A downloadable zine maker for Windows and macOS

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The Electric Zine Maker (⚡️📝✂️) is a printshop and art tool for making zines.
This tool includes a drawing interface. You can import images, size and place, write text with any font that you have installed, smudge, paint, and a number of other options. You can also save your zines, and easily re-import them by dragging the saved zine folder back into the main menu. It is built with collaboration in mind.

The Electric Zine Maker has a new beautiful website where you can learn more about it! Click here to visit it.

macOS users that have trouble opening the Electric Zine Maker (the file keeps getting blocked), please read this guide for how to open it.

Windows users that have trouble saving their Zines (or other issues) please read this guide.

If you liked The Electric Zine Maker please consider paying for it so I can cover development costs and make money from it. Thank you kindly.

The Electric Zine Maker is still under development!!!
This is an early beta.
Be gentle! It has early beta feelings!!!  💔❤️!??

More art tools are being built for it.
There are a number of bugs. It is rough around a few edges.
You can read more about what is planned for it here.

The Electric Zine Maker is planned to be an "art toy". It's a playful tool with which you can create cute little things. The finished version will feature a silly little back-story, and other characters, maybe even some small game-like interactions to build a story around it, so that it's an all around playful piece of freeware.

Things planned:

* Many strange and interesting art-tools for the drawing interface
* Bugs need to be fixed and the UI's still need more work
* A back story, and little characters that reinforce the fictional universe it is placed in.
* A number of other art-tools (that are packaged with it), that allow you to create effects and glitch art for your zines.
* Clip art will be bundled with the Zine Maker so you have more art to work with.

Things from other devs:

* Jeremy Oduber made an html template for turning zines made with the Electric Zine Maker into a web ready html zine (web zines!). You can host those on itch. It's easy to use! Check it out: https://jeremyoduber.itch.io/js-zine

Kind Words:

"I think that just about everything Nathalie Lawhead makes is wonderfully energetic, raw, and approachable. Top of the charts, for me, is their Electric Zine Maker project, which makes single-page-zine creation a breeze."
- by Kat Brewster on Rock Paper Shotgun

"The arrival of this software into my life restored a sense of play to my creative practice and brought back a flame I thought had dimmed for good. It gave me the courage, too, to send scrappy, earnest writing to the people who wanted to read it, without the intense pressure of online publishing or the quick-fire takes of social media."
- by Sarah Maria Griffin on The Guardian

"What Lawhead and the Electric Zine Maker suggest is that seriousness is not always the best way to fight back against a system that doesn’t care about you; choosing lightness, lack of coherence, silliness and restful creation can be just as effective."
- by Nicole Froio on The Observer

"Zines und OpenSource passen wunderbar zueinander, findet Nathalie Lawhead und entwickelt seit 2018 den Electric Zine Maker. Nun ist ein großes Update für das Printshop-Tool erschienen."
-by Lena Simonis on PAGE

Awards:

IndieCade - Innovation in Interaction Design Award ("Honoring the craftsmanship and innovation behind unique interaction, hardware, and system design")

The Webby Awards - Honoree in General Websites and Mobile Sites - Weird

Special Thanks To...

Clinic for Open-Source Arts, University of Denver

The STUDIO at CMU - OSSTA

Partly funded by the Queer Games Bundle

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Click download now to get access to the following files:

WINDOWS_ElectricZineMaker_12.zip 179 MB
OSX_ElectricZineMaker_12.zip 182 MB
WINDOWS_ElectricZineMaker_11_hotfix.zip 102 MB
OSX_ElectricZineMaker_11_hotfix.zip 104 MB
OLD_VERSIONS.zip 1 GB

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dunno if this is in your wheelhouse, but I can't seem to use the EZM on my screen tablet which is connected to my PC as an extended monitor. I'm able to pull up EZM on the tablet, but when I interact with the inner window (where you do the actual zine-making), it bounces over to the main monitor, leaving the background window with the fish behind. I'd appreciate any help if possible!

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hm! okay, the bounce-to-other-monitor only happens when selecting a page of the zine to edit. I was able to drag the window back to the tablet with my mouse.

I love this so much! I made a little poetry zine with it (it's on my page :D) and am brimming with plans to make more soon! Thank you for this awesome tool.

Used it to format my zine haha! Love it!

I enjoyed working with this tool! Not only is it whimsical and fun, with the ability to save out, and reload, individual panels as needed, the "blend & displacerizer" tool becomes a layers workshop functioning like  those found in other tools.

Thanks also for sharing my first zine in your collection!  It's just some quotes I had fun with and tried to organize into a sort of beginning-middle-end format. I appreciated your kind comments on the birdsite!  🦇

Thank you so much for this cool tool! I love it, especially since it reminds me of Kid Pix. It’s really fun and oozes personality. I made three zines with it, which are part of a series called Olly the Butterfly! I love fooling around with this tool a lot.

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thank you for the kind words! your Olly the Butterfly zines are beautiful! and adorable… made me smile. i added them to the “made in electric zine maker” collection too.

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I really love this wacky thing! It is so incredibly fun and simple to use and it really does the most important thing with zines - stimulates the imagination . The opposite of some clinical, sleek publishing software - this one has all kinds of strange buttons and tools for serendipity. It reminds me a lot of the magic of those old painting and storybook software for kids in the 90s -  really tremendous vision behind this little tool. I have made 3 zines with it so far and it is as fun, if not more, than doing it manually with the added flexibility that comes with having digital versions that are easily updated and manipulated. Can't wait to explore deeper and see what future updates will hold. Bizarre to the core - just like zines should be! Amazing work.

My first zine made with EZM is this one on Obscure Acronyms. Had a lot of fun with the ASCII painter!

omg thank you for the kind words and such a thoughtful comment about the Electric Zine Maker. it means a lot that this was your experience with it because that’s exactly what the program was intended to do.

i loved your little zine! thank u for sharing.

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I recently switched to Linux Mint, you have got to eventually port this to Linux. This tool is one of my favorite things ever, it's genuinely a good tool for making zines and comics. 

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EZM is one of my favorite programs ever! I use it all the time to make zines and cool glitchy art. I love it so much I teach workshops about it. 

I appreciate the dark mode in the last update for people with migraine/vision issues.

Recently I made some code in a visual livecoding program Hydra to manipulate the graphics in EZM to make weird fun visuals for shows. You can out my Hydra code here. Click on the code and select the EZM page you're working on and see the weirdness (eyestrain/fast moving colors warning).

Thank you Nathalie for making such a lovely program and creating a community around it!

///bug issue: I noticed there's a glitch with the import image function - you can't drag the top, middle left and bottom left parts of the image to stretch it.

very good and fun software! made a zine in it with a friend and had a great time 

this is so cool! thank you for sharing. i’m glad you all had a good time.

very cool freeware! love the aesthetic

have run into one issue tho, I'm using this on a mac and for some reason whenever I attempt to type "e" in the text editor my computer acts as if I've pressed "fn" as well as "e."

Any idea as to what I could do to make the text feature usable?

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hey this is very cool, i love to know this tool exists. i linked this to a friend who said they cant unfortunately use this because the bright colours and gifs in the software are migraine triggers. if there is ever a simplified version, ill be sure to link that forward.

What a wild and fun zine maker. The webpage is a blast too ha!

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I discovered this zine maker when I bought the big queer games bundle over the summer and finally opened it up over the weekend. In two nights I made a mini-mini booklet and I loved the whole process. It was immensely satisfying to make and I loved the layout of the maker. It inspired me to truly have fun and explore the different ways my ideas could take shape. I plan on printing out more to make for friends and have already linked your maker to several of them! 

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I love this!! it feels like grown up kidpix lol. it really tapped into a part of my creativity that I haven't been in touch with in like at least a decade, and I wanna make a habit to use it more often :D I made this yesterday while experimenting around with the program if you want to add it to the EZM collection!

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this is so cute! i love the little story about ~it~
yes i added this. thank you for sharing!!

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Lovely!! I love all the personality and how simple it is to navigate, it makes me excited to make something! Thank you!

i really love this zine maker, made my own a while back it's posted :)

thank you!

your zine is very cool! i added it to the “made in ezm” collection.

<3

A few suggestions and wishes for future updates:

- Some guides are missing page numbers entirely which makes following them a little difficult.

- Please include an option to reduce animations. Also do this for this site.

- Flexagons are interesting. How about including more flexagon folds and put them into a separate category? An author called Jason Shiga once showcased an interactive comic made out of an octatetraflexagon. See here: 

are there any plans to include a half page zine template in the future?  i feel like next to the one page and quarter page zines those are the most common

How do we save Igor :/

hi! just got the queer bundle and was so curious about trying your zine maker, but i'm having trouble installing it.

i use linux mint os and i generally can play windows stuff through wine, but in this case your zine maker requires the installation of adobe air which i don't seem able to get.

any idea on how to solve this problem? :(

i just managed to install adobe air through the help of this website: https://www.noobslab.com/2015/05/adobeair-is-now-available-for-ubuntu.html

however, i still receive the same error when trying to start the zine maker.

https://greyedworlds.itch.io/covid-sux made a zine. not very good compared to what i can do, but its sorta unstopped the dam

I made a weird tool that works with EZM to create a zine at the click of a button and then I made some zines, enjoy <3

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edit: the program gets stuck once i try to edit a page

this is for all of my fellow linux users.

1. install bottles (a flatpak application for dealing with wine

2. make an application bottle and go into the dependencies section and install aairruntime

3. and that should be it

https://rosehiprequiem.itch.io/femurge-mini

Made this zine in 4 hours this afternoon! Thanks for the phenomenal software, I love designing and making zines so much. I can tell this is gonna be my new hobby.

Hi, I have tried using a bunch of different printers and printing options, but the zines I print always end up being slightly smaller and not filling the page. Is there a way to fix this? Thanks, and amazing software!

Hey there! Make sure to print your zine as "Actual Size" or "100%", that fixed my issue (which was exactly the same)

Alright, thanks!

https://katfish-studios3.itch.io/azine made this in an hour. i really like it

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I made a fanzine thanks to this wonderful program! Thank you so much!

My Sonic Adventure (A Fanzine) by PixelsBykris (itch.io)

I made another one! (honestly, I don't see myself getting bored of this any time soon)

yay! this is wonderful. thanks for sharing it. i added it to the “made in ezm” collection ☺️

It's lovely! <3

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this is an excellent tool!! killer aesthetics and such a thoughtful concept! gonna have to play around with the art tools but for now i did assemble my first zine with it and the HTML5 reader https://corpse-becoming-foxes.itch.io/slumbers00 thanks for making :D

Thank you for making this <3
Here's a zine I made with it and then another one.

I really appreciate you and your work :)

Can I add new fonts to it?

Sounds COOL! Also, this stray cat I found is cute :P

This is one of my favorite programs ever! I've been using it on Windows for awhile but, I was wondering if there is ever going to be a linux realease?

You're so amazing to make this. Can't wait to try!

omg..... i strongly believe the universe guided me here <3

I LOVE THIS ZINE MAKER!! extremely fun and weird, i love figuring everything out as i go. also here is my very first electric zine (i was figuring things out as i went)
https://anhundred.itch.io/haves-have-not

I love the Electric Zine Maker so much. Is there any way to rotate panels to be horizontal, or is that a possible feature to be included in the future?

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