In today’s newsletter: a zine about the creative seasons.
Here is a zine inspired by my friend Steven Tomlinson. (Steven also inspired one of my favorite bits in Steal Like an Artist.) Most of what I learned was from The Book of Seeds. (If you scroll to the end of this post, there’s a PDF you can print out with a video tutorial to make your own!)
Here is a PDF of the zine that’s free to download and print so you can make it into your own booklet:
Here is a video showing how to fold and cut and fold and glue it into a booklet:
In the Before Times, I would occasionally make a mini zine to put in my son’s sack lunch before he went to school. Here’s a zine I made for him about Miles Davis. (It’s Davis’s birthday.) I am struck often by how when you make things for others, they wind up speaking to you.
I’ve been asked a few times how I store my zines, but my solution (I put them in a box) is far less clever than cartoonist and journalist Malaka Gharib’s solution: She uses a binder filled with sheet protectors for trading cards!
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Whenever I’m reading some pop psychology book (which, granted, isn’t often) I like to underline all the various versions of “studies have shown” that appear in the text.
For this zine, I searched an ebook edition for all the appearances of “study” or “studies” and typed them out onto a single sheet of paper.
Then I chopped them up and started re-arranging them, eventually realizing you could make a kind of nonsense that was grammatically correct and said absolutely nothing.
When I got something I liked, I re-typed the whole thing again, scanned it into the computer, and laid it out in zine form. Anything for a laugh these days…
More zines here.
More zines here.