Wednesday, February 17, 2016

How to create a Zine

 How to Make a Zine
Zines (pronounced 'zeens', shortened from the word 'magazines') are small independent publications. Fun and easy to make, they are a great way to get your points across and make sure the voice of the people is heard.
~Make a 12-page (10 pages plus a front and back cover), 8.5' x 5.5' zine. Start out by taking three pieces of regular sized computer paper, fold them in half horizontally, and hold them sideways like a book.
~Next you need to pick your subject(s). It doesn't need to be all on one topic. You can have a different topic on every page if you want. Some popular topics are: stories, polls, video game tips, talking about a band you like, comics, artwork, recipes, fashion tips, local news, and politics.
~Pick a title. A good title is short, to the point, and easy to remember.
~Start looking at the layout. You can do the write-ups by hand or on the computer, as long as it all fits on your page size.
Make your master copy. This will be what you use to make copies from. Everything should be firmly fastened down and the way you want it to look like.
Start making copies. The easiest and cheapest way to print up a zine is usually a making 'two-sided copies;' i.e., you're copying both sides of a master sheet onto both sides of a blank sheet.
Start handing your wonderful creation out!