Zine and Be Seen: Promoting Your Work Through Self-Publication

Grace Danico, Illustrator / Designer / Archivist

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4 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Greetings & Welcome!

      1:28
    • 2. Brainstorming

      2:31
    • 3. Inspiration & Planning

      7:52
    • 4. Making and Printing Your Zine

      7:26

Project Description

Create your own self-published zine

Zine History, Inspiration, and Planning

  1. Brainstorm

    What do you want your zine to be about? It can be about anything, so let your creativity run wild! 

    For example, I'm working on an art show revolving around people and their relationship to plants. I'm going to make my zine about this. 

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  2. Plan

    As part of the planning process, determine the following:

    Size How big will this zine be? 

    Page Count How many pages will your zine be? Will it be a bunch of content on one piece of paper and folded? Or will it have multiple pages?

    Paper  What type of paper will you use to print your zine?

    Print Method Laser printing? Inkjet? Risograph? Offset? How will you print your zine?

    Binding Method How will you keep your pages together? Staples? Sewing machine? Mind control?

    Answer these questions, and you'll be well on your way to making your zine!

  3. Sketch  

    After brainstorming and planning, it's now time to sketch and show your fellow classmates what your plans for your zine are.

    Provide 5 rough sketches (in any format of your choosing) that illustrate what you plan your zine to look like. Get as creative as you want. Now's your chance to wow us with your ideas! 

    Share your progress in your project section to get feedback from other students

    David Broderick illustrates his five zine ideas on his project page:

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Making and Promoting Your Zine

  1. Start creating

    The planning process is complete, and you know exactly how you want to make your zine (e.g. size, paper, printing method, binding). Now it's time to get to business and start creating the content that goes inside your zine!

    Making it  How will you make your zine? Will you use photographs? Illustrations? Text? All of the above?

    Layout  How will you layout your zine? You can do it the old fashioned way by hand, or use an application such as Adobe InDesign or Photoshop to assist you. 

    Create 10 pages (or 5 spreads) of content that communicate your initial concept.

  2. Make a cover

    This is the first thing a potential reader will see when coming in contact with your zine, and should communicate the content inside. 

    To make a cover, think about the following:

    What do I want to communicate to my readers? How can I make it visually appealing and eye catching? Will I include the title on the cover? What type of material will the cover be made of? Cardstock? Paper? 

    Isabel Urbina presents her front and back cover:

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  3. Print and assemble your zine

    Based on your planning process, you chose a type of paper to print on, as well as a binding method. Now it's time to print and assemble your zine. 

    Example of how I'm assembling my zine:

    Cover  Colored cardstock Paper - White paper, with a colored centerfold

    Printing Method Full colored inkjet cover, black & white duplex laser printed pages 

    Binding Method  Staples

    Quantity  50 copies (Since my zine will have 10 pages, I'll be using 5 sheets of paper to print each one...which means I'll need 250 sheets of paper!)

    You can print as many or as little as you want. Have fun!

  4. Upload images of your zine to the class

    Share your progress with the class. Offer feedback to your fellow zinesters. 

    Anne Winberg's zine printed and ready to share:

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  5. Promote your zine

    Use one of the resources I've provided to promote your zine.

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Additional Resources

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