Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine?

Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine?


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A zine is a handmade magazine or mini-comic about anything you can imagine: favorite bands, personal stories, subcultures, or collections. They contain diary entries, rants, interviews, and stories. They can be by one person or many, found in stores, traded at comic conventions, exchanged with friends, or given away for free. Zines are not a new idea: they’ve been around for years under various names (chapbooks, flyers, pamphlets). People with independent ideas have been getting their word out since before there were printing presses.

This book is for anyone who wants to create their own zine. It’s for learning tips and tricks from contributors who have been at the fore front of the zine movement. It’s for getting inspired to put thoughts and ideas down on paper. It’s for learning how to design and print your own zine so you can put it in others’ hands. Whatcha Mean, What’s a Zine? is for anyone who has something to say.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618563159
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 06/26/2006
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 227,965
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Once they discovered zines, Mark Todd and Esther Pearl Watson never stopped making them. They’ve had illustrations in Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly and on CD covers and MTV; they’ve written and illustrated picture books; their paintings appear in art galleries—and still they keep making zines (and lots of friends while they’re at it). They live and work in southern California.

Like many kids raised in the 70's, Mark was influenced at an early age by Star Wars and comic books. Unlike many kids, he grew up just a few miles from the Vegas strip, its neon and glitz looming over the city. He graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and currently lives and works in the Los Angeles area with his wife, artist Esther Pearl Watson, their daughter Lili and Mr. Pickles, a lovely French Bulldog.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"This well-designed and entertaining resource is sure to find an audience among hip, artistic, and do-it-yourself enthusiasts." School Library Journal, Starred

"Addictively enthusiastic and utterly inspiring...Each page is full of awesome advice from the 'zine world's head honchos." - Bust

Customer Reviews

Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine? 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
megmcg624 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a guide to the whys and hows of making a zine (a small, homemade magazine). The layout is formatted to resemble the cut-and-paste, roughly assembled aesthetic of actual zines, which is an amusing conceit but in some cases makes the text difficult to read. Watson and Todd do a great job of communicating the storied culture of zine-making. This would be a great recommendation for a middle schooler or teen bursting at the seams with creative energy. Many teens, however, may simply view zines as old-fashioned blogs.
Lala_Lollipopp More than 1 year ago
At about $12 it seemed a bit expensive for a paperback, but it is filled with so much great information about zines. I have read and re-read it so many times. It is great to use to get little ideas for making your own zines. The entire book is handwritten and typed on a type writer and has the same asthetics as a real zine. I keep it by my bed and just flip through it when I'm looking for some ideas. If you are interested in zines and want to know more about them, then this book is perfect for you. Definitly worth getting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago