My friend and I have been using the program for fun, and it's really great and convenient, but a main problem we've stumbled across is that when you leave the program it doesn't ask whether you want to save your progress or not, which caused my friend to lose all their progress on the complex piece they were making. Another comment is that it should be easier to collaborate and send your work to another computer via the program itself. Great work!
Electric Zine Maker (a work in progress, be gentle, hug it often)
A downloadable zine maker for Windows and macOS
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.
* 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
"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
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...
Click download now to get access to the following files:
- Update 12 (THE BIG ONE! New UI, New Templates...)Aug 27, 2021
- Version 11 Hotfix: T-Cut Template is Fixed...Mar 05, 2021
- * Windows troubleshooting: "My files don't save" & other issues... *Feb 27, 2021
- Fancy New Templates! (Quarter Size Zines and Fancy Zines)Feb 22, 2021
- Opening Electric Zine Maker on macOS guide (I downloaded the Electric Zine Maker...Nov 20, 2020
- The Electric Zine Maker won at IndieCade! 🎉Oct 26, 2020
- Electric Zine Maker: X is here! (Yes, we skipped version 9 and jumped straight t...Oct 05, 2020
- Two new templates: Mini-Booklets are here!Aug 13, 2020
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This is such a cool tool! I was going to make something b/w and pre-planned but was so immediately taken by all the tools so I made something far more spur of the moment for my first zine instead ^_^ I don't doubt I'll be back to make more soon! https://lucabyte.itch.io/ive-never-made-a-zine-before
thank u for making such an awesome tool!! i used it to make my own zine about my hyperfixation on a movie for babies https://estrodragon.itch.io/i-am-transgender-and-autistic-and-i-tend-to-hyperfix...
hi i just saw that you put one of my zines in your collection so I wanted to say thank you for that and also just thank you for making this super cool and fun tool!!!! it's incredibly inspiring and so so fun to use even (or maybe especially) as someone who isn't really a Visual Arts person. thank you for unlocking this funky little place in my brain. maybe i'll go upload my other projects to itch.
BRO the interface is WILD this gets instant 5 star from me
hey!! really love this, have been using it to construct my very first zine - i wish it was possible to adjust transparency of things, and to rearrange page order (if it is, i haven't yet been able to) but everything else is great! the various tools are super fun to play with. thank you!
Great idea, very convenient, good for beginners. My one concern is that it lowers the resolution of images. Is there any way to adjust that? Again, thanks for your hard work~
Hi--thank you for this amazing art tool! I had a question about the zine formats available because I feel like I'm missing something. Is it possible to construct the typical booklet zines in EZM? Like, the one where each page is half a page of an 8.5 x 11 inch piece of paper, and it's stapled together without scissors. If it's not in the program, I'd like to suggest it as an addition! It's definitely the zine type I see most in my area by far.
one of the most creative and inspirational digital art tools i've ever seen. As it is it's 10/10, if it had a trifold template it would be too perfect to exist. thank you for making THE fun, accessible, punk art tool for the new '20s
Love this! <3
been trying to use this program but when i open it, the ui doesn’t appear :( all that shows up is a blue bg, i can still click ui buttons which changes the bg colour, but i can’t actually see anything
i’ve tried running as admin, redownloading the zip, using v11 and v12, but still no luck
i’m using windows 11, haven’t been able to find anything that helps with the issue yet, so any help would be greatly appreciated! :)
I love this program <3 wild question but will you ever add Switch Deck support?
How do you change the cursor for the page? i want a fish for a mouse too :(
insanely awesome concept. cant wait to see where future updates take this and will definitly be donating when i get the funds to spare.
love this very much. made a zine with it its on my page now :))
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
So far what I've done to get around that is just copy and paste the text that I want into the text editor. It works that way!
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!
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!
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!
this is so cute! i love the little story about ~it~
yes i added this. thank you for sharing!!
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 :)
your zine is very cool! i added it to the “made in ezm” collection.
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.