Joan Crasten

  • Where is everybody? I haven’t seen any posts in quite some time!

  • Joan Crasten posted a new activity comment 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Right! Though I have too many ideas, so making a decision isn’t easy as all that. Plus on top of that, there is too much housework to be done, so that comes first! 🙁 I’d rather be creating something instead.

  • Hi all, I’m trying to come up with a new idea for my second zine. I’ve been looking through my old newsletters fo ideas, but I haven’t decided on what to write yet. It may be a while before I do the second zine. I have so many ideas, and I not sure what I will choose yet. Have a great Sunday!

    • I often find that when I come up with a zine that I have a design idea for – like the size or what I want the cover to be or some thing like putting it in an envelope, then I know which one to do.

      • Right! Though I have too many ideas, so making a decision isn’t easy as all that. Plus on top of that, there is too much housework to be done, so that comes first! 🙁 I’d rather be creating something instead.

  • Hi Frances,

    It’s nice to know that you think my idea of mailing copies to oneself is a good idea. Good luck with your first zine. You were lucky that they didn’t use your blog photos for profit. I always worry if people will steal my ideas too.
    The very best of luck to you!

  • Thanks NYX, that is good to know. I will check the prices here in the USA.

  • Joan Crasten posted a new activity comment 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Thanks, I’ve read all that on Zine Making 101. I don’t plenty of research about zines before making my first zine. I’m familiar with a lot of stuff since I use to publish newsletters back in the 8o’s. The research was very helpful, as I am a little rusty since it’s been so many years since I did the newsletters. I’m a hands-on kind of person.…[Read more]

  • Joan Crasten posted a new activity comment 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Thanks, I enjoyed making my first zine!

  • Joan Crasten posted a new activity comment 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Thanks Krissy, it was fun making it!

  • Joan Crasten posted a new activity comment 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Thanks, I’ve already converted the zine to an image. I googled pdf2jpg and found pdf2jpg.net It was so easy. My zine became a pdf when I scanned it to my computer. I never thought that would happen, so I’ve learned something today. Thanks for your help!

  • Here is my first zine!

  • Joan Crasten posted a new activity comment 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    I don\’t know, this is all new to me. Can you explain further?

    • PDFs are documents not images to computers anyways. Try a site like this to change the PDF to an image file.
      http://pdftoimage.com

      • Thanks, I’ve already converted the zine to an image. I googled pdf2jpg and found pdf2jpg.net It was so easy. My zine became a pdf when I scanned it to my computer. I never thought that would happen, so I’ve learned something today. Thanks for your help!

  • Joan Crasten posted an update 3 months ago

    I\’m having problems posting a photo of my first zine. It\’s in pdf form and it won\’t download here. Don\’t know what to do. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    • images have to be jpg, jpeg, gif, or png. Pdf is actually a document format. If you want WMZ to host a pdf version of a zine I can pm you set that up. but it will still be a link. Browsers can’t show pdf’s inline like images generally. Can you use a pdf2jpg program to convert it?

  • Joan Crasten posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    My first zine measures 4 1/8\” x 2 7/8\”, which I guess is close enough to the measurement you mentioned. I don\’t know if I ever want to make the mini size zines. It kind of limits what you can fit into it.

  • Hi Olivia,

    Maybe an ISBN is not such a good idea for zines. I’ll check out CreateSpace anyway, just out of curiosity. Meantime, I will apply my own copyright and mail a copy to myself like I use to do with my newsletters years ago. Thanks for writing back to me.

  • Joan Crasten posted an update in the group Group logo of Mini Zine FolksMini Zine Folks 3 months ago

    Exactly what is the size of a mini zine?

    • It’s generally 1/8 of a standard sheet of paper. In the US, it’s 1/8 of letter size paper, which is 4.25″ x 2.75″. Most mini zines are 8 pages long, but can be 16 pages long or even 32 pages long in some cases (made of 2 sheets of paper). I would call anything smaller than 1/8 (like 1/16 size) a micro zine.

      • My first zine measures 4 1/8″ x 2 7/8″, which I guess is close enough to the measurement you mentioned. I don’t know if I ever want to make the mini size zines. It kind of limits what you can fit into it.

    • If you check out our Zine Making 101 page there’s a link to a “Make This Zine” mini zine followed by a mini zine template 🙂

      Zine Making 101

      • Thanks, I’ve read all that on Zine Making 101. I don’t plenty of research about zines before making my first zine. I’m familiar with a lot of stuff since I use to publish newsletters back in the 8o’s. The research was very helpful, as I am a little rusty since it’s been so many years since I did the newsletters. I’m a hands-on kind of person.…[Read more]

  • Joan Crasten posted an update 3 months ago

    I finished my first zine today, yeah! Now I just need to take some decent pictures of it, so I can show it off.
    It\’s called \”Crazy Callie\” and it\’s a photo zine all about my crazy cat.

  • True Olivia, an ISBN is a good idea too. I never even thought of that. Does it cost any money to get an ISBN?

  • I just found this post here about copyrights. Back in the 1980’s I use to publish newsletters. I did have one copy of one of my issues copyrighted, I forget how much it costs back then to do so. It probably costs more nowadays.

    Well, there is a cheaper way to copyright it yourself. For one thing don’t forget to date it, and mail a copy to…[Read more]

  • Joan Crasten posted an update 3 months ago

    I am finally working on my first zine. Yeah! Hope to finish it real soon. I want to put it up for sale in my Etsy shop JLCPublications.

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