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

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (190)
  • 3179 students
Fanzine and Self-publishing Lab

Rediscover the feeling of paper while publishing your first fanzine strip

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (190)
  • 3179 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 15 Lessons (1h 48m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • 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.

About this 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 it for?

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

What you need

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.


3179 Students
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Alfonso De Anda

A course by Alfonso De Anda


Alfonso de Anda is a Mexican illustrator with strong abilities in communicating and storytelling. He has participated in a variety of projects such as editorial illustration, animated series, advertising campaigns, mural design, fashion design and gallery exhibitions.

Among his customers are Google, The New York Times, Snapchat, Vans, Adidas Originals, Nike, Absolut and more. In addition to his commercial work, Alfonso has a soft spot for self-publishing, something that has led him to edit and publish 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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Fanzine and Self-publishing Lab. A Illustration, and Craft course by Alfonso De Anda

Fanzine and Self-publishing Lab

A course by Alfonso De Anda
Illustrator. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined August 2019
  • 99% Positive reviews (190)
  • 3179 students