Kari Tervo

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  • #576

    Kari Tervo
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    Hey there, how awesome that you are putting together a zine course! I’m down to be interviewed. If you’d like to know more about me, check out my Zine Wiki page: http://zinewiki.com/Kari_Tervo

    #487

    Kari Tervo
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    One thing to remember about zine fests is that, absent some snooty cliquey people, many zinesters are from marginalized communities or loners or socially awkward in some way. It’s a triumph of social will for many of us to attend and table at zine fests. So, don’t worry too much about what anyone is thinking of you–many people are feeling awkward and in the spotlight themselves. It’s great that you are putting yourself out there in the first place.

    As for trades, if you see a zine you might like to trade for, show the creator your zine and say, “Hi, my zine is about x, y, z. Your zine seems like something I’d be into, and I’m wondering if you might like to trade yours for this one.” Some people are enthusiastic and go for it right away (that’s typically me!). Some people are reluctant, but say yes. Some people refuse politely. Some people are downright bitchy, but it has nothing to do with you.

    No matter the reaction, you haven’t done anything wrong for trying. Most likely, you’ll end up with a nice selection of trades. And if you have a few awkward moments, so what? You’ll see that awkward moments are just moments; the discomfort won’t kill you.

    A general tip for zine fests: Zine fests are very stimulating! They are loud, they are hot, they are crowded, and there’s a lot to look at. For some people, that over-stimulation can lead to anxiety, so prep with self-care in mind: bring snacks, water, and ear plugs. Layer your clothes so you don’t get too hot. If you feel your temperature rising, step out for a breather. If you feel stuck in too much conversation, say, “It’s been nice talking, I’m going to go check out some other stuff now.” It’s manageable if you have a plan in mind.

    Also, don’t forget: it’s okay to skip zine fests if you’re not into them. There’s plenty of trading, buying, and selling to be found through the mail and online. Maybe zine fests aren’t your thing. It’s okay. You rock for checking it out.

    #430

    Kari Tervo
    Participant

    I’m jazzed–er, countried?–to read this zine!

    #376

    Kari Tervo
    Participant

    If you want to upload a photo to this and there’s not already a link to it, here is Darkroomist’s handy how-to:

    “You can upload a photo in your activity stream (under your profile, activity). If you want to use an image elsewhere on the site you can right click an image uploaded this way and use that link in groups or forums.”

    #374

    Kari Tervo
    Participant

    Thanks! I hope someday there will be photo hosting capacity, but at least there’s a workaround for now.

    #242

    Kari Tervo
    Participant

    This is great. . .it’s definitely going in my zine review rotation!

    #241

    Kari Tervo
    Participant

    Razorcake is awesome. . .you’re right, they have so many different kinds of cool content, and there are little treasures throughout. I’m proud that my karaoke zine Local Vocals was reviewed in #101!

    #238

    Kari Tervo
    Participant

    I prefer the old-fashioned cut-and-paste because it’s more fun for me. It’s also easier–you can just fold your paper and paste things on in the order they’re going to be in, whereas when you use a program, you have to make sure you put the content in that non-intuitive order so it will print out right. I’ve used Scribus and GIMP and I find them valuable, but it partly turns zining into a techy thing, and that can be a bummer when things aren’t working. Plus for some of my zines, I have a bunch of random stuff that I would rather just paste on than spend time scanning and placing within a program. I tend to glue things on crooked, but I recently picked up a light panel, so I’ll see if that helps for my next one.

    Oh, and I’ve also used plain old Microsoft Word for layout for some of my shorter zines that have mostly text. It’s easy–you just insert text boxes and go wild.

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