Electric Zine Maker

Electric Zine Maker and zine jam

Electric Zine Maker is a super awesome new tool for making zines of all kinds, but especially printable mini-zines! It is one of the most unique looking tools out there, with an interface that proudly screams early 90s internet weirdness and delights in secrets and strange features. It was created by developer Nathalie Lawhead, and to celebrate its launch, she held the Electric Zine Jam on itch.io at the end of June.

Itch.io is a platform for indie devs to host their creations. These are often video games, but really many different kinds of interactive art are hosted there. Sometimes a developer will host a jam, a type of contest or event where people create works from scratch in a short time frame following some kind of theme or restriction. The most popular type of jam is a game jam, but you can have a jam for anything! There were some amazing zines made for the Electric ZIne Jam, below are a couple of highlights:

how to remember how to be human

how to remember how to be human

How to remember how to be human is a reflective mini-zine about taking care of yourself, and how this whole worldwide lockdown has been a good moment to realign for some folks.

 

This Cat has Many Bones

This Cat has Many Bones

There are actually two little mini-zines here, This Cat has Many Bones is a surreal cosmic horror/cute story with really awesome drawings.

 

This Old Lady

This Old Lady

A dreamy mini-zine made from pictures found in a box of a once young lady’s life from 1929-1936. In French and in English.

 

comfy channels to relax and go to bed to zine

comfy channels to relax and go to bed to zine

This mini-zine highlights some really chill and relaxing YouTube channels to unwind to. Most of the channels featured are slow, methodical crafts presented without much commentary, but Jelle’s Marble Runs also gets a shoutout too!

 

If you make a page with the Electric Zine Maker you should consider submitting it to the Library’s Community Quaranzine!

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Want to contribute to the next volume?

Send your art and thoughts in the form of an 8.5” x 5.5” page of words or images, a photograph or an image, or about 250 words about something. Recipes, pictures, fun projects, and more––all ideas that highlight the community and uplift voices are encouraged and welcome!

Please reach out to quaranzine [at] mcpl.info with any questions or entries. Submissions for the fourth volume will be accepted through August 29. Submissions will be compiled and posted to this site by early September.