Does size really matter?

Does size really matter?
Even the most minuscule zines pack a punch
23 July 2012

With zines as long as I can read them no! I catalogued this little serial only 6 cm. high. Fez.

Fez

Fez

So small it has a hole punched at the top with a metal link through it. Perhaps if you have more issues you could attach them to a keychain so you don't lose them. One way to carry your reading matter around with you! This takes me back to my days in the Australian Monographs Unit where we receive all the books sent to the Library under legal deposit. Any books under 10 cm. were sent to the rare book stack, many of them children's books. I was reading: Miniature books : 4,000 years of tiny treasures / by Anne C. Bromer and Julian I. Edison We are using the European method of sizing, when it comes to deciding what is a miniature book. Mind you for small print a magnifying sheet would really be handy, and cause less strain on my eyes.  Yes I recently got my eyes checked and a new set of glasses, but some of these tiny treasures are still a challenge. Small zines or mini zines must be hard to construct. It really shows the editing skills and dexterity of zinesters to get these copies made. We even have one zine which came with its own magnifying glass called Why are you scratching? by Dudley Redhead. From one extreme to the other, we also do have some newspaper sized zines in our collection, but not many. One example is Overspray, which is 40 cm tall. Really whatever size your zine is have fun making and constucting them. Then do what zinesters are good at either exchanging zines or selling them at zine fairs or distros.