Thursday, February 21, 2008

Seen the Zine? ---> HZ11!

What a reward it was to see the end result from the contributors to the 11th edition of the HOWie Zine. For those who don't know, the HOWiezine is a limited edition, handmade collaborative book project created by HOW forum members, also known as HOWies. There is a theme and participants create two pages based on their interpretation of that theme. Only the participants are guaranteed a copy of the book, which makes it all the more special.

As you may have read in my previous post, I was in charge of creating the cover design for the 11th HOWie Zine, for which the assigned theme was the Alphabet. When I opened mine up today, there was such an amazing array of work that I knew right away that a single blog post with a few photos would not be able to do it justice! For a more in depth look at the inside of HZ-11, I've created a special gallery on Flickr, so everyone can see the top-notch work submitted by all the HOWies who participated.

Huge props have to go Pad Thai (zine creator!) and to the following HOWies who made the assembly line for HZ-11 run oh-so-smooth: ksavage, LadyLuck and HowKom. This crew did a fantastic job on the binding, and added little personal touches for each HZ-11 participant. When I opened my zine today, it was clear that this crew worked hard to custom tailor the packaging to each HOWie...and several little gems were included throughout. Each zine was carefully wrapped in Braille paper from the latest edition of Harry Potter, and secured with a sticker for each HOWie's first and last initial. One special HOWie will even find their zine wrapped in the HP cover! And then wrapped up, were two pins...featuring the A and Z photos from my cover design. (And yes, Zoey is excited at her new found social status!)

More surprises laid beneath the Braille paper, as there were box letter beads attached to the binding that would spell out each HOWie's name. The binding was a very effective choice, as it made all the pages easy to view (plus photograph!) and allowed the book to lie flat during viewing.

Here's a glimpse of my pages playing their starring role...

Here's some of the inside pages featuring work by HOWies Christian, darcylea, aikohead, SAW, fantomas, Delineate and creative bean....

HOWie Zine creator Pad Thai and assembly woman ksavage took their pages up a notch and created a Collaborative Music Book, which came accompanied by a special 2 disc cd-set. The cd's were HOWsed in a specially designed disc jacket complete with a little HZ-11 beads and tassle. Within the book, Pad Thai covered the first half of the Alphabet, and ksavage covered the second half of the Alphabet.

The far left photo is one of Halftone Dot's pages, which had a black envelope attached containing a cryptogram, and a tool to help solve it. Once the crytogram is solved, it directs you to a hidden location online where you may retrieve a reward.

All the work by the HOWies was so diverse in style and interpretation, that I hope everyone checks out the rest of the photos over on Flickr.