Rocky’s Motivational Speech Zine

A quick zine I put together because Rocky is awesome and motivation is always needed, right?

Zine cover with white background. The text says "self-care & self-soothing" in pink and blue.
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(105 x 148 mm)


8 pages
(incl. cover & back)


One page zine
(printable on DIN A4)



A printed sheet with a hand-written self-care checklist titled "Everything is awful and I'm not okay," containing questions and suggestions for personal well-being. It's designed to be read and interacted with, offering prompts for basic self-care actions such as hydration, eating, resting, and moving, as well as emotional checks and comforts like listening to a favorite song or changing into comfortable clothes.

Rocky’s Motivational Speech: A Zine of Perseverance

In 2021, after a brief hiatus from zine-making, I found inspiration to create again through the timeless motivation found in the “Rocky” films. This zine captures one of Rocky Balboa’s most stirring speeches to his son, presented in a format that fans of the series and newcomers alike can appreciate. Using my newly acquired thermal printer, I brought to life the words that encapsulate Rocky’s spirit of resilience and determination. This zine serves as a powerful reminder that life’s battles are won by moving forward, regardless of the challenges.

Zine Folding Instructions

Click here to download your free PDF guide on how to fold an 8-page mini zine from a single sheet of DIN A4 paper!

The image shows a set of visual instructions for folding a mini zine, laid out on a wooden surface. Surrounding the paper with the instructions are a pair of scissors, two pens, a mechanical pencil, a small potted cactus, and a cup of coffee with foam on top, suggesting a creative, DIY workspace. The instructions themselves include diagrams and text for each step, and the overall theme suggests a craft or hobbyist environment.

Flip through the zine

Need a boost? Flip through ‘Rocky’s Motivational Speech’ in this interactive PDF flipbook format. Experience Rocky’s timeless words on perseverance and strength, brought to life right from the screen to your fingertips.

Sources, Credits & what I’ve used to create this zine

Shoutout to everyone whose work sparked a thought or two here. Most doodles and musings are by yours truly, with a dash of inspiration from stuff I’ve read or seen along the way.

What I've used to create this zine
  • copy paper
  • thermal printer
  • scissors & glue
  • boxing gloves photo: © Africa Studio – Adobe Stock