Ideas happen at the most inconvenient of times. My first zine came into existence during a survey course on English literature, in October 2011. While my lecturer talked about Beowulf, I sat in the first row, drawing a poster in a notebook, creating the zine’s tumblr page on my laptop and tweeting out to my followers on twitter from my phone.
This poster was created by enlarging a page from a notebook by about 200%. Form isn’t that important to me. I need it to exist.
Sometimes, I forget.
A year later, I was ready to print. But I didn’t know how to layout, and I was stalling.
The same thought finally overwhelmed me: It needs to exist. I can’t wait around until I get kissed by the magical layouting muse, or until a freelance graphic designer offers her help to me for hugs and cookies.
So I downloaded Scribus, a free layouting tool, and went to work. Sure, the finished product doesn’t look polished, but the content is there. You can read it. There is a title page and columns and room for illustration. It exists. And that’s the most important thing.
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