These are photos I took at the Goodwill store (a few years ago) of an Eaton’s department store brand typewriter. Sometimes I wish I had bought it. But, realistically, it would just be sitting somewhere with a gathering crowd of dust bunnies. I like typewriter art but I don’t think it is something I would have gone far with. I wouldn’t like fiddling with the typewriter ribbon. I do miss the typewriter smell. This one had it. Young people won’t even know what a typewriter smells like.
Zine-making is as easy or elaborate as you make it. Start with the supplies—for a basic zine, all you’ll need is a pen, paper, glue and a pair of scissors. From there, the possibilities are endless. Honesty, self-expression and personal satisfaction are the only core values of zine-production according to the “Cut & Paste” mini-documentary.
Quoted from: Unte Reader – How to Make your own Zine
The 24 Hour Zine Challenge asks zinesters to create a 24-page zine from conception to final product in 24 hours straight. Zines should be of suitable size and technical difficulty so that this truly is a challenge for individual zinesters.
Cartoonists around the world will face the 24 hour comics challenge. To help these cartoonists, some comic book stores, educational institutions, libraries, businesses, and comics clubs will host special 24 Hour Comics Day events. They’ll provide cartoonists with a space to work, access to food and drink, and camaraderie.
Self publishing lets writers choose what they want to publish and… the format they will use. Most often the format is digital now. But… consider going back to print. You can print publish your own content without a big name publisher, or a literary agent. Self publish your own zine and distribute it online through Etsy (or other online stores like it).
I was surprised at how many zines are being distributed through Etsy, in particular. Most are sent as do-it-yourself publications, on paper and mailed out to buyers. However, there is the option of selling a digital copy which people buy and then print themselves. There are pluses and minuses for both. A digital copy is easier to distribute, no mail service involved. But, the print copy gives the writer options. A print publication can be mailed out with extras. I’ve seen publishers make their own stickers and buttons. You could also create calendars for yearly subscribers. There are a lot of extras you could do with your own print publication.
It’s a new (retro) way of self publishing.
Link: Team Zine – Etsy Teams
Once I got the idea in my head I had to keep looking until I found at least one Christmas typewriter to hang on the tree.