FREE Printable Zine / Short Story

The Seeing-Spectacles of Aberdeen Gray: a Short Story / Zine by Jess Smart Smiley

Check out this 8-page mini zine I made out of a single sheet of paper and keep reading to find out how you can print and fold your own copy!

What’s Inside

The whole story is in this tiny, pocket-size zine made from a single sheet of paper! (More on that in a minute.)

The Seeing-Spectacles of Aberdeen Gray is a short story I wrote about a woman’s relationship with her own vanity. (You can read the full story here.) There’s a mystical element to the story that I thought was perfect for Halloween.

No clue where the idea came from, but it started off as a much more involved story and with a different tone before it condensed into this short story, just in time for Halloween!


With the story being so short, I thought it might work well as a mini zine—a method I learned to do years ago for making mini comics.

BONUS: Unfolding the zine reveals this full-page, story-related hidden image on the backside of the sheet of paper:


Download this printable version of The Seeing-Spectacles of Aberdeen Gray and print it out using the instructions in the video below. Be sure to let me know what you think! (You can also read the complete story online here.)

Check out some of my previous zines here, which collect some of my short stories, poems, songs, and spooky images. (You might also be interested in my comics activity book Let’s Make Comics, which includes templates and instructions for making your own mini comics, zines, and booklets.)

If you’d like to preview my next projects for FREE before they’re published, sign up for my First Readers Club here.


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