Format and History
Brainiac's format changes wildly from issue to issue. The first run of the first issue involved a complicated array of little hand-cut pieces of paper fastened to custom-sized cardstock in four separate chapter groupings. This format remains the author's favorite, but it took her one hour and 15 minutes to make each individual copy of the zine. Only 29 copies were made, all of which have long been sold.
Brainiac Zine's third issue was released in 2005. It consists of a small envelope, very small pages stapled with colorful staples, a few very small color photographs, a tiny cardstock dragonfly and a red blank business card. And some photo corners. It has eight chapters, some of which are lists. It includes an advice column. It took 45 minutes to make each individual zine, so Kate produced only 36 copies. They are not all gone, but at their current rate of sale, issue three will join issues one and two in complete unavailability by the end of summer 2006.