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Ladybug #1, my 24-hour zine (and 1st zine ever!)

my first zine ever, for the 24 Hour Zine Challenge 2010 (24hourzines.com)

i know July is over and so is the 24-Hour Zine Challenge - there's still a few details for my zine to be finished, but i really can't work anymore, i'm exhausted.

had a bad case of insomnia last night; i went to bed a bit late, i had been working on the zine and then just hang around the internet for some gaming and relaxing. afterwards i went to bed, but when i tried to fall sleep i really couldn't and kept turning and turning around in my bed. i was thinking about the zine, and getting worried that i might not finish it on time this Saturday (and i didn't finish it, but almost!). then around 8 AM i started feeling hungry and that was it, time to quit. i got up, cleaned up, and had breakfast and slowly came to my laptop to continue working on the zine.
after lunch i was starting to feel really tired (no wonder); then i couldn't resist anymore and laid down on the couch for a nap. only 2-hours of sleep that seemed like 4 or 5 hours, then i woke up feeling weird and eventually my brain started working again, so i had a quick snack and got back to zine-making.
page numbering & setting up the pages for the master copy will be done tomorrow... As for the first copy, i hope i can hit the local mall's copy-shop on monday, for the first "test drive" ;-)

by now, it's past 1.30 AM here in Portugal, and i'm so very tired (and hungry too; all this work makes me hungry!). i didn't make all of the "zine process" on time, but i sure am damn proud of myself for making my first zine ever! :D

btw, when i first started it, i thought i would have a hard time to fill up 24 pages. earlier today, i had gotten the hang of it, and ended up making about 29 pages, so i kept doing more pages and finished with 32 pages! wow!
ah, Ladybug #! is quarter-size (A6), and i'm thinking about hand-coloring each cover with crayons or something, at least for the first "print run" (not sure on the number of copies yet).
i'd rather trade it for other zines (maybe other 24-hour zines, why not?), but i'll be selling it to anyone who wants it that way. i'm not sure on the final price, but i want to include the postage costs (whether i'm sending it within Europe or anywhere else in the world). i just have to get one copy made and weight it so that i can check with the Portuguese's postal services website and set the final price(s).

did you make a zine for this years 24HZ too? feel free to comment, let's trade! :D

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Comment by Yvonne G. on August 12, 2010 at 6:58pm
my first zine, Ladybug #1 is now ready & available!!
Comment by Yvonne G. on August 2, 2010 at 5:24pm
oi Roberto! hehehe thanks :) sure we can trade, as soon as i get done with the final details and such. i was so exhausted from the last days that i slept most of Sunday :x

i've been experimenting with crayons to see which colors go better in the cover... And this afternoon i tried to hand sew a few mock-ups of my zine to see if i could do it, but i didn't have the "proper" tools so i had a hard time trying to punch the holes through several joined pages, so i did it with less pages and it seems pretty easy.
i just googled "pushpin" (because i didn't know the meaning of the word...sad sad) and found that i could make the holes with it! that is, according to the how-to guides into zine-making, so i'll be trying it again tomorrow! i'm such a nerd :D yey
then i want to scan each individual page (also for backup reasons) and print them... but i need to get a new ink cartridge for my printer, to print the master flats with the best possible quality (well, i've seen my printer do pretty well), and THEN head off to the copyshop...

i didn't realize the "post-production" of making a zine was so time-consuming and all details details details!
and i can't procrastinate on this because i have to send a copy to the 24hz-people within this week or so, so that it can arrive in the USA before August 20th. i've come so far just by having cut-n-pasted all those pages, it would be completely stupid to give up now!
Comment by Roberto Holanda on August 2, 2010 at 12:22pm
uhuu! marvelous news! I want to trade! do more zines!
Comment by Yvonne G. on August 1, 2010 at 7:35pm
don't say it's crap, i don't believe it ;) maybe we could trade, once i get some copies of my zine?

star blanket river child:
thank you so much :))
Comment by kit feral on August 1, 2010 at 7:20pm
that'd be really cute coloured with crayons :) congratulations!
Comment by Becky the Evil Flower on August 1, 2010 at 12:16pm
Yes I did! It's crap though. It one of my first zines too so I was a little shaky, but it was so fun to do.


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