- Publisher: Microcosm Publishing
- Format: Paperback | 160 pages
- Dimensions: 137mm x 175mm x 13mm | 204g
- Publication date: 1 December 2008
- Publication City/Country: Bloomington, IN
- ISBN 10: 1934620068
- ISBN 13: 9781934620069
- Edition: 2
- Edition statement: 2nd
- Illustrations note: 160 b/w illustrations
- Sales rank: 185,639
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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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.
"["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"