“ELF”: Going digital with the illustrated zine


I sure do love print, but lately I am experimenting with illustration on digital devices. This little project, “ELF”, has been on my mind for a while and now I have finally made the first issue.

The idea for this zine comes from when I was about eleven (german, “elf”) years old. At that time I made my first “zine” with a friend of mine. We were inspired by the teenage magazines we read- it seems we somehow realized the involuntary funniness of them. All those weird tips on how you should dress, behave and live your life! This led to us making our own magazine. In them we made fun of the  the stuff in magazines.
The ideas we had then stuck with me and I’ve always wanted to do something with them. So I started, and slowly “ELF” came together. I kept my drawings simple and rough, because that’s what they were when back then. So here we go! If you were a teenager in the 2000s you will certainly recognize yourself- huge cell phones, “Bravo”, the Gameboy, weird tips on fashion and dating… This is a fun project and I hope I can continue working on it!


Although a printed zine is nice I think there are disadvantages. They are often so small and thin compared to books that I always lose them. Also with the digital zine, you don’t have to worry about how to print them, which can give you more freedom. I don’t want to say one way is better than the other. Right now I am just playing around with the possibilities!

Technical: I made a 12 page pdf and also an epub. It can be viewed on a tablet or desktop computer.
I will try to make a pdf download available.