Christina Tran

I make comics about life, love, and loss -- which I have compiled into single story zines (e.g. "Release" about how we store trauma in our bodies and how we must shake it out, or "Aging" about how ghosts too can age) and diary comic zines ("Here and Now" compiling comics about home, activism, and the first 100 days). I also have a photography+letters zine called "Dear Daughter".

City:San Diego
  • Photography
  • Comics

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What are your current zines about?

I make autobio comics about family and identity, life and loss at sodelightful.com/comics. I will bring zines of some of my webcomics to LBZF, alongside a new zine called "Here & Now" that collects my diary comics from the beginning of this tumultuous year. I also work on a letterwriting and artmaking project called "Dear Daughter" about putting more empowering messages into the world for girls and women everywhere (mostly via Instagram @dear_daughter_). The Dear Daughter project started with two '30 letters over 30 days' series utilizing my parents' old photos, and these have been collected and printed into a photozine.

What methods do you use to make your zine?

  • Handwritten/drawn

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

  • Folded
  • Stapled

Why do you think independent publishing is important?

The moment we step from consumer to creator can be hugely empowering. We have more and more tools to be able to self-publish without regards to middlemen, gatekeepers, or industry norms. It is so important to be able to complexify and diversify the stories we have available for, from, and by creators of color. The zine community is so great for being able to support and encourage all of this independent publishing!

What is your favorite part of making zines?

I love it when someone picks up a zine, starts to flip through it, and can't help themselves so ends up reading the whole thing in one go. I love when they find something in a zine that resonates with them or that they want to share with another person. Paper and physicality provides that avenue to connection, which is unique from distributing things digitally.

What is your biggest challenge in making zines?

Access to a guillotine.