Local friends: a week from tomorrow, I’ll be leading a free mini-zine workshop at Imagine That! Kansas City as a part of KCZC. 🍂 We’ll provide the materials for you to create a 5-copy run of a 6-page zine. Come get creative, socialize, and make trades. You’ll leave with your own zine harvest! 🍁 The workshop is November 18 from 2pm to 4pm at 2010 McGee Street. You don’t have to stay for the full two hours; this is a drop-in workshop. Hope to see you there! 🧡💛💗
Thanks to everyone who stopped by my studio during Wanderfest; today was a blast! 🧡💛 A confession: I had a bad case of imposter syndrome leading up to today. It was my first time selling my zines at an event outside the zinester community, and I was pretty nervous how they’d be received by a broader public. But my fears were totally unfounded: today was fantastic! 🤗 I’m so grateful to be a part of this community, and to have been given a studio space here.
Happy Birthdanniversary, Neither/Nor! 🎉🎈And thanks for all the cake. 🙃
CMC in PHX, Day Two 🌵 ______________________ Saturday was: journeys thru the Coronado Historic District, vegan doughnuts and cold brew, marveling at the seemingly endless variety of cacti (small, tall, squat, skinny, in every shade of green, and dusty purple too, barbed or fuzzy or bearing fruit), listening to podcasts, watching Law and Order SVU while putting the finishing touches on some zines, mural-spotting, antique-shopping, lunch at an old-timey soda fountain, and zine-shopping (plus the PZF open mic!) at Wasted Ink Zine Distro. 🦎🎤
CMC in PHX, Day One 🌵 ______________________ Pure luck: two of my favorite bands were playing shows in Phoenix my first night there, and the concert times were staggered. 🙌 After getting completely lost, I finally found the Valley Bar in an alley downtown and had dinner in their Rose Room (which is decorated with a dreamy, Lynchian kinetic sculpture.) Then it was time for Street Eaters & Screaming Females! (Nobody shreds like Marissa... I think she is rock music’s greatest living guitarist ❤️.) After that show, I headed to the arts district to see Thin Lips and Worriers at the Trunk Space, which was in an old Presbyterian church. Got there just in time to see It’s Embarrassing, who were fucking incredible. Thin Lips killed it, then Black Paw played a fast and fun 5-song set. By the time Worriers hit the stage, I was dead tired and a little (lot) delirious, but I still had the time of my life. Their music makes me feel alive and understood; it’s music that reminds me I will be okay, that I can overcome anxiety, and heal from the emotional abuse that I’ve faced in the past. I’m so lucky I’ve gotten to see them twice this month. When I returned to my Air BnB that night, I felt like I’d been hit by a truck, but I couldn’t be happier. My only regret is that I didn’t bring ear plugs; my head has been buzzing all morning. 🐝 (To keep this post zine-related, here’s a snap of the zine that came with my copy of Survival Pop.)
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.)