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Fanzine and Self-publishing Lab

A course by Alfonso De Anda
Illustrator. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined August 2019
, Illustrator

Rediscover the feeling of paper while publishing your first fanzine strip

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (285)
  • 4375 students

Rediscover the feeling of paper while publishing your first fanzine strip

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (285)
  • 4375 students
  • 15 lessons (1h 48m)
  • 14 additional resources (0 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

In this course, you will lose your fear of the blank page and immerse yourself in your sketchbook to generate content, regardless of whether you already have ideas or not. You'll quickly see how you don't need a concrete vision to start working! Become your own editor and select content from your sketchbook to make your first fanzine: a publication created by only you, without an editorial middleman, that you yourself can sell or give away.

Learn the steps to making a fanzine; from editorial and production theory, to what to do with your zines once they're complete, with Alfonso De Anda, Mexican illustrator specializing in fanzines and self-publisher of more than 25 books and zines.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Fanzines?
  • U3
    U3. Cool but what do I do my fanzine?
  • U4
    U4. Production and content selection
  • U5
    U5. And later?
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will begin the course getting to know Alfonso, what has formed him as an artist and how he ended up making fanzines. You will also be introduced to the project for this course.

Alfonso will tell you about the history of self-publishing and fanzines. You will examine the different parts of a fanzine and review some interesting examples. You will see why it is a good idea to publish printed works nowadays and then begin with a quick exercise to break the ice between you and your future fanzine.

Through sketchbook exercises, you will explore and generate ideas; you will spend a lot of time drawing no matter what the subject is. The idea is to generate content for your fanzine without compromise - let your ideas flow.

Finally you will become the editor, selecting the content you created in your sketchbook. You'll notice that making a book is not complicated once you understand its makeup. Once printed, you will combine your fanzines and staple them (as well as understand why cutting guides are very important).

With your fanzines assembled, you will see how to make simple alterations and how to distribute them.

What is this course's project?

You will create your own twelve-page fanzine print with your own drawings, inspired by explorations made in your sketchbook.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

For people interested in drawing and publishing fanzines manually and independently.

Requirements and materials

You will need paper and drawing material such as pencils, markers or pens. Additionally, you must have scissors or an X-acto knife, any kind of paint and a flat brush.

You will also need a computer with Adobe Photoshop and basic knowledge of the software, access to a photocopier and a stapler.


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Alfonso De Anda

A course by Alfonso De Anda

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Alfonso De Anda is a Mexican illustrator with a passion for storytelling. His work can be found in editorial content, animated series, advertising campaigns, mural design, fashion design, and gallery exhibitions.

His list of clients includes Google, The New York Times, Snapchat, Vans, Adidas Originals, Nike, and Absolut. In addition to his commercial work, Alfonso has published more than 25 books and fanzines.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences and inspiration
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2


    • What is a fanzine and its background
    • What and for what?
    • Editorial pace and your first fanzine
  • U3

    Cool but what do I do my fanzine?

    • Having no ideas is no problem
    • Document
    • Repeated figures
  • U4

    Production and content selection

    • Editorial theory
    • Dummy and Master
    • Cover in risography
    • Armed of our zines
  • U5

    And later?

    • The cherry of the cake (Extras in your fanzine)
    • What to do with your fanzines?
  • FP

    Final project

    • Fanzines and self-publishing laboratory

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

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Fanzine and Self-publishing Lab. Craft & Illustration course by Alfonso De Anda Best seller

Fanzine and Self-publishing Lab

A course by Alfonso De Anda
Illustrator. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined August 2019
  • 99% positive reviews (285)
  • 4375 students