I'm working on the first issue of a perzine and have happy little images of different format possibilites floating through my head. What have been your favorite formats to either work with or read- do you go more for the standard size zines, or mini zines or one-sheet zines or something else entirely?
most of the zines i've made have been half (standard) - size, but have started experimenting with quarter (standard) - size. i like reading quarter-size zines because i love how they fit right in my back pocket. i like the look of half-legal size zines as well.
My favorite zine format is quarter-sized, but I tend to play around with formats a lot. More so back in college when I had ample time and no bills, but I still try to vary sizes and shapes. I've done 1/8, 1/6, 1/4, 1/2, full page, one-sided scroll, etc. The zine I am currently working on is going to be 1/2, but running length, not width (so 4.25" x 11"). I don't know how successful it will be, but I've never tried it, which is why I'm doing it now.
Half-size! Though I do love them all. I love big, fat half-size sines that are full of content - they're my favourite to hold and you can always do fab covers for them. I love having a whole bunch of half-size zines lined up on my shelves. I love quarter-size zines because they feel so ziney. I don't know how to describe what I mean by that, but they almost feel like the 'proper' size for a zine. They just feel right. Even 1/8 is cute, and I love them - but not too often. Only the right kind of content really fits in a quarter-size (for me anyway). I find them too easy to lose and am always freaking out, hunting between the pages of books/ bottom of my bags etc for them.