I may have come late to the party but several months ago I came across something of interest that apparently was not a new idea at all... where had I been? This was just up my alley, it's hard to believe that I hadn't gotten in on the ground floor of the "ZINE" phenomenon... for those of you who are even farther behind than I am, here's what some main stream resources have to say...
- A zine (zeen; an abbreviation of fanzine or magazine) is most commonly a small circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts images reproduced via photocopier.
Even Merriam Webster Dictionary came on board: Zine
- a small magazine that is written by people who are not professional writers and that usually has stories about a particular subject
- a non-commercial often homemade or online publication usually devoted to specialized and often unconventional subject matter
- "Zine" is short for fanzine. For all intensive purposes, a zine is a cheaply-made, cheaply-priced publication, often in black and white, which is mass-produced via photocopier.
- Most zines revolve around a music scene of some sort, but others are dedicated to artwork, poetry, cartoons, editorials and short stories.
So, I guess it's official... Zines are simply a creative, self expressive and fun way to share just about anything of interest to anyone who'll take the time to read it!!
For the past few months I have been working on my first Zine... every time I got started, I allowed myself to get side tracked... not sure why, but I just couldn't get it done! Recently, my interest was rekindled by a fellow artist at AFA who completed her first zine and has made it available for trading. So, I jumped in and persevered until I had once and for all finished my own zine in hopes of trading with her!
Below is a pic of the finished layout of my zine... (I decided on a single page, 8 panel style zine)... It is now ready to print on the color paper of your choice... (* take note that the top & bottom rows are going in different directions, this is necessary for all of the pages to be correct when folded in half)
|Zine Layout - 8 Hand Drawn Panels|
Below is a template to show how to fold and cut your
printed page to create your finished booklet
|Zine Template - easy to follow guidelines|
Below pics show steps of folding after cutting the opening to
create a finished booklet... give it a try,
it actually is quite easy once you see it in person!
Hope you will jump in and try your hand at a "Zine"...
you just might have fun!
Until next time, Blessings to one & all!!