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I've just done 75 because
a) this is my first zine and I don't know what I'm doing
b) there are a few places that I wanted to stock it so I have printed 10 copies for each of them, plus a few for interested friends, plus a few for trade, plus about 25 in my back pocket for selling on etsy and just in case I bump into anyone who wants to trade.
I have to pay for my copying and the price comes down after a certain amount so it all makes a kind of sense eventually.
The first 5 or 6 issues of my zine were really badly written and laid out, my friends and I just had no idea what we were doing. So I just stopped selling back issues of those. The punk zine archive guy asked permission to scan them in and I said yes, but kinda cringed at people looking at them again. Oh well, I'm sure it's the same way for most zinesters. No one does a killer first issue, save for maybe Jim Goad with Answer Me. I wonder what the first issue of Cometbus was like...You answered your own question here about zines being sold out. Imagine ten years going by or more. Imagine how much a person's perspective, ideas, and personality changes in THAT time; even in adulthood. There's undoubtedly many things printed in my zines that are still circulating that I would have done differently now.