Part One:Â Â Â For this assignment, you will create a â€œfanzineâ€ â€“ an amateur fan magazine dedicated to some interest, hobby, cause, or activity which you enjoy or are especially dedicated to.Â You will need to take the creation of your zine from concept to finished product, conceiving, planning, designing, writing, drawing, employing photos or clip art, and folding/stitching/stapling/pasting or whatever to complete the zine.Â While you may wish to use the topic about which you wrote in your in-class writing exercise, your zine can be about anything.
The finished zine should be 6-8 pages in length and contain approximately 250-300 words of written text.Â It should include visual depictions (drawings, photos, pasted images, doodles, decorations, etc.).Â Layout, words, design, colors, and materials are all up to you â€“ use whatever you need or want to make your zine unique.
Part Two:Â Â Â The second part of this project will be an accompanying paper, in which you discuss the reasoning behind the decisions you made in putting your zine together.Â You might, in this paper, explain why you chose the topic you did, or what you meant by your choice of images.Â You might address your concept of the ideal reader for your zine, or the relationship between the words and images youâ€™ve chosen.Â You may wish to explain what you feel was the most creative aspect of your zine, or what you would revise if you had the opportunity.Â The written portion of this project will allow you to explain the rationale for the many decisions you made as you created your zine.
The rationale should be 3-4 pages in length.Â The audience for your zine is your classmates, as well as at least one unknown stranger whom you imagine to be your ideal reader.Â The audience for your rationale paper is your instructor.
In the tradition of zine making, you would typically make your original zine, then photocopy it for others and leave it in strategic locations for others to pick up and read:Â the library, the bus stop, a social gathering area, a concert venue, a music store, etc.Â Though this is not a requirement of this assignment, I hope at least some of you honor that tradition!
Grading: Â Â Â Â You will receive a single grade for this project; that grade will include 40% credit for your actual zine, and 60% credit for your rationale paper. If you have any questions about the assignment or the process of creating a zine, please ask them before the project is due!
Guidelines for Completion:Â Â Â
Part One - The Zine: Â Â Â Â
1)Â Â Â Did you submit your zine in a pocket folder that includes both the zine itself and its accompanying rationale paper?Â Did you submit your zine on time?Â Did you participate in the rough draft writing workshop scheduled for the class meeting on Friday, February 26?
2)Â Â Â Does your zine include a title, and both words and images?Â Does it have one theme/angle/gist?Â How about a little attitude?
3)Â Â Â Does your zine have an ideal reader in mind, as well as the instructor as audience?
4)Â Â Â Is your zine 6-8 pages in length, with 250-300 words of written text? Â
Part Two - The Rationale Paper :
1)Â Â Â Was your rationale paper turned in with your zine, on time, and in the same pocket folder?
Â Â Â Â Â Â 2)Â Did you explain in your paper how you decided on your chosen theme or topic?
Â Â Â Â Â Â 3)Â Did you indicate how you imagined your ideal reader/readers?
4)Â Â Â Did you discuss your choice of images, as well as what you wanted your words to express or the tone you desired?
5)Â Â Â Did you explain your thinking behind at least one example of the text-image relationship in your zine?
6)Â Â Â Did you discuss other decisions you made in putting your zine together â€“ layout, format, design, etc.?
7)Â Â Â Did you write your rationale paper to me (instructor as audience), and is your paper 3-4 pages, double-spaced, in length?
8)Â Â Â Did you reflect on the kind of writing that appears in your zine and the kind of writing that appears in this paper
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