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Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine?: The Art of Making Zines and Mini Comics [Paperback]

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Graphia Books (26 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618563156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618563159
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 17.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine? A complete how-to guide for teens on personal writing and self-publishing in the form of zines, this resource includes tips and tricks from creators at the forefront of the zine revolution, including John Porcellino, Dave Kiersh, and Allison Cole. Illustrations. Full description

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Introduction 24 Sep 2007
By A. Ross TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I spent my teen years devouring music zines, and now in my mid-30s although I'm still a fan of the form, I rarely check them out any more. Nonetheless, I find myself thinking about starting one, so this seemed like a great book to check out. It's certainly true that blogging software has dramatically eased one's ability to present one's thoughts to the entire world. However, blogs have other limitations and for people like me, there's really no substitute for the satisfaction of having a tactile object. This book is a very nice basic introduction to the nuts and bolts of starting a zine (or mini-comic), covering all aspects, from writing to collaboration, cartooning, postage, printing, photocopier tricks, binding and assembly, and finally distribution. There's plenty of step-by-step diagrams, and technical terms are clearly defined, all of which make it a really good resource for teens. Personally, I could have used a little more detail on certain elements -- for example, more on binding would have been nice -- but the editors probably made the right call to keep the book a manageable size. One thing I'm not totally keen on is the design -- it's put together in a zinelike format, three-color printing with sloppy typewriter-style text and tons of handwritten text, all of which make for occasionally confusing reading. Personally, I cleaner and crisper design -- even for zines -- but the book certainly captures the spirit of the zine world and is definitely inspirational.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine? 11 Mar 2013
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Great book with loads of info re Zines and how to make one what they are all about very good book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful guide 13 May 2014
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Good useful information.
Can be a bit messy to follow sometimes bit that's just from the layout. All the information you could possibly need is there. Written in a friendly tone.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!! 11 July 2006
By Brooke Young - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have spent the past ten years working with zines in various capacities and when I heard about this book, I had to admit I was skeptical. It is notoriously hard to capture the spirit of zines in book form, but this book is pretty awesome all around. The layout of the book is done exactly like it would have been done if it was a zine, which rocks. The information provided by the book includes clear and insightful guides on how to physically make a zine, as well as heartwarming personal stories about the personal connections that can be made through zines. This is a super helpful book that I'm glad is around.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Handmade is good. 12 July 2006
By Martha E. Rich - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am so tired of all things slick and polished and perfect and manufactured and sanitized. Making a 'zine is a great way to be imperfect, original, dirty and raw. This book shows you how. It is quirky and fun and inspiring. Love it!!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Zine Book EVER! 14 Aug 2006
By Debbie Escalante - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a BEAUTIFULLY put together manual for making a zine or mini-comic. It is clearly made with the love and care of true zine-makers. I have been making zines for over 10 years and still found tons of information within the pages of this wee treasure that I had not before known. I would recommend this for all. It is just a magnificently inspiring and helpful document for self-publication.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Introduction 24 Sep 2007
By A. Ross - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I spent my teen years devouring music zines, and now in my mid-30s although I'm still a fan of the form, I rarely check them out any more. Nonetheless, I find myself thinking about starting one, so this seemed like a great book to check out. It's certainly true that blogging software has dramatically eased one's ability to present one's thoughts to the entire world. However, blogs have other limitations and for people like me, there's really no substitute for the satisfaction of having a tactile object. This book is a very nice basic introduction to the nuts and bolts of starting a zine (or mini-comic), covering all aspects, from writing to collaboration, cartooning, postage, printing, photocopier tricks, binding and assembly, and finally distribution. There's plenty of step-by-step diagrams, and technical terms are clearly defined, all of which make it a really good resource for teens. Personally, I could have used a little more detail on certain elements -- for example, more on binding would have been nice -- but the editors probably made the right call to keep the book a manageable size. One thing I'm not totally keen on is the design -- it's put together in a zinelike format, three-color printing with sloppy typewriter-style text and tons of handwritten text, all of which make for occasionally confusing reading. Personally, I cleaner and crisper design -- even for zines -- but the book certainly captures the spirit of the zine world and is definitely inspirational.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Book Will Inspire YOU!!!!!! 1 July 2006
By Thomas Timber - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
After reading this book, I decided to make my own zine. I titled it "Bill Cosby Nightmare" and handed out all ten hand-made copies to strangers in the street. If I had not read this book, I would never have made my own zine. This book tells you everything you need to know about zines - how they are made, what they are about, their history, etc.... The book itself even feels like a zine, but it's not because it is not hand-made.

This book would be a great gift for anyone who grew up reading and buying and making local zines. It reminds us of our past. It reminds us of how simple things can be.

This book makes a great "bathroom" book.

Anyone who reads this book will be INSPIRED to make their own zine. I don't think you can read this book and NOT WANT to make your own zine.

It's about time somebody explored the world of zines in a proper way!!!! NICE!!!!!
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