Another Year and Six New Zines!

First zine received for #24HZT2013! Safety Second! by Betty Rae
Photo used under Creative Commons from Magical Mugz Studios on Flickr

The 24 Hour Zine Thing 2013 has now come to an end, viagra and the zines are starting to roll in! Here are the zines received so far:

  • Safety Second! by Betty Rae, discount USA
  • Boats, Bikes & Bars: Drunk Confessions & Gay Chatter on the Gulf of Mexico by Zinefandel, USA
  • Purple Myrtle Squeegy #6 by Hadass, Israel
  • It’s About Time by Rachel Kopel, USA
  • Booklyn Takes On The Twenty Four Hour Zine Challenge by Booklyn Artists Alliance, USA
  • My Book of Personal Prayers by Theresa Williams, USA
  • Congrats to these six brave souls who kicked some 24 hour zine butt! I am putting the finishing touches on the 2013 Participant Pin design, and pins will be ordered this weekend. If you don’t see your zine listed above, send me a Tweet to let me know you’re done!

    Don’t have Twitter? Leave a post on the Facebook page, or a comment below! Share what your zine is about, tell us a little bit about your process, and don’t forget to send in your zine by September 1, 2013 to this address:

    24 Hour Zine Thing
    PO Box 2001
    Abingdon, VA 24210

    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)

    Zine Review – Culture Slut #10 by Amber

    For the second week of the 2011 24 Hour Zine Thing, treatment we will be featuring a variety of zine reviews each day from past years. Hopefully the reviews and cover/inside scans will inspire you on your own 24 hour zine-making journey!

    We will start off today’s review post with a wonderful zine completed during the 2007 24 Hour Zine Thing by Amber. Amber has written her perzine Culture Slut since 2004, visit this site and created a compilation zine called Fight Boredom in 2007, medicine dedicated to featuring ideas on how to fight boredom and appreciate the wonderful aspects of living in a small town. She also runs Fight Boredom Distro, and maintains her blog, Hello Amber!

    Culture Slut #10 by Amber

    Name: Amber Farthing
    City: Lindsay, Ontario
    Zine Goal: Just to write a good zine, I guess. I write a perzine
    called Culture Slut and I currently have nine issues out. Issue ten
    will be done in 24 hours.

    Inside page scan of Culture Slut #10 by Amber

    I’m still amazed that Amber was able to conquer the 2007 24 Hour Zine Thing challenge by creating the 10th issue of her zine, Culture Slut, within only 24 hours. Neatly handwritten capitalized letters fill the light blue pages of her zine, along with torn scrap paper pasted underneath stickers, stamps and clip arts. The text itself reads a lot like a letter from a good friend, with one topic leading to another, and then another, such as Amber’s fondness of lists, the “art parties” she throws, pop culture, and feelings about life, the future, and a little bit of everything in between.

    One more review for the night

    Pulling an all-nighter? Working on your second 24HZT submission? Take a break from the late night zine-making, more about make some coffee, side effects add 24 Hour Zine Thing on Facebook and enjoy this review of Nicci’s fantastic cooking zine, “Cook This! #1”.

    Cover scan of Nicci's zine
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    Congrats to Rachel!

    Congratulations to Rachel of San Diego, sale California for completing her 24 hour zine and sending it in! Rachel’s cute little zine “Pilgrim” arrived in my post office box today, marking the first zine received for this years challenge.

    Finished with your zine and can’t wait to release it to the world? Send your zine to:

    Raven / 24 Hour Zine Thing
    PO Box 2001
    Abingdon, VA. 24210

    Good luck to everyone and leave a comment with how you are doing with your 24 hour zine!

    Portland Zine Symposium 2nd Annual 24 Hour Zine Challenge!

    The Portland Zine Symposium is sponsoring their 2nd Annual 24 Hour Zine Challenge! Here is some information from their website:

    Calling all ambitious zinesters! You’re invited to the 2nd Annual, more about 24hr Zine Challenge, presented by the Portland Zine Symposium and the Independent Publishing Resource Center…

    Who: The Portland Zine Symposium and awesome zinesters like you!
    What: The 2nd Annual 24hr Zine Challenge
    Where: The Independent Publishing Resource Center, 917 SW Oak St. #218
    Why: To make zines and support PZS!
    When: July 24th at 10:00am until July 25th at 10:00am

    Zines are awesome and July is International Zine Month! Get yourself one more zine finished for your PZS table, make some new friends over the dizzying madness of staying up too many hours, and help support the Portland Zine Symposium!

    We will be providing some supplies (paper, glue, scissors, etc), snacks, and drink – anything you can bring will help. Bring any supplies you normally like to make zines with that you just can’t live without! Also, you might want to bring pillows, snacks, and blankets… We are also asking registrants for a $5 donation which will help us cover any costs for supplies and food that are not donated, so we can make sure your well fed and fully supplied. The IPRC has two copy machines on hand to help you create your fabulous zine, available for 5 cents per side for members (trial membership is $25) and 10 cents per side for nonmembers.

    In addition to being a quite awesome challenge, this event will also be a major fund raiser for the Portland Zine Symposium

    If you can’t make it to the event, you can find a list of registrants on our website (here: and pick one to sponsor, marathon style! Once you’ve chosen a lucky challenger to back, we’ll list you under their name as a supporter and you will only be asked to make the donation you’ve pledged if the challenger completes their zine. If you pledge more than $10, we’ll provide you with a copy of the zine they’ve created! You pledge helps us raise funds to keep PZS affordable to table at for zine-makers (half table at the symposium are $20 for the whole weekend) and free to attend for zine-appreciators. To support a 24hr Zine Challenger, just email with the name of the lucky participant you want to back and the amount you’d like to pledge.

    If you’re a challenger, request a form to print out to ask people to sign up on if they’d like to sponsor you, or you can direct them to our website (specifically here: from your blog or website and share the link on your favorite social network (email/facebook/twitter/etc.) to allow your friends to pledge. Your amazing creativity and endurance will really help us make the event a success!

    We will also have a live video feed set up at the 24hr Zine Challenge, just like last year, so zine supporters anywhere can encourage the 24hr Zine Challengers and so 24hr Zine Sponsors can check in on who they’ve backed!

    Are you a local business? The 24hr Zine Challenge is just another outreach event brought to the community by PZS that you can help out with. If you’re interested in donating any food or treats to help keep our zinesters going their full 24 hours. You donation would be listed here, right on our front page, and on our 2010 Sponsors page!

    Please call Katie (804-514-8413) if you would like to make a donation to this event or to Portland Zine symposium.

    Preregistration is REQUIRED as space is limited! Email or call Blue at (503) 453-5839 to register before time runs out!

    If you are in Portland, take advantage of this great opportunity and sign up! If you are not in the area, consider sponsoring a 24 Hour Zine Challenger and helping the Portland Zine Symposium at the same time!

    Did you know?

    An additional 5 participants have been added to the Participants page, generic making for a total of 58 participants signed up this year so far! The Flickr set had been set up so that you may view larger scans of all the submitted zines. Interviews and tutorials are in the works for later this week, decease so in the meantime check out this review of Jo Cook’s artsy zine “Double Never”.

    Cover scan of Jo Cook's zine

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