We started to collect, improve, re-edit and translate some of the zines that have been made over the years in the global hackteria network and friends. Thx for sending your most recent versions! @marymaggic, @paulapin24, @Aga, @agryfp_hack, @citrakirana.eli
So much nice material has already been produced, but sometimes hard to find on all those wiki’s, websites, gdrives or wherever they or on our old hard-discs. Following up on the discussion on archiving with @agryfp_hack and their examples of zines from fermentlab. let’s look at suitable file formats and how to archive them.
From what i learned now, it’s useful to make 2 versions of a fanzine:
Original Version, Page by Page
This can be easily looked at and read on screen, printed “normally” single sided if needed. Pages are ordered and numbered helps. Also this should be the “Main” origianl for later re-edits. Page format single side A5. Print tests for checking readability and font size. On Linux you can use Scribus or basic word processors.
Printable booklet, double sided, short edge
While some professional printers have directly an option to brint a “normal” file as a booklet, it’s also nice to provide a “ready-to-print” version as “Foldable Booklet” format. This can be totally confusing if you try to make it yourself. See info for example here. Luckily i just found a script to run on Ubuntu/Linux that can do it for you! When creating the double sided, double page per sheet version you have to choose “short-side”, which you will ALSO have to choose on the printer. Best to add this to the filename directly.
Optional: Dedicated Cover sheet, single sided
Could be nice to have an additional file only to use as cover. Can be the same as the first and last page of the zine. Can be printed on thicker or coloured paper, and to save some printing cost, maybe only this front cover can be printed in color (if needed at all). Even if you use a dedicated Cover Sheet, make sure the front cover is still also part of the files above! If you want to combine a complete file with a single Cover sheet, you have to add “empty” pages as the second page and the page before the back cover.
Scanning old hand-made fanzines
Another thing i just learned, that it’s best if you want to scan an old hard-copy printed fanzine, that you scan it page per page, as single linearly ordered pages. (Dont’ scan the double page or you will have to re-cut and edit a lot later)
Tools and Tips
Arranging pages from Original Pages to foldable Booklet with “pdfbook2” on Ubunutu
pdfbook2 ./out.pdf --short-edge --resolution=300 --outer-margin=0 --inner-margin=30 --top-margin=0 --bottom-margin=0
Resizing .pdf using “shrinkpdf” using Linux Ghostscript
General Info on making Zines with Open Source Tools
Currently Available in the Oki Wonder Library
- Complete series of FermentLab - Strassbourg. Available on Archive.org
- From Biopolitic to BioTransLab, english by @paulapin24. Available on??
- Estrozine 1.1 and Xeno Waters by @marymaggic. Available on??
- Gential Panic @marymaggic
- Minimal version for Indonesian Book Nata de Coco. Scanned by @dusjagr, translations coming soon. Available on hackteria wiki
- DIY microscope chapter from the book “Home Made Bio Electronic Arts”. Available on hackteria wiki.
- Cheese & CRISPR zine, in Japanese from the Workshop at BioClub Tokyo. Available on hackteria blog.
- Leaked version of “Bioplastics Cook Book” by Margaret Dunne FabTextiles. Screenshot and edited for print. @dusjagr. Available on ??
- Andy Quitmeyer’s amazing work and zines on Digital Naturalism. See all his publications on his website
- Booklets by (Art)ScienceBLR for download here
- Amazing [foodphreaking books](http://www.foodphreaking.com/ 1) by Center for Genomic Gastronomy
- Make central wiki page to collect and describe all zines from the network
- Tested Once: put stuff on archive.org
- DONE: re-cut / edit Taxidermy Zine @miga
- In Progress: translate and add content to Nata de Coco Indo / Japanese Zine @squaresolid, @citrakirana.eli, @Take
- Let me know @dusjagr if i can help you editing / reordering your Original File into booklet on my Ubuntu machine