8-Rock Press

My comics and zines include Gender Studies, an autobiographical comic series that follows her adventures as a Black, genderqueer nerd; The Little Book of Big, Black Bears, a tribute to African American men in the bear community; A Blues for Black Santa, a humorous appeal for recognition from Black Santa himself, told in rhyme; and the 1001 Black Men series, featuring images from the online ske

City:Oakland
  • Cultural
  • LGBTQ/Gender
  • Illustration
  • Comics
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What are your current zines about?

My zines range from A Blues for Black Santa, a humorous account of the “real” Santa Claus, told in rhyme, to 1001 Black Men, a series of zines that collect images from my1001 Black Men online sketchbook. Gender Studies is an autobiographical comic book series that uses humor to explore the writer-illustrator’s experiences in race, sex, and gender non-conformity, and. The Other Red Planet is a comic zine that explores the current "red/blue" political divide. My zines use art and humor to explore race, gender, and power in the U.S. and beyond.

What methods do you use to make your zine?

  • Handwritten/drawn
  • Photocopying
  • Digital

What type of binding do you use for your zine(s)?

  • Stapled

When did you start making zines ... and why?

I started making zines in 2010 as a way to produce and distribute my art with a broader audience in an affordable medium that didn't require white walls are a gallery to display the work.

How do you create your zine content?

I draw all of my art in ink on paper. Then I scan the images into my computer, and I do layout and color in Photoshop. I print at the copy shop and I staple at home.

Why do you think independent publishing is important?

Without independent publishing, the only voices that get heard (and the only art that gets seen) are those that have been vetted by gatekeepers whose greatest interest is in perpetuating the dominant voices in our society.

What was your first zine called? What was it about?

My first zine was called Afrobiotic and it included several of the portraits that became part of my 1001 Black Men series.

What is your biggest challenge in making zines?

My biggest challenge in making zines is the cost of printing. I like to use full color, and it's very costly, unless I print in high volume.