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Zines!: How to Make a Zine

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What do I need?

Not much! Ideas are probably the most important part, but once you've got that down paper, scissors, glue, writing instruments, photos or other collage materials, and a copy machine for quick duplication are probably the most important. You can make a zine as elaborate or as simple as you'd like. 

The following useful materials can be checked out from the circulation desk:

  • scissors
  • colored pencils
  • rulers
  • clipboards
  • highlighters
  • compass & protractor
  • dry erase board & markers for brainstorming

 

A few strategies

Probably the easiest way to get started is with a one-page mini zine. If you use 11 x 17 paper, the result is a postcard-sized zine that can be easily distributed through the mail. Here's a couple tutorials:

One Page Mini-Zine at Rookie

How to Make a One-Page Zine

If you'd like a few more pages to work with, this tutorial results in a 16-page zine that has some interesting twists and turns:

How to Make a One-Page Zine from Anatomic Air Press

There are also zines that are more book like, made with 8 1/2 x 11" pages folded in half. If you're interested in that style, the following video is a really useful guide: