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Global Feminisms

This guide, created by Zine Librarian Jenna Freedman, supports Taveeshi Singh's Hamilton College seminar, taught in Fall, 2020.

Zine Elements

photo of person drawing with a white cat next to them. Covers

  • 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 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!

photo of a black and white cat on a banner that reads "Zinesters in Residence."Suggested Themes

  • Other care as self care
  • What it's like to be you right now
  • Alternate senior thesis/final project (inspiration)
  • Fanzine about your favorite or least favorite TV show, celebrity, politician, sports figure, family member


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]


Selfie or brain map

Page 1

  • Introduce your zine (pro-tip: you might want to do this at the end, so you know what you're introducing)
  • Metadata: contextualize for the reader and history
    • Could be s nom de plume
    • Date
    • Publication location
    • Contact information
  • Freedoms and restrictions
    • Do you want to claim copyright?
    • Assign a CC license?
    • Reject copyright?
    • Control digital reproduction?

Page 2

Rant, manifesto, I statements

Page 3 (left side of centerfold)

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

Page 4 (right side of centerfold)

Up to you!

Page 5

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

Page 6


Back Cover

Credits, playlist, reviews or recommendations

Another pro-tip: number your pages. This will help when you are assembling your zines.

Your zine can be for this class, for yourself, or for a project like Quaranzine or Social Distanzine. Who better to document this experience than you?

zine cover: Decolonizing Library Science. Depicts a native person standing at a microphone, fist in the air.

What did you make and why?

What informed your choices?

How can zine making in college threaten the white, upper class patriarchy?