DO SOMETHING ZINE #2: $3, 8” x 5 ½”, photocopied, 52 pgs.

Jul 21, 2011

A DIY how-to manual. The concept is a noble one: sharing specialized skills that some readers may not have knowledge about, though in 2011 anyone who is purchasing a zine either has access to a computer or access to the plethora of DIY books that have been published. If you want to know how to make a zine, you should just pick up Stolen Sharpie Revolution from Alex Wrekk. While Stolen Sharpie is extensive in detailing page numeration and includes notes for further reading, Do Something Zinemerely tells a prospective zine writer to think about what they want to write, then write and print it. In “How to Book a Show,” the prospective booker is told to find a band, get the arrangements in writing (though it’s unclear what these arrangements are. What’s a legit guarantee? What’s a legit split for the door?), and lastly, buy the band beer and let them stay at your place. The most detailed part of this section is the ratio of cases of beer to cases of bottled water you should provide for the band (1:1, by the way). My point is not that no one should try because people have done it all before, it’s that there’s no reason to start from scratch when it comes to education. This isn’t creativity we’re talking about, it’s information. In fact, the only way this project would be redeemable is if it was creative with an individual perspective. –