Have You Thought About Publishing Your Own
With the National Zine Institute's
DIY Zine Course, you can now learn
how to self-publish from the comfort
of your living room, den or nook!No more reading People magazine for
me! Now I'm writing the stories.
Now I'm in control. Thanks for my new start in life NZI!
Brad Metzer, NZI Grad and publisher of Cinnamon Raisin
If you're like most people, you've considered
becoming a zinester at one time or another. And why not? Writing
and publishing your own magazine is a fascinating and potentially
lucrative hobby. It gives you a chance to be your own boss. To
set your own deadlines. To edit your own work and execute your
own layout. What other form of expression gives you the flexibility
to work in your spare time or pursue your dreams on a full-time
has a story to tell and the experiential material for zines is
everywhere. Few people are aware that there is a worldwide
dearth of viewpoints from overeducated people, from underemployed
people, from semi-affluent middle-class heterosexual people and
from white people, especially males. Quality culture is in-demand,
and the desktop publishing revolution, coupled with information
technology, has made creating and disseminating intellectual
property easier than ever before.
Sharing your thoughts,
opinions, ideas and artwork with others means you'll never have
to sprawl deadbeat on a couch watching boring re-runs again.
You'll be shaping your own destiny while gaining valuable self-confidence.
The proliferation of speciality magazines, coupled with the rapid
expansion of content delivery technologies have helped to create
an unsatiable appetite for edgy and/or groundbreaking music,
writing and imagery. Culture is being subsumed faster than ever
before, creating unprecedented opportunities for zinesters to
showcase their work to a financially appreciative audience.
If you fear your
experiences are too mundane, or your ideas too tired, you're
worrying needlessly. If you've ever had a bad job, or if you
like weird music, politics or art, or if you have a wacky hobby
or if you've taught English overseas, or if you worship unusual
people, places and things or if you've ever had the label of
"slacker" or "Xer" used to describe your
lifestyle, then you've got the seeds of a zine that are eagerly
awaiting the opportunity to blossom. Isn't it time you joined
the booming culture industry that's easy to learn and fun to
If showcasing your
talent on the world stage sounds exciting, then contact the National
Zine Institute. Our shortcut training will show you how to
mould raw potential into a finished product with less time, trouble
and money than you might think. Our DIY Zine Course includes
six volumes of our award winning instructional "how-to"
books, plus a 90 minute motivational video, all for the low,
low price of three installments of $29.99, a figure which includes
shipping, handling and all applicable taxes. And for a limited
time, those ordering the course will have an opportunity to purchase
a Zine Machine at 40% off the suggested retail price.
Our books will
teach you typesetting, cut and paste (both digital and manual)
and editing PLUS full training in distribution and marketing.
We provide profiles of successful publishers that inform and
inspire. We provide the "eye of newt" needed to make
"classic" topics like anarchism sparkle anew. We'll
teach you to convincingly describe the life of a temp and the
crass indignity of having to earn a living like everyone else.
You'll learn the hottest skills in independent culture from the
top zine industry leaders. Over two million zines have already
been sold and demand continues to grow. Just ask Paul Lukas,
author of the wildly popular zine Beer Frame. "I used to
sweat over a hot Xerox machine at Kinko's at 3 am and now I'm
in Spin Magazine! And I had a book of my writing published! And
I'm on CNN!! Open your mind to the possibilities of zinedom."
There's never been
a better time to produce zines than right now! People are so
desperate for zines that they're willing to mail concealed cash
to complete strangers to get them! The NZI can get you in on
the action with convenient and effective at home training. Our
DIY course delves deep into all aspects of research methods,
zine theory, sociology, psychology, epistemology and philosophy,
that will ensure that your zine education is well rounded and
Still not convinced
that zines are right for you? Never heard the word before today?
Then allow the NZI to help you make an informed decision. Simply
fill out the coupon on this page to receive Volume One: The
Wonderfully Crazy World of Zines absolutely free! Discover
for yourself how exciting the world of self-publishing can be.
Volume One contains a 100 page look into tomorrow and outlines
the possibilities for a big new future for yourself.
Once you're ready
to take the DIY plunge, phone our toll free number and we'll
send you another volume every other month until you receive the
complete set. These books will provide an in-depth focus on every
aspect of zines imaginable. We've left no stone unturned in our
efforts to present up to the minute information and crucial shortcuts.
Our books are full of easy to follow instructions and clear,
full colour diagrams that will ensure that anyone can
do a zine. If you can write a complete sentence, or draw a smiley
face freehand, you're well on your way to a future in self-publishing.
Competing books and magazines like Re/Search, the Chip Rowe Reader,
the Zine Guide and Broken Pencil provide limited resources and
questionable inspiration. Only the NZI will tell you how to avoid
paper cuts and navigate the dangers of the industrial stapler.
no risk or commitmentyou can cancel at any time, and each
volume comes with a 14-day, money back guarantee. Still undecided?
Here's a quick look at the other volumes you'll receive on the
way towards Do-It-Yourself heaven.
Volume Two: The
Business of Do-It-Yourself, provides a primer on the various
zine styles and topics and will help you acquire street cred
within days, not months. Learn about Riotgrrl and Queer culture.
Learn about personal zines and their glorification of minutiae
and discover how mundane is too mundane. Learn about zines that
contain artwork and text that refuses to follow any recognizable
narrative or purpose. Learn about independent comics like Hate,
Optic Nerve, Eightball, Acme Novelty Library and 19 other vital
underground comics that no one actually reads or buys but always
name checks. Discover how to dissect pop culture, independent
films, pirate radio, thrift store fashion and antiquated technology.
As well, you'll
learn about the behind-the-scenes machinations of the corporate
culture mavens. In the Four Steps Toward Achieving Nirvana
chapter, we'll show you how and why the mainstream takes genuine
rebellion and authentic street trends and strips them of all
context and meaning in an attempt to bleed dry "disenfranchised"
suburban youth. You'll learn how to spot trends that won't ignite
for a months or a few years a staple trait of the cool
and hip zine writerand how to spot decayed goods. Honing
your Zeitgeist antennae will ensure that you'll know when to
get on the bandwagon and when to leap towards safety.
Volume Three: Corrective
Ideology and Revolutionary Thought, explores the lifestyle
choices that are often part and parcel of the zinester mystique.
Did you know that some people who do zines don't eat meat?
It sounds crazy, but it's true. Some zinesters don't eat dairy
products either! They're called vegans. These and many other
outrageous "alternative lifestyles" are explored in
detail in this volume plus a crash course in indie and underground
culture including Schwa, SubGenius, Negativland Vs. U2, The Baffler,
Robert Dupree (KOOL Man) Vs. Craphound, Ben is Dead Vs. R. Seth
Friedman, Burning Man, Joey Skaggs, the Cacophony society, William
S. Burroughs (pre-Nike ad era), Dishwater Pete fooling David
Letterman, Andre The Giant Has a Posse, Jack Chick pamphlets,
culture jamming, piercings, tattoos, branding, Bob Flanagan,
Mike Diana, Critical Mass, Food Not Bombs, hemp wonderful,
magical, environmental, parachute making hemp workplace
sabotage, conspiracy theories and Radio Free America. Plus a
special section on the zine Answer Me! featuring four good and
five great reasons to hate Jim Goad.
Volume Four: Music
You Might Never Have Heard of Otherwise, explores the albums
and limited edition red vinyl split-seven inches that aren't
found in Walmart or Columbia record house catalogues. Learn about
indie-rock, including Pavement lore, Sebadoh myths and mythology
and a retrospective on living legend and alt-rock angel Steve
Albini. Learn to pepper your speech with obscure bands without
sounding awkward or ignorant. Learn which Guided By Voices albums
are actually worth owning it's fewer than you might think!
Learn how to get a passing grade in math rock. Discover the eight
noble truths of the holier-than-thou lifestyle. Learn to unlock
the secrets of post-rock with the least amount of pain possible
and make Stereolab and Tortoise less grating.
the non-indie rock world of exotica, swing, musical oddities
and non-traditional musical formats, such as eight track cassettes.
Volume Five, Design
Through Re-Integration, teaches you how to "borrow"
layout ideas and copyrighted images and make them your own. We
delve into the controversial question: "Is it ever possible
to use too much 'ironic' imagery from the 50s and 60s?"
We also examine Raygun magazine to try and answer the question:
"How unreadable is hip? How unreadable is annoying?"
and perplexing multitude of fonts will be made understandable
in our Font-tasia chapter. Which are the "good"
and "cool" fonts? Which fonts are overused? What is
the maximum number of fonts you should use per page? Per issue?
Learn how to make typography work for you.
In the Punker
Than Your Mother chapter, we'll examine Punk Planet versus
Maximum Rock and Roll and every other punk zine as we debate
the merits of legibility vs. illegibility. While poor Xerox technique
may look easy, making a zine look truly ghastly is tough. As
well, learn the paradox of Cometbus too smart to be punk,
too punk to care. Discover how to write about punk without alienating
others with your intelligence and insight. Learn to spot the
six kind of punk scenes and determine which one will best complement
your lifestyle and aspirations.
Six, Nitpicking Your Way To Glory, examines the dangers
surrounding distribution, selling out, and the proper pronunciation
of the word "zine." It also examines that darn apostrophe
in a chapter entitled, Zine Vs. 'Zine. Learn the fine
art of shameless promotion how much is too much? Also
provided is a twelve point diagnostic checklist to determine
if someone or something has sold out.
As well, learn
all about small press and zine fairswhat to wear, how to
decorate your table and how to sell your zines to seemingly disinterested
Zine Machine pictured here is able to precision craft over 12
zines an hour. It requires little maintenance while providing
the highest quality output for its size and price range. The
Zine Machine guarantees you years of self-publishing enjoyment
for only pennies a page!|
But your education won't end with mere books.
Our videotape, Leaping the Hurdles features the NZI's
patented "Take Action" motivational system that will
inspire hesitant novices of all shapes and size. This high grade
VHS tape is sent the moment you phone our toll free number and
order our revolutionary system. This audio-visual guide contains
daily affirmations that will teach you how to master the art
of self-encouragement and self-discipline. The video is hosted
by Ben is Dead publisher Darby Romeo who has distilled her 10
years of publishing experience and confidence into mantras such
- I will finish this issue on time, even if that means
getting out of bed before noon.
- I will not extend my self-imposed deadline by more
than two days at a time.
- I will work on my zine during company time. I will
abuse the office photocopier, fax machine, computer, stapler,
laser printer and whatnot to produce my zine.
- I will try to leave my apartment today.
- I will kiss a girl or boy before I turn 21.
After you've completed your theory and practicum,
you'll be itching to hit the start button on a photocopier and
inhale the aroma of freshly minted pages. But if you live in
a small town, or if you dislike facing the hassle of crowded
copy centres staffed by bored cashiers wearing minimum wage smiles,
then consider purchasing the final piece of the self-publishing
puzzle our patented Zine Machine. Made in the USA
of stainless steel and graphite, this precision instrument will
give you years of service. Competitively priced at $225, this
investment will rapidly pay for itself.NZI: Putting the "you" in
Remember, the NZI
commitment to your education is an ongoing one. It doesn't end
when we cash your cheque or debit your credit card. Our website
and 24 hour telephone support staff mean your questions and problems
won't go unanswered. We want to help you succeed today and tomorrow.
With the recent
death of zine bible Factsheet Five, who can you turn to for guidance
and support? Who can show you how to understand the demographic
profile of your zine readership? How can you be assured that
your zine will get the right reviews, be reprinted in the right
magazines and attain its full potential? Only the NZI can make
Do-It-Yourself since 1989
This advertisement originally appeared in
Ryan Bigge's "127 Days to Live." Email
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