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FYSB 1107: Race, Science, and Reproductive Justice: Zines

This guide supports research and zine making for Professor Lie-Spahn's First Year Seminar

Zine Elements

photo of a cat on a table with bookbinding suppliesCovers

  • color
  • construction
  • relief prints


staples * sewing * stab * pamphlet * paper types* materials


  • illustrations
  • fair use/copyright
  • photographs
  • typography/handwriting
  • backgrounds


Essay * Poem * Review * Drawing * Collage * Personality Quiz * Crossword Puzzle * Playlist * Top Ten List * Likes/Dislikes * How To * Comic * Rant * Blank Space * Art * Handwriting * Typewriting * Design Software * Stick Figures

Metadata: author, title, publication location, publication date, freedoms and restrictions


  • personal
  • political
  • art
  • literary
  • split
  • compilation
  • minicomics
  • DIY

Pro Tips

  • Leave a 1/4" margin around your pages
  • Remember your zine will be copied or scanned, so light text and images may not reproduce well
  • You do you

Make a Zine

Today we're making a one-page folding zine. We're going over it live and in-person (well, via Zoom). Here's a site with good visuals if you want to review later.

hands folding a zine, photo of the folded zine

Next time, you can experiment with another style:

With help from Milo Miller, famed QZAP co-founder, I've developed a zine template for myself for making a quarter-size zine that's eight pages long in InDesign. I've also exported it to pdf, if that's more your jam. (This is not a template for a one-page folded zine. Those are easy to find.)

indd file

pdf file

docx file

(Dropbox links--you don't need to create an account to see them)

PS: For this class, for yourself or for a project like Quaranzine or Social Distanzine. Who better to document this experience than you? COVID19 zines in CLIO so far.