a place for zinesters - writers and readers
Just working on meaningless homework and wishing I was working on my zine instead. Anyone else know the feeling?
As a full time grad student with a part time job, I tend to only work on zines during breaks from school. If I come up with a good idea, I will often write it down somewhere and revisit the idea once I actually have a chance to devote a proper amount of time to it.
I also try to incorporate zines into work and school. I work in the YA department at a public library so I started collecting zines for the department, help teens make zines, and will be holding a zine making workshop in a couple of weeks. When it comes to school, I see open topic projects and other assignments as a chance to work on a zine project. For example, I am building a catalog of the YA zine collection at my library as part of a database project for Information Technologies. In the past, I have made zines as part of assignments, most recently a zine on the history of books for a course on the history of graphic design. Believe it or not, instructors, both graduate and undergraduate-level have been very receptive of zines. I think it breaks up the monotony of reading everyone else's research papers and it makes homework much more bearable.
Cool Brandy! It sounds like you've been able to get zines into many different aspects of your life. I want to hear more about this zine making workshop. Is it the first one you've taught? What are some of the basics you will go over? I have only just began to work on my first zine, but it was an idea in the making for years, so I am very excited about working on it when I get the chance. I am working full time and taking online classes full time, so it's tough to find little scraps of time to do the zine! But I have definitely managed to find them. I already have been scribbling down page ideas and started drawings. After this post I'll be working on comic style drawings for my very first issue. I too, try to find ideas for my zines everywhere including at work and even in my textbooks for school.
nice thread I’m curious to see w/ what the others will come up with;
Awesome reply Francesca I totally admire your dedication especially to checking the art major student dumpster. You should try n post some of that stuff in here I'd love to see it :) I was an art student at a university in Hawaii and left all my art there and trashed it when I came back home. Mostly because my art teacher was all about destruction and creation. She said it wasn't all about "drawing pretty pictures or making it a hobby". She was strict, but had a lot of passion and I loved her and her classes! I took pictures of my art, so technically I still have copies that way.