I made my first zine when I was 8 years old.
Seriously. It was a not-for-profit publication with a small circulation, entirely self-published, and hand-written and -drawn.
My brother (who was 6 years old) and I, not being aware of zine culture at that time, called it a "newspaper". It had some writing (done by me), some drawing (done by me and my brother), and an advertisement (also done by us).
We created the advertiser ourselves. It was called "Boop Drink", a mixture of lime and grape juices. We made the drink in our kitchen, then plugged it shamelessly through a full-page ad on the back of the newspaper, and tried to get our parents to buy it and drink it. They did.
Successful advertising and a family publishing dynasty — yeah!
The next zine I made was in college. I became art director/cartoonist of a new humor magazine. Here's a step-by-step of our publication process:
1. After weeks of procrastinating, we staff members would pull an all-nighter in the computer center, station ourselves on as many Macs as we could snag, dose up on double-stuff Oreos and Coca-Cola, and write and draw and giggle and yawn and drink more soda and write and draw some more until the sun came up. Our deadline — 8AM, when the campus photocopy center opened.
2. As day broke, we'd squeeze the last bit of glue out of our glue sticks while laying out our publication. Once completed, our fearless leader/editor would drop off our "original" with instructions to photocopy it, double-sided, and to put a staple in the upper left-hand corner of each issue. Then we'd head off to class. (Sleep? That arrived after the sugar, caffeine and adrenaline left our systems.)
3. In a few days, we'd have 500 free copies to distribute throughout dorms, academic buildings and the student center. We'd drop these off in locations ourselves.
We worked on this publication, which closed when all of us graduated, for three giddy, caffeinated years. I still miss that intensely creative and silly time. Anything completely ridiculous was possible.
So when I saw this (thanks, Smith!), I had to share it. I've now added "making a zine" to my long list of still-to-do projects.
One glorious day, I now know I'll make another zine. I'll post when I do.