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Post by RITH » Thu Feb 02, 2012 1:02 pm

Dear anorak,

I'm in the process of making a new printed pop fanzine (my first!), and I'd like your help. The theme of issue #1 is 'happiness', and I'd like to include some of your happiness too, if you'll let me.

If you want to be so friendly to help me, could you answer the three questions below and PM your answers to me? Short answers are fine, but a few words to explain would be even nicer. Please include your full name, the city you live in, and if you do, what band you play in. I'll assume I have your permission to put your answers and personal information in the zine, unless you tell me differently (but in that case you probably wouldn't have PM-ed me, right?).

Please PM me within the next two weeks to make sure your answers are included.

1. What song never fails to makes you happy (and why)?
2. What song makes you go all silly and ecstatic on the dancefloor?
3. What music reminds you of a very happy moment in your life (and why)?

I also sent out some requests to people I admire to write a little bit about a happy experience. If you feel inspired to share one of your memories or stories in this zine, please let me know. It'd be preferable if it's somehow music-related, but anything could be fine.

There'll be interviews (Kids On A Crime Spree, Cassolette, Girls Names, WeePOP! and more) and stuff like that as well of course. It's meant to be a music zine, after all.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Dennis
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Re: New fanzine 'Candy Twist': contributions wanted!

Post by RITH » Fri Feb 03, 2012 4:52 pm

What's a good way to figure out the right pagenumbers for a fanzine? I was thinking of just using Word (landscape) in combination with Photoshop, but I already see I need to be quite creative with figuring out which text goes where.

There's always scissors and glue, of course.

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Post by humblebee » Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:20 pm

RITH wrote:What's a good way to figure out the right pagenumbers for a fanzine? I was thinking of just using Word (landscape) in combination with Photoshop, but I already see I need to be quite creative with figuring out which text goes where.

There's always scissors and glue, of course.
I was umm-ing and ah-ing about this the other year when I did Bye Bye, Duffel Boy. It was easy enough making a flatplan (cos I used to be a magazine editor), but then there's the bit where you have to figure out which two pages have to be printed on the back of which other two pages (when you're a magazine editor you leave that bit to the printers!).

In the end I had to make a little mini pretend version of the physical zine by folding some sheets of paper together and writing numbers on them all with a biro. Possibly not my finest hour intellectually.

This sounds dead good anyway, Dennis! I'll try and get something over to you for it.

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Post by leon » Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:23 pm

With our No Hands zine, we just print on both sides of A3 and fold it down twice to A5, but I realise that approach only works for little zines like ours, where we end up with 8 pages of A5.
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Post by tonieee » Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:34 pm

I have a script for linux that will take a normal pdf and send it to the printer as an A5 booklet with all the page orderings worked out so all you need to do is fold it in half and put a staple in it. I'm sure there must be similar things for Windows/Macs too.

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Post by crystalball » Fri Feb 03, 2012 7:44 pm

RITH wrote:What's a good way to figure out the right pagenumbers for a fanzine? I was thinking of just using Word (landscape) in combination with Photoshop, but I already see I need to be quite creative with figuring out which text goes where.

There's always scissors and glue, of course.
Do as Pete did for figuring out the pagination, Dennis! It's the easiest way, I reckon, and it'll remind you of being eight. And then you can create pages on Photoshop, say, and drop the text and images accordingly. It's amazing how mind-boggling that process is. And I've been working in publishing for 13 years.

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Post by RITH » Fri Feb 03, 2012 8:45 pm

crystalball wrote:Do as Pete did for figuring out the pagination, Dennis! It's the easiest way, I reckon, and it'll remind you of being eight. And then you can create pages on Photoshop, say, and drop the text and images accordingly. It's amazing how mind-boggling that process is. And I've been working in publishing for 13 years.
I'll probably go for that, yes. Thanks guys! First I'll get all my pieces together and start worrying about this again after all that's done. I'll have some time alone in the house these next weeks, so I can make a nice mess.

Keep those answers coming to my three questions in the first post by the way. I got almost nothing so far (thanks to who did answer though!).

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Post by RITH » Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:11 am

humblebee wrote:I was umm-ing and ah-ing about this the other year when I did Bye Bye, Duffel Boy. It was easy enough making a flatplan (cos I used to be a magazine editor), but then there's the bit where you have to figure out which two pages have to be printed on the back of which other two pages (when you're a magazine editor you leave that bit to the printers!).

In the end I had to make a little mini pretend version of the physical zine by folding some sheets of paper together and writing numbers on them all with a biro. Possibly not my finest hour intellectually.
You know, this way it's actually quite easy:
Microsoft help website wrote:Start a new, blank document.
On the File menu, click Page Setup, and then click the Margins tab.
In the Multiple pages list, select Book fold.
If your document is not set to landscape orientation, Microsoft Word sets it to landscape.

In the Inside and Outside boxes, type or select the amount of space you want for the inside and outside margins (margin: The blank space outside the printing area on a page.).
If you need even more space along the fold to accommodate binding, type or select the amount of space you want in the Gutter box.

In the Sheets per booklet list, select the number of pages you want to include in a single booklet.
If the number of pages in the document exceeds the number of pages you select for a booklet, Word prints the document as multiple booklets.

Select any other options you want in the Page Setup dialog box.
Add text, graphics, headers or footers (header and footer: A header, which can consist of text or graphics, appears at the top of every page in a section. A footer appears at the bottom of every page. Headers and footers often contain page numbers, chapter titles, dates, and author names.), and other elements to your document as usual
It works perfectly. You can even change an existing document to this setup.
The only problem is that the max amount of pages is 40, and I'll most probably go over that.

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Post by RITH » Thu Feb 09, 2012 7:34 pm

A website:

http://candytwistfanzine.blogspot.com

And a preview:

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I'm home alone for a couple of weeks, so I have to use my time wisely: lots of hours of fiddling around on the internet!

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Post by roundbitsofplastic » Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:53 am

WANT ZINE.

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Post by RITH » Tue Feb 14, 2012 5:27 pm

This issue will now also MOST LIKELY include an interview with Trixie's Big Red Motorbike. I'm quite excited!

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Post by crystalball » Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:23 pm

Yay!

Dennis, is it too late to send you something? Only it's been a crazy time here and I haven't had a chance to finish (or even look at) the thing I started writing last week.

I'm looking forward to it, anyway. Let us know if you'd like us to have copies to sell at popshows over here.

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Post by RITH » Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:31 pm

crystalball wrote:Dennis, is it too late to send you something?
Not at all! That would be lovely. The zine is going to be a little bit top heavy on interviews, it seems. I could easily make two issues with those. But it still really needs some lovely writing about... stuff.
crystalball wrote:I'm looking forward to it, anyway. Let us know if you'd like us to have copies to sell at popshows over here.
Thanks! I will.

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Post by RITH » Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:08 pm

For everyone still considering to contribute: deadline for issue #1 is this Friday the 24th.

Interviews for this issue:
Cuffs
Trixie's Big Red Motorbike
Colour Me Wednesday
Dear Marje
Kids On A Crime Spree
Knickers
Cassolette
WeePOP!
Catnaps
Joyride!


and maybe more!

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Post by RITH » Fri Feb 24, 2012 6:26 am

RITH wrote:For everyone still considering to contribute: deadline for issue #1 is this Friday the 24th.
Deadline Day!

I should have this all finished over the weekend, so that the first copies can be printed on Monday and fly away on Tuesday.

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Post by linus » Fri Feb 24, 2012 7:55 am

ah! does that mean I've missed the deadline or I still have some hours grace remaining?

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Post by RITH » Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:31 am

a fog of ideas wrote:ah! does that mean I've missed the deadline or I still have some hours grace remaining?
You have the whole day! I want to work on the final layout and things like that this weekend.

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Post by RITH » Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:30 pm

...and all done! Now comes the time to start being insecure about everything I wrote and did.

On my old kitchen scale these 76 pages are exactly 100 grams, which is the turning point for shipping costs. I hope it will stay under, because that will save you some euro's. Mass printing ((the first?) 20 copies, I think) will start tomorrow!

Candy Twist #1 will be € 0,50 + shipping costs. Hopefully I can let you know tomorrow.

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Post by Outcognito » Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:04 pm

RITH wrote:...and all done! Now comes the time to start being insecure about everything I wrote and did.

On my old kitchen scale these 76 pages are exactly 100 grams, which is the turning point for shipping costs. I hope it will stay under, because that will save you some euro's. Mass printing ((the first?) 20 copies, I think) will start tomorrow!

Candy Twist #1 will be € 0,50 + shipping costs. Hopefully I can let you know tomorrow.
Wow - quick work, Dennis!
It's so easy when the door is wide open.

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Post by RITH » Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:56 pm

I (optimistically) printed 50 of these today, now in the middle of an evening of folding and stapling. Pfff, what a job! 20 done, 30 to go.
Up for orders tomorrow after I weighed one at the post office to determine shipping costs.

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