Maribel Navarro

My zines range from humorous comics to esoteric poetry. I make traditional illustrations for my personal account La Cococita and comics for my humorous account, My Surreal Life Official (both on Instagram). I also make art and poetry for my collaborative project Las Brujajas (with my friend who lives Korea), and series zines inspired historical women, my Mexican heritage, and personal life!

City:Long Beach
  • Poetry/Literary
  • Cultural
  • Illustration
  • Comics
  • Music/Art

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What are your current zines about?

I have zines from different projects I work on. My Surreal Life is my silly, comics project where I create exaggerated or often imaginary scenarios that come from things that happen in real life. These are usually done in my cartoon style. Then I have esoteric poetry that gets more existential about what it is to be human and other abstract concepts. These zines do have are but are not the focus. Rather they are a vehicle to drive an emotion or feeling.

What methods do you use to make your zine?

  • Handwritten/drawn

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

  • Folded
  • Stapled

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

I started making zines late 2016 but the interest was there much earlier. It wasn't until 2016 when I got involved with a project in Busan, Korea that I began to actually make them. I also realized that making zines didn't require a specific type of content. So when I realized I can make a zine about literally anything I liked I just got to it.

How do you create your zine content?

99% of my content is hand drawn with the exception of 3 comics from 2015.

Why do you think independent publishing is important?

I think independent publishing facilitates connections between people. Especially when you can see the person that made the zine.

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

My first zine was called "Self-Portraits For My Husband" and it contains nothing but goofy, silly, and unflattering drawings I made for him.

What is your favorite part of making zines?

Drawing them up!

What is your biggest challenge in making zines?

Digitizing them, because that's boring.

What else do you want people know about you or your zines?

They all started inadvertently through conversations with my favorite people.