What even is a zine?
Until recently I had never heard of the word zine. I was catching up with a distant friend when I asked them what they were up to recently; they mentioned briefly they were working on a zine that they would sell on Etsy.
Zine? I didn’t have a clue what that was. I asked my friend what a zine is, and they gave me a short answer: a self-published booklet.
My interested was piqued. I decided to seek some out myself; a quick search on Etsy showed me the ranges of zine’s I didn’t know existed. They ranged from frivolous themes like constellations and zodiacs to more social justice topics like feminism and equality. No matter the topic the intention was clear: individuals are given the freedom to create.
These zines often included original art or prose by the author concerning topics they were passionate about. They allowed the artists the ability to gather their work together in one neat little booklet.
Looking through these zines, I thought to myself, “If my friend can do it, then so can I.”
Now, I didn’t decide to make something to publish and sell online like my friend, but I did want to create something I could have fun making for myself. The first zine I made was created in Photoshop, and looking back it wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever made. But I enjoyed making it, and that’s all that matters. There is a specific pleasure in putting hours of care into a single object. Having something physical to display your work furthers the meaning that is already placed in what you do. If you’re a beginning writer, making a zine might help you gain confidence with your work. Who knows, it might even inspire you to upload your creation onto the internet! You might even be a best-seller on Etsy someday!
Making a zine wasn’t hard at all, and you don’t need any fancy photo editing software to make it (though you totally could). All you really need is some paper, scissors, and glue, and your creativity to start creating your own zine!
HOW TO MAKE A ZINE:
There are multiple ways to make a zine. It just depends on the size you’d like to work with.
For larger zines:
- Take four pieces of paper together and fold them over horizontally (hamburger style).
- Stack them on top of each other (make sure the creases line up).
- Staple to bind the pages together.
- Take a single sheet of paper and fold it vertically (hotdog style)
- Open it back up and fold the top of the paper to meet the crease at the center
- Now take the bottom of the paper and fold to meet the crease at the center.
- Fold vertically again.
- Unfold the paper so it lays flat on the table.
- Fold the paper horizontally
- Take a pair of scissors and cut from the center of the paper to the first crease line
- Fold outward so that the new cut line opens up.
- Fold into a booklet
Have you heard of zines before? Would you ever create your own?
Written by Isabelle Rodriguez