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Selection of British and American punk zines, 1994-2004. Image by Wikipedia user Burn the asylum

Zines are small circulation, non-commercial publications that are printed by their creators on a topic of their choice. They come in all shapes and sizes from personal zine, artzines, zines about music and politics, fanzines. Zines are straight from the writer to the reader: raw, uncut and handmade.

Since the invention of the printing press (if not before), dissidents and marginalized citizens have published their own opinions in leaflet and pamphlet form.

Task[edit | edit source]

Yr 10 English Homework Task: Your task over the next 2 weeks at home is to produce 2 items for a zine that we will produce as a class. Imagine you are a marginalized citizen in Fahrenheit 451 like Montag, or Faber, or Granger etc . Use the zine to express your thoughts, concerns, desires. This ‘underground’ zine is for distribution to those who are left living on the outskirts of the city in Fahrenheit 451. What would you like to tell them? Would you like to educate them about something? Or simply make sure they remember a wonderful book from time. Create 2 items to include in the zine. Your name does not have to be published with them if you like. You may like to write a short story, a poem, a song, draw a comic, design a picture, retell an historical event, educate your reader in some way. It is up to you. Submit your 2 items by the end of Week 6.

For more info on Zines and links, look at:

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How to make a zine[edit | edit source]

Wikibooks-logo.svg Wikibooks has a book on the topic of Zine making.
How to fold a single sheet of paper "sixo"-style. Image by Wikibooks user Mcld

Youtube video: DIY - How to Make a Zine; Paper, Scissors, Pen - Rockin! by SamProof