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Make a Zine!: When Words and Graphics Collide by Joe Biel

Make a Zine!: When Words and Graphics Collide by Joe Biel

Ask anyone who works for a magazine -- it's a job. Ask anyone who works on their zine -- it's a passion. And this book is a starting point for launching your own zine. A virtually endless supply of hints makes this an indispensable guide and the appendices add extensive directories of stores, libraries, reviewers, and zine distributors.

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Profane Existance 

"Holy crap, if I would have hand my hands on this when I was 17 it would have been my bible! Ironically it was first published that same year and obviously wasn’t available to me then. It is undeniably refreshing to read such a gem in an age where zines seem to have hardly a paper trail left, replaced by that glowing screen in your face. “Blogging” is now the face of the changing times, and though there are merits, they can’t hold a match to cradling the creation of someone’s blood, sweat, and tears in your hands. It takes a tremedous effort to produce, copy, and distribute your work and this book covers every tiny yet monumental detail. Every chapter has so many subjects covered that it is shocking how much effort was put into it (much like a great zine itself). ‘Layout and Type’ for example, goes in depth on page planning, making sketches, headers, footers, supplies, colors, pasting…even page numbering, white space, and typing without a computer! There is a chapter on interviews with a ‘when enough is too much’ section (!!). Contributors, copyright, postage, back issues, pricing, budgeting, and even making a sales call are all tackled in this book in careful detail. Inspiration and ethics are also highly important chapters, afterall they are the bones to this beautiful monster you are creating. I highly enjoyed this book and will use it as a bible even if I am not doing a zine today. This is a testament to something that is so special about DIY culture and something that is unfortunately disentegrating with rising costs and easy internet access. Keep zines alive! Read this book and start your own!"

Hanging Like a Hex 

"... released by Microcosm, the current reigning kings and queens of making and distributing zines. I feel like their how-to repertoire is getting a little redundant these days, seeing as how they’ve already released “Making Stuff and Doing Things” (which had zine making content inside) and “Stolen Sharpie Revolution”, another DIY how to guide with plenty of zine tips, and now this.. Though being a zine nerd myself I see the differences and took stock from this guide as well for the nuts and bolts of not only creating a zine, but many outside factors as well like getting contributors, getting distribution, copying schematics, computer programs, postage, sales, promotions, and typography. These are often secondary things that most aspiring zinesters don’t really think of offhand and that I know I personally just had to pick up along the way (which I feel is a good way to learn to so you can see the mistakes you make and learn from them). For the hardcore DIY ‘til death type this may rub them the wrong way a bit since this book gives a lot of space to a more professional (i.e.- organized) sort of approach to getting your publication out. Still, I feel there is something in here for everyone. The contacts in the back are an excellent addition, though who knows how long they will be relevant. My opinion overall is that if you have any of the other titles microcosm has released regarding DIY craftiness/zine-making you should be fine with those. But if you’re rather obsessive, and particularly if you want to know a bit more about some of the peripheral aspects of zine-making, this would be a pretty good guide to check out."

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