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SOCI 3946: Global Health, Politics, and Society

Prof. Amy Zhou, Spring 2022


cat chewing on a box of envelopesWhat's in the air for you today?

What's your favorite office supply?

What Zines Are Like

cat touching zines on a tableWhat Zines Are Like

Skim a zine for three minutes and then switch, for four rounds. You will not be able to read these zines in their entirety.

[Content: curse words, sexuality, nudity, violence]

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

  1. Spring - Why Is the Government Like This: A Zine About Fighting for Abortion Access and Reproductive Justice in the Age of COVID19 or ¿Por qué el gobierno es así? : Una fanzine sobre la lucha por el acceso al aborto y la justicia reproductiva en la era de COVID19
  2. Summer - No Lady / anonymous poem produced by Mariame Kaba; designed by Neta Bomani (read web-friendly version)
  3. Fall - Asian American Feminist Antibodies
  4. Winter - Sillywish #5

In breakout rooms discuss for 5-8 minutes:

  • Did one or more of the zines have an impact on you? On the creator?
  • How do the zines document their time?
  • How do the zine images complement or complicate the text?
  • How does a zine communicate knowledge or mastery of its topic?

Group share.

Anything still unclear?

Take two minutes and share your question and thoughts about zines and the Barnard Zine Library.

Do It Yourself!

Zine Making

Today we're making quarter size zines. The layout may mess with your head. That's okay; breaking your brain while making a quarter size zine is a rite of passage!

Suggested Themes

  • Response to a class reading or topic
  • Gratitude
  • How it feels to be you, right here, right now


Apporto for access to InDesign

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. (This is not a template for a one-page folded zine. Those are easy to find.)

indd file

pdf file

docx file

[/new conten]


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


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