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My name is Tristan Cruz but I go by @T_CRUX I am one of the publishers for the GRN+GLD zines that focus on art and music. I also make my own zines based on my pop culture mash-ups. Aside from making zines I also own a print shop in my garage where I help others make their zines come to life.

  • Please upload 2-5 images of your work.
  • Please upload 2-5 images of your work.
  • Please upload 2-5 images of your work.
  • Please upload 2-5 images of your work.
  • Please upload 2-5 images of your work.
What methods do you use to make your zine?
  • Handwritten/drawn
  • Cut-and-paste
  • Photocopying
  • Digital
What type of binding do you use for your zine(s)?
  • Folded
  • Stapled
  • Saddlestitched
When did you start making zines ... and why?

I started making zines around 2009, one of my art teachers in my class where I studied graphic design introduced me to laying out booklets. From there I started making mini zines of my artwork. Then around 2012 I linked up with a friend to work on the GRN+GLD zines. We are currently at volume 13.

What is your favorite part of making zines?

My favorite part of making zines is putting all the pieces together. I start off with no central theme, but once I have all the components to the zines, including cover page, articles, featured artist and a couple of layouts, thats when I have the most fun. Printing and seeing the final product is my favorite process. Having something tangible that people can pick up is what I like best.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to start making zines?

My advice is to not be critical and just have fun with it. Do something that you truly find interesting and just getting it started is the first step, before you know it you'll have a zine. Once you've made a couple zines you'll be able to see what works and what doesn't. Also make sure to make a mock-up of how its going to look when stapled and folded. You don't want to print 20 zines only to realize some of the pages are in the wrong order.