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Zines by Octagon


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Aggie Toppins




These self-published zines present visual narratives which explore philosophical themes. As an outlet for self expression Aggie Toppins (Octagon) uses these publications as a forum for experimentation and exploration of the possibilities within a reading experience. 




Quantity Produced

Editions of 20 – 50

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Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

5.5 × 8.5 in

Page Count

12 – 16 pages

Paper Stock

French Pop Tone papers / French Speckletone papers

Number of Colors




Saddle Stitch


This piece is available for purchase for $4 – 4.50 an issue

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Project Description

I self-publish these zines, under the handle Octagon, to have an outlet for personal expression and to experiment with both form and what a reading experience can be. The zines are visual narratives that explore themes related to memory, mortality, myth, and hyperreality. They are culturally critical publications that seek to engage readers in a kind of semiological playground in which meaning is a shared experience between author and reader.

Production Lesson(s)

Zines, which have traditionally been the domain of the photocopier for the low cost, can now be professionally and affordably produced with digital printing. With this project, I enjoy using colorful uncoated papers which are typically used for offset printing (namely French papers) on a digital press. On occasion, I've added additional manually-printed elements, such as the red spot on Issue 1, which was produced with a bingo dauber.”

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Duncan Robertson

Former intern at UnderConsideration LLC.

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Date Published

December 13, 2013


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