Making a zine can be a simple, cost-effective way to print & distribute your artwork without having a find a publisher. I’ve found a few tutorials, examples, and a good start-up guide to help you along.
First, here are three beautiful examples of how a zine can showcase your work.
Lillian Cuda uses her Magical Babes Art Zine to highlight her recent artwork, with a short description and the date complete.
Lindsay Anne Watson has created a stand-alone comic mini series and printed it as a zine. The style ties in with the rest of her work and offers a taste of her art for a very affordable price.
Brett Manning illustrated this mini-comic which she prints and assembles herself. It’s another great example of a zine which highlights the artists style and makes their work accessible.
Inspired? Next, here is a good how-to-get-started guide. It covers the actual zine-making process, as opposed to simply assembling the booklet. It touches on curating content, layout, and printing logistics.
How to Make a Zine
This video by Almond W shows the easiest way to make a zine, should you decide to assemble your own. You can use any size and thickness of paper. Just make sure your stack of pages is not thicker than the height of your staples, or you won’t be able to fold the staples over on the inside.
If your zine is taller than the example, I would use three staples instead of two.
Finally, another great resource for DIY bookbinding is Sea Lemon Tutorials. Stapling is still the most time-efficient method. But fancy stitches can add personality and quality to your finished zine.
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