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$3, 4 ¼ X 5 , cardstock cover, newsprint, 96 pgs.

By todd
Friday, January 22 2010

This is a zine on how to make zines by Alex Wrekk, who has been doing Brainscan for some time now. It’s part conceptual; it’s part pragmatic. It’s all very helpful and definitely fulfills its promise in “documenting a subculture for educational purposes.” What’s also evident is that Alex is very concerned on being thrifty and cutting cost, not quality. There are tons of tidbits on how to make your very own paper, how to silkscreen your covers, and different ways to bind your zine beyond staples. She also has a Kinko’s scam that I’ve never heard of, but sounds intriguing. If you can get your hands on a high-powered magnet, you can reset their copy counter keys. Other sections of the zine do a good job of helping people new and old in the zine culture from avoiding some of the inevitable pitfalls. For instance, she explains why getting a PO Box is a great idea, how to set up distribution, and how to take rejection like a champ. At the end is a short, well done essay by Joe Biel on how to put out a DIY record. A very handy zine, indeed. –Todd (Alex Wrekk, PO Box 14332, Portland, OR, 97293)

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