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SOCI 3946: Global Health, Politics, and Society

Prof. Amy Zhou, Spring 2022

Do It Yourself!

Zine Making

Today we're making quarter size zines.



indd file

pdf file

docx file

Google presentation

Zine Contents (Suggested)


portrait, selfie or mind map

Page 5 (right side of centerfold)

Cartoon, sketch, art, doodles (be bold! draw stick figures!) continued

Page 2: Introduction

  • pro-tip: you might want to do this at the end, so you know what you're introducing
  • Metadata: contextualize for the reader
    • Author
    • Date
    • Publication location
    • Contact information
  • Freedoms and restrictions
    • Do you want to claim copyright?
    • Assign a CC license?
    • Reject copyright?
    • Control digital reproduction?
  • The required or repetitive stuff, like the honor code: consider using a QR code

Page 6

Pencil game: maze, crossword puzzle, word finder, quiz, survey, matching

Page 3

Rant, manifesto, I statements poem

Page 7

Recipe (could be literally about food, or it could be "how to ...")

Page 4 (left side of centerfold)

Cartoon, sketch, art, doodles (be bold! draw stick figures!)

Back cover/p8

Credits, playlist, reviews or recommendations

Zine Elements


color * construction paper * relief print * acetate


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

Zine Topics

cat chewing on a box of envelopesA topic that's important to you, or that you want to process thoughts and feelings about, to non-academics, e.g., 

  • Abortion access, responding to one of these articles

  • Lizzo's Watch Out for the Big Grrrls

  • Health impacts of global climate change