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A collection of 4 zines, filled with hand drawn interviews and observations centered around 1 thought-provoking question each quarter.
A collection of 4 zines, filled with hand drawn interviews and observations centered around 1 thought-provoking question each quarter.
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4 Questions to Make You Think: A Hand Drawn Quarterly Zine

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About the zines

I carry around a notebook everyday, which is filled with sketches, questions, and thoughts by the people around me. Sometimes, they’re mundane observations, like “the wasabi on my wasabi peas was unevenly distributed.” Other times, though, they touch upon questions that seem to speak to a larger human experience—and that’s what this series of zines is about. 4 Questions to Think About is a quarterly zine that presses harder on some of the big, intimate questions that matter to us and that open new avenues of discussion between reader and speaker.

Each zine is a collection of hand drawn interviews (possibly featuring you!) and observations centered around one thought-provoking question. For instance:

An example of a very short response to the summer question.
An example of a very short response to the summer question.

The zines will also have space for you to reflect on your own answers to the question.

From a previous zine—a small space to contribute your own reflections to the zine.
From a previous zine—a small space to contribute your own reflections to the zine.

Here is a preliminary set of questions: 

  • A question for spring: What makes you happy? 
  • A question for summer: Is there something you always do in the hopes of repeating a past success? 
  • A question for autumn: How do you deal with loneliness? 
  • A question for winter: Who inspires you—who is your hero?

Each issue of 4 Questions will be sent out individually throughout the year: March, June, September, and December. I’ll conduct interviews and illustrate interviews for each issue in the months before publication—interviewees can be anyone, from people randomly walking by, to strangers from the Internet, to you! By the end of the year, we'll have collected dozens of unique stories that will hopefully open us up to new perspectives on questions that are both personal and universal.

Technical specs

Each print zine will be around 20 pages, color cover, color and black and white interior, 8.5 x 5.5. For some issues, I’ll include extra printed freebies, like a stickers, postcards, or mini risograph posters.

The digital zine will be around 20 pages, color cover, color and black and white interior, 8.5 x 5.5.

The $750 I’m trying to raise will go toward the artwork production of the zines and extras, publishing costs, shipping, and other costs from the making of the zines.

Art samples

These samples won't be part of the final series, but they'll give you a sense of the art style and production of the zines!

 

 

 

 

For more art samples, I update my blog pretty regularly!

Who are you, and why zines?

I’m a designer and illustrator who loves to sketch and learn about other people! I run an online interview series on biotechnology, design for all kinds of personal and client projects, and write about my experiences as a product designer. I love beautiful printed things, and the zine community has been a huge inspiration. Zine culture is all about sharing and creating without boundaries—there are no rules of any sort for what content should go in a zine, no predefined formats or restrictions.

Finally, I want you guys to be part of this experience! If you have input on the questions, or something you really want to see in the zines, let me know. 4 Questions is an experiment in sharing stories—and I would love to hear yours!

Risks and challenges

I’ve made individual hand drawn zines in the past on very limited runs (about 20 per edition). This will be my first time making a quarterly zine, but since this is a limited edition series to ensure quality, I’m confident that we can create an amazing quarterly zine together. If all goes well this year, I might continue making 4 Questions zines in 2018 and beyond!

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