How to make mini-comics, my guide to cutting and folding an 8 page zine.

First off, thanks to everyone who’s helped support my Kickstarter project to Make 100 Risographed Mini-Comics!

It’s my hope that this project inspires others to make mini-comics and zines of their own. To that end, I’ve made my guide on “How To Make a Mini-Comic” freely downloadable so you can print it at home and fold it yourself. Spoiler alert, this comic is one of the 8 mini-comics in my Make 100 project.

click here to print your own mini-comic template

The comic is copyright-free! Feel free to print it out and use it how you wish. Hopefully it will inspire you to make mini-comics of your own. I’d love to see what you end up creating!

This project ends in just 14 days. Please help spread the word so we can reach the goal. Thanks!

 

New Kickstarter launched: Make 100 Risographed Mini-Comics

For 2017’s 24 Hour Comic Day I decided to make 8 mini-comics, instead of one 24 page comic. The project turned out so well that I’ve launched a Kickstarter to make a limited run of all 8 comics as a set. The project has already been selected as one of Kickstarter’s “Projects We Love” and will be included in their list of Make 100 projects throughout January.

The final prints will be made on a vintage Risograph printer and only 100 sets will be made (plus any extras from the $32 level). Please check it out and consider helping support the project.

 

Make your own yo-yo string

After sharing my review of Spool Thread Co’s yo-yo string last week, I’ve really been diving into the world of yo-yo string. After watching Airetic String’s tutorials on how to make your own yo-yo string, I decided to give it a shot myself.

Here’s a brief recap of the string making process:
Tools:

Steps:

  • Tie the thread to a bolt, then set up a drill about 10-12 feet away.
  • Walk the thread from the bolt to the drill, then back again a few times (this requires experimentation, but try starting with 6 or 7 passes).
  • Keeping the string tight, start spinning the drill clockwise. The string should start to tighten up a bit. Keep spinning until the twisted string has shortened by a foot or two.
  • Keeping the string tight, fold it in half so the two ends are now joined. What used to be the center of the string should now get connected to the drill.
  • Reverse the drill’s spin so it goes counterclockwise, then spill the string to let it twist back on itself. The string should start to get longer again. Keep spinning until the twisted string stops lengthening and begins to shorten again.
  • The part nearest the drill is now where the yo-yo will go. Measure the string from there to the length you want it, tie it off and cut off the excess.
 

Another 24 Hour Comic Day finished… now what?

I spent yet another weekend making my twelfth 24 Hour Comic Book for 24hr Comic Book Day 2017. The usual goal is to make a 24 page comic in 24 consecutive hours, but this year I decided to make a bunch of mini-comics instead. I managed to get 8 finished during the 24 hour period and I think they look fantastic. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them though. One thought was to do a limited run of risograph prints of all 8 comics and sell them through Kickstarter. Another idea would be to sell them as an assemble-yr-own-mini-comics set, which would be good for me because cutting and folding each of these comics is going to be really time consuming.

Here’s a timelapse of me drawing this year’s batch of #24hcd comics at Mission Comic’s and Art.

The Bay City Beacon also wrote this story about our 24 Hour Comic Book Day challenge and Mission Comics. I also made some 24hcd bingo cards! If anyone is interested in printing those for your event, you can download them here (or here).