Anonymous asked: Do you have any advice for someone that wants to start making zines? (I'm trying to figure out ways of making income without acting getting a lousy job.)
It’s easy and literally anyone can do it! That’s the magic of zines and the DIY ethic in general.
1.) First, you can start with one of the two basic zine sizes. Take one piece of plain white computer printing paper and fold it in half (that’s the tall, 5.5”x8.5” size, or “book size”); or, once you fold it in half, you can tear it into two pieces and fold both those pieces in half (you now have four pages for the smaller, 4.25”x5.5” size, or “pocket size”). This is the blank slate for your zine.
2.) Second, you choose what your zine is going to be about. The possibilities are endless. Because the zine community and the subcultures that embrace it are so diverse and open-minded, it can be about virtually anything. It can be simple, like a poetry or photography zine, or heavy in content, like a comic or novella. I make zines about all sorts of different things, but specialize in “perzines”, which are personal zines, short memoirs, or journals. Everyone has a unique story, which is why these are my favorite kind. Once you figure that out, begin compiling all your writing and imagery.
3.) Third, you need to begin formatting. This can be tedious, but it’s a lot of fun because it winds up being a lot like a puzzle. You can have a page-by-page blueprint of what you want to go where in your zine (sometimes, I will fold all the blank pages and write on each one what I want on it ahead of time), or you can just make it up as you go (which is usually what I do, honestly). The worst that can happen making it up as you go is you wind up with more pages than you need, but it’s easy to figure out how to fill them and is a lot better than having too few pages!
There are many programs you can use to format. You can use a real typewriter like some pretentious zinesters, or you can use a computer program as basic as MicrosoftWord, which is what I use. In MicrosoftWord, just make sure you set the display to “landscape" so it’s the angle your zine pages will be in, and set the ruler halfway so it goes to the next line based on the width of each page you’re trying to fill. Put your blank page up to the computer screen and figure out what display percentage matches the actual size of the page; you want what you see on your screen to match the physical size of the paper you’re printing on. This gives you an accurate representation of what you can fit per page; the size I use on our old PC monitor is 75%. Once you figure all that out, it’s simple figuring out what font size and whatnot is best.
4.) Fourth, prepare to print, cut, and tape/glue a whole lot. This is a lot of fun, too. I personally prefer tape over glue because most glues just don’t stay, but I can understand a preference for glue since it doesn’t show up at all in the final copy. However, an added perk when putting zines together with tape is that it winds up incidentally laminating the pages, in a way, thus making your hard copy last a whole lot longer.
5.) Once you’ve finished the hard copy of your first zine, you need to decide how you want to make copies of it. I use a hack code at Staples so I can make unlimited free copies, but I unfortunately cannot give that out over the Internet where anyone can see it (if you come off of anonymous, I will more than likely share this top-secret info). Otherwise, it’s upwards of ten cents per page!
At the copier, I prefer to set it to “photograph”, which makes it pick up detail more in black and white and look less like copies of tests did in school. Choosing to “print to edge" ensures there aren’t any obnoxious margins on each side of the paper, so that’s another good option. You can bind them using staples (a stapler with adjustable sizes is a good investment in the long-run), but you can also use rubber bands or even sew them together if you have the time and patience.
6.) Lastly, you decide what you want to ultimately do with your creation. If you want to give zines out, do it! People will read them and zines do spread quickly! If you want to sell them, do so cheaply and easily using a site like Etsy, Storenvy, or Big Cartel. My first zine took less than a year to sell over a hundred copies and make it around the world, even winding up in places I never sent them. Just another awesome perk of working within the DIY ethic and the communities that support it!This is the simplest set of pointers I can give and focuses on my own particular way of doing things. If you have any specific questions, reach out to me again. Of course, there are many other tricks, tips, and strategies to self-publishing. If you want a more in-depth tutorial by a more seasoned zine veteran, check out Stolen Sharpie Revolution.
Anonymous asked: Is getting a tattoo on the inner bicep painful?
DUNNO ANON YOU TELL ME
nice pose there guy
No. I mean yes, in that all tattoos are like thousands of cat scratches on the delicate organ of skin, but the inner arm is not bad. Can be more prone to swelling than other areas, tho
I got an email this morning from VISIONEERS
For every hit, there has to be a sequel. The Great Tumblr Book Search is back and the search for the next big humor book is on!
Last year, Chronicle Books partnered with Tumblr on the first-annual Great Tumblr Book Search. The winning Tumblr was Sh*t Rough Drafts by Paul Laudiero. Chronicle offered Laudiero a publishing contract and now Sh*t Rough Drafts the book is coming to a bookstore near you on April 15th. And YOU could be next!
How to Enter:
Use Tumblr to explain your humor book idea. Then our editors will judge the entries and choose a grand-prize winner whose idea will be considered for publication. You may use an existing Tumblr or create a new Tumblr to illustrate your book idea. Just make us laugh!
To enter, tag a post “TumblrBookSearch” and include:
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Then, hop over here to give us your basic contact information and the link to your post.
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It’s that time again kids!
Start something new in Iowa with tonight’s free workshop. If you’ve already started and are stuck, come down and ask questions. If you don’t know where to start, come down and ask questions. I have a brain crammed FULL of junk about Des Moines, event logistics, and project planning. Use me.
"Before Sunrise" (1995)
The best thing my trauma taught me was that I can’t spend my life fearing trauma.
Wrist, Hand & Finger Stretching Routine. For those tired artsy hands! When it already hurts to draw (or write), we should stop for a moment and then stretch + rest our hands.
I’m gonna take a break and do this for a moment.
Very good for artists to do regularly. Doing these exercises regularly helps prevent long term issues like arthritis and carpal tunnel.
+1 to this
Okay. Now bed.
the Scared is scared
‘I asked a six year old what my movie should be about, and this is what he told me.’
(go watch this NOW)
I cannot handle this
Whoa. The MLA has officially devised a standard format to cite tweets in an academic paper. Sign of the times.
ebooks, Horse. (horse_ebooks). “Leg Butt” 18 Nov 2011, 12:38 PM. Tweet.
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some-nights-in-the-tardis asked: my best friend criticizes me whenever I walk out of art class with dirty hands and some tiny bits of paint on my face or clothes. He says I get super dirty. How do I explain to him that compared to real artists I'm the cleanest person in the world.
Just tell him that you’re an artist, you can’t be expected to stay clean 24/7, especially if you’re working. And if he says anything, just be like, c’mon man, you wanna go? You wanna start something? Wanna get rowdy? Gonna get a little unruly get it fired up in a hurry wanna get dirrty? It’s about time that I came to start the party sweat dripping over my body dancing getting just a little naughty wanna get dirrty it’s about time for my arrival
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