This is happening next weekend! See you there, Boston peeps!
Also, more news on my upcoming zine/art events HERE
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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.
I started working on this mini zine at a comics workshop at Ladyfest Boston and lo and behold, it took on a life of its own once I brought it home and added some security envelope and typewritten details. You can get a copy from my shop.
Also, let it be known that this was a warm-up project for a new issue of Miss Sequential, which will be taking shape in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
Miss Sequential Zine no. 3 - San Francisco
I wish Marissa were capable of taking an amazing adventure-filled trip at least once a month and then had the time and physical stamina to create a zine about that trip immediately upon her return. (Someone get this woman a mysterious benefactor, please.) Marissa has a sharp eye and a sharper wit. Her zines are all genius but since I like to read about other people’s travels, this one may be my favorite. I plan to use it as a tour guide on my next visit to San Francisco but I doubt I’ll know all the secret passwords required to go where she went.
A couple of months ago I signed up for a table at the Chicago Zine Fest and because I like to show up at those kinds of things with something new, I thought, “Oh, I have plenty of time to come up with something new.” And now “plenty of time” has dwindled to 41 days. (I’m giving myself the deadline of March 1 to have my flats finished, so although the fest isn’t until the 9th, it will give me a few days to photocopy and assemble and maybe ship some copies to meet me in Chicago.) 41 days is a lot of time and not a lot of time. But I think it’s possible.
The plan is for one issue of Miss Sequential and one issue of something I’m not 100% decided on yet. One of the projects involves teaching myself to draw something (or some THINGS) I don’t usually draw. Challenge! That’s all I can say for now.
This feels slightly insane, which means that is just about right. And now that I’ve told the internet, I have to do it.