10 Illustrated Zines & Books to Collect This Fall!

Happy Fall to all of our blog followers! Check out these 10 illustrated zines and books to collect this fall! Every artist has contributed a blurb about their zine; some are simply for fun, others highly personal. Give them a look and maybe buy a few 🙂

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Elisha Rush | “Ghosts”

“I decided to create this zine as a way to get some creative people together to make something fun for Halloween one year. I love every piece of work that’s in it – poems, comics, photos, and so much more all submitted by creators from Appalachia. It was a fun project to introduce myself and many of my friends to zine making – I hope it inspires others to do the same!”

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Erika Rier | “In the Middle or the Beginning or Perhaps it was the End”

“In the Middle or the Beginning or Perhaps it was the End, is a zine that started first as a concept regarding the unique structure this booklet has. I wished to create a tall, narrow zine with many fold out pages which felt like a journey filled with hidden details to unfold. While designing the structure I found myself ruminating upon the nature of war, both modern and historical. Specifically, I found myself thinking about how our enemies often become our allies only to become our enemies again. I decided to tell this story through a band of girls who sets out on a journey in a wordless story. The girls stumble upon another band of girls and they fight. After the battle though, they make peace and their two bands become one, only to have the story begin again once the back cover is reached.”

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Charlotte Madison | “Alone (thank God)”

“Basically the zine was the final outcome from a uni project earlier this year. We could create a zine around any theme to do with social/cultural things, so I chose to do introverts in student culture, as I noticed living with other people my age that I was far more introverted than I thought. It was very much a emotion based project which I think fits well with the zine format. I also couldn’t find any zines that I could relate to in that sense, so it was nice to create something I could see myself in also.”

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10 Illustrated Zines to Collect This Fall! #zines #illustration

Lyndsey Green | “A to Z of Feliformia”

“My book “A to Z of Feliformia” was an idea that first began several years ago while I was studying illustration at university, and Kickstarter helped me to bring it to life. I’ve always loved alphabet books and I have a huge passion for animals. I really wanted to illustrate some of the more unusual animals that people may not have heard of whilst also raising awareness, as many of them are unfortunately endangered. I chose the animal group Feliformia (“cat-like” carnivores) as it includes a diverse range of carnivorans both small and large, which live in all kinds of habitats from tundra to desert. I think it’s fascinating looking at how these animals are related to one another, and it doesn’t just include the obvious cats such as lions and tigers but also animals you might not expect such as hyenas and mongooses! I was blown away by the support my book received on Kickstarter and delighted to be able to see it printed as a finished book.

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Kim Siew | “The Unbeknownst”

The Unbeknownst was brought about because I wanted a fun way for people to read a story. How they interact with the page is up to them. They can unfold it in a variety of ways, stand it up and create their own narrative. I really enjoy reading all sorts of story books – graphic novels, comics, children’s books – and since making zines I have enjoyed thinking about the form of the book as becoming part of the story also. My making process sometimes begins with a paragraph of my own that has popped into my head that will then lead me into making images, or sometimes it happens the other way around.” 

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Lucia Soto | “Home Away From Home”

“After 3 years living away from my family, I went back for a short break. What struck me most was the familiarity and strangeness of coming back to a place that you know so well but that at the same time somehow feels foreign. This made me think about the concept of ‘Home’ and how ambiguous it is, how much it’s linked to the people we love and the memories we cherish. I have lived in different places during my life, all these places are home to me and maybe someday I’ll find a new place to call home.

That’s the main theme of the zine. It’s set in London (UK) and Alicante (Spain), it features my little family, a few doggies and a recipe for vegan paella. It’s the most personal work I have ever done and I’m quite proud of it.

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Amanda from Close Call Studio | Tearable Zine Vol. 1 “Halloween Edition”

“Last fall I started “The Tearable Zine” as a monthly illustration challenge for myself plus a great opportunity to get back into bookmaking. I studied photography and bookmaking in college but have primarily worked in fiber art and illustration in my years since graduating. The zine ended up being a 6 month project with each month taking a different theme full of illustrated puns. October, aka Vol 1 is full of Halloween puns that are probably more cheesy than spooky. The zine is “tearable” because all the pages are perforated so they can be torn out and framed, colored in, gifted, whatever! It was a super fun passion project and an excuse to make some silly zines!” 

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Holly from Peppermint Pop UK | “Reasons Why Autumn is Great!”

“Summer’s great. It’s a time for holidays and adventures, sitting poolside drinking a cocktail (or three) or just enjoying the sunshine with a good book. So when the days start to turn cooler and the dark nights draw in, it can be a little sad knowing summer is over, which is why I made this zine. Summer may be drawing to a close, but that doesn’t meant the fun has to end. In my zine I point out some of the fun things autumn has to offer, from cozy clothes to drinking your weight in hot sugary drinks!”

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Katie Ravenscraig | “Place”

This zine is actually the first in a series I plan to make, collating the photographs I take whilst exploring new places. The next installments I am making are about my adventures in Japan and Spain. They are all going to be photo zines, showing snapshots, moments, and the feeling of a place.

Last year I had the fantastic opportunity to make work on an artists residency at Cleveland Print Room. They are a community photographic darkroom and gallery, and whilst there I worked on large scale black and white photogram pieces. A photogram is essentially a camera-less photograph. I really used my time there to explore experimental ways of using photography in my own work. I did, however, take a whole lot of normal photographs when exploring the Midwest! And I knew that when starting this series of zines I had to use these ones first.

Most of these are instant photographs, printed at their actual size. This informed the shape and size of the zine. It is printed in black and white to reflect the darkroom processes I was using at the time. It is hand bound, and I chose to use a semi transparent paper stock for the cover. Once you open it, the photograph underneath becomes clear. I wanted it to feel kind of like remembering a dream.

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Kristyna Baczynski | “Make Your Own Fun: A Zine About Making Zines”

I was running a zine workshop in 2016 and realized that everything I wanted to convey about the power and potential of zines just wouldn’t fit into two hours. So I put everything else into this zine and made copies for the workshop attendees to take away with them, so they could continue to explore the medium after the two hours were up.

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I included everything that I wished I knew when I started getting interested in self-publishing; a bit of history; enthusiasm and encouragement; technical help with formats, printing and binding; ideas for themes and content and also what to do with the zines once you’ve made them. I’m acutely aware that my own experience and view of zines is limited, so I included a lot of references to other great books on self-publishing perspectives in a ‘Lending Library’ section at the back. Zines are too big a subject to fit into a zine, but I tried!

My favourite thing about this zine is that people get in touch with me after they’ve bought a copy and show me the amazing things they’ve self-published. I love it.

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Artist Interview with Deborah Anne Corr from Modestly

Artist Interview with Deborah Anne Corr from Modestly - learn about her beautiful handmade books and ephemera projects. #handmadebooks #bookbinding #ephemera #mixedmediaart

“The conscious mind hungers for success and prestige. The unconscious mind hungers for those moments of transcendence, when the skull line disappears and we are lost in a challenge or a task —when a craftsman feels lost in his craft, when a naturalist feels at one with nature, when a believer feels at one with God’s love. That is what the unconscious mind hungers for. And many of us feel it in love when lovers feel fused.”

~David Brooks

Artist Interview with Deborah Anne Corr from Modestly - learn about her beautiful handmade books and ephemera projects. #handmadebooks #bookbinding #ephemera #mixedmediaart

It is my pleasure to introduce Deborah Anne Corr from the Modestly Etsy shop. Her artist book inspired by Joseph Cornell inspired me to then interview her for the blog. Please make sure to give her shop some love!

Can you tell me a little bit about your work making artist books and where you draw your inspiration? When did you learn how to make artist books?

The quest of living our lives well is the inevitable journey each individual must take. It is the perpetual drive to retain the mystery and magic in a world that is sometimes inhumane, hostile. Sometimes life becomes almost unbearable in the moment. I have struggled to maintain my equilibrium in different phases of mine – my early twenties working in a pressurized commercial environment, my early thirties becoming a parent, my early forties learning to live with the loss of a marriage and forging a new future.

Since I was a child I have had a curiosity about how to live well. To me this is the question that philosophy tries to answer. And philosophers are interesting, but so are poets and gurus, and business leaders. Curiosity is the spring board to doing something, whatever it may be, it is about the opportunity to dig deeper, to investigate. The process of making my books chose me really. I have loved mining the minds of past thinkers – and current ones too – I think in an attempt to understand more about how to be human. That seems strange, since being human should surely be the most natural of processes. I don’t find that, I find it discombobulating, I look at behavior to learn from it. I know now I am not alone in that feeling of alienation from my own species, and writers and artists taught me that. I learnt from my early life that being a career girl disassociated me from what is most important to me. So I stopped.

Artist Interview with Deborah Anne Corr from Modestly - learn about her beautiful handmade books and ephemera projects. #handmadebooks #bookbinding #ephemera #mixedmediaart
A special friend who shared a lot of life with me when we were young parents once handed me a present of a handmade blank folded book. That started me off. I looked at this little piece of created loveliness, and wanted to fill it with something beautiful. I have it still – and it is still blank – I haven’t yet found its story. But it projected me into a new arena of creating, my book making journey had begun. All trial and error – I love to learn by doing, so I just made lots of books. Then family asked me to make them and I considered selling them. I had sold cards at craft fairs, but felt the books would get over handled – so I opened a shop with Etsy, and was thrilled when I made a sale! Then I found more encouragement when I went to a local Etsy meeting, and discovered teams, which opened up the Etsy platform. I find many of my customers are from the U.S.A and that amazes me.

Artist Interview with Deborah Anne Corr from Modestly - learn about her beautiful handmade books and ephemera projects. #handmadebooks #bookbinding #ephemera #mixedmediaart
One of my greatest pleasures in life is creating. To find yourself living that flow of easy ‘being’ when the mind and the body are occupied has to be the up there with the best things. I don’t care who you are, or what you have – this is the experience that tops status, recognition, fan appeal. It is really playing – and we in the Western hemisphere have somehow forgotten that play is how we began, and how children learn best. Learn to play, and you learn how to live well. Creating anything, from a cupcake to a spreadsheet, from a poem to an engine, is about that engagement of you with something else. And alchemy happens.

Artist Interview with Deborah Anne Corr from Modestly - learn about her beautiful handmade books and ephemera projects. #handmadebooks #bookbinding #ephemera #mixedmediaart
Every time I send something out into the world because a customer has ordered it, I get a frisson of excitement. Will they love it? Often I am lucky enough to get amazing comments and always feel incredibly grateful that someone has bothered to do that. I create in a very humble and small way – but it means something.

Can you give me some background information on the Cornell Book and what the creative process was like? What kinds of materials and processes did you use?

Joseph Cornell, the New Yorker, was a genius at bringing together ephemera, and producing assemblage art in a time when the genre wasn’t really considered art. A collector extraordinaire, inspired by the surrealists and dedicated to the care of his brother whom he cared for and who sadly died early from his condition of cerebral palsy, this gentleman produced items that inspired a new generation of artists and writers, and well, just people. His work inhabits the hinterland between the reality we live in, and the dreams we have, the inner realities that can sustain and sometimes seem more meaningful than the exterior lives we lead. And that is why I love him. And that love propelled me to produce my own small tribute to him. A mixture of images from some of his work mixed with my own journeys into unreality.

Artist Interview with Deborah Anne Corr from Modestly - learn about her beautiful handmade books and ephemera projects. #handmadebooks #bookbinding #ephemera #mixedmediaart

Artist Interview with Deborah Anne Corr from Modestly - learn about her beautiful handmade books and ephemera projects. #handmadebooks #bookbinding #ephemera #mixedmediaart

Artist Interview with Deborah Anne Corr from Modestly - learn about her beautiful handmade books and ephemera projects. #handmadebooks #bookbinding #ephemera #mixedmediaart

Are you working on anything new and exciting in the near future?

Am I working on something new – always!! Work is what propels me, but much of it is done in the background of my life. I continue to read, consume new information and to look. Staying curious is how I work and sometimes there are periods when all the productivity is hidden – nothing to show. I know that is just a period of gestation. I don’t consciously pick my subjects, they arrive. Questions arise in my mind and I research, or a customer asks me to produce a book on a subject I have given no consideration to – that’s how my book celebrating dogs came about. I have always loved sharing my life with my dogs, and it came very easily to me! Virginia Woolf was a subject given to me by a customer – she had wanted the Bloomsbury set but Virginia was louder than them! She arrived in my head and wouldn’t leave for quite some time.

Artist Interview with Deborah Anne Corr from Modestly - learn about her beautiful handmade books and ephemera projects. #handmadebooks #bookbinding #ephemera #mixedmediaart

I don’t make myself create a book from a subject, unless I am working to create an order. It is a sort of sideline to my more structured daily routine of illustration, where I try to make something of a contribution to living costs! I try to create something everyday for uploading onto my sites where I sell printed on demand product ranges – its practice, and some are more successful than others, my books are my indulgence really. I suppose like knitting for relaxation, they bring me to a different part of me, where I dream a little. I like the physicality of making something that has form – so much of my day is spent digitally on the p.c. I really wish I could enjoy the world of the kitchen, allowing my creativity to blossom there, but unfortunately for me and la famille, I tolerate cooking. Just. I love the part when I get to make the covers – each book is different, and I like playing with different materials, reclaimed mostly because I love the history of objects. I even like the packaging of my books, and I often finish the order by making it a slipcase, simply because I want to go on with the creation of something wonderful to open. Like treasure. I like adding beads, or textiles.

Artist Interview with Deborah Anne Corr from Modestly - learn about her beautiful handmade books and ephemera projects. #handmadebooks #bookbinding #ephemera #mixedmediaart
I am very interested in the past and one of my gestating projects is to produce a ‘girdle book’ , in the manner of a small book of thoughts, daily motivations worn hanging from the waist on a cord. I want to do a sort of modern day version of that.

Artist Interview with Deborah Anne Corr from Modestly - learn about her beautiful handmade books and ephemera projects. #handmadebooks #bookbinding #ephemera #mixedmediaart

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