What is A Zine?
A zine is a not for profit, small batch, self published mini magazine often made by using appropriated texts, images and photographs reconstructed to tell a new story. Fanzines (fans + magazine) were originally published in response to books or bands and usually photocopied for an adoring niche audience. Riot Girrrl, a feminist, punk underground movement which started in the 1990’s used Zines as a form of protest. The beauty of zines is the versatility & immediacy of the container itself. Like the poster, they are a direct form of self expression.
Why Make A Zine?
Making zines can work with any age group because everything is allowed. The only constraint is your imagination. Making a zine is a great way to get kids to open up, have conversations, express themselves & create community. It’s a safe place to explore & respond to what’s going on in the world, ask questions and tell personal stories.
ability to follow directions
Materials & Tools
paper 8 1/2” X 11”
markers, pencils, crayons for doodling
old books, magazines, junk mail, paper scraps
Watch A Video on How To Fold A Zine
I explained this in my Zine How To Make A Zine, but it’s always easier to see it made. Enjoy! There are lots of videos on tube, here’s a direct & simple one https://youtu.be/XZ9Jw4HnJpw published by Kickstarter. Explore Tube, there are lots of videos.
1. Fold the page into 8 equal parts.
2. Cut along the dotted line.
3. Stand the page up the long way and hold on to the top right & top left corners.
4. Now move them toward the middle. It can be a bit tricky at fiirst but keep trying & follow the page numbers as guides. When you get it right it will fold into a little 6 page zine.
Cool! You made your first zine! What does it look like? What story did you tell?
Books (mostly for older kids but great inspiration on form + construction)
Stolen Sharpie Revolution by Alex Wrekk