Two crucial bits of Stranger Danger info:
(1) All domestic orders placed from now until Wednesday night (October 24th) will receive FREE SHIPPING (within the USA only! Sorry, international folks! It’s too expensive to mail things to you!). This offer is good for any zines in the Stranger Danger catalog (books not included! Too heavy!). Check out the catalog here!
(2) The newest postcard in the Stranger Danger Postcard Series is designed by my good bud Marissa Falco of Miss Sequential and Inspirado zines! I met Marissa through her old zine Red Hooded Sweatshirt roughly 14 years ago & I’ve loved her artwork ever since, so I am beyond excited that she’s part of this postcard project. Each distro order comes with free postcards (designed by Ramsey Beyer & Jenna Brager & now Marissa, as well!) but if you want to order more, you can do that too.
dear everyone who writes a zine (or does any other type of creative project): buy inspirado. it will make you think about the reasons you create zines, and the ways you create zines, and why zines rule your life. this is one of those projects that pushes you to MAKE THINGS. i am pulling off the cover & taping it to my wall as a reminder.
Five reasons to check out my work at Somerville Open Studios next weekend
NEW ZINE ALERT: INSPIRADO
This zine is a collaboration with my friend and fellow Somerville artist Megan Mary Creamer.
Inspired by the art chats we have over tea at a local cafe, this zine takes the form of one of our conversations, showing each of our perspectives on several topics related to our art and process. The layouts feature both of our work, so you can see the results of the processes we discuss.
This zine is printed in black and white with a limited edition cardstock cover silkscreened with blue metallic ink.
5.5 inches x 7.5 inches, 16 pages. Awesome.
Available now online, available locally at the Somerville Open Studios 5/4-5/6.
This lady gets to vacuum all the Persian-rug-adorned skateboards in the Brooklyn Museum.
Taco pinata for Craftland in Providence, RI.
Last night, a partial reunion of what was once the Boston Zine Girl Army: Yumi / Marissa / Laura / Keight; photo by Eleanor.
This is happening next weekend! See you there, Boston peeps!
Also, more news on my upcoming zine/art events HERE
Sweet Pee-Wee’s Playhouse trading cards in the mail from Carolee today. The little pictures on the top one are individual stickers. COOL.
From my previous career as a ray of sunshine
I drew this in 2010 and had it made into postcards for zine-related correspondence and thank-you notes. When you make zines and comics about yourself, you can get away with putting a picture of yourself on almost any stationery item, and I should know, because I have done that for years. I made these postcards, and then I used them and mostly forgot about them until I found a small stack in the back of a box this morning while I was home sick and rummaging around in my studio.
I haven’t been feeling like a wielder of rays of sunshine lately, to the point that when I pulled this from the box I was all The heck? When did I draw this? like I was seeing someone I barely recognized from running into them at the supermarket or around the neighborhood once or twice—familiar, yet ultimately a stranger. That is a sad thing, to not recognize a drawing of yourself (granted, a couple of hairstyles ago), grinning wildly and holding a sunshine on a stick. Blame a sore throat, too much work, or general malaise, whatever: it’s a bummer.
Being a little under the weather (pun… intended?), I’m not ready to commit to full-fledged sunshine-wielding at the moment, but it feels like a nice thing to aspire to in the coming months. I can see it becoming part of my summer wardrobe, like all the cotton dresses I’ve been pressing and hemming in the past few weeks. Come the next warmish day, I’ll be doling out sunbeams like crazy.