So lately I've been toying with the idea of writing (creating? making? developing?) a zine. A zine is a little sort of self-published book. It can be as small as 1 folded up piece of paper (a mini-zine) to a multi-page bound book. I'm just beginning to learn about them so I'm absolutely no expert. I jumped on We Make Zines, a Ning site for Zine enthusiasts, and bought Stolen Sharpie Revolution 2, a classic zine how-to. I think I'm getting the hang of it but I'm not sure what I want to say in a zine just yet. I've yet to put Sharpie to paper.
Just as an experiment, I sent a mini-zine template out to a friend to ask if she'd collobozine with me. We'll see how that works out. Eventually it'll have gone through 4 hands so I'm curious as to how it'll turn out. But that's the fun, right? That's collaborative art the way it's supposed to be done. I think.
I've been considering doing a zine on one (or all, eventually) of the following:
· a recipe one of Indian-style/Ayurvedic cooking
· a recipe one of cooking for one
· my own mixed heritage (and how "being American" isn't culturally significant enough to me)
· taking refuge in the Three Jewels (that'd be a Buddhist one)
· living with generalized anxiety disorder (maybe done in a humorous way?)
· modern correspondence etiquette (maybe done in a humorous way?)
I'm not really an expert in any of these but I don't think you have to be some kind of academic in order to write a zine about something. It's an art thing. And I guess mine would be a "perzine" (personal zine) because it'd be written from a personal point of view and not necessarily be some kind of manifesto or something.
I’ve read some zines thanks to the generosity of my friend Paige (she sent me a ton!) and from ones I purchased on Etsy. I tend to like simple, line-drawn ones with cutesy images and “storylines.” I got one from Thimblewinder on Etsy that’s about a Parcel Ghost… the ghost of a fellow who used to work at the post office. Too cute! And Alex W. of Portland Button Works sent along a couple from her Brainscan series because I was the 4000th order for her shop.
So that's where we're starting from. Do you know anything about zines? Enlighten me!