red book consists of thoughtful lists and step-by-step how-to guides on everything from definitions of a "zine," where to find zines, why they are important, how to make them and how to participate in zine culture. Stolen Sharpie Revolution serves as both an introduction into the wide world of zine culture and as a guide to taking the next step to become a part of it.
In this new edition of Microcosm's popular DIY guide to zine-making, Joe Biel updates the information provided in the first edition (edited by Biel and the late and great Bill Brent) to address zine making in today's digital and social-media-obsessed world. Covering all the bases for beginners, this book incorporates more advanced topics like Creative Commons licenses, legality, and sustainability.
Provides step-by-step instructions for 10 structures for simple books and zines.
Anatomy of a Zine
There are no hard and fast rules for creating your own zine, BUT the creative choices you make will have an impact on the overall appeal of your creation and the effectiveness of your message. Below are some elements to consider in your design.
Text: Handwritten/drawn, silk-screening, letter pressing, cut-and-paste, or text from a word-processer
Graphics: Photography or artwork, drawings and illustrations, cartoons, collage, stencils, silhouettes
Use color, fonts, lines and space to organize information
Essays / Articles / Rants
Poetry or short narrative (fiction)
DIY, how-to, or instructional writing
Journal or diary entries
Reviews (book, film, etc.)
Style / tone: some zines invoke humor, emotional writing, protest and political language, etc. How do you want to affect your readers?
ORGANIZATION & LAYOUT
Front cover / back cover
Contact info (pen names or pseudonyms are ok)
Table of contents
Page numbers (for your readers and for you when you’re collating)
Author bio, letter to readers, or manifestos – basically, a statement explaining who you are, why you’re writing this zine, and what sort of personal, social, or cultural significance it has
Sizes: Mini-zines, quartos, folios, or full-size
Bindings: Hand-stitched, string or yarn, staples
Brads, rubber bands, paper clips
Multi-colored or textured paper
Folded paper, origami constructions, or pockets
Zine makers use all kinds of supplies to create their zines. Below are some typical examples. The Makerspace maintains a supply of assorted craft paper, glue, glue sticks, scissors, scrap fabric, and assorted craft items for use, and individuals are encouraged to bring their own (dry) materials for specific project needs.
Typewriter or computer with a word processing program (FYI: Microsoft Word offers a booklet template which might help you arrange some of your content, but Google Docs does not)
The Makerspace is a collaborative creative space for Puget Sound students, faculty and staff interested in doing hands-on projects in an informal setting at the Collins Library. It’s a collaborative work space for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools.
All members of the Puget Sound community are welcome in the Makerspace. All makers must review, print, and sign a Makerspace User Agreement. If you are interested in visiting the Makerspace or scheduling a workshop, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While you are creating your zine, you will need to carefully plan the layout. The total number of pages you’ll need to plan content for depends on the size of your zine. Below are some common options.
When designing your zine in the Word template, be sure to refer to the illustration above to be sure your content are in the correct orientation so the pages are all "right side up" after the zine is printed and folded.
8 1/2" x 11" printed on both sides
A standard 1/2 page zine. If you are creating a half-size zine, the page count should be divisible by 4. Each sheet of paper will have four page segments - two on each side, with a margin in the middle.
This ia a quarter-size zine with eight page segments (four on each side) on one full-size sheet of paper.
Give yourself a half-inch margin on each side of your page so you don't lose any content when putting your zine together.
If you are using a photocopier to produce multiple copies of your zine, color pictures and shading may not turn out well (depending on your copier's settings). Black and white originals with bold lines or contrast often turn out better than a glossy image. If you have access to a scanner, try scanning your master copy to a computer and printing instead of photocopying.
Layout, especially the first time, will take much longer than one would expect. Make a mock-up (or several!) that you can read through and edit before printing your run.
HAVE FUN! :)
There are many ways to bind your finished zine! Below are some common methods for putting it all together.