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FYSB 1422: Art, AIDS, Activism

This guide supports zine making in Alice Reagan's First Year Seminar, taught in Fall, 2020.

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

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. You will need to copy and save the file as your own.

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.

Copyright & Fair Use

Zine Intellectual Property Considerations

  • “Reproducing/reprinting all or any part of this zine without prior consent will be considered utterly disrespectful and generally uncool.” - Aqsa Zine #4 Ancestors + Descendants. Sept. 2011. Print.
  • Researchers may scan, photograph, or otherwise reproduce zine text and images for their own use. Researchers may not publish zine images or substantial amounts of text in print, on the web, or in any public format, without making every effort to secure permission from the zine creator. If the zine creator is deceased or difficult for the researcher and zine librarian to locate, discuss other options with the zine librarian.
  • All zines are protected by copyright unless they contain an anti-copyright statement.
  • Read and contribute other special zine copyright/fair use statements on the Zine Libraries website.