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Whatcha mean, what's a zine? : the art of making zines and minicomics

Mark Todd (Author), Esther Pearl Watson (Author)
A zine is a handmade magazine or mini-comic about anything you can imagine: favorite bands, personal stories, subcultures, or collections. They contain diary entries, rants, interviews, and stories. They can be by one person or many, found in stores, traded at comic conventions, exchanged with friends, or given away for free. Zines are not a new idea: they've been around for years under various names (chapbooks, flyers, pamphlets). People with independent ideas have been getting their word out since before there were printing presses. This book is for anyone who wants to create their own zine. It's for learning tips and tricks from contributors who have been at the forefront of the zine movement. It's for learning how to design and print your own zine so you can put it in others' hands. It's for anyone who has something to say. --From publisher description
Print Book, English, 2006
Graphia, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, Massachusetts, 2006
110 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
9780618563159, 9781417730513, 9781435260665, 9781415677506, 0618563156, 141773051X, 143526066X, 1415677506
Intro. Author's note ; Intro / by Eric Nakamura of Giant robot ; 200 years of zine history / by Dan Zettwoch ; What's a zine? ; Why? Why? Why? ; Small world funnies / by John Porcellino
History. A personal history of zines / by Raina Lee ; Evolution of self-publishing ; Great moments in zine history / by Joe Rocco ; From a zine to a magazine / interview with Laurie Hensel
Make your own. The challenge : write, draw & publish a mini-comic / by Shane Patrick Boyle ; Meat 'n' potatoes ; On whaling / by Anders Nilsen ; Having fun with materials / by Souther Salazar
Say something. Writing between Mt. Fuji and Mt. Saint Helens / by Christopher Lepowski ; The daily news : journal writing ; The cut 'n' paste poet : William S. Burroughs' cut-up technique channeled through Christopher Lepowski ; The art of the interview / by Ben Bush
Zine together. What bugs? ; Let's review ; Did blogs kill the zine star? ; Co-op! ; Rise and shine / by Saelee Oh and Souther Salazar ; Cartoon workshop / by Paper Rad
Copier tricks. From original to copy ; Master copy ; Double up! ; Copier tricks ; Copy talk ; The poor man's printer
Printing. The ditto machine / by Pat Riot ; Image is everything ; Go pro! / by Mark Dischler ; How to make a silkscreen-printed zine cover / by Peter Hamlin ; Let's print gocco / by Jonathan Bennett
Put it all together. The cut 'n' corral ; Collating by hand ; Collating with the copier ; Binding / with Chuck Johnson, the staple guy! ; Unique bindings / by Saelee Oh ; Square binding with power tools / by James McShane
Get it out there. 5 gold-encrusted tips for getting it out there / by Bwana Spoons ; Make contact ; Places to leave your zine ; Here's a little pep talk about zine trading / by Ron Regé, Jr. ; Postal peril ; turn mail service into a lean, mean, zine-delivering machine / by Dan Zettwoch ; First efforts and wasted paper / by Martin Cendreda ; Where to shop (and drop) ; The beauty of invoicing / by Allison Cole ; Distro
Resources. Zine resources ; Slow sales and accidental dinners : my first convention and how we dined with stars / by Martin Cendreda ; Zine libraries ; Glossary ; Contributors ; How I make my zine / by Dave Kiersh