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Make a Zine!: When Words and Graphics Collide / Edition 2

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Overview


In Microcosm’s DIY guide to zine-making, editors Bill Brent, Joe Biel, and a cast of contributors take you from the dreaming and scheming stages onto printing, publication and beyond! Covering all the bases for beginners, Make a Zine! hits on more advanced topics like Creative Commons licenses, legality, and sustainability. Says Feminist Review, “Make a Zine! is an inspiring, easy, and digestible read for anyone, whether you’re already immersed in a cut-and-paste world, a graphic designer with a penchant for radical thought, or a newbie trying to find the best way to make yourself and your ideas known.” Illustrated by an army of notable and soon-to-be-notable artists and cartoonists, Make a Zine! also takes a look at the burgeoning indie comix scene, with a solid and comprehensive chapter by punk illustrator Fly (Slug and Lettuce, Peops.) Part history lesson, part how-to guide, Make a Zine! is a call to arms, an ecstatic, positive rally cry in the face of TV show book clubs and bestsellers by celebrity chefs. As says Biel in the book’s intro, “Let’s go!”
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"[Make a Zine] adds variety to the book and helps it to become an example of the collaborative, community-minded orientation of zine publishing that Biel has tried to create. Biel and Brent’s text is actually a book of many voices, and its most interesting aspect, to me, is when its discussion how zine-making also often means participating in a community of zine producers."  —Ian Reddy, Contratexts

"...if you are a big scaredy-cat perfectionist like me, or you wanna get really serious about things like mailing list organization and what to send to a distro so that they pay attention to you, I strongly suggest you pick up a copy of Make a Zine! by Bill Brent and Joe Biel. In exhaustive detail, this little puppy is the handbook for everything from Layout and Type to Going on Tour. [...] Get it now!"  —Dagger Zine

"I highly enjoyed this book and will use it as a bible even if I am not doing a zine today. This is a testament to something that is so special about DIY culture and something that is unfortunately disentegrating with rising costs and easy internet access. Keep zines alive! Read this book and start your own!"  —Profane Existance

"Make a Zine! could be seen as a historical record, documenting every aspect of zine-making. In the current explosion of interest in zines, if anyone needs some wise and friendly advice to help them create their first zine, this is the perfect guide." —Erica Smith, Peace News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934620069
  • Publisher: Microcosm Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Series: DIY Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 1,141,686
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Joe Biel is the founder of Microcosm Publishing and creator of the documentary about the DIY music scene, If It Ain’t Cheap, It Ain’t Punk. He is the coauthor of 13 Years of Good Luck and the author of Bipedal, By Pedal!; all volumes of the The CIA Makes Science Fiction Unexciting series and The Perfect Mix Tape Segue series; and You Can Work Any Hundred Hours a Week You Want (In Your Underwear)!! He lives in Portland, Oregon. Bill Brent is a writer whose fiction and essays have appeared in several anthologies, including Entangled Lives: Memoirs of 7 Top Erotica Writers and Everything You Know About God Is Wrong. His short erotic fiction appears in dozens of books, including The Best American Erotica 1997, Best Gay Erotica 2004; and Tough Guys, Rough Stuff. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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