How Do You Do ... A One-Page Zine? (This post comes with a one-page zine!)
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Zines are skinny publications, usually self-made and self-published, with a smallish circulation. The purpose of zines is not profit but the communication of an idea about music, art, philosophy, whatever — many are distributed for free at zine fests and shows, or sold for a buck or two at bookstores. They exist primarily in print, and they feel very immediate. Many are cut and pasted together, then reproduced on a copy machine (sometimes in the dead hours of a campus library, or while holding up the line at a Kinko's store, or, speaking from personal experience, as quickly as possible on your last day at a corporate job).
The best thing about zines is that they're not beholden to anything. You can run off a zine on any topic, and make as many (or as few) as you choose. Zines have always been connection-makers, ever since their inception, and all the zines we've loved best have felt like a cool friend who's talking directly to us.
An easy way to try your hand at zine-making is to print up a one-page zine. It's awfully simple: you just fold your page into eighths, make one neat scissor cut, and you're ready to go. Watch the video above to see how it's done. And if you ever need a layout refresher, just look here:
Better still? We asked a few of our zinemaker friends about their first experiences with the medium, and put their thoughts together in a little one-page zine made just for you. Here's a PDF — all you need to do is print it out and fold it up. If you like what you end up with, well, maybe you'll be pressing your own one-pager into a new friend's hand soon enough.
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