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Zine examples from UoP’s Zineopolis


A5, 8 page stapled book containing a collection of illustrations depicting humorous events and nonsense jokes. The zine contains hand drawn illustrations and type, printed with an inkjet printer on whit paper and glossy card for the cover.

This book is purely for the enjoyment of the reader, giving them something to read and laugh about. Nothing else. It is simple, quirky, humorous, crisp and clean and can be enjoyed by a variety of audiences. The bind has been considered as it does not affect the pages or the opening of the zine. Nice use of spot colour to emphasise a joke or a pun.
I chose to look at this zine as it shows how a zine can simply be used to spread joy and bring laughter into someones life and nothing more.

“He bought me  ANOTHER soda and he tried to molest me in the SAME parking lot AGAIN”

A5, 28 page saddle stitched book containing illustrated song lyrics that get stuck in your head all day. The zine contains hand drawn illustrations and type printed in black and white or colour on a laser printer. It has a textured and hand painted cover with end papers on the reverse.

I think this zine is beautiful and funny. Again it is purely for the enjoyment of the reader as it’s only purpose is to share funny illustrations and popular song quotes that everyone gets stuck in their head. The bind allows the zine to open easily and the size comfortably fits in your hand. The cover offers a different texture to the rest of the zine and adds to the fun. This shows that zines can be fun, a bit odd and a laugh. It doesn’t have to be a serious subject choice.

“Dead End Jobs”

20×20 cm, editioned zine containing illustrations of dead end jobs, paired with a “Dead end job Survival Kit”, which contains a miniature version of the zine, a wage slip, matchsticks to keep your eyes open, cotton balls to stick in your ears and paracetamol. The zine has hand drawn illustrations and type which have been screen printed in black and red onto thick and warm white paper.

I love the addition of the survival kit – adds something that you wouldn’t usually get in books. It is playful and imperfect, which I think sums up zines quite well. I love the thought of hand printing my own zines as I am very keen on printmaking, or even adding bits of prints to it. The use of red and black dot monotone throughout helps blend the artworks together (this is a collaboration) and is very engaging.

“Pick your nose”

A7, 6 page single sheet “foldy” bind containing a continuous illustration throughout all pages. It is entirely hand drawn and screen printed onto a piece of paper, which is then cut and folded to create a book. It is held in an opaque and fitted plastic covering.

I chose to look at this zine as a good and bad example of design. The bad is simply the plastic sleeve the zine is placed in; it is such a tight fit that it is difficult to remove the zine without tearing the stitches on the cover, which has unfortunately happened.
The good, however, is the clever design utilising a single illustration over 6 pages, a cover and a back cover. It is very small scaled, showing again that zines are not necessarily a specific size.


All of these zines are NOT my work and are part of the University of Portsmouth’s Zineopolis collection, found here   —->


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