Your zine does not have to be "good"
Once Sivick realized he could take pressure off himself, zine-making became a fun activity. "If you're anxious and nervous about it, I think you should just, like, let it go," he says. "Because there's no one to impress right now except yourself." Claire Carusillo, who was inspired to make a zine by Alpern, takes that freedom one step further. "I [have] often found a lot of humor in the aesthetic of things being bad on purpose," she says. "I think that this has been a really great opportunity for me to do things poorly on purpose and not fix them because I don't have the resources." Carusillo turned to zines after she abandoned a bigger creative project: She had printed out over 200 pages of the book she's been working on with the idea of editing by hand. It went untouched. Instead, she started cutting out sentences for her "fashion magazine," she named "Clovid-28," a pun on her name, age, and the virus that's dominating conversation right now. Her mixed media work involves construction paper, Crayola washables, an issue of Closer magazine, and at one point, a tea bag. One section was dedicated to lessons she learned from listening to the audio book of Jessica Simpson's memoir and she wanted to visualize all the metaphorical tea that Simpson spilled. It got a little messy.