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Dipping my toes into the zine-making water...

Don't know if you get many people on here just entering into the whole dipping-my-toes-into-the-water phase of zine making/reading (i'm attempting to do both) but my first attempt at making my own zine turned out...let's just say, amateurish. Truthfully, i mishmoshed it all together collage-style (clippings from magazines and papers) in two days, and put it together with a paper-mache-like glue, and thread binding.

I tackle things headlong and without finesse.

Anyway, the point of this my first blog post was (other than establishing myself as a rambling geek with big words and little skill- okay, no skill) to ask if anyone had any tips for me regarding techniques, format, tips, tricks, methods, anything you think might help my following zines be a little less, um...ripply and disorganized?

If you've managed to wrangle my meaning out of the maze of parentheses and ellipses, thanks a million for anything you can suggest. ;)


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Comment by Nichole on April 30, 2010 at 3:59pm
I agree with Trashy & Obsessive on buying Stolen Sharpie Revolution. It's updated in its second edition. I think you can get it on Etsy for $5.

I'm pretty new with zines myself, and I learned a lot from making my first one, especially when margins came into play. Make sure you're always compensating for them!

I like hand-drawn illustrations too, even if you aren't the best artist. I certainly know I'm not. Personally, I'm a little tired of all the retro clipart everyone seems to like using, but to each their own. Content was always the winner for me.

Let me know when you've made your second zine. I would love to see it. Maybe we can set up a trade. :)
Comment by Shannon Fargel on March 31, 2010 at 10:44pm
thanks! i'm still testing different methods and things, but the info's been a help. i've defintely learned the error of my glueing ways. ;)
Comment by Saling Pusa Distro/closed on March 30, 2010 at 6:38pm
interestingly enough, the copier in my university doesnt cut any of my sides... it even shrinks the copy by like id, 1-2% which leaves a bout a 1/8 in margin that i always like cutting off. XD
Comment by Shannon Fargel on March 28, 2010 at 11:02pm
thanks guys! i've probably bought my own weight in zines over the past few days, so i'm hoping to soak up some skill by osmosis. ;)
Comment by Saling Pusa Distro/closed on March 28, 2010 at 11:46am
I may not be the best person to give an advice since I am relatively new too, but if there is one thing that I have learned through my many trial-and-errors is that, zine-making is some sort of a jouney... you find the style the works for YOU and your niche--the kinds of zines that you feel good and competent in making.

read zines. trade, and ask what people think about it. Yes, it is difficult to start out and establish your zine, BUT the more you read other people's zine and be involved in the zine community, the more you learn about zines and genetal and the type of zine you aspire to make. AND trust me, your zine cannot be THAT bad, it's your 1st so cut yourself some slack :)

AND know that even when you're already starting to make a zine that you feel good about, not everyone will like it... i guess that isn't what zines are about (primarily). Zines are a form of self expression,and it's good as long as it is good enough for you. You will always find people who will appreaciate what you make. :)

--- s-p

(and you thought you ramble a lot?)


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