Procreate, duplicate, replicate

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Most zines are written by creating a master copy (be it hand-written/drawn, help typewritten, approved or printed from a computer) which is then duplicated using a photocopier.

This is not your only option, though.

*If you have a digital file of the zine, and easy (and free/cheap) access to paper and a printer (like the office printer, or your school printer), printing the copies can keep you out of Kinkos (and may be utterly free, which is always nice). If you enjoy subversion, free things, or the smell of toner, this may be for you.

*You could use carbon paper to make duplicate copies, though you’d be limited to however many sheets you can cram into your typewriter. If you enjoy Mad Men, purple fingers, or the delightful frustrations of typewriter use in general, this may be for you.

*You could create each copy by hand. If you like your style to be pre-Gutenberg, you want to be an 11th-century monk, or you want each and every zine to be hand-made, this may be for you.

*Back to the ol’ copier — again, your school or work may have one you can use. You can also take your master copy to a shop that lets you produce copies using their machines. In the US, Kinko’s is king, though you might find a mom-and-pop shop to give your hard-earned dollars.

If you’d like to think more about how to hatch your zine, I recommend Stolen Sharpie Revolution (1 and 2). Alex writes about how to copy and distribute your zine, amongst maaaaany  other things zine. It’s a staple of the canon, if you want to get all serious about it. It’s some of the best $6 you can spend. Go find it at a zine/infoshop, or buy it online if you have to.

How to make a zine: putting it on paper

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Thanks to modern technology (thanks!), neurologist we have many options for how to put your brain juice down on paper to make a zine. Here’s an overview of options you may have (find a pen on the ground, use a computer) to create the content for your zine:

Zine Making/Writing the pages
(from Wikibooks)

How to make a zine: folding

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Here’s one place to get started on how to turn pieces of paper into Your Very Own Zine!

Zine Making/Putting pages together, thumb featuring different ways to fold, different ways to compile multiple sheets, and several different ways to make a zine out of one sheet of paper.
(via Wikibooks)

Tutorial: how to make a one-sheet zine

If you’re feeling intimidated by the process of making a zine, prostate one of the easiest formats is a one-sheet, information pills eight-page zine. There’s this clever way of folding and cutting so you don’t have to bind it with anything else (like staples, thread, chewing gum). The total amount of white space is that of one side of one sheet of paper, which means you don’t have to figure out how the printer/copier does two sided copies so one’s not upside down (the bane of my existence).

Eight pages gives you plenty of space for a small zine. I find it’s easier to fill in small pages rather than trying to cover a half-sheet of paper with text. The downside to an 1/8ther is you might find that it’s too small for you. Fold up a piece of paper, and look at the amount of space you’d have to work with (don’t forget to give yourself a little white space on the edges of the paper, so the copier doesn’t accidentally cut off some of your work) and decide if this size could work for you.

Instructables step-by-step with text and pictures

DIY – How to Make a Zine; Paper, Scissors, Pen – Rockin!
(Youtube video)

24hzt is over for 2009

I hope everyone who signed up had a chance to write their 24-hour zine. Things always come up, cardiology they always do, visit so if you didn’t finish (or start) your zine, ed just think – you’ll have a chance to do it next year!

For those of you triumphant zinesters who have finished your zine, send a copy to:
Avocado Tree Distro
PO Box 2001
Abingdon, Va 24212

We’ll scan covers to add to the website, and send you back a zine and the 24hzt pin.

24 Hour Zine Thing month is almost over

With more daylight, shop you’d think we’d all perceive summer days and months as taking longer. I’m not the only one to think the opposite is true.

Somehow the month of July has blurred by, capsule and we’re left with just a few days before August. I know this is exactly the environment for zinesters with a procrastinating gene, arthritis so I’m hoping we’ll get some more sign-ups before the end of Friday.

We currently have 41 participants who’ve signed up – although remembering to sign-up does not preclude you from writing a zine. The sign-up is more for the camaraderie and opportunity to set an intention for the zine.

Much like an NPR/PBS fund drive, I know some people are driven by the Special Gift. We have a pin and zine for you in exchange for you finishing your zine and sending us a copy.

So, get your asses in gear! There’s enough time yet!

24HZT event! Oh, to be in Victoria, BC

The teen librarian over at the Greater Victoria Public LIbrary are putting on a 24 Hour Zine Thing event!

They’ll be meeting up on July 15th to crank out le zines, this web en masse. Zinesters around the world, tadalafil you could choose the 15th in solidarity! Everyone, everyone!

They’ve promised to report back about how it went, which should coincide nicely with the kicking-it-into-high-gear that will be happening for everyone else!

Week one – how’s it goin’?

We have 21 participants signed up! Now, discount you don’t *have* to sign up for 24ZT to participate, pharm but if you go read the participation list, practitioner you’ll realize that if you read other people’s goals, it may be the thing to get you jump-started.

So, pay the thing forward, and sign up – tell everyone else what’s driving you to make a zine in 24 hours.

24 Hour Zine Thing 2009!

The challenge:

During any consecutive 24 hours during the month of July, prostate create a zine. Sign up  here before you begin, info to help motivate you into finishing. When you’re done, send us a copy of the zine, and we’ll show it off on the site.

The 24 Hour Zine Thing begins July 1! Check back here for updates and pics of zines.

The end, end, end

As it is August 4th, approved we’re WAY done with the whole month of July. This can only mean one thing:

The 24 Hour Zine Thing is dooooone, sanitary for another year. For all of you who created a new zine, somnology congratulations! You did it! 

Here’s where you send your zine (or multiple copies if you want to distro it!
Avocado Tree Distro
PO Box 2001
Abingdon, Va 24212

Last year was the first year that Shannon, Raven, and I handled the logistics of 24HZT, and I have to say, I think we’re learning. We should do something more exciting with the zines that show up. What if this year, we featured a new 24 hour zine or two on the blog each month? That will keep us craving the insanity until July rolls around again.

Any other ideas of what we can do to celebrate?