cis, bi, not very interesting

I've been playing with a new (free) drawing program called Krita over on my twitch channel this week, to try and get a feel for a different tool that lets me push a little away from my usual workflow. I have really liked the look of the stuff Dave Rapoza has been doing with it, and wanted to try out the Chrome Brushes that he mentioned were a lot of fun. I have to say I really like the brush, it's very weird and hard to get used to, but once you have a handle on it, it can do some really interesting and varied things. These were the results!

so over the last two years I have printed and assembled at home hundreds of zines, and my god have I learned a lot between ink, scissors, tape and mail. everyone can and should make zines! I want to encourage chosters(?) to make zines so, in no particular order:

  • start small and quick. practice making a one page zine in one day. your magnum opus zine should wait until you have destroyed the notion of perfection and embraced cheap, quick, and accessible art.
  • if printing at home, include printer settings in the file name. ex. "sad gay vampire poems_print_shortedge_fit". I know this is the print file, that it needs to be printed at fitted scale and with short edge layout. when working with multiple layouts, colors, sizes, etc this is a lifesaver
  • printing with bleed is a pain in the ass. I would consider it an advanced printing skill. if you want to do something a little special, consider printing the cover on color paper instead of bothering with bleed.
    • HOWEVER if you really want to do bleed: give your interior pages wide margins for when you trim. always "hand" collate the pages instead of printing with booklet settings. as in, make your own print spreads that are a full page image instead of two half-pages. the reason for this is that some printers will not perfectly center pages when printing booklet. (my printer adds room for staples on the long or short side which. I don't want that?? stop.)
    • if you don't know what those words meant, printing with bleed will probably be a huge headache.
    • frankly if you are a stickler for details, "hand" collating your print files is the best way to go.
  • if you want to make a lot of zines and assemble them yourself, invest in a long arm stapler first, and then a paper guillotine.
  • open source images are your friend. here's an infinite scroll of the met museum's open source images
  • zines can be mailed cheapest in the USA and internationally in a regular envelope and stamp. just make sure the envelope is not thicker than 1/4 inch, not larger than 11-1/2" long x 6-1/8" high, has no clasps, and is BENDY. you'll have to pay more for square envelopes or heaver than 1oz. larger envelopes like for Important Documents cost a little more but at $1.20 are still cheap.
  • printing/copy $$$ copy shop xerox machines are often the cheapest way to source your zines, but in some locations they've gotten more expensive. cheapest method is to befriend someone with an office job and printer / copy machine and liberate it's usage. best value copy has good prices, staples has ok prices. ink is notoriously expensive if you want to print at home BUT some printers have ink subscriptions at a great value.
  • ZCMAG has lots of cool free resources including a print-at-home library, free small edition printing for those who can't print zines themselves (10 copies), resources, an idea generator, and an upcoming NSA micro grant! we have a p cool discord server too.

who else has some zine making tips? also hmu with any questions or encouragement as needed!

Dear choster reading this please make a zine in my stead I beg of you. Try out some different starting paper sizes and orientation of folds. I'm dying here I'm withering away only your zine will save me

sorry the ink is so splattered I can only upload 4 photos. the last page - fact 8/8 - is "opossums drool a lot when they're "playin' 'possum"

This is my best friend now