Zine process
What size is the zine? If its an A4 folded in half, you get 4 pages out of a piece of paper without the pages being too small.

Write and draw as it comes, but draw no bigger than the page you are planning on putting it on (remember, it can go across 2!) unless you can scan it in and edit the size in an editing program, print it out, and paste it in.

Let your writing and your drawing inspire each other. As you write, think about key elements or easily visualized points that you want to get across and make a to-draw list. As you draw, think about how to flesh out or clarify your writing.

I wrote up the text in a word document and then printed it, formatting the page to have 2 columns.

I took A4 paper and folded it in half, placing the drawings and the cut up text in it to estimate how many final pages there would be, and where each drawing should go – as well as to help guide what drawings I had left to do (ie chapter headings, space fillers, etc).

Then I took the paper I wanted to use to be the hardcopy (I chose 120 G weight) and started glueing the pieces in. The first sheet has the cover and the back on one side, and then first and last page on the other side. The second sheet has the second, the third, the second to last, and the third to last page. It isn’t confusing if you have done a mockup, though accidents happen – and if they do, you can always fill the pages with more drawings, or spaces for the reader to draw! Teach the reader how to make a zine!

Once I had the final pages, I could take it to the copy place!

Comic process
Looking at my zine, I realized I had too many pages and had forgotten to highlight some key pieces. I wanted to make something more heavily visual and accessible, so I turned to the comic book medium.

I decided how many pages I wanted (eight), what size paper (A4) and then made a little story board that laid out which pieces I wanted to highlight and how much space I wanted each section to take up. Since a lot of the text was written, I could just read the zine and lift out the pieces I wanted – I didn’t use a formal storyboard and didn’t sketch in pencil, though both methods are recommended!

Using paper that was about 5 cm smaller than A4, I just went for it, letting the flow progress, using the storyboard as a guideline. It was a struggle to not write too much and let the pictures do the talking too, but it helped to make panels and then fill them in, or draw the drawing part first and fill in the text later (so I had to limit the word count).

When I had finished, I glued the paper onto A4, leaving a border on the left side of the odd numbered pages and on the right side of the even numbered pages so I could staple the zine together.

Then I had them copy the pages so they had a front and a back!

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