Working on this Zine has been challenging but rewarding at the same time. I definitely enjoyed the art aspect of my zine, creating the detailed two paged inside cover illustration took the longest to do but it turned out good and from that I had a better understanding on how to draw the benches featured in my zine.
With the rest of the illustrations in the zine itself I used mainly water colour with some ink drawings.
After completing all of the art I scanned the pages in and put my finished text on the pages using the computer and printed the final copy all put together.
The more challenging part of the zine was really making it flow and make sense. I had a tough time writing the different pages and sections of the zine as I really wanted it to be creative yet also make sense. There was many more things I wanted to explore with the zine like origami fold outs and adding more trinkets and creating a better cover with cloth to make it like a cushion. Unfortunately time restraints got to me and I was not able to carry these out although I am still happy with the way it turned out.
I would definitely manage my time better next time round so that I can really polish the zine and make it not just “cool” but “wow” while also experimenting with more creative ways to bound the zine and whatnot.
We are looking for all types of media for an upcoming zine that challenges the current stasis in the queer community. We are very interested in all spectrums of sexuality and visual 2-D media, so please feel free to submit poetry/prose, sketchbook scans, text pieces, short stories, essays, opinion pieces, reviews (art, music, film, books, theory, etc), experimental writing, concrete poetry, photographs, digital images, documentation, visual pieces, etc. If you’re dying to call out the whiteness of radical queer culture, share some trans poetry or artwork, or tackle the prison industrial complex, then this is your space to do so. This is a demo zine and will be printed on tan paper with black ink. You will be compensated for your work and the turn around is pretty dang soon.
Deadline: December 16th, 2015. Email entries + questions to: email@example.com
Introducing a forthcoming Queer zine dedicated to art, culture, literature, critique, & resurgence. Because the contemporary gay rights movement is not enough. Because queer cultural representations are often dominated by Western perspectives that have been anglicized & propogated through centuries of colonization, political & religious persecution, & societal pressures to exert gendered traits in stereotypical/easily identifiable manners. Because radical queer politics are not enough. Because homosexuality is a Western construct that does not need to impose its values on other countries or communities. Because we understand that cultural diversity begets ®evoltion. Because we come from diverse cultural backgrounds/traditions. Because we are divisive & our aspirations have led us to create & survive. Because we come home from queer parties feeling even more alienated & alone. Because we were not exposed to positive role models. Because we are struggling with negative forces & want to learn to love ourselves. Because we are artists, activists, visionaries, allies, & alive. Because we wish to learn more about HIV/AIDS, Trans Politics, and Indigenous Queer cultures in order to feel informed & empowered so we can dismantle stigma, patriarchy, & colonization/genocide. Because we grew up in small towns. Because all we know is urban decay. Because we want to rewrite the future. Because we are not doing enough to understand one another. Because the internet will never be big enough to contain our dreams, desires, identities, & realities.
I was reading goals that @rustbeltjessie posted and thinking, “What a brave thing to do.” Next thing I know, she’s tagged me in the post and I’m apparently supposed to post my goals too. I’d started my goals already, and this was a good push to get them finished. So here’s what I have so far.
Balm Girl #1 talks about my current experience as an amateur gardener
and starting a garden from scratch. There’s an large section discussing
some of the herbs I chose to grow for both medicinal and witchy reasons,
as well as helpful weeds and my house plants. Other content includes
tracing the inspiration of my ideal garden, famous gardens I’d like to
visit, and a couple of tea recipes.
This zine was written for the
24-Hour Zine Challenge put on by the 2016 Portland Zine Symposium. I
didn’t finish the layout in time, but all of the text & illustrations
were created within that time period.