If you’re new to zine construction or interested in dipping a toe in, this is a good place to start. Check out the templates we’ve culled from all over the interwebs and then practice on a few free, downloadable zines. Finally, see what other zinesters are making by seeking out local L.A. bookstores that sell zines.
If you’re interested in making your own zine, these templates will give you an idea of the traditional layouts and how to assemble them.
- Blank template from The Small Science Collective, a group that uses zines to educate the public about science and an illustrated step-by-step guide on how to fold that zine (scroll down for cutting and folding illustrations)
- More information on half fold, quarter fold, and the one-page-no-staple zine via WikiBooks
- If you must have color pictures, try this description.
Print & Fold: free zines!
Now that you’ve seen the templates, you can probably figure out how to put these zines together.
- El Skate Uruguayo Me Dio Todo: Our friends from Double Fur Press turned us on to this skate photo zine. Compiled by Chino Loco; photos from various photographers. (8.5″X11″ Folded in half; staples required)
- Tap Water: Why drink tap instead of bottled? Let Michelle Doh tell you with pictures! Via The Small Science Collective.
- Blood Orange Infoshop: Also via Double Fur Press, this zine serves as an introduction to the Blood Orange Infoshop, a hub of DIY activity in Riverside, CA. (8.5″x11″ Single sided; no staples needed)
- Learning Good Consent: Not usually available in a downloadable version, a reader tipped us off to this rare PDF of this classic and extremely educational zine that discusses the how and why (and more) of figuring out with your partner what’s okay and what’s not.
- “A very radical pamphlet” from The Hungry Knife Artist Collective offers dispatches on racism, immigration, and Occupiers.
Sourced from the L.A. Zine Fest’s Guide To L.A., this map shows some of the LAZF’s favorite zine depots (and some regular old bookstores that are good, too).