Life has been busy and weird and wonderful lately... I haven’t posted in weeks, even tho I’ve been reading a lot of zines and making a lot of things. On Friday, I leave for Phoenix to table at @phxzinefest; while I’m so excited, I have so much left to do before then (and so many zines left to staple!) I’ve never been to the southwest before, and I can’t wait to see the desert. 🌵☀️ By sheer coincidence, a few weeks ago, @wastedinkzinedistro (a zine distro outta Phoenix) held a giveaway to celebrate their anniversary and I won! I haven’t gotten a chance to read what I won, but the titles they picked out for me are pretty spot on: cats, livejournal memories, sad girl thoughts. I’ll probably read em on the plane, then pick up some more zines from Wasted Ink on Saturday (in addition to my fest haul!) 😉
I finally learned how to use a risograph! Not knowing my way around a duplicator always sorta felt like a major gap in my zine-making knowledge, so when Oddities announced an After Hours Riso Workshop, I jumped at the chance and signed up. It was great! We learned how the machine works with both cut-n-paste and digital files, a little bit of history, then set off creating our own riso prints (I put together a cover for the new issue of Pocci.)
I finally, finally, FINALLY got my hands on a copy of Julia Eff's skincare primer Are You There Brian? It's Me, Moisturizer. As with all their zines, it is bewitching and clever, and will make you snort with laughter. Have you ever wanted to shave off both your eyebrows and paint your face like a ghoul? Of course you have! Julia is here to show you how to do it properly, and with aplomb. 🖤 Pick up this zine via crapandemic on storenvy. 🖤 Sidenote: I really wish Julia would turn their handwriting into a font. It is so nice!
Sending ol' Gestetner to copy machine heaven in style. This was minutes before he met his maker. KCZC ended with a literal bang. 💥
Kansas City Zine Con is here and I almost can't believe it! Come visit me at table 23; I'm debuting some new tarot zines, including a series based on Twin Peaks!
My partner is starting architecture school tomorrow (!) and he purchased this supply kit. Sharpies, x-acto knives, self-healing mats, tacky glue... hey, these are just a bunch of tools for zine-making! 😋 Man, I'm a sucker for artists' and office supplies...
This weekend was absolutely magical, until it wasn't. Bike adventures with my best friends, hand-lettering workshops (and feeling like the weirdo goth kids sitting by themselves in high school art class, only this time without all the anxiety), farmers markets, and live, loud, joyous, angry music. But after it all, when I checked the news on Saturday night, reality came crashing down. A nice day doesn't change the fact that this country breeds toxicity. A reminder that: we live in a country where hate speech is given a platform; where racists feel emboldened and kill innocents as fascism rises and rises. America, your hands have always been dirty as fuck, this shit is in your blood. This country infuriates me and terrifies me; how do you bring equity to a country that is built on oppression? Punching nazis is nice, but how do you dismantle an entire system? You push back. You never quit fighting. You talk about true things, read histories and perspectives, educate others, and tear down lies. Fight back, fight the good fight. You live a life that is equitable, and lead by example. 🎶 Push back, push back, push back with every word and every breath.